Blashing Off in San Diego

July 21, 2017

  When Hunter Renfroe went on the DL with a strained neck coming out of the All-Star break, the Padres needed an outfielder to hold down the fort until he felt well enough to return.   Hello, Jabari Blash.   Jabari Blash was absolutely terrorizing PCL pitching before his promotion.   I know, it’s the PCL. But still. Quietly, he had a .291/.407/.631 slash line with a 162 wRC+ &…

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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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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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Is Travis Jankowski the Permanent Answer in Left Field?

April 26, 2017

Major League Baseball scouts look at a variety of factors when evaluating a player. The tangibles when evaluating a young player include the obvious; the hit tool and hitting for power, as well as the run, catch, and throw tools are the standard. But what about the intangibles and what many refer to as the “eye test”, which many times come into play in evaluation? Manuel Margot might not pass…

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History of the Rule 5 Draft in San Diego: Redefining the Building of a Ball Club

April 8, 2017

The Major-League Baseball Winter Meetings, held every year, take place at the beginning of the merry month of December, long after the regular baseball season has ended. At the culmination of these meetings, and in ceremonial fashion, the MLB Rule-5 Draft takes place. It is a hasty and hurried event that usually takes no longer than a quick half hour to occur. Even though not all teams elect to make…

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The Case for Jabari Blash to Open the Season with Padres

March 5, 2017

Last spring, Padres’ fans were having this conversation: Is Jabari Blash a serviceable player at the big league level? Well this spring, it turns out we are having that same conversation, and I am here to make the case for Jabari Blash to make the opening day roster for the 2017 San Diego Padres. #Blashtoff is gaining momentum. We all know this season is a rebuilding year for the Padres,…

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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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San Diego Padres Winter League Update #4

December 13, 2016

Week by week it seems like more and more players within the Padres’ organization are venturing out to winter leagues around the globe in order stay active during the off-season. A few prospects within the organization have even made it out to Australia to participate in the ABL. Carlos Asuaje and Daniel Bravo still did not get any playing time with their respective teams this week. Another player who has…

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Padres Appear Poised to “Rule” the Rule 5 Draft

December 3, 2016

Following the 2015 season, it was clear where the Padres stood. A.J. Preller’s wild experiment had turned out to be a resounding failure, and it was clear something new had to be tried. Although the team still had some big contracts on the books, Preller made a concerted effort to add new big league talent that was unwanted on other rosters. Enter the Rule 5 draft. For those who don’t…

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Should the Padres Bring Back Jon Jay in 2017?

November 5, 2016

It’s official. The 2016 Major League Baseball season is over. For a few clubs it will be a season to remember. For the San Diego Padres, save a few great moments, it was not the finest. I believe however, that 2016 will be remembered as the turning point during which the Padres’ strategy towards success finally became apparent. After the 2015 season, into the off-season and through the first half…

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Padres’ Oswaldo Arcia Showing Power Early

September 1, 2016

On Tuesday night the San Diego Padres suffered a 7-3 loss to the Braves in the series opener in Atlanta. There was one player responsible for those three Padre runs. Who was that player? His name is Oswaldo Arcia. He went two for three with a hustle-double, a moonshot dinger and an RBI ground out. Not only that, but he made a pretty sweet catch in right field to rob…

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Outfield Log Jam: An In-Depth Look at the Padres’ Outfield Depth

August 15, 2016

The San Diego Padres have dedicated themselves to rebuilding the farm system in order to create a future championship team. In this effort they have acquired many outfielders through the draft, trades, and through spending nearly $65 million in the international market. Out of all of these acquisitions the Friars have managed to beef up their once struggling and aging outfield. The Padres currently have three rookie starters playing everyday…

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