Padres Still Pulling Young Talent: Sign Cuban Lefty 18-Year-Old Hurler Osvaldo Hernandez

March 13, 2017

  Since the international market opened up, the San Diego Padres have been hard at work bringing in the cream of the crop. Today, they brought in 18-year-old Cuban lefty, Osvaldo Hernandez, on a $2.5 million contract. Hernandez became an MLB free agent last month, and drew interest from a good number of solid clubs. The Padres had been in the mix for Hernandez since before his free agency was…

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Six Padres’ Prospects Currently Flying Under the Radar

March 13, 2017

  Anyone remotely familiar with the Padres’ organization has heard the names before… Austin Hedges, Hunter Renfroe, Anderson Espinoza, Manuel Margot… the Padres have loaded their minor league system with prospects, and have a rich top-30 prospects, third best in baseball according to Keith Law of ESPN. But with over 250 players scattered throughout the system, there are more than the top-30 that can potentially make big contributions at the…

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Clipping the Hedges (Ode to Spring)

March 12, 2017

Hedges, clipped alive in spring studying the heart of everything Riding in from El Paso Gunning out runners Headed for a ring Some say he can’t sing Others say he can’t bring his power to the plate but haters, they’re going to hate Yea, he’s had to wait for far too long but he never took the bait Watch him crouch like a King put out opposing stings run his…

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Luis Urias & Josh Naylor Can Only Benefit From Playing in the WBC

March 11, 2017

In this World Baseball Classic, the San Diego Padres have two intriguing prospects playing for both countries which border ours. Luis Urias and Josh Naylor are two young, talented players who can greatly benefit from their experience in the WBC. This article will provide a full understanding of how playing in the WBC can very well help these two young men. Luis Urias If you are hearing the name Luis…

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Padres Shortstop Search Could End with Detroit Tigers

March 11, 2017

As spring training evaluations and player and prospect(s) showcasing continues to narrow down competition for the San Diego Padres, they remain interested in upgrading their shortstop candidates. According to Jon Heyman of Fanragsports.com, the Padres are searching for a shortstop, and he notes that their preference would be a player that is controlled beyond 2017. The Padres have, of course, signed Erick Aybar to a minor league deal, but his…

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Nate Colbert’s Record-Setting Performance in 1972 Still Mostly Ignored by Club

March 10, 2017

In my last piece, I wrote about Eric Show, and how he is rarely mentioned, despite being the franchise leader in wins, with 100. In this piece, I will talk about another player who has one of the most extraordinary feats in all of Major League Baseball, yet it isn’t championed by the San Diego Padres’ organization. Padres slugger, Nate Colbert, holds a record in Major League Baseball. On August 1,…

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Projecting the Padres Muddled Rotation Part 4: Who Will Fill the Rotation?

March 10, 2017

It’s been well established that the 2017 edition of the San Diego Padres won’t be good. While there may be quite a few bright spots, as a whole the team should struggle to win many games. Not only is the offense not good, but the pitching staff might take a step into a whole new level of mediocrity. In fact, the Padres may make a real good case for the…

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Happy Birthday Benny- A Brief Look at Padres Catching History

March 9, 2017

Today is Benito Santiago‘s birthday. On this date, the greatest backstop in San Diego Padres’ history turns 52. In honor of Benny’s birthday, let us take a look back on his career, and other men who have been behind the dish for the Padres. Benito Santiago is arguably the most talented catcher ever to wear a Padres’ uniform. He started his MLB career back in 1986, at the ripe age…

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Projecting the Padres Muddled Rotation Part 3: Further Depth

March 9, 2017

  Earlier this week, in parts one and two of a four-part series, I discussed the Padres’ starting pitching options for 2017. On Monday, I looked at pitchers that would be returning to the team after pitching significant innings for them in 2016, and on Tuesday, I looked at some new additions who could crack the Opening Day rotation. With the most likely options out of the way, we now…

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Update on the Padres Shortstop Situation

March 8, 2017

  The Padres’ difficulty in finding even an average MLB shortstop has been well-documented in recent years. It seems like it has been a haunted position for the Padres for the past decade, sans a few seasons (2007 with Khalil Greene, 2013 with Everth Cabrera). Entering spring training, Luis Sardinas was obviously a clear favorite to be the Padres’ everyday shortstop in 2017. Three weeks and eleven games in, that has…

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Friar Freestyle: A Trip Down Padres’ Memory Lane

March 7, 2017

All this talk about uniforms and bringing back the brown. Me? I’d rather bring some former San Diego Padres back to town. When we mention players in Padres’ history, we speak of Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield, or Ken Caminiti. But when is the last time you seen Craig Shipley, Woody Williams or Alan Embree? Those are names we don’t hear mentioned often. Another one is Rod Beck (RIP), who won…

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Projecting the Padres Muddled Rotation Part 2: New Options

March 7, 2017

Yesterday here at East Village Times we took a look at the Padres returning options for the rotation. Out of that group of Luis Perdomo, Christian Friedrich, Paul Clemens, Jarred Cosart, Clayton Richard, and Cesar Vargas, the Padres could form a decent enough major league rotation. In fact, they did just that in 2016, although decent may be a bit of a stretch. Even though the Padres had enough pitchers…

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