Which Padres’ Prospects Should be Promoted Soon

June 22, 2017

Nothing but October baseball can match the grandeur of the MLB All-Star Game. The same can be said about each minor league summer classic. Even though the MiLB All-Star Games don’t garner as much attention as the parent one, they carry more weight and importance, especially since the major league event will no longer have a home-field advantage rule attached to it. With the Fort Wayne Tincaps and the Lake…


Catching up with Eric Yardley, Missions’ All-Star Reliever

June 20, 2017

Over the weekend I got to catch up with Double-A bullpen arm, Eric Yardley. For those unfamiliar, the Padres signed Yardley to a minor league contract back in July of 2013. East Village Times’ contributors have two previous interviews with Yardley, but I got the chance to talk to him after almost a year since the last interview. This season, Yardley has been on an absolute tear. He’s currently holding a 3-0…


Down on the Farm: Weekly Review June 12-19

June 18, 2017

Rafael Ortega- OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 9-23, 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 16 TB I know Ortega is a 26-year-old minor league free agent playing in Triple-A, but he has been pretty impressive so far this season. Over the last 10 days, Ortega has collected 15 hits, including two home runs and four doubles. If the Padres experience further injuries in the big league outfield, Ortega seems…


Interview With Padres’ Minor Leaguer Ruddy Giron

June 18, 2017

  On Friday afternoon, I had a chance to visit, for the first time, the Padres advanced A affiliate Lake Elsinore Storm. I drove up there to interview a couple of young Latino players: Javier Guerra and Ruddy Giron. Due to extended batting practice, Javier wasn’t available after all. I did, however, find out a lot about Ruddy Giron. He’s a very interesting young man, and I was completely blown…


Down on the Farm: June 16- Adrian Morejon!

June 16, 2017

Christian Villanueva– 3B, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 1-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K Considering the Padres were going into a rebuilding year, they had no qualms with signing a plethora of minor league free agents in hopes that one or two would pan out. Given the sense of open opportunity on the Padres’ big league roster, there is a window for some of these guys to earn…


Down on the Farm: June 15- The Dust Devils Are Back!

June 15, 2017

Ryan Schimpf– 3B, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 2-4, 1 HR It’s June 15 and Ryan Schimpf is in Triple-A. If you asked me before the season, I would have said there was a pretty good chance that Schimpf would be playing for a team other than the Padres. I just didn’t think that team would be the Padres Triple-A affiliate in El Paso. With that being said, Schimpf hit another…


Padres Announce Tri-City Dust Devils Opening Day Roster

June 12, 2017

With the major league and minor league seasons almost halfway complete, and the MLB Draft happening tonight, the baseball season is in full swing. However, there is still one Padres affiliate that has yet to start the season, and that team now has their roster set for the 2017 season. Among pitchers, there are plenty of guys to keep an eye on this season. At the top of that list…


Phil Maton Gets the Call

June 11, 2017

After yet another Padres bullpen collapse in Saturday’s 12-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals, during which the Royals scored nine runs in the 8th inning, the Padres appear to be making moves in their bullpen. Phil Maton is here, Kevin Quackenbush‘s name is not on the lineup card. — AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) June 11, 2017 With the bullpen struggling mightily, the Padres’ front office is looking to shake things…


Q & A with San Antonio Missions’ Jerry Keel

June 10, 2017

  In the midst of a system filled with starting pitching prospects, left-handed starter Jerry Keel is quietly having one of the more productive seasons in the Padres’ minor league system. Keel, drafted out of Cal State Northridge in the 9th round (267th pick) in 2015, started the 2017 season out in Fort Wayne with the TinCaps. As somewhat of an older A-ball pitcher, he went 3-2 with a 2.96…


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….


Down on the Farm: May’s Top Performers

June 1, 2017

Batters Nick Buss– OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 80 AB, .350/.404/.538, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 8 BB, 43 TB Going into the season, it was clear the upper levels of the Padres’ farm system were lacking. A.J. Preller and company did a massive amount of work over the last two years to revamp the farm system, but almost all of the talent flowed to the bottom…


Down on the Farm: Weekly Recap May 22-28

May 29, 2017

Rafael Ortega– OF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 12-29, 2 2B, 2 3B, 6 RBI, 4 R, 18 TB With a strong last month, and an even stronger week and a half or so, Rafael Ortega is now slashing .331/.381/.494 on the season and is proving to be one of the Chihuahuas’ most reliable bats. Ortega is a 26-year-old with major league experience playing in Triple-A, but he has had a…