The Pros & Cons to Potentially Signing Mike Moustakas

September 29, 2017

The San Diego Padres had a positive 2017 season. Despite the fact the team finished fourth in their division, they played better than most predicted. For a team that was supposed to lose 100 games, the Padres played exceptionally well. The youth on the team produced, for the most part, and the inadequacies in the pitching staff were not a major issue for young manager Andy Green. Yes, the staff…

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12 Years Ago Today, the 2005 N.L. West Champion Padres Were Crowned

September 28, 2017

12 years ago today, the Padres clinched their first division title and playoff spot since 1998. They actually clinched the N.L. West with a 79-79 record, the lowest winning percentage for a clinching division champion in major league history. The 2005 Padres finished 82-80. Jake Peavy was the ace of the staff. He finished the year 13-7 with a 2.88 ERA with a National League-leading 216 strikeouts. Brian Giles had…

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Down on the Farm: 2017 Recap- The San Antonio Missions

September 28, 2017

In this sixth piece detailing the Padres’ minor league system, we take a look at the San Antonio Missions. The Missions were a team that dominated the Texas League from start to finish in the regular season. They headed into the playoffs as favorites, but were unable to get past the Mission Rock Hounds, despite being up 2-1 in the series and up late in game four. It was a…

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Will Padres Look to Free Agency in 2018?

September 27, 2017

With the San Diego Padres still several years away from competing, there are a couple of players that should be of interest to them heading into 2018. These players could potentially help establish that elusive “winning culture” that San Diegans are clamoring for. There are a plethora of names being discussed as future pieces for the next great Padre team. Fernando Tatis Jr., Hudson Potts, and Luis Urias are just…

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Friars of the Past: Andy Benes Selected Number 1 Overall by Padres

September 26, 2017

Andy Benes was a 6-foot-6, 240-pound pitcher, a young kid that scouts called “a Roger Clemens in shoulder pads.” In 1988, the San Diego Padres drafted him No. 1 overall in the MLB First Year Player Draft. Benes was a junior at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana, when the Padres drafted him. During that junior season at Evansville, Benes had a 16-3 record, with 13 complete games and…

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Wil Myers Is Still the Face of the Padres

September 26, 2017

Wil Myers certainly did not have the season most expected him to have. He would be the first to tell you that. In a recent article from MLB.com’s Nathan Ruiz, Myers said: “All in all, this year’s been a little bit of a disappointment for me, not to be able to put up better numbers more consistently…” Don’t worry, Padres fans. He knows he has to be better. It’s not…

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Down on the Farm: 2017 Recap- The Lake Elsinore Storm

September 25, 2017

RECORD:  First Half (35-35): 3rd in Cal League South Division Second Half (29-41): 5th in Cal League South Division STARTING ROTATION: The Lake Elsinore Storm entered 2017 with high hopes for their starting rotation. Although top prospect Anderson Espinoza was shut down just a few days prior to the Padres Opening Day (and eventually had TJ surgery), the starting rotation was by far the best part of the team in…

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Framing the Friars: Spoiling for a Fight, Chacin & Padres Shut Out Rockies 5-0

September 24, 2017

The story of the night was twofold: Padre pitching, and the Padres playing “spoiler” yet again, looking more like a playoff team than the playoff-chasing Colorado Rockies, beating them 5-0. Jhoulys Chacin continued his torrid home pitching, throwing 5 and 1/3 innings of no-hit ball before yielding a soft single to center to DJ LeMahieu in the sixth, which Manuel Margot made a sterling attempt to get, but came up…

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The Wild, Wild N.L. West: An Early 2020 Division Outlook

September 23, 2017

The Wild, Wild N.L. West It goes without saying, the N.L. West has been nothing short of strange, this 2017 season. The Giants are in last place. The Rockies and Diamondbacks are hanging on to the two wild card spots in the National League. The Dodgers, who won a billion games throughout the year, just dipped down into a severe slump in which they lost 11 games in a row…

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Down on the Farm: 2017 Recap- Low-A Fort Wayne TinCaps

September 22, 2017

Three Takeaways 1. Fernando Tatis Jr. is One of the Best Prospects in Baseball If there is any obvious takeaway from the TinCaps season, it is that Fernando Tatis Jr. very clearly puts himself into the conversation as one of the best prospects in all of baseball. After improving in every month in Fort Wayne, Tatis found himself surprisingly promoted to the San Antonio Missions in September for the stretch…

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Where Does Travis Jankowski’s Future with the Padres Lie?

September 22, 2017

The San Diego Padres’ 2017 September call ups have arrived. There really weren’t too many surprising moves made as the team brought up a handful of players from triple-A El Paso, once their season had ended. Notable call ups have included infielder Carlos Villanueva, catcher Rocky Gale, pitcher Tim Melville, and unsurprisingly, outfielder Hunter Renfroe. Along with the aforementioned players, came a curious addition/ omission scenario.The Padres finally chose to…

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Hunter Renfroe is Mr. September

September 21, 2017

  The San Diego Padres are not in a pennant chase right now. There will be no wild card spot for the Friars in the 2017 season. We all knew that coming into the year, and that is fine. The progression this franchise has made with its minor leagues is enough to create excitement within the normally docile fan base. Players like Fernando Tatis, Cal Quantrill, Joey Lucchesi and Michel…

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