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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Carlos Asuaje Easily Passes the “Eye-Test”

August 7, 2017

In this day and age of the modern game of baseball, players are revered for their sheer size and athleticism. They are also cherished for the”tools” they possess while playing this game we all know and love. While speed, power, and the ability to square up a baseball are excellent assets to have, they are not the only way to judge talent. Playing major league baseball is a grind. It…

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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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Hudson Potts Interview: 18-year-old is Learning Ropes of Pro Ball

July 23, 2017

When you are 18 and getting paid to play baseball, the question of maturity is one on the tip’s of people’s tongues. Such is the case for a young Texan finding his way in pro ball in the upper Midwest. Hudson Potts, a first-round selection in the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft (24th overall) out of powerhouse Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas, is providing an answer to…

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An Interview with Xolos’ Announcer Nate Abaurrea

July 13, 2017

On Monday night, I had the pleasure of interviewing the voice of the Tijuana Xolos in English, Nate Abaurrea. I was curious to know how Nate fell in love with “the beautiful game” of soccer. In this profile, our readers will find out how a Northern California native has become a regional soccer voice. We talked about many topics, some of which will not be featured in this piece, but…

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Brad Zunica Interview: TinCaps Clubhouse is Fun, But Zunica is All Business

July 7, 2017

In taking on this adventure of covering the Padres from top to bottom, I have had the pleasure of speaking to several key players and personnel. Among them is Brad Zunica, who I have kept in contact with some regularity since we first spoke in January of 2016. Brad is a left-handed hitting first baseman from Florida, who at the age of 21, is just starting to really find his…

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