Framing the Friars: Power Surge Continues in Series Win Over Giants

July 23, 2017

  The San Diego Padres brought a power surge to AT&T Park for their four-game series with their division rivals from NorCal, the San Francisco Giants. Through the first three games, the Friars had hit 15 extra-base hits. The series finale was no different. The Padres benefited from a big fourth inning, with Hunter Renfroe, Jabari Blash, and Hector Sanchez all hitting doubles in succession. Those extra-base hits were the…


Framing the Friars: Ho-Hum Another Padres Series Victory

July 16, 2017

  It’s becoming blasé.  Another series, another series win. The starting pitcher gives us a solid start. The bullpen does their thing. The bats come through in the clutch. The defense, while not the 2016 Cubs, makes the plays they’re supposed to make. The Padres are not only not tanking, they’re elevating.   In Sunday afternoon’s contest against the Giants, like Cortez the Killer (Neil Young reference), Hector Sanchez, the…


Padres Series Recap: Giants Bullpen Implodes as the Padres Take Series

April 30, 2017

The San Diego Padres took another series win from the San Francisco Giants, and this time it was on the road. I don’t like to say “I told you so,” but I called this outcome in my series preview. I said that if the Padres starters could keep games close into the fifth and sixth innings, the offense and bullpen would pick them up and the team could win two…


San Diego Padres Winter League Update #6

January 5, 2017

Winter League Baseball is coming down to its last few games. The Mexican Pacific League and the Venezuelan League are actually already in the playoff stage of their seasons. With that being said, there really hasn’t been too much action since the last update. In fact, there are several players who have not seen a single pitch for several weeks. We’ll take a look at them first, and then look…


San Diego Padres Winter League Update #5

December 24, 2016

Christmas is here and it’s been a busy couple of weeks for the San Diego Padres. The Padres have added several players to their roster, including some players who are participating in winter league baseball. There are now 28 players within the Padres’ organization participating in winter league baseball around the globe. Winter league baseball has been heating up recently with MLB stars Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano now playing…


Padres Venezuelan Connection Producing

September 14, 2016

In recent memory, the San Diego Padres have had difficulties developing and drafting Latin players. Not since the days of Roberto Alomar, Sandy Alomar Jr. and Carlos Baerga in the late 80’s have the Padres had such an influx of young Latin players developing. In the international market this season, the Padres absolutely went off by adding dozens of teenage players. Not all will make it all the way to…


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 News: More Roster Moves for the Friars (JABARI BLASH DFA’d)

May 13, 2016

Both Christian Friedrich and Hector Sanchez will be added to the 25-man roster today. The San Diego Padres needed a starting pitcher for today and Friedrich was due to pitch for the El Paso Chihuahuas tonight so that made him the likely candidate. Sanchez was claimed off waivers from the Braves a couple of days ago. A strange claim as the last thing the Padres seem to need is another…


Padres News: Padres Claim Catcher Hector Sanchez, But Why?

May 12, 2016

On Wednesday, the Padres claimed another catcher from the White Sox, in switch hitter, Hector Sanchez. Sanchez has youth on his side at only 26, and has received praise for his strong pitch-framing metrics, and has a solid CCS (Catchers Caught stealing) rate, to go along with a serviceable bat. The Padres have Derek Norris and Christian Bethancourt already, it and seems unlikely Norris would be sent down despite his offensive…