Padres PNO (Positives/Negatives/Outlook) Travis Jankowski

October 23, 2016

Entering spring training this past February, there wasn’t really a definitive spot for Travis Jankowski on the San Diego Padres roster. Jon Jay, Melvin Upton Jr., and Matt Kemp were all expected to play every day for the foreseeable future. Jabari Blash and his massive power was expected to get a chance to play at the big league level. As a matter of fact, the Padres were apparently talking about…

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First Year in The Books for Padres’ Prospect Austin Smith

October 22, 2016

Sitting in the owner suite watching the Padres Future’s Game with my fellow #SDSocialSummit participants, I witnessed Austin Smith taking a hard comebacker off the back of his thigh. It was really the only hard contact against the right hander in his appearance that day. I texted Austin later that evening to see if he was okay. He responded fairly quickly that he was fine because “I’m a beast”. He…

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Losing is a Disease (A Padres Theme)

October 21, 2016

In 2016, the San Diego Padres went 68-94. They finished 23 games out of first place. Attendance was down 1,337 per game—a 8.25 decline%. TV ratings were down a league-leading 38%. Active payroll was just over 29 million at season’s end. Yesterday, the General Manager responsible for the team’s disastrous finish came back from a 30-day suspension for an ethics violation to find the team President, Mike Dee was fired….

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In Preller We Trust (Welcome Back A.J.)

October 19, 2016

The 30-day suspension of young San Diego Padres G.M. A.J. Preller is officially over. Welcome back good sir. In your hands we trust the future of this abused franchise. Preller was given a leave of absence by Major League Baseball for his involvement in the Drew Pomeranz trade to the Boston Red Sox in July. Apparently the Padres staff withheld some medical information and Preller was made responsible. Pomeranz was…

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Luis Urias Gives Padres Fans Much to be Excited About

October 16, 2016

At the age of 19, second baseman Luis Urias is quickly becoming a prime name to watch in the San Diego Padres system. For good reason, too. As the youngest player in the California League (until his teammate Josh Naylor arrived), Urias hit .330/.397/.440 with a .836 OPS for the Lake Elsinore Storm in 2016, en route to winning the California League MVP. He also had more walks (40) than…

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The Real Reason Why Padres Fired Mike Dee?

October 15, 2016

A day after the San Diego Padres released a statement regarding their “departure” from now former team President & CEO, Mike Dee, a few questions were particularly interesting to me more than others. Dee’s tumultuous tenure is well documented, as others in the media have made note of many of the Public Relations blunders under his realm. Let’s look at some of the more notable stingers. The first big gaff…

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Padres Talking to White Sox about Chris Sale?

October 14, 2016

The San Diego Padres have a very young offensive team led by Wil Myers, Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot, and company, but they lack pitching at the moment, which they will need to be considered a relevant team in the near future. The pitching is coming, however, as the Single-A level is flooded with young talented arms like Cal Quantrill, Anderson Espinoza, Austin Smith, Jacob Nix, Jean Cosme, Eric Lauer, and…

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View Of The Current Padres’ Status From Across the Pond

October 14, 2016

The departure of San Diego Padres president and CEO Mike Dee on Wednesday put an exclamation point on another season for the San Diego Padres that you could well sum up in one word: Garbage. As a (very) long-suffering Padres fan, I’m well used to losing seasons. We’ve had 32 in our 48-year history. But this one in particular really stank. Perhaps the writing was on the proverbial wall in…

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The Padres First Power Hitter, Nate Colbert

October 12, 2016

The Padres First Power Hitter, Nate Colbert by Mike Clark It’s no secret that the beginning years of the San Diego Padres were some very lean years. Withstanding the misfortune of the woebegone years flowing through the early 1970’s, there were some clear bright spots. Nate Colbert was definitely one of those, if not the brightest. Mr. Colbert was selected 18th overall in the 1968 MLB expansion draft from the…

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Analysis of Padres’ Organizational Philosophy

October 11, 2016

If you would like a detailed, possibly laborious, explanation of the Padres organizational philosophy, keep reading. If not, I’m sure there’s a reality TV show on somewhere. It is not often you call out someone in a blog post and then meet that someone face-to-face. I accused the San Diego Padres brass of changing course too often. They wanted to be a speed team, then a pitching team, then a…

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A Never Too Early Padres’ Outfield Preview

October 11, 2016

Last week I took a look at the infield and what that could showcase in 2017, given the internal options and incredibly early unknowns — as the off season hasn’t yet to begin. Now, let’s delve into the outfield depth and international options and assess what those options are, and what they will look like. The Padres have a core of promising outfield prospects. Matt Kemp wasn’t a bright spot…

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San Diego Padres Top-50 Prospects

October 9, 2016

The new rankings have come out for each teams’ top-30 prospects from MLB.com. Here are my current ranking for the top 30 prospects in the San Diego Padres farm system, plus a few other prospects that are worth mentioning. Enjoy, and please remember, this is my list. Take it with a grain of salt and remember that the value of these players fluctuates very easily from year to year. This…

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