Do the Padres Deserve an All-Star Game Representative?

June 17, 2017

It’s June 17th. The 2017 MLB Draft has come and gone. MacKenzie Gore is now a San Diego Padre. With the draft in the rear view, all eyes are on MLB All-Star voting. There’s exactly 25 days until the best players in baseball take the field in Miami. As the current voting stands, there is no Padre anywhere close to being a top vote-getter. With how the Padres have performed…

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Advanced Stat Friday: Franchy, Pirela, Hand & More

June 16, 2017

  With baseball executives taking new steps to understand the game, and baseball writers and analysts developing new methods to analyze play on the field, the baseball sabermetric revolution is in full swing. Although the process really started with Bill James and his Baseball Abstracts in the 1980s, the baseball stat revolution didn’t start to take off until the Moneyball days of the Oakland Athletics, where on base percentage took…

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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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The Padres Bullpen Could Be Better Than We Thought

April 8, 2017

The San Diego Padres have one series under their belts in the freshly minted 2017 season. There were some things to like about the Padres’ performance during the recent four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, while there were other things that were just painful to watch. I personally subscribe to the “trust the process” perspective, and even though I know that this season is all about development and not…

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Potential Fantasy Baseball Sleepers on the Padres

March 18, 2017

With a young roster and little MLB experience, the Padres figure to have a lot of struggles on the field in 2017. However, there may be some surprises or just undervalued players who not only will help the Padres, but could also be valuable additions to your fantasy baseball team. This article won’t feature players like Wil Myers and Yangervis Solarte, since neither is particularly undervalued in fantasy leagues presently….

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How Will the Padres Bullpen Look Come Opening Day

March 3, 2017

While there is quite a bit of uncertainty surrounding the San Diego Padres’ starting rotation, the bullpen may be an area of strength for the club in 2017. The rotation may not feature a host of known inning-eaters, but at least it appears that there will be a competent relief corps to hold the staff up. One of the most encouraging decisions that the team made during the off-season was…

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The San Diego Padres 2017 Bullpen Could Surprise You

January 12, 2017

  A bullpen is one of the most underrated components of a MLB franchise. The bullpen can make or break a team and we have witnessed it before. The 2016 Cleveland Indians came a game away from a World Series title, arguably due to the effort put in by Andrew Miller and company. Another great example of a bullpen that has made a team relevant is the recent San Francisco…

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Trading Brad Hand or Ryan Buchter a Real Possibility for Padres

November 21, 2016

The San Diego Padres are poised to make some trades before the 2017 MLB season starts. A.J. Preller is surely exploring many options in order to improve the quality of his young squad. As far as young talent goes, the Padres are loaded at the minor league level, but they still lack major league talent to be relevant in 2017. That lack of talent is evident when you take a…

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Should the Padres Bring Back Fernando Rodney in 2017?

November 19, 2016

I’m going to cut to the chase. I absolutely believe that the San Diego Padres should bring Fernando Rodney back in 2017. Just to be upfront, I haven’t heard or seen anything connecting the Padres to Rodney moving forward, but it would just make so much sense. I have a little theory that if the Padres can put together a steady (not necessarily dominant) rotation and a deep, strong bullpen…

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Brad Puts His Hand in Padres History

September 15, 2016

It only took Brad Hand, the 26-year-old left handed reliever, five months (claimed off waivers April 8, 2016) to work his way into the Friars record books. Wednesday, Hand become only the sixth Padres reliever and only the second lefty reliever, to strikeout 100 batters in a season. He puts his name among an impressive list, Rollie Fingers (113) the first to do it in 1977, followed by Lance McCullers…

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Padres News: Padres Relief Pitchers Drawing Interest (Buchter, Hand & Maurer)

July 30, 2016

The San Diego Padres are one of the more active teams on the trade front. The team has already dealt James Shields, Fernando Rodney, Drew Pomeranz, Melvin Upton Jr., Andrew Cashner, and Colin Rea this season and there are likely more transactions to come. The team is in a full on rebuild mode and has collected numerous top-level prospects in return for these veteran players. Anderson Espinoza, Josh Naylor, Fernando…

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Padres News: New York Mets Interested in Brad Hand & Ryan Buchter

July 14, 2016

A report has come out from Mike Puma of the New York Post that the Mets are beginning to look for relief help on the open market. The team is currently in a second place in a competitive National League Eastern division. They trail the Washington Nationals by six games and are tied with the Miami Marlins. They need to make a move and now is the time. The San…

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