Social Summit/Padres on Deck Game: September 29

September 30, 2017

A couple of EVT writers and myself (plus my lovely wife) were lucky enough to be invited to a Padres event Friday. The team hosted another #PadresSocialSummit in which a new hashtag of #PadresOnDeck was utilized. The summit would include some top Padres’ personnel, and of course, a meet and greet with several of the Padres young up and coming prospects. Ron Fowler was first on the docket, as the…


Down on the Farm: 2017 Recap- The Lake Elsinore Storm

September 25, 2017

RECORD:  First Half (35-35): 3rd in Cal League South Division Second Half (29-41): 5th in Cal League South Division STARTING ROTATION: The Lake Elsinore Storm entered 2017 with high hopes for their starting rotation. Although top prospect Anderson Espinoza was shut down just a few days prior to the Padres Opening Day (and eventually had TJ surgery), the starting rotation was by far the best part of the team in…


Down on the Farm: September 10- TinCaps Even Their Series, Missions Eliminated

September 10, 2017

A fantastic run for the San Antonio Missions has come to an end. After winning the first and second halves of the season, the Missions dropped their series to the Rock Hounds. Midland has won three consecutive Texas League titles and is the first team to reach the Texas League finals in four consecutive seasons since the 1983-87 Jackson Mets. The Athletics’ affiliate looked all but out of it in…


Down on the Farm: August 29- Franmil Reyes Homers Twice, Now 25 on Season

August 29, 2017

    With the DSL Padres season over and the TinCaps and AZL Padres teams on a break, the Padres affiliates were on 3-2 Tuesday night. The Chihuahuas put up 13 runs, as six hitters recorded at least two hits on the night in the 13-10 victory. Catcher Tony Cruz hit two solo homers and Hunter Renfroe, Christian Vilanueva, and Franchy Cordero each had three hits for El Paso. Chase…


Down on the Farm: August 10: Reggie Lawson Bounces Back

August 11, 2017

Josh Naylor– 1B, Double-A, San Antonio Missions 3-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 R In a lot of ways, first baseman Josh Naylor is a prototypical first baseman without being a prototypical first baseman. Sure, Naylor has the big build and bat-first nature of what would be considered a common first baseman. However, Naylor’s hit tool is currently more advanced than his power tool, which makes him irregular. Currently, Naylor…


Down on the Farm: July 29- Austin Allen Continues to Rake

July 30, 2017

El Paso Chihuahuas (52-55) Lost 9-2 Saturday night ended up being another tough outing for left-hander Dillon Overton. He has now given up thirteen earned runs over his last two starts and 10 innings pitched. He did have three solid outings of three earned runs or fewer prior to those two bad starts, but Overton has lacked consistency in his short time with the Padres organization. Diego Goris had the…


The Padres Farm Isn’t All High Risk (Profiling Five Pitchers)

July 24, 2017

The Padres are becoming synonymous with risky moves and risky prospects that have high upside. Loading up on as many high-ceiling prospects as possible is a strategy the club continued to implement in the 2017 MLB Draft by taking a high school pitcher with the number three overall pick, and followed that pick up by taking two high school catchers and a high school outfielder. In a farm system known…


Down on the Farm: July 4- Fireworks on the Farm

July 5, 2017

Franchy Cordero- CF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 1-5, 3 K Since his demotion back to Triple-A, Cordero has been pretty solid, as he has collected two four-hit games for the Chihuahuas. However, the strikeouts are still clearly a problem, as Cordero whiffed three times on Wednesday night. His strikeout rate still sits at exactly 30 percent for the season in Triple-A, which is certainly not a good number. Given it…


Down on the Farm: June’s Top Performers

July 3, 2017

Nick Buss– OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas .394/.459/.561, 6 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 37 TB After sending quite a few players to the Triple-A All Star Game in 2016, the El Paso Chihuahuas are only sending one representative in 2017, but it is a deserving one: outfielder Nick Buss. Sure, Buss has an advantage because he’s a 30-year-old playing in Triple-A, but you can’t argue with his .388/.445/.567 slash…


Down on the Farm: June 28

June 28, 2017

Prospect of the Day Jacob Nix– RHP, High-A, Lake Elsinore Storm 9 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K In what was perhaps the best pitching performance by any Padres prospect this season (sorry Kyle Lloyd), right-hander Jacob Nix threw a complete game, two-hit shutout for the Lake Elsinore Storm Wednesday morning. After missing nearly two months to start the season, Nix had has his share of highs…


Down on the Farm: May 26- Jacob Nix is Back

May 26, 2017

  Matt Magill– RHP, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K Over his first five starts, Matt Magill gave up only five earned runs in 29 innings pitched. Magill wasn’t overpowering in that stretch but he certainly showed he was capable of having success in the offense-heavy PCL. However, Magill soon hit a rough pitch, as the right-hander 18 runs over his next…


Padres Minor Leagues: Catching Up With Padres Minor League LHP Jerry Keel

August 1, 2016

As I compiled my list of top starting pitchers prospects for the San Diego Padres, I regrettably neglected to add Jerry Keel to the list. Partially because I failed to realize the franchise had turned him into a starter recently, and also because he just simply fell under the radar. The 22-year-old Keel was a 9th round selection in the 2015 draft out of Cal State Northridge. Another great value…