Framing the Friars: “Mar-Gone!” Padres Win 4-3 vs Dodgers

August 11, 2017

The last time the Padres and Dodgers met there were plenty of fireworks. Tensions were high among Dodger starter Alex Wood, manager Dave Roberts, and Padres manager, Andy Green. In an unusual manager banter, Roberts was ejected from the contest and further suspended for the next game. Green was also ejected but was not suspended. However, this Friday night both managers met at home plate to exchange lineup cards and…


Jose Pirela Playing Himself Into Padres’ Plans

August 9, 2017

On the eve of the 2017 season, it was pretty clear where the Padres stood in the National League. After filling out their rotation with free agent dumpster-dive players, and preparing to start the season with a roster half made up of rookies and players only in the first few years of their respective careers, the Padres were well on their way to the worst record in baseball. However, somewhere…


Framing the Friars: Perdomo Continues “Jekyll and Hyde” Act

August 2, 2017

Did you ever see the movie “Forrest Gump?” It’s kind of an old film, having released during the mid-1990s. One line from that movie describes Luis Perdomo‘s start against the Minnesota Twins on August 2. “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” That can be said about Perdomo on the mound. Throughout the season, the 24-year-old right-handed pitcher has struggled to maintain consistency…


Advanced Stat Friday: Franchy, Pirela, Hand & More

June 16, 2017

  With baseball executives taking new steps to understand the game, and baseball writers and analysts developing new methods to analyze play on the field, the baseball sabermetric revolution is in full swing. Although the process really started with Bill James and his Baseball Abstracts in the 1980s, the baseball stat revolution didn’t start to take off until the Moneyball days of the Oakland Athletics, where on base percentage took…


Jose Pirela; The Diamond in the Rough?

June 14, 2017

Dwelling in the cellar at 25-40, the 2017 season has been a work in progress for the San Diego Padres. There are no surprises here. Everyone with some sense was expecting the season to look something like this. Has it been all bad? No, not at all. At the close of May, the club managed a 10-game stretch during which they went 7-3 and swept the Chicago Cubs in the…


Down on the Farm: Weekly Review May 29-June 4

June 4, 2017

Jose Pirela– OF/IF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 11-24, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 23 TB No hitter in the San Diego Padres’ organization has been as hot lately as Jose Pirela. Not only does Pirela have 11 home runs over the last 30 days, but he has also belted four over the last ten days. With his hot stretch, Pirela is now slashing .335/.392/.642 on the season….


Will the Padres Trade Spangenberg or Schimpf?

March 2, 2017

The San Diego Padres have structured their team to be competitive in the near future. The 2017 season will probably not be a productive year for the major league team, but there will still be plenty of things to look forward to if you are a Padre fan. The Padres’ minor league system is currently stacked with young talent. From the Dominican Summer League to the Triple-A level, the Padres…


San Diego Padres Winter League Update #7

February 2, 2017

  Most San Diego Padres players wrapped up their winter league play a few weeks back. However, there are a few players worth noting who are still finishing up play in Australia or starting their Caribbean Series campaign. River Stevens 2B Stevens finished up his ABL season quite well, batting .313, with a home run, 12 RBI, and a .353 OBP. The Canberra Cavalry were not good enough for the…


Padres News: Pirela Sent Down, LHP Michael Kirkman Recalled

April 26, 2016

The San Diego Padres have made another move as the team has sent down Jose Pirela and recalled left-handed pitcher Michael Kirkman from Triple-A El Paso. The Bullpen has been over worked in recent games and the Padres could use all the arms they can get in the pen. Kirkman has over 100 innings of major league service time with the Texas Rangers but hasn’t pitched in the majors since…


Padres News: Alexi Amarista to the Disabled List

April 23, 2016

The latest San Diego Padres player to require a D.L. stint is Alexi Amarista. The speedy utility player injured his hamstring and will be sidelined retroactive to Wednesday (4-20). The move clears room for Cesar Vargas who will make his major league debut tonight against the Cardinals. A tough break for Amarista who had been swinging a great bat since returning from Triple-A El Paso. Amarista was 7-21 (.333) since…


Padres News: Will Alexi Amarista Crack the Opening Day Roster Yet Again?

March 11, 2016

The 2016 season is in full swing. Well, at least the Spring Training portion. Positional battles are playing out before our eyes, and 2016 rosters are coming together as we watch. For the Padres, the story is no different. After a disappointing 2015 season, many new faces are in camp trying to make their presence known in order to earn some of those precious roster spots. Some players are guaranteed…


Padres Editorial: Can Cory Spangenberg Be An Everyday Player?

December 14, 2015

Just over a month into the 2015-2016 offseason, A.J. Preller and the San Diego Padres have already been very busy. That level of activity kept up at the Winter Meetings, with Preller and company making several moves. Perhaps the biggest of all the moves so far this offseason, was the trade of second baseman Jedd Gyorko to the St. Louis Cardinals in return for center fielder Jon Jay. With Gyorko…