Prospect Watch: 2017 is a Big Season for Javier Guerra

February 17, 2017

  After what has been a rough couple of years as a San Diego Padres fan, the Padres finally have some real hope for the future. With a flurry of trades and big time international signings, the Padres have turned one of the worst farm systems in all of baseball into one of the game’s deepest. On top of that, many Padres prospects had successful 2016 seasons, which gave the…

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Padres Eric Lauer Interview- Progression Through Dedication

February 7, 2017

The San Diego Padres selected Eric Lauer with their 25th overall pick in the 2016 draft. The left-handed pitcher out of Kent State came with the reputation of being a polished pitcher, and he has done absolutely nothing to contradict that assessment. Lauer has worked his tail off since joining the Padres’ organization, and is anxious to start his first full professional season. He recently took time to sit down…

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Yangervis Solarte a Possible Utility Man?

February 1, 2017

The San Diego Padres have a lot of options entering spring training regarding their 25-man roster. There are some open spots that will result in a few competitions during the spring. Arguably the most intriguing spot, in a potential position battle, is second base. Ryan Schimpf, Cory Spangenberg, and Carlos Asuaje are all deserving candidates. Each should see some playing time at the position during the season. All three of…

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The San Diego Padres’ Secret Weapon

January 31, 2017

The San Diego Padres weren’t good in 2016. Despite their best efforts, they weren’t even good in 2015 after a hectic off-season filled with trading by then new general manager, A.J. Preller. In fact, the Padres haven’t really been objectively good since 2010, their last winning season, and haven’t made a postseason appearance since way back in 2006. Going into 2017, the Padres are once again not expected to be…

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Prospect Watch: Franchy Cordero is on the Rise

January 30, 2017

I would be lying if I tried to say I have always had a strong interest in prospects. As a San Diego Padres’ fan, I have always been told to hold hope for the future, because there were always better players coming up to make the Padres a winner. For the last twenty years I have watched the Padres. I have watched young players get called up, play well for…

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Padres Bargain Shopping/Free Agent Leftovers- Starting Pitchers

January 29, 2017

The San Diego Padres need for starting pitching is quite obvious. The 2017 spring training period will be an open audition for as many as nine arms as Luis Perdomo, Trevor Cahill, Clayton Richard, Jhoulys Chacin, Jarred Cosart, Paul Clemens, Tyrell Jenkins, Cesar Vargas, and Christian Friedrich will all try to earn a spot in the Padres’ rotation. The team needs starting pitchers to complete the 2017 season and there…

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Why Does Ron Fowler HATE the Color Brown?

January 28, 2017

In a stadium full of various sports fans, a San Diego Padres’ supporter wearing old-school brown merchandise will always stick out. But yet, seemingly every year, Padres management remakes the jerseys with a stale boring look. A once unique franchise now resembles that of dozens of professional sports teams with the blue and white color scheme. It’s not the color blue and white that is the issue, it’s the fact…

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Is Jhoulys Chacin a Lock as a Starter for the Padres in 2017?

January 27, 2017

The word on the street is that the San Diego Padres may be fielding Major League Baseball’s weakest starting rotation in 2017. Some critics even claim that this rotation will be exceptionally bad. The worst seen in years. Could this be accurate? On paper, maybe. It’s true, if nothing exceptional happens with this rotation during the upcoming season, it might be bad. If there are no breakout performances or veteran…

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The Three-Man Rotation, Revisited

January 25, 2017

“Dream in a pragmatic way” – Aldous Huxley. In November, still dizzied by the intoxicating ridiculousness of Andrew Miller’s postseason, I dreamed up the concept of a re-imagined pitching staff for the hometown team. The article centered around the possibility of a three-man rotation (to be referred to as the TMR from here on out) that would allow for smaller, though more consistent, workloads for every arm on the staff….

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Inviting “The Freak” to Camp- Tim Lincecum an Option for Padres?

January 22, 2017

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. The Padres sign a has-been who is coming off a bad year and hope he will turn things around inside the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park. Heck, they’ve already done that a bunch this off-season. But I’d like them to do it at least one more time. It’s at least worth the time and effort to kick the tires on Tim Lincecum. Before…

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Under The Radar Friars For 2017

January 19, 2017

  The MLB season can be compared to mining for gold back in the 1840’s. It can be a long and painful process, but there may very well be gems found along the way. In 2016, the Padres found several in Ryan Schimpf, Brad Hand, Luis Perdomo, Drew Pomeranz, and Ryan Buchter. 2017, like any other season, should be no different for the Friars. There is a high probability that…

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Eric Yardley Interview: Opportunity in Every Difficulty

January 18, 2017

It is July in the sweltering summer of Alpine, TX, and the phone is ringing. On one end sits Eric Yardley, a pitcher for the Trinidad Triggers of the Pecos League, an association of independent baseball clubs spread from California to Kansas. He is a recent graduate of Seattle University who opted to forgo a Master’s degree in education (for now) for the possibility to be called a professional baseball…

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