The Battle for Left Field (Or Something Like That)

October 12, 2017

For the first time in years, the San Diego Padres have several legitimate options at a particular position. Jose Pirela, Alex Dickerson, and Franchy Cordero are the front-runners to becoming the next Padres left fielder. With Manny Margot and Hunter Renfroe presumably owning sole possession of center and right field, left field is virtually wide open. Jose Pirela has constantly been one of the most productive hitters since being called…

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A Look Back at the Padres’ Outfield in 2017

October 6, 2017

As the Padres’ 2017 season has finally come to its conclusion, now is a good time to reflect on the product that we saw on the field this year. The team entered into their “development” season with some pretty low expectations assigned to them. Critics assumed that they would be lucky to finish the year with 60 wins. This prediction was okay with, and even embraced by, a faction of…

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5 Things to Watch For as the Padres Season Winds Down

September 19, 2017

The Padres have just two weeks left in their 2017 season. As always, it went very fast. The team sits at 67-83 currently, which is much better than some predicted. The Padres are also eliminated from playoff contention. That should come as a shock to no one. This does not make the Padres unwatchable, however. I will be the first to admit it; When this season started, I was pretty…

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Jose Pirela Has Been Simply Amazing

September 9, 2017

On November 11th, 2015, the Padres completed a deal with the New York Yankees. In an effort to gain infield depth, the Friars dealt minor league right-handed pitcher Ronald Herrera to the Yankees for Jose Pirela. The infielder had spent nine years with New York, after being signed as a 17-year-old out of Venezuela. Pirela hit 72 home runs and stole 148 bases during his span (winter league stats included)…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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