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 Series Preview: Padres Look to Bounce Back Against Mets in Big Apple

May 23, 2017

The Padres are riding pretty low right now, they are 4-14 this month and they sit four games behind the Giants for dead last in the N.L. West. The Mets will be closing out their six game home stand against the Padres this series. They came into this homestand on a seven game losing streak, but they took care of business against the Angel,s taking two of three games. Although…

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The Book on New Padres’ Relievers Kirby Yates & Jose Valdez

May 23, 2017

Coming into the 2017 season, the bullpen was set to be the best asset of the San Diego Padres. However, throughout the season, the relief corps has massively struggled, with one of its biggest assets, Brandon Maurer, having a hard time keeping his head above water. In fact, in the last few weeks, his ERA has ballooned to 6.88. Even though this will ultimately come down since his FIP is 2.54…

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Padres EVT Podcast: Episode 36 with James & Patrick

May 22, 2017

Another solo show this week, as we first discuss all the recent moves made by the team. Travis d’Arnaud, Jose Valdez, and Carlos Asuaje are all a topic of discussion for the two of us. The addition of d’Arnaud is intriguing, as we don’t know exactly where he fits on the squad. He plays all over the place, but at the age of 30, he is no prospect. He gives…

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Padres Series Recap: Richard Helps Friars Prevent Sweep in Ugly Series

May 22, 2017

The Padres came into this home series looking to bounce back from an ugly and harsh road trip. They managed to grab only two wins in the seven game home stand; the opening game and the closing game. The continued slump knocked the Friars into the cellar of the N.L. West, as they now stand at 16-30. Prior to this home stand, our Boys were 14-25. Game 1 – Padres…

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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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Making a Case for Mackenzie Gore Over Hunter Greene in Upcoming Draft

May 21, 2017

Since the beginning of the year, Hunter Greene of Notre Dame High School in Los Angeles has garnered the respect of countless scouts. With a high-octane fastball capable of reaching 100 mph, Greene is this draft year’s version of Riley Pint. However, it’s his smooth delivery and quality athleticism (traits rarely seen in power pitchers from high school), which makes him a likely top-3 pick. As such, the Padres have…

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Ty France is Making a Great Impression

May 21, 2017

It was a cold Friday night when the Padres took on the Lake Elsinore Storm in a preseason exhibition game. I sat alongside fellow EVT writer, Mike Clark, and founder, James Clark, behind home plate, as we watched the Padres’ starting line-up slowly begin to substitute with up-and-coming prospects. Among those prospects was first baseman, Ty France. He was a late addition to the game, sporting the number 98, which was originally…

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Six Signs the Padres’ Plan is Working Or Not

May 20, 2017

  Do you believe in the plan? You know…the Master Plan. THE…PLAN. The answer for most Padres fans falls between one of two extremes: cynicism or romanticism. Whichever way one leans, it is foolhardy to embrace franchise goals as inevitable without checkpoints. These are, after all, goals the Padres set for themselves and commitments they made to their fans. Padres fans have been mistreated by ownership for years, and on…

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What is Jered Weaver’s Future as a Padre?

May 20, 2017

  This off-season, the San Diego Padres took a chance on many veteran pitchers, including former Angel, Jered Weaver. Coming into the year, Weaver was considered to be one of the more reliable options Andy Green had, given his resume in Anaheim. But now it seems Jered Weaver has one foot out the door of Major League Baseball. Weaver has not produced at all this year. In fact, he is…

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Padres Series Preview: Padres Trying to End Three-Game Skid

May 19, 2017

  After a horrendous road trip, the Padres failed to take advantage of being back in Petco Park, dropping three of four against the Brewers. Now, the Arizona Diamondbacks will spend the weekend in San Diego where the Padres can hopefully gain some steam in the N.L. West. The Diamondbacks are coming into town hot after left fielder Chris Herrmann hit a walk off home run in the top of the…

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