Down on the Farm: Weekly Recap May 22-28

May 29, 2017

Rafael Ortega– OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 12-29, 2 2B, 2 3B, 6 RBI, 4 R, 18 TB With a strong last month, and an even stronger week and a half or so, Rafael Ortega is now slashing .331/.381/.494 on the season and is proving to be one of the Chihuahuas’ most reliable bats. Ortega is a 26-year-old with major league experience playing in Triple-A, but he has had a…

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Framing the Friars: Franchy Cordero Impresses in First Start

May 29, 2017

One day after striking out in his major league debut against Washington Nationals hurler, Stephen Strasburg, Franchy Cordero was in the starting lineup for the Padres on Sunday. Starting your career off against a guy like Strasburg is never easy, but Cordero had a bit of an easier challenge for his first game as a starter: right-handed pitcher, and former Padre, Joe Ross. After a two-run home run by Ryan…

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Framing the Friars: Padres Strike Out 17 Times Against Nats

May 28, 2017

The Padres knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Not only are the Washington Nationals arguably the best team in the National League, they have two of the best pitchers in the game in Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. The Padres somehow got unlucky enough to draw both in this weekend’s three-game series in Washington. Predictably, things have not gone well. In just two games, the Padres have managed to…

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Down on the Farm: May 27- Pitching , Pitching, and More Pitching

May 28, 2017

Carlos Asuaje– 2B, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 R Fresh off a short stint back in the big leagues with the Padres, Carlos Asuaje had a good showing for the Chihuahuas on Saturday night. Everyone knew Asuaje’s call up was going to be temporary given the Padres need for a starter for Thursday’s game, which ended up being Dinelson Lamet. Asuaje failed to get a…

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Down on the Farm: Franchy Cordero Gets the Call

May 27, 2017

Going into the 2017 season, many expected the Padres outfield to consist of some combination of Travis Jankowski, Alex Dickerson, Manuel Margot, and Hunter Renfroe. With just over two months of the season played, only one of those players remains on the field. Alex Dickerson was the first to go down with an injury, as the outfielder was initially sidelined with back pain that ended up being a bulging disk….

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Down on the Farm: May 26- Jacob Nix is Back

May 26, 2017

  Matt Magill– RHP, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K Over his first five starts, Matt Magill gave up only five earned runs in 29 innings pitched. Magill wasn’t overpowering in that stretch but he certainly showed he was capable of having success in the offense-heavy PCL. However, Magill soon hit a rough pitch, as the right-hander 18 runs over his next…

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It Is Dinelson Lamet’s Time

May 25, 2017

It’s May 25 and the San Diego Padres already find themselves 14 games back of the division leading Colorado Rockies and with the second worst winning percentage in all of baseball. So far, the Padres have been pretty successful at embracing the tank. Even so, the Padres have seen some of the farm system build up start to pay off with the promotions of Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe. Both…

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The San Diego Padres Five-Win Pass Just Isn’t Good Enough

May 24, 2017

The 2017 season has already been a relatively tough one in San Diego. The Padres currently sit at 16-31 after yet another loss to the New York Mets on Tuesday night. It’s clear the Padres aren’t fielding a very good team. We all knew that. But issues arise when it becomes hard to draw fans to the ballpark to watch a poor team get blown out, which is what happened…

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Down on the Farm: May 23

May 23, 2017

Franchy Cordero– OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB Have I mentioned that I like Franchy Cordero a lot? To some, he profiles as just a fourth outfielder type of player, but the potential for more is still there. The Padres obviously have a lot of outfield depth in the major leagues, with the group of Manuel Margot, Hunter…

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Padres Call Up Infielder Carlos Asuaje

May 22, 2017

Even after a busy weekend of roster moves, the Padres don’t appear to be done, as the team is reportedly calling up top-10 prospect, Carlos Asuaje, according to a tweet by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Source: #Padres promote infielder Carlos Asuaje. Corresponding move not known. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 22, 2017 The Padres have done quite a bit of roster reshuffling over the last few days to the point where it’s…

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Down on the Farm Weekly Recap: May 15-21

May 22, 2017

Christian Villanueva and Jose Pirela– 3B/IF, OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 12-25, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 22 TB 10-28, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 22 TB Offensively, it was a big week for the El Paso Chihuahuas. Over the last week, the Chihuahuas have had nine players hit over .300, led by Villanueva and Pirela, who slashed .480/.519/.880 and .435/.480/.957 with seven combined home runs. Although these two may be from…

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The Padres Welcome Chase d’Arnaud to Town & Other News/Notes

May 22, 2017

It’s been a rough week for the Padres on the field, as they lost three out of four to the Brewers before losing two out of three to the Diamondbacks, including two blowout losses. The Padres have also had a busy week off the field, as the team has made quite a few roster moves over the course of the last seven days. The most recent of those involved the…

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