Brandon Maurer is an Absolute Enigma

May 19, 2017

There have been plenty of developments through the first quarter of the Padres’ season. As a rebuilding team, the focus for the 2017 season is development: mainly getting players every day playing time in the hopes that the Padres can find some pieces for their next winning team. The development of Hunter Renfroe, Austin Hedges, and Manuel Margot has been exciting to watch. The development of Luis Perdomo has been…

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The Padres are No Longer “Stuck in the Middle”

May 14, 2017

In the game of modern baseball, you either have to be rebuilding for the future or going for it all. There is no middle ground. For years, the Padres have been in that middle ground, and that has definitely set back this franchise. Presently, the team has a plan and they are executing it. That is a wonderful thing for Padres’ fans, as they have longed to root for a…

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Padres EVT Podcast: Episode 34 with Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs

May 11, 2017

For the 34th episode, we bring you a special treat. Eric Longenhagen of Fangraphs joins us to discuss the Padres’ farm system. Eric is FanGraphs’ lead prospect analyst, and has seen many of the young Padres players that are presently trying to make their way to Petco. We were excited to pick Eric’s brain a bit, as we discuss many of the Padres top prospects. Fernando Tatis Jr., Jorge Ona,…

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An Ode to Former Padres’ LHP Cory Luebke

May 10, 2017

When the Padres signed Cory Luebke to an extension in March of 2012, hope sprang eternal for fans and the organization alike. The extension guaranteed the left-hander $12 million dollars, with a chance at earning $27.5 million if both his player options were picked up. If all went well, the extension would last through 2017. Luebke, drafted 63rd overall by the Padres in 2007, figured to be in the rotation…

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Padres Editorial: Into The Great Wide Open

May 7, 2017

“This is war! This isn’t a game!” – Chris Sale to Red Sox teammates, May 2 “The only game I know is war, and war ain’t no game.” – Me to myself, two minutes ago Currently, Chris Sale may be the best pitcher in the big leagues not named Dallas Keuchel. This is his first year pitching for Boston and so far he’s been lights out, everything the Red Sox…

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Padres EVT Podcast: Episode 32 with Dan Szymborski

April 28, 2017

  In this episode, we welcome back Dan Szymborski of ESPN. Dan is the ZIPS creator, and his projection system is widely regarded as one of the best in the business. He joins us fresh off a vacation and he is ready to talk Padres baseball. Not a topic he discusses too often, but he was more than willing to talk about the state of the franchise with us. Last…

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Padres EVT Podcast: Episode 30 with Kyle Glaser of Baseball America

April 22, 2017

  In this 30th episode of the show, we welcome back Kyle Glaser. He took a job with Baseball America just about one year ago and is now touring the country visiting numerous minor league facilities. He has a wealth of knowledge about the farm system of virtually every team, and the Padres are no different. Being that Kyle is a San Diego native, he has kept tabs on the…

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Padres EVT Podcast: Episode 29 with Bernie Wilson

April 19, 2017

  For the 29th episode of the show we welcome back San Diego scribe legend, Bernie Wilson. He has covered San Diego sports for the Associated Press since 1991 and provided he his take on the scene. He is never one to be shy about his point of view and with that, he is an excellent interview. The man just has no problem telling it like it is, and that’s…

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The San Diego Padres 2020 Potential 25-Man Roster

April 19, 2017

Yes, the Padres have the lowest payroll in the MLB. And yes, the Padres are paying players on other teams more than the players on their own team. And yes, the Padres have the second-youngest team in baseball. But yes, these are also all positive things for the 2020 season. MLB Pipeline rated the Padres farm system as the fourth best in all of baseball. That is incredible, considering general…

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I Haven’t Given Up Yet (Padre Edition)

March 29, 2017

We live in a cynical, know-it all, data based, scientific, materialist world. Everyone is an expert, nobody is a sheep. Talking heads seem to get paid by the word, 24/7 cable seems to get paid by the talking head. Santa Claus is nothing but a tooth fairy, Cinderella lost both her slippers. It’s a dreary business. It’s as if spring never gets to spring and summer doesn’t get to bloom….

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Padres EVT Podcast: Episode 28 with A.J. Cassavell

March 27, 2017

For the return of the EVT Podcast, we welcome back A.J. Cassavell of MLB.com, to the show. Both, Patrick and I wish to apologize for our extended hiatus from the show. Life happens, and with that, certain things had to be put on the back-burner in our busy lives. We both did not want to bring you a product that was half-assed, so we decided no show was better than…

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Padres History: The Opening Day Trifecta That Was Wynne, Gwynn & Kruk

March 26, 2017

One of the most exciting spectacles in Major League Baseball, or baseball at any level for that matter, is seeing home runs in sequence. “Back-to-back” is a term we like to use to describe two consecutive hitters “taking a pitcher deep,” another one of baseball’s famous catchphrases. However, something that is much more exciting is going “back-to-back-to-back.” In poker, three of a kind trumps a pair. The same applies to…

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