The Padres’ Tank is Far From Done

August 23, 2017

With just over a month left in the 2017 season, the San Diego Padres now find themselves at 55-69, a full 33 games back of the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, with the eighth-worst record in baseball. Going into the season, many thought the Padres would have a realistic chance at a 100-loss season with an almost guaranteed shot at the number one pick. Now the Padres sit nine games behind…

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Jered Weaver Announces His Retirement

August 16, 2017

  San Diego Padres starting pitcher Jered Weaver announced his retirement on Aug. 16, as announced by the Padres. Weaver began his 12th season overall, and his first with the Padres, in 2017. He signed a 1-year, $3 million contract with the club on Feb. 17. The right-hander made nine starts for the Friars, posting an 0-5 record with a 7.44 ERA. He often fell victim to the long ball,…

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The 2016 San Diego Padres Trades (One Year Later)

August 15, 2017

The Padres have been sellers for the past few years after the failed experiment in 2015. General manager A.J. Preller has been wheeling and dealing ever since. The trades of the past year have resulted in several good minor leaguers, some top-30 prospects, and even some top-100 overall prospects. Let’s take a look back at some of the trades of the past calendar year or so and see where we…

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Blake Hunt Interview: Intangibles Galore

August 12, 2017

The San Diego Padres surprised many, as they selected high school catchers with two of their first three picks in the June draft. Luis Campusano was picked with the 39th selection (second-round pick) overall and Blake Hunt was drafted with the 69th pick (second competitive balance round) overall. Both are regarded as defensive-minded catchers with a strong likelihood to remain at the position. As a high school backstop, often it…

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Jose Pirela Playing Himself Into Padres’ Plans

August 9, 2017

On the eve of the 2017 season, it was pretty clear where the Padres stood in the National League. After filling out their rotation with free agent dumpster-dive players, and preparing to start the season with a roster half made up of rookies and players only in the first few years of their respective careers, the Padres were well on their way to the worst record in baseball. However, somewhere…

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Carlos Asuaje Easily Passes the “Eye-Test”

August 7, 2017

In this day and age of the modern game of baseball, players are revered for their sheer size and athleticism. They are also cherished for the”tools” they possess while playing this game we all know and love. While speed, power, and the ability to square up a baseball are excellent assets to have, they are not the only way to judge talent. Playing major league baseball is a grind. It…

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Predicting the 2021 World Series Champion San Diego Padres

August 6, 2017

It is November of 2021 and the San Diego Padres have just won their first ever World Series title. San Diego fans have flooded the streets of downtown San Diego and are celebrating the city’s first major championship in 58 years (if you even count the 1963 AFL Championship-winning San Diego Chargers). Padres fans have been waiting for this moment for virtually their entire life and it has finally happened….

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Is it Time for Luis Perdomo to Turn the Page?

August 5, 2017

In the week prior to Opening Day, I wrote a piece entitled, Luis Perdomo Should Make the Starting Rotation. During the offseason, there was a significant amount of debate amongst San Diego Padres fans, as to whether the 23-year-old RHP should return to the MLB roster, or be sent down to the lower levels for further conditioning. After being in favor of the latter for most of the winter, I…

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Down on the Farm: August 4- Mason House’s Big Night

August 4, 2017

El Paso Chihuahuas (53-58) Lost 6-5 It was another rough night on the mound for left-hander Dillon Overton, as he was hit hard for six earned runs on eight hits in just four innings of work. After the Chihuahuas went down in order in the top of the first, Overton gave up a solo home run to Brandon Barnes to put New Orleans on the board. A leadoff walk, a…

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Padres EVT Podcast: Episode 53 with James & Patrick

August 4, 2017

  How about a quick little podcast on the Padres day off? Patrick and I were itching to talk some Padre baseball, so we fired up the old podcast machine and gave it a whirl. We started out talking about, of all things, the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team from up north has played remarkable so far this season, and we discuss how they are also built for the long…

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Grading the Progress of the Padres’ “Process”

August 3, 2017

Okay, Padre fans, it’s time to start evaluating where this whole thing is going. The Padres made no secret of their intentions this year. They stated a philosophy of building the franchise over time (3-5 years) into a championship contender. 2017, they said, would be a development year. We are now past the MLB All-Star break and trade deadline. We are a full 12 months into it, and thus it’s…

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A Look at Padres Prospect Hansel Rodriguez

August 1, 2017

With all the great right-handed pitching in the Padres’ farm system it is easy to overlook some deeper arms with tremendous potential in the system. With guys like Cal Quantrill, Eric Lauer, Anderson Espinoza, Michael Baez, Joey Lucchesi, Logan Allen, Jacob Nix, and Adrian Morejon, it’s easy to pay little attention to the Hansel Rodriguez‘s of the farm system. Hansel Rodriguez is a 20-year-old RHP currently playing for the Fort…

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