Down on the Farm: Weekly Review June 19-25

June 25, 2017

Carter Capps– RHP, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K After a rough first go around in his rehab assignment, Capps has looked a lot better since returning to El Paso following a month in extended Spring Training to work on his form. Capps did not give up a hit or an earned run this week, although he did receive two balks called…

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Padres Editorial: Embrace the Stank (Cubs Edition)

June 25, 2017

Thanks to Andy Green I’ve already let it go, but sometimes I just like to rub dirt. When the Padres lollygagged their way into Chicago last Monday they were afterthoughts to a Cubs’ dream of a repeat, only moving the meter in the hearts of the most diehard of the Friar faithful. Mere marks in a land of thieves and manipulators. They left as Christians surviving the den of the…

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Where in the World is Carter Capps?

June 25, 2017

Carter Capps was acquired in the Andrew Cashner deal along with Josh Naylor and Jarred Cosart on July 26 of last year. He is well-known for his funky pitching motion, which has led to many heated debates on its legality. Capps had been a breakout star out of the bullpen for the Marlins in 2015 with his controversial delivery. In 31 innings, he had a 1.16 ERA, with 58 strikeouts…

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Great Expectations: Let Wil be Wil

June 25, 2017

In the midst of the Padres’ prospect paradise stands a 26-year-old “veteran,” under the stadium spotlight since age 22. Between all the conversations about volatility and inconsistency surrounding him, he has shown us exactly what to expect from him – an average of around .260, an OPS of around .800, and counting stats that in a healthy year should have no problem surpassing twenty homers, eighty runs, and eighty runs…

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Appreciating Yangervis Solarte

June 24, 2017

Ever since the Padres traded for Yangervis Solarte in 2014, he has provided stability to an organization that has anything but that. In 3+ seasons as a Padre, he has hit .274/.334/.427 with 43 home runs while spending time at second, short, and third. Over that time, he has accumulated a nice 6.9 WAR. If one had to describe Yangervis Solarte on the field, it would probably be this: rock-solid….

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Is Clayton Richard the Ace of the Staff?

June 24, 2017

The San Diego Padres were not expected to field a dominant starting rotation in 2017. One indicator of this was the team’s decision to sign veteran free-agent Jared Weaver in the off-season, who at this point in his career is barely able to get his velocity into the mid-eighties. Another indicator was the team naming a fellow middling, veteran, free-agent signee, Jhoulys Chacin, as the opening day starter, which was…

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Padres EVT Podcast: Episode 46 with John Conniff

June 24, 2017

  The show welcomes back John Conniff of MadFriars. He has a wealth of information about the Padres’ farm system as he has covered the team for a long time. We ask John about the recent draft selections and his thoughts about each new Padre. Mackenzie Gore is discussed in-depth as we learn John’s feelings on the prep left-hander. We also discuss Luis Campusano and Blake Hunt and the thought…

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Are the Padres Approaching a Potential Logjam?

June 24, 2017

The San Diego Padres have seen a revolving door of players go on the disabled list. Currently, two starting pitchers and two starting outfielders have spent significant time away from the big club because of injuries. Trevor Cahill and Jered Weaver are finishing up rehab assignments in the minors before they return to the starting rotation. The same goes for Manuel Margot, who began a rehab assignment at Triple-A El…

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Advanced Stat Friday: Hunter Renfroe’s Woes and Ryan Schimpf’s BABIP

June 23, 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 the crown…

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San Diego Padres Top-100 Prospects

June 23, 2017

The San Diego Padres’ farm system has grown tremendously. With talent overflowing at every level, a top 40 or 50 list doesn’t do justice for what this current regime has created. So, I decided to embark on a top-100 list for the Padres. This was a long, arduous task, but in compiling this list, I found so many under-the-radar type youngsters that have a serious shot at being real prospects…

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Storm Well-Represented at Cal League All-Star Game

June 22, 2017

  The annual Cal League All-Star game was hosted by the Visalia Rawhide this season. The event took place June 19-20, and featured several fun and unique activities relating to the local community and concluded with the actual all-star game on day two. This game was a great way to see the bright young prospects from around the league, including the eight players representing the Lake Elsinore Storm. The Storm…

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Follow Up with Former Padre’ Prospect Ryan Miller

June 22, 2017

I recently had the opportunity to talk to Ryan Miller, a former prospect for the San Diego Padres and resident of my hometown of Hemet, California. He was drafted by the Friars in the 14th round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of San Bernardino Valley College. For those who are unaware, he spent four seasons in the Padres’ system before he asked for his release from the team following…

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