Chihuahuas Complete Sweep of Tacoma Rainiers

June 18, 2017

With yesterday’s victory over the Tacoma Rainiers, the El Paso Chihuahuas have taken control of second place in the PCL Pacific Southern. They also brought their overall record up to .500 with the sweep of the Rainiers. In total, the Chihuahuas outscored Tacoma 27-11 in the series. Christian Villanueva hit two home runs, bringing his batting average up to .307. Andre Rienzo and Zach Lee both had starts where they…

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Down on the Farm: May’s Top Performers

June 1, 2017

Batters Nick Buss– OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 80 AB, .350/.404/.538, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 8 BB, 43 TB Going into the season, it was clear the upper levels of the Padres’ farm system were lacking. A.J. Preller and company did a massive amount of work over the last two years to revamp the farm system, but almost all of the talent flowed to the bottom…

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The Case to Bring Carlos Asuaje Back to the Padres

May 28, 2017

With a record of 17-31, the San Diego Padres have utterly met expectations. For a short time, there was hope among some that the team would surprise the baseball world, and prove the many analysts who predicted a dismal season for the Friars wrong. Most fans acknowledged that during this rebuilding year, the team was on track for a losing season; maybe even headed for the worst record in MLB….

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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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Down on the Farm: May 23

May 23, 2017

Franchy Cordero– OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB Have I mentioned that I like Franchy Cordero a lot? To some, he profiles as just a fourth outfielder type of player, but the potential for more is still there. The Padres obviously have a lot of outfield depth in the major leagues, with the group of Manuel Margot, Hunter…

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Down on the Farm: May 16

May 17, 2017

Jabari Blash- OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 2-2, 2 BB, 4 RBI I am going to have to be honest here. I have been trying to avoid writing about Jabari Blash as much as possible. To me he just isn’t a major league-caliber talent, and he’s proven that plenty of times. With that being said, he is currently tearing apart Triple-A pitching over the last week. Over the last 10…

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Down on the Farm: May 15

May 16, 2017

Carlos Asuaje– 2B, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 3-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB It was Carlos Asuaje bobblehead night in El Paso, and Asuaje did not disappoint. After a wildly successful 2016 season, which earned him a late-season promotion to the big league club, Asuaje has struggled this year, slashing only .232/.336/.344. Despite those struggles, the high walk rate and low strikeout rate are encouraging signs for Asuaje’s long…

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Down on the Farm Weekly Recap: May 8-14

May 15, 2017

Rocky Gale– C, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 10-19, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 15 TB A pair of Austins lead the Padres’ organizational catching depth chart, with one in the big leagues and one currently at High-A, but Rocky Gale continues to show a positive presence in the Triple-A clubhouse. At 29 years old, Gale isn’t going to wow anyone statistically, he is playing among players quite a few…

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Down on the Farm: May 11

May 12, 2017

Joey Lucchesi- LHP, High-A, Lake Elsinore Storm 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 K In what was arguably the worst start of his professional career, Lucchesi went only five innings for the Storm, giving up a season-high six hits, and a career-high three earned runs. Over his first 20 professional appearances, spanning 73 innings, Lucchesi had given up more than one earned run only three times. To say Lucchesi has…

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Down on the Farm Weekly Recap: May 1-7

May 8, 2017

Nick Buss– OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 10-23, 1 2B, 2 HR, 7  RBI, 17  TB I wrote about Buss last week in the Weekly Recap, and he hasn’t slowed down at all this week. Buss is now slashing .500/.543/.844 over his last 10 days and .451/.491/.667 over his last 30 days. This is all very unsustainable, but hey, maybe Buss has finally figured it out at 30 years old. Tyrell Jenkins–…

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Down on the Farm: May 1

May 2, 2017

El Paso Chihuahuas Dinelson Lamet 5 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 4 K For the first time this season, right-hander Dinelson Lamet did not have a good night for the El Paso Chihuahuas. After opening the season with only one earned run over his first 20 innings pitching, things fell apart a bit for Lamet on Monday night. Inefficiency once again reared its ugly head, as Lamet struggled…

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Down on the Farm Weekly Recap: April 24-30

May 1, 2017

Nick Buss– OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 9-14, 4 2B, 4 RBI, 13 TB A 30-year-old in Triple-A, Nick Buss isn’t the most conventional baseball player. With that being said, Buss has been hot in recent weeks and is now slashing .464/.515/.607 over his first 28 at bats this season. That’s clearly unsustainable, but if Buss keeps up his strong performance, maybe he can earn himself some big league playing…

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