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….


Padres’ Future is Bright, Just Ask Doug Bochtler

November 12, 2016

It is clear that the San Diego Padres are going through an organizational change. A replacement in philosophies was needed to rejuvenate this dormant franchise and turn around the fan base. It is happening currently, and most fans are aware of the new regime and their goals. When you speak to certain personnel within the Padres organization you get a sense of comfort, a sense of relief about this ball…


Padres’ Christian Bethancourt in a Hybrid Role is a Real Possibility

November 2, 2016

After plenty of rumors swirling about the San Diego Padres using their backup catcher, Christian Bethancourt, in a hybrid role next season, the team has now officially come out and indeed confirmed the reports. He will be used in a very exotic role next year. Catching, pitching, and playing the occasional outfield looks to be in the cards for the versatile young man. The Padres acquired Bethancourt before the start of…


Padres’ Bethancourt in a Hybrid Role Next Season?

October 2, 2016

The San Diego Padres 2016 season has been full of ups and downs. Okay, well maybe there have been more negatives than positives, but a few moments do stick out as very memorable. On May 31 against the Seattle Mariners, Christian Bethancourt made his major league debut on the mound in a blowout loss. That moment was indeed memorable as nobody could have imagined how well he would look toeing…


Top Five Moments of the 2016 Padres Season

September 24, 2016

  When I was asked by my editor to do a top moments story for this Padres season, I thought about diverting from the straight and narrow. I thought about writing a “San Diego Padres 2016: the Good the Bad and the Ugly.” There is absolutely plenty of material to fill pages when focusing on each of those three aspects to the season. I want to be a realist. The…


Hector Sanchez Gives Padres a Fourth Catching Option

September 13, 2016

You may have not seen Hector Sanchez in the lineup for the San Diego Padres as much in the last couple of months, but he was in the lineup for the first game of a three-game series with the San Francisco Giants on Monday and he made a big appearance. Facing one of his former teams, Sanchez took pitcher Jeff Samardzija deep into the right field corner, as he crushed…


Padres News: Derek Norris Not Dealt as A.J. Does His Thing

August 2, 2016

If there is one thing you can be sure of when discussing A.J. Preller is the fact he does things his own way. Just when you think you have him figured out, he does the complete opposite of your thoughts. For example last year when Craig Kimbrel, Ian Kennedy and Justin Upton were supposed to be traded at the deadline, they were not. All of the national media predicted a…


Padres Editorial: Austin Hedges Trade Interest Developing?

July 21, 2016

It has been long rumored that the San Diego Padres are looking to move Derek Norris. The emergence of young catcher Austin Hedges has made the potential of losing their current starting catcher acceptable. Christian Bethancourt has also stepped up and provided a lot behind the plate for the team. With three viable catchers, at least one must be moved while their value is still high. In recent trade discussion…


Padres Editorial: A Derek Norris Trade is Coming

June 22, 2016

The San Diego Padres have shifted gears and are finally prepared to move players into a sort of rebuilding process. The team will not be gutted, but some of the more expensive players will be moved to make room for young talent that is ready to be showcased. The outfield will surely see a remodel of sorts as Jon Jay, Melvin Upton Jr., and Matt Kemp make roughly one-third of…


Padres Editorial: Christian Bethancourt Should Not Be Pitching

June 1, 2016

On Tuesday the San Diego Padres were  destroyed by the Seattle Mariners by the score of 16-0 through the first five innings. James Shields was the victim of a two-out rally in the second inning that resulted in six Mariners runs in the inning. Things failed to get better and Shields was credited with 10 earned runs in 2.2 innings of work. The bullpen would be needed and Luis Perdomo…


Padres News: Should Bethancourt be Starting for Padres?

May 25, 2016

Coming into the 2016 season the San Diego Padres had two catchers that were seemingly more than capable of being the starter for the 2016 season. Derek Norris was the returning backstop and young Austin Hedges had looked to be progressing enough offensively to be under consideration as well. Early in the off-season the team claimed Josmil Pinto from the Minnesota Twins and with that began A.J. Preller’s obsession with…


Padres News: Analyzing Derek Norris & His Approach at the Plate

May 22, 2016

I started off wanting to write about Derek Norris’ bad approach at the plate this season. He is the third worst on the team in both pitches seen per plate appearance (behind Kemp and Ramirez) and walks (behind the same two). But my analysis quickly fell down the rabbit hole and into a very dark place. Turn back now if you don’t want bleak news. Okay you’ve been warned, so…