Brad Zunica Interview- Productive 2017 Will Lead to Future Success

October 21, 2017

It was early August and Padre prospect Brad Zunica was in the midst of his best season as a professional. The big first baseman had already slugged 18 homers on the year and was a solid presence in the middle of the TinCaps’ lineup. In his third at bat of an August 8th game against the Great Lakes Loons, he was hit on the foot by a 96 mph fastball….

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Blake Hunt Interview- Early Adjustments Have Paid Dividends

October 14, 2017

In taking on this challenge to provide top-notch Padres’ content, I have been lucky enough to talk to numerous prospects. Many of these young men are excellent individuals, and their skills go far beyond the baseball field. Of all the prospects I keep in touch with, young catcher Blake Hunt is quickly becoming one of my favorites to converse with. The young man has an infectious craving for the game…

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Franchy Cordero Interview: Love For the Glove

August 22, 2017

Tacoma, Washington Franchy Cordero made a splash for the San Diego Padres earlier this season. In his first career start, on May 28th against the Washington Nationals, he went 2-5 with a double and a run scored. He also made an impact with his glove. I had a chance to sit down with Franchy before El Paso’s game against Tacoma on Monday night. We did the interview in Spanish, his…

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Mason House Interview: Arriving Late to the Party

August 19, 2017

The San Diego Padres are loaded with pitching in their minor league system. Adrian Morejon, Cal Quantrill, Eric Lauer, Michel Baez, Logan Allen, Joey Lucchesi, Anderson Espinoza, Jacob Nix, and company provide an excellent nucleus of pitchers to potentially build around. They are all between the ages of 18-22 and still have their whole professional careers ahead of them. The pitching department seems taken care of, but there is a…

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Interview with Michel Baez: Cuban Fireballer Assesses His Performance

August 17, 2017

Fort Wayne, Indiana Michel Baez (ME-shell Bye-ez) has been lighting up radar guns and regularly sending batters back to the dugout since arriving in the Low Class-A Midwest League. Baez, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound Cuban right-hander, hit 98 mph in his first outing July 4 with the Fort Wayne TinCaps. A Parkview Field crowd of 9,266 saw the 21-year-old fan nine Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians) while walking none in five…

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Rod Boykin Interview: Making Waves With the Storm

August 14, 2017

The Lake Elsinore Storm just named outfielder Rod Boykin their latest homestand hero. During the recent seven-game homestand, Boykin hit .435 with two home runs and four RBI. He has been a bright spot in the Storm offense since his call-up from Fort Wayne on July 12. In his first 23 games with the Storm, Boykin has hit the same number of home runs that he hit in 69 games…

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Blake Hunt Interview: Intangibles Galore

August 12, 2017

The San Diego Padres surprised many, as they selected high school catchers with two of their first three picks in the June draft. Luis Campusano was picked with the 39th selection (second-round pick) overall and Blake Hunt was drafted with the 69th pick (second competitive balance round) overall. Both are regarded as defensive-minded catchers with a strong likelihood to remain at the position. As a high school backstop, often it…

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Predicting the 2021 World Series Champion San Diego Padres

August 6, 2017

It is November of 2021 and the San Diego Padres have just won their first ever World Series title. San Diego fans have flooded the streets of downtown San Diego and are celebrating the city’s first major championship in 58 years (if you even count the 1963 AFL Championship-winning San Diego Chargers). Padres fans have been waiting for this moment for virtually their entire life and it has finally happened….

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Grading the Progress of the Padres’ “Process”

August 3, 2017

Okay, Padre fans, it’s time to start evaluating where this whole thing is going. The Padres made no secret of their intentions this year. They stated a philosophy of building the franchise over time (3-5 years) into a championship contender. 2017, they said, would be a development year. We are now past the MLB All-Star break and trade deadline. We are a full 12 months into it, and thus it’s…

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The 1989 Padres – The Season That Could Have Been

August 1, 2017

The 1989 Padres – The Season That Could Have Been by Jeffrey Pilch aka @texpadres For many longtime Padres beisbolistas, 1989 was one of the more exciting seasons in the franchise’s history. There was no champagne flowing or flag raising after the season. With 89 wins, the Padres had the third-best record in the National League and fifth-best in baseball. In the pre-wildcard era, though, that wasn’t good enough for…

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Fernando Tatis Interview: Son of Big Leaguer Already Impressing at 18

August 1, 2017

Growing up around clubhouses with his big leaguer, father Fernando Tatis II, Fernando Tatis III — aka Fernando Tatis Jr. or Fernando Gabriel (Medina) Tatis — soaked up as much baseball as he could. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder is now showing off his knowledge and ability, as an infielder with the Fort Wayne TinCaps in the San Diego Padres system. Just 18, the younger Tatis went into play Monday, July 31 leading the…

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Padres EVT Podcast: Episode 50 with Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com

July 26, 2017

For our 50th episode, we bring back friend to the show, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com. The site is fresh off their updated rankings for each MLB team. Before bringing in Jonathan, Patrick and I discuss the recent trade. Brandon Maurer, Ryan Buchter, and Trevor Cahill were shipped to KC on Monday, and we discuss the trade between ourselves. The trade might have been tough for some Padre fans to see,…

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