Eric Yardley Interview: Opportunity in Every Difficulty

January 18, 2017

It is July in the sweltering summer of Alpine, TX, and the phone is ringing. On one end sits Eric Yardley, a pitcher for the Trinidad Triggers of the Pecos League, an association of independent baseball clubs spread from California to Kansas. He is a recent graduate of Seattle University who opted to forgo a Master’s degree in education (for now) for the possibility to be called a professional baseball…

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Will Jabari Blash Smash or Crash in 2017?

January 7, 2017

It wasn’t so long ago that Jabari Blash was a hot topic among San Diego Padres fans and analysts. On December 10, 2016, the Padres announced that they had acquired outfielder Blash from the Oakland Athletics as the player to be named later to complete their December 2, 2015 trade for infielder Yonder Alonso. It was part of the same trade that brought LHP Drew Pomeranz over to San Diego,…

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A Detailed Look at the Padres’ Minor League Affiliates

January 6, 2017

  The minor leagues are an interesting place. They are obviously not glamorous, nor are they filled with players making multi-millions of dollars a year. For many players, the minor leagues are a struggle. Many minor league stadiums can be in random cities and areas. The Padres have five main affiliates: the Tri-City Dust Devils, Fort Wayne TinCaps, Lake Elsinore Storm, San Antonio Missions, and El Paso Chihuahuas. All five…

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Who is New Padres’ Minor League 3b Christian Villanueva?

December 22, 2016

  The San Diego Padres have added a third baseman to the team, as they have signed minor league free agent Christian Villanueva. The Mexican native is 25 and was once (2011) a Top-100 prospect according to Baseball America, when he was in the Texas Rangers organization. He was signed to a minor league deal by the club on Thursday. A.J. Preller has familiarity with this young man from his…

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Renfroe & Lamet Named Padres Minor League Players of the Year by MLB.com

October 7, 2016

The San Diego Padres are all about the future at this point. Over the last few seasons the team has taken us all on a personnel roller coaster ride. Most of us rose to varying levels of excitement in the winter of 2015 when A.J. Preller brought in a flurry of big names from around the league. Those of us who entertained that moment of excitement then experienced the drop-off…

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Padres Fans Need to Temper Expectations About Renfroe’s Future

September 30, 2016

Everyone mind the gap as you climb aboard the Hunter Renfroe hype train. The 24-year-old outfielder is a curious player, to me. I think we would all do well to pump the brakes a little on the unbridled enthusiasm. The last time the San Diego Padres had a home-grown prospect with this much expectation was Chase Headley. Fans thought he would make the big leagues and start collecting all-star appearances…

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Poway’s Own Alex Dickerson Makes a Bid for His Future in San Diego

September 17, 2016

I have a friend named Joe who played baseball at Poway High school from 2007-09. Joe’s quite a character and was even more so back in his high school years. My brother, his friends and I used to enjoy razzing Joe for his many zany high jinks and tall tales. There was one running-joke that stuck with us for years. Joe used to talk about a mythical creature named Dickerson…

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Padres’ Minor League LHP Kyle McGrath Emerging

September 4, 2016

It is a pleasure to report that there is a common theme in recent months. San Diego Padres minor league pitchers are really progressing. Dinelson Lamet, Michael Kelly, Andrew “Walker” Lockett, Jerry Keel and Seth Simmons have all developed exceptionally well this season beyond the A-Ball level. The majority of the Padres pitching-rich talent is currently at Fort Wayne, but soon you will be seeing Anderson Espinoza, Eric Lauer, Jacob…

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The Progression of Padres’ Minor League Pitcher Walker Lockett

August 27, 2016

There is no doubt that the San Diego Padres are lacking starting pitchers in the upper minor league levels. The team was gutted of many of its older pitching prospects in the last few years by A.J. Preller as he reshapes the Padres minor league system. In the Padres A-Ball level the team has many terrific young arms. Anderson Espinoza, Logan Allen, Jacob Nix, Austin Smith, Enyel De Los Santos,…

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Padres Minors: Down on the Farm- Recap August 3rd/4th

August 5, 2016

Wednesday Brandon Morrow, RHP, Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas 0.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 K Sadly it appears more and more likely that Brandon Morrow’s career as a major league pitcher is coming to an end. After a successful start to the 2015 season, Morrow got injured and did not pitch again for the remainder of the year. He has yet to see big league action since last May…

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Padres Minors: Down on the Farm: Recap August 1st/2nd

August 3, 2016

Monday Nick Torres, RF, Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K With the promotion of Jabari Blash to the big league club following the trade of Matt Kemp, Nick Torres earned himself a promotion as well as the outfielder was sent from the Missions to the Chihuahuas. Torres has had a successful season and has moved quickly through the Padres organization. While Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe are…

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Padres Minors: Down on the Farm- Weekend Recap

August 1, 2016

Friday Austin Hedges, C, Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas 1-3, 1 H, 1 RBI, 1 K After a ridiculous home run streak in mid-to-late June, Austin Hedges has cooled off considerably, hitting only .182 in the last ten days. Hedges is still hitting .348 on the season and has more than proven his ability to hit consistently. All that’s left is proving that at the big league level, although that may…

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