Down on the Farm: Weekly Review June 12-19

June 18, 2017

Rafael Ortega- OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 9-23, 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 16 TB I know Ortega is a 26-year-old minor league free agent playing in Triple-A, but he has been pretty impressive so far this season. Over the last 10 days, Ortega has collected 15 hits, including two home runs and four doubles. If the Padres experience further injuries in the big league outfield, Ortega seems…

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Interview With Padres’ Minor Leaguer Ruddy Giron

June 18, 2017

  On Friday afternoon, I had a chance to visit, for the first time, the Padres advanced A affiliate Lake Elsinore Storm. I drove up there to interview a couple of young Latino players: Javier Guerra and Ruddy Giron. Due to extended batting practice, Javier wasn’t available after all. I did, however, find out a lot about Ruddy Giron. He’s a very interesting young man, and I was completely blown…

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Chihuahuas Complete Sweep of Tacoma Rainiers

June 18, 2017

With yesterday’s victory over the Tacoma Rainiers, the El Paso Chihuahuas have taken control of second place in the PCL Pacific Southern. They also brought their overall record up to .500 with the sweep of the Rainiers. In total, the Chihuahuas outscored Tacoma 27-11 in the series. Christian Villanueva hit two home runs, bringing his batting average up to .307. Andre Rienzo and Zach Lee both had starts where they…

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Framing the Friars: Lamet Gets Back On Track Against Brewers

June 17, 2017

  Dinelson Lamet had a pair of rough outings after his mesmerizing Major League debut and strong second outing against the Chicago Cubs. In two starts, he gave up 16 runs over eight innings. Before those starts, his ERA was 2.70. Through those eight innings, his ERA inflated quicker than an outdoor tent, rising to 8.50. Lamet was given the ball when the San Diego Padres played the second game…

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Framing the Friars: The Ball is Juiced?

June 17, 2017

Following a three-game home sweep against the Cincinnati Reds, the San Diego Padres came into Miller Park on Friday with confidence. The Padres wasted little time jumping on Brewers’ starter Junior Guerra early. After the first two batters reached on an outfield misplay and a walk, the struggling Wil Myers stepped to the plate. And he did not disappoint, as the right-hander launched an absolute moon shot over the outfield…

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Do the Padres Deserve an All-Star Game Representative?

June 17, 2017

It’s June 17th. The 2017 MLB Draft has come and gone. MacKenzie Gore is now a San Diego Padre. With the draft in the rear view, all eyes are on MLB All-Star voting. There’s exactly 25 days until the best players in baseball take the field in Miami. As the current voting stands, there is no Padre anywhere close to being a top vote-getter. With how the Padres have performed…

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Down on the Farm: June 16- Adrian Morejon!

June 16, 2017

Christian Villanueva– 3B, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 1-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K Considering the Padres were going into a rebuilding year, they had no qualms with signing a plethora of minor league free agents in hopes that one or two would pan out. Given the sense of open opportunity on the Padres’ big league roster, there is a window for some of these guys to earn…

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Padres EVT Podcast: Episode 43 with Geoff Young

June 16, 2017

In this week’s episode, fresh off the draft, we welcome in Padres “Blog Father”, Geoff Young. He did our show last year around this time and we decided it was time to bring back the man. It is always great to talk to Geoff and pick his brain about the state of the current Padres’ regime. We speak a bit about the draft and Mackenzie Gore. We also briefly speak…

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Advanced Stat Friday: Franchy, Pirela, Hand & More

June 16, 2017

  With baseball executives taking new steps to understand the game, and baseball writers and analysts developing new methods to analyze play on the field, the baseball sabermetric revolution is in full swing. Although the process really started with Bill James and his Baseball Abstracts in the 1980s, the baseball stat revolution didn’t start to take off until the Moneyball days of the Oakland Athletics, where on base percentage took…

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Three Years Ago Today We Lost a Legend

June 16, 2017

Three years ago today, the Major League Baseball community lost a great man. The iconic face and heart of the San Diego Padres‘ franchise lost his battle with cancer. The immortal Tony Gwynn will always be known as one of the best hitters in the game, but his accolades accomplished on the ball field were nothing compared to the man he truly was. Some people just carry this aura about…

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Down on the Farm: June 15- The Dust Devils Are Back!

June 15, 2017

Ryan Schimpf– 3B, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 2-4, 1 HR It’s June 15 and Ryan Schimpf is in Triple-A. If you asked me before the season, I would have said there was a pretty good chance that Schimpf would be playing for a team other than the Padres. I just didn’t think that team would be the Padres Triple-A affiliate in El Paso. With that being said, Schimpf hit another…

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Framing the Friars: Franchy Cordero is the Man

June 15, 2017

Before the season even got underway, the Padres were down a man, as left-handed hitting outfielder, Alex Dickerson, was having back problems that would cause him to miss the beginning of the season. Here we are nearly three months later, and it appears Alex Dickerson may not play this season at all. Along the way, the Padres have also suffered further outfield injuries, first to Travis Jankowski and then to Manuel…

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