Tanking Successfully is All About Timing

August 27, 2017

We have all read the reports and heard the word “tank” being used as a verb in the past few months. The word is used to describe a philosophy of gathering draft picks for a franchises’ future. If you are not competing, then it makes sense to get a higher pick in the following year’s draft…something that has a lot of merit to it for a rebuilding franchise. However, the…

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Esteury Ruiz: Bringing Speed & Power to the Game

August 26, 2017

The San Diego Padres are in a rebuilding mode of sorts. The team will not use that term, but the writing is on the wall. A.J. Preller was brought to San Diego to revamp a farm system that had been neglected for a long time. Evaluating talent was his specialty and the young G.M. wasted no time in spending money on the international market. The Padres had, sadly, never really…

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Heading to the Finish Line with the Padres’ Rule-5 Players

August 25, 2017

It’s becoming increasingly more likely that the San Diego Padres will be a 70-plus win team by season’s end. That’s a far cry from the preseason predictions that tagged the team as a mere 60 game winner and the worst in the league. Now the team is poised to potentially end up closer to the bottom-middle of the pack. Some fans would argue that this is not an ideal situation….

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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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