Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #38 Colten Brewer

January 17, 2018

Background Although it’s been a quiet offseason around baseball, as well as for the San Diego Padres, the Padres did make an acquisition earlier in the offseason in the signing of right-handed pitcher Colten Brewer on November 22. Despite being signed as a minor league free agent, Brewer does have a pretty well-regarded draft pedigree, as the right-hander was drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 MLB Draft by…

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Ending the Concept of “Padres University”

January 16, 2018

The Padres’ franchise has always had trouble when it comes to developing a sense of tradition and cultivating a winning philosophy. There are many reasons why the team has failed to become relevant in Major League Baseball over the years. Among the issues is the franchise’s failure to keep their own cultivated talent (whether they were acquired via trade or homegrown) and build a winning team around them. That’s the…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #39 Walker Lockett

January 16, 2018

Background Drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres, Andrew Lockett has appeared in 78 games over the course of the last six seasons. Even with his solid draft pedigree, Lockett has been consistently held back by a variety of injuries. Over his first four seasons in the Padres’ organization from 2012-2015, Lockett only threw 118 and a third innings in total. Sure,…

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Gabriel Arias: The 17 Year-Old Phenom is Turning Heads

January 15, 2018

If you thought Fernando Tatis Jr. was impressive in 2017, I ask you to please also consider 17 year-old Gabriel Arias. Possibly one of the fastest rising prospects in the San Diego Padres’ farm system currently. Arias, who signed with the Padres out of Venezuela for $1.9 million in July 2016, got his first taste of professional baseball in 2017, spending time both in the Arizona League, as well as…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #40 Rocky Gale

January 15, 2018

As wild as it is to say, we are less than a month from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training. Despite the free agent market being historically slow, with many of the top free agents still remaining unsigned halfway through January, spring training is now just around the corner. With 40 days to go until the Padres have their first spring training game against the Seattle Mariners on February…

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Should Steve Garvey’s Number be Unretired by Padres?

January 14, 2018

*It is an extremely slow offseason, so we bring you this updated piece originally written in February of 2017. October 6, 1984 is a date in San Diego sports history that will forever be cherished. It was game four of the National League Championship Series at Jack Murphy Stadium. The Chicago Cubs were leading the San Diego Padres two games to one, in a best of five series. For the…

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Nick Margevicius: The Left-Handed Prospect Hardly Anyone is Talking About

January 14, 2018

The rise of the San Diego Padres’ farm system has been well documented. Since A.J. Preller took over as the team’s general manager in August of 2014, he has found multiple avenues in which to rejuvenate a farm system that had always been solid, yet unspectacular. One way Preller has been able to bring in talent like no Padres’ GM before him has been through the amateur draft. 12 of…

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Extending a (Brad) Hand: Reliever to Remain a Friar Through 2020

January 13, 2018

  Long live the Hand puns. Reports from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports broke news today of a three-year contract extension for San Diego Padres reliever Brad Hand. The deal will keep the left-hander in San Diego through the 2020 season with a club option for 2021, and is reportedly worth $19.75 million in guaranteed money. The extension offers a degree of stability to…

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Esteury Ruiz: The Next Big Thing?

January 13, 2018

If there’s one thing that Padres’ minor leaguer Esteury Ruiz can do, it is undoubtedly hit. The young Ruiz, who was signed out of the Dominican Republic by the Kansas City Royals in July 2015 for $100,000 as a 16-year-old, has carried a .331 career batting line. While it’s across just over 400 at-bats in his young career, and that’s obviously bound to regress, it is still impressive nonetheless as…

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The San Diego Padres Alumni Division MUST BE Embraced

January 13, 2018

*This piece was originally written last year, little has been done to rectify the problem. The alumni division has arguably been the most neglected area in the history of the San Diego Padres. The Padres Hall Of Fame was a nice touch, but was extremely overdue and seemed rushed solely for all-star game purposes. The fan base sees this. They are not dumb. Presently, there are dozens upon dozens of…

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Padres Birthday Spotlight: Randy Jones

January 12, 2018

Happy 68th birthday to one of the best to ever put on a San Diego Padres uniform, Randy Jones. Jones was drafted by the Padres in the 5th round of the 1972 draft. He made his debut in 1973. He won seven games with a 3.16 ERA, with an ERA+ of 110. In 1974, things didn’t look good for the young lefty. He led the entire MLB with 22 losses…

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Why Eric Hosmer Really Isn’t That Bad

January 12, 2018

Ever since Dennis Lin reported on the Padres potential interest in former Royals first-baseman Eric Hosmer, the team’s fanbase (and more specifically Padres twitter) has been noticeably divided. Friends have become enemies and enemies have reached mutual understandings with one another as many camps have discussed the potential signing of the free agent 1st baseman. Hosmer’s weaknesses have been well documented, but this writer is here to convince Padres fans…

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