EVT Padres Podcast: Episode 62 with James & Patrick

September 11, 2017

We were off for a week or so. Sorry about that. Life happens. In our return, we discuss the current state of the Padres, briefly. The main focus of this episode was the prospects. The team recently announced a Padres prospect game, which will take place at the end of the month at Petco Park. The entire roster of this team was announced today and we talk about it. Like…

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Padres Establishing Winning Culture At Every Level

September 11, 2017

There is value in developing a winning culture. No matter how many stars you have, unless the team knows how to win, it won’t matter. There are plenty of examples. The 2012 Red Sox looked stacked after bringing in Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford the year before with David Ortiz, Jon Lester, and company already there. They finished in dead last in the A.L. East that season and manager Bobby Valentine was…

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Manuel Margot is Quickly Becoming the Face of the Franchise

September 10, 2017

After signing his six-year/$83-million dollar extension, Wil Myers was quickly deemed the “face of the franchise” for the San Diego Padres. It was natural, as the young first baseman was coming off his best season as a professional. The fan base needed a player to rally around. After years of uncertainty, the Padres faithful longed for a player they could call their own for the long run. Myers provides that….

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Jose Pirela Has Been Simply Amazing

September 9, 2017

On November 11th, 2015, the Padres completed a deal with the New York Yankees. In an effort to gain infield depth, the Friars dealt minor league right-handed pitcher Ronald Herrera to the Yankees for Jose Pirela. The infielder had spent nine years with New York, after being signed as a 17-year-old out of Venezuela. Pirela hit 72 home runs and stole 148 bases during his span (winter league stats included)…

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Padres “Taco Train” Update: Bound for Glory

September 7, 2017

This train is bound for glory, this train – 1920s American gospel song as sung by Woody Guthrie What began as a whisper has become a drumbeat. What started out as a far-fetched notion, has crept slowly into reach. What began in the middle of last year as a far-off dream has turned into full-fledged substance, tangible. The Taco Train is bound for glory. We’re one step closer every day….

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We Are Presently in The Birth of Padres Nation

September 6, 2017

The San Diego Sports scene is begging for a winner. With the city’s other professional franchise (that shall remain nameless) now playing in the rival city of Los Angeles, fans are certainly starved for a winner. The San Diego Padres have more pressure now than they have ever had to succeed. The team plays in one of the best venues in all of professional sports and are signed to play…

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To Tank or Not to Tank, That is the Question

September 5, 2017

You have probably heard enough about the Padres “tanking” possibilities, but I’m going to hit on this topic one more time. The principle behind the tank is very simple. Essentially, if you are not a playoff team, it makes little sense to finish higher in the standings, as that earns you a lower selection in the following year’s draft. Sounds pretty simple, right? Well it is not all that simple….

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The Padres to Have Another Rough Season In 2018

September 1, 2017

The Padres organization has made it clear to their fan base that 2019 is the earliest they can possibly expect this team to compete for a division title. Until then, management has promised to continue building the minor league system with as many high-ceiling, promising prospects as possible. As a result, the Padres have catapulted themselves into the forefront of minor league prominence and currently have the third best farm…

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Will Recent Waiver Wire Addition Tim Melville be a Productive Padre?

August 31, 2017

In recent years, the Padres have made some outstanding waiver claims. In 2016, it was Brad Hand who went from a struggling starting pitcher in Miami to a stud high-leverage reliever in San Diego. In the two years that he has been with the Friars, Hand has twirled a shiny 2.61 ERA in 155 innings pitched, an innings total that ranks at the top among MLB relievers. During this span,…

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Yangervis Solarte Has Been Better Than Expected at Short

August 31, 2017

Yangervis Solarte has been with the Padres since he came over at the 2014 trade deadline from the Yankees. In that time, he has hit a respectable .272, averaging 14 home runs per season. He also has a 107 OPS+ in his time in San Diego. Solarte has been a welcome veteran presence in this clubhouse this season, and is now 30 years old. Up to this point, he had…

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The Importance of the Rise of Fernando Tatis Jr.

August 30, 2017

    The A.J. Preller era of the San Diego Padres has been defined by risky moves and the hoarding of high-upside prospects. Many of these high risk/high ceiling prospects won’t pan out, but the ones that do will provide the foundation for a long-term rebuild that will hopefully turn the Padres into what recently rebuilt clubs like the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros have become. Those two long-suffering franchises…

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Clayton Richard Has Been a Rock in The Padre Rotation

August 28, 2017

  The Padres and their fans are really excited about the future of the team with all the upcoming prospects. However, there hasn’t been enough talk about the bright spots of the major league club these days. Clayton Richard was acquired in August and was re-signed in December of last year to be a Padre for the second time in his career. In his first stint with San Diego, from 2009…

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