If Brad Hand is Dealt, What are the Closing Options for the Padres?

November 19, 2017

There are plenty of rumors swirling that the San Diego Padres will soon be seriously entertaining offers for closer Brad Hand. Without a doubt, the team will be fielding calls in a constant effort to get better. The effort to improve starts with the minor league system, and if dealing Brad Hand can bring in more prospects, then the team will surely pull the trigger. A.J. Preller has already indicated…

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Carter Capps (finally) Makes His Padres Debut

August 8, 2017

Carter Capps celebrated his 27th birthday on August 7. He celebrated it by not just being called up to the majors by the San Diego Padres, but also making his Padre debut. It was the first time a player has made his debut with the team on his birthday. Capps pitched two-thirds of an inning in the Padres’ 11-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. He allowed three runs on one…

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Who’s the Closer Once Brad Hand is Traded?

July 26, 2017

  With their trade of Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer, and Trevor Cahill to the Kansas City Royals on Monday afternoon, the Padres not only finally kicked off their trade deadline moving and shaking, but they also blew up their bullpen in the process. While Hand has been reliably used as the Padres’ bullpen fireman, operating as a quasi set-up man/multi-inning relief ace, Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer more or less…

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Down on the Farm: Weekly Review July 17-23

July 24, 2017

Credit: EVT News Christian Villanueva– 3B, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 9-20, 3 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 5 BB, 15 TB If not for the Padres’ insane infield depth, third baseman Christian Villanueva might have finally caught his long-awaited major league break. However, with Yangervis Solarte, Cory Spangenberg, Carlos Asuaje, and Ryan Schimpf ahead of him on the depth chart, Villanueva continues to crush Triple-A pitching. Villanueva is now up…

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Matt Magill Shines as the Chihuahuas Devour the River Cats

June 28, 2017

  Matt Magill pitched six shutout innings against the Sacramento River Cats on Tuesday night, allowing two hits, while collecting four strikeouts. Magill showed off his athleticism on the first play, a broken bat ground ball to first baseman, Christian Villanueva. Villanueva fielded the ball and tossed it to Magill, who beat Sacramento’s Orlando Calixte to the bag by a fraction of a second. Magill would go on to face the…

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Carter Capps Works to Adjust Delivery

June 27, 2017

After being assessed with two illegal pitches on Sunday, Carter Capps is already working on adjustments with both El Paso Chihuahua pitching coaches, Bronswell Patrick and Akinori Otsuka. When asked if the organization would be in touch with Major League Baseball to get their official position on Sunday’s rulings, Patrick confirmed that would be happening today. Capps was not using a hop as part of his delivery when throwing off…

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Where in the World is Carter Capps?

June 25, 2017

Carter Capps was acquired in the Andrew Cashner deal along with Josh Naylor and Jarred Cosart on July 26 of last year. He is well-known for his funky pitching motion, which has led to many heated debates on its legality. Capps had been a breakout star out of the bullpen for the Marlins in 2015 with his controversial delivery. In 31 innings, he had a 1.16 ERA, with 58 strikeouts…

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Down on the Farm: June 19- Manny Margot is Back

June 20, 2017

Manuel Margot- OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 0-4, 1 BB In the first game of his minor league rehab stint, Maneul Margot joined the El Paso Chihuahuas on Monday night. It was a quiet return for Margot as he did not get a hit in five plate appearances. Margot was also the designated hitter for the night so he didn’t get to contribute in the field either. Either way, it…

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San Diego Padres Injury Update

June 2, 2017

  With the month of May officially in the books, the San Diego Padres enter into June with a 22-33 record, tied with the San Francisco Giants for last place in the N.L. West. Few could have predicted the Padres’ company down in the cellar at this point in the season, but nonetheless, it’s true. At least it’s something of a concession for Padres fans during the “tank” year. While…

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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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Who Should be Closing for Padres, Carter Capps or Brandon Maurer?

March 18, 2017

When you look at the possible starting rotation for the Padres, you get a little worried. However, when you peek into the bullpen, your hopes start to rise up a little bit more. More specifically, when you look at who could potentially be wrapping up games for the Friars when the score is close. Last season, we watched as the team turned starting pitcher Brandon Maurer into a closer after…

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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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