It Is Dinelson Lamet’s Time

May 25, 2017

It’s May 25 and the San Diego Padres already find themselves 14 games back of the division leading Colorado Rockies and with the second worst winning percentage in all of baseball. So far, the Padres have been pretty successful at embracing the tank. Even so, the Padres have seen some of the farm system build up start to pay off with the promotions of Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe. Both…

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The Book on New Padres’ Relievers Kirby Yates & Jose Valdez

May 23, 2017

Coming into the 2017 season, the bullpen was set to be the best asset of the San Diego Padres. However, throughout the season, the relief corps has massively struggled, with one of its biggest assets, Brandon Maurer, having a hard time keeping his head above water. In fact, in the last few weeks, his ERA has ballooned to 6.88. Even though this will ultimately come down since his FIP is 2.54…

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Making a Case for Mackenzie Gore Over Hunter Greene in Upcoming Draft

May 21, 2017

Since the beginning of the year, Hunter Greene of Notre Dame High School in Los Angeles has garnered the respect of countless scouts. With a high-octane fastball capable of reaching 100 mph, Greene is this draft year’s version of Riley Pint. However, it’s his smooth delivery and quality athleticism (traits rarely seen in power pitchers from high school), which makes him a likely top-3 pick. As such, the Padres have…

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Six Signs the Padres’ Plan is Working Or Not

May 20, 2017

  Do you believe in the plan? You know…the Master Plan. THE…PLAN. The answer for most Padres fans falls between one of two extremes: cynicism or romanticism. Whichever way one leans, it is foolhardy to embrace franchise goals as inevitable without checkpoints. These are, after all, goals the Padres set for themselves and commitments they made to their fans. Padres fans have been mistreated by ownership for years, and on…

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What is Brad Hand’s Trade Value?

May 18, 2017

  The San Diego Padres claimed left-handed pitcher, Brad Hand, off waivers from the Miami Marlins in April of 2016. At the time, Hand was a struggling starter, posting a 4.00+ ERA in his career as a starter with the Marlins. The Padres were unsure of where the lefty would fall in their struggling pitching staff, and would eventually delegate him to the bullpen. Hand, embracing his new role, has quietly…

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Can Matt Szczur Help the Padres?

May 17, 2017

When the San Diego Padres traded for a Chicago Cubs outfielder by the name of Matt Szczur, it looked as if they were trying to win scrabble once again by using a player’s last name. They put a solid score in 2015, when they had Marc Rzepczynski and the time was right to rack up another high score. In the last week, the new Padre has played the part of…

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Fernando Tatis Jr. Is a Mature & Impressive Young Man

May 16, 2017

The San Diego Padres’ farm system is growing beyond belief. Players with high ceilings are at almost every level. The growth of the farm system is phenomenal, and not many players have developed more in recent months than the San Diego Padres’ infielder, Fernando Tatis Jr. The 18-year-old, Dominican, right-handed hitter is currently playing at the Single-A level, and is holding his own against much older competition in the Midwest…

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The Padres are No Longer “Stuck in the Middle”

May 14, 2017

In the game of modern baseball, you either have to be rebuilding for the future or going for it all. There is no middle ground. For years, the Padres have been in that middle ground, and that has definitely set back this franchise. Presently, the team has a plan and they are executing it. That is a wonderful thing for Padres’ fans, as they have longed to root for a…

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Is Trevor Cahill the Next Drew Pomeranz?

May 13, 2017

This off-season, the San Diego Padres were looking for pitching depth to bolster their already championship-ready team. Just kidding. The harsh reality is the Padres are years away from contention, so A.J. Preller and company just wanted to acquire veteran pitchers to eat innings for them. They signed many borderline starters, including San Diego native, Trevor Cahill. Entering spring training, Cahill was competing for a starting job, along with many other…

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A Simulation Of The Padres Future Using Out Of The Park Baseball 18

May 9, 2017

    With the Padres in a rebuilding phase, and not winning many games, I thought a fun thing to do would be to do a simulation of how the Padres’ future will turn out, using the recently released ‘Out Of The Park Baseball ’18’ simulation game. Out Of The Park (aka OOTP) is a long running series of baseball simulation games, and its 2016 iteration of the game, OOTP…

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Is it Time to Worry About Hunter Renfroe?

May 6, 2017

At this point in his young career, it is evident that Hunter Renfroe is far from a polished product. Coming into the 2017 season, everyone was well aware of his poor plate discipline, but seeing it first-hand has been another story. Competing against major league-quality pitchers has not helped this young man, as they continually pick at his weaknesses and expose him. In the bottom of the sixth inning in…

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Will Michael Gettys & Javier Guerra Ever Figure It Out?

May 5, 2017

It can be both endlessly fun and very painful to prospect watch. For every prospect that works out and becomes a major league star, there is at least four or five that burn out at the lower levels of the minor leagues. In recent years, the Padres have turned around what was a bottom-of-the-barrel farm system. Now sitting among the top five or so farm systems in all of baseball,…

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