Framing the Friars: Franchy Cordero is the Man

June 15, 2017

Before the season even got underway, the Padres were down a man, as left-handed hitting outfielder, Alex Dickerson, was having back problems that would cause him to miss the beginning of the season. Here we are nearly three months later, and it appears Alex Dickerson may not play this season at all. Along the way, the Padres have also suffered further outfield injuries, first to Travis Jankowski and then to Manuel…

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Padres Editorial: Wil Myers Struggling To Find His Stride

June 15, 2017

It’s no secret that Wil Myers has been struggling at the plate so far this season. The Padres’ highest-paid player, and the guy expected to be a leader in the clubhouse, hasn’t quite lived up to the hype this season. Through June 11, Myers has a .256 batting average. Now, batting average isn’t something people like to use anymore to evaluate hitters. People hold on-base percentage and slugging percentage to…

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Down on the Farm: June 14

June 14, 2017

Bryan Rodriguez– RHP, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K Bryan Rodriguez has looked a lot better as of late. Rodriguez now has four straight starts in which he has pitched at least five innings and given up three earned runs or fewer. Even better than that, Rodriguez has not had a real blow up since a seven-run outing back in late April….

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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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Padres’ Draft Fits Recent Pattern

June 14, 2017

Don’t try to figure it out, you’ll drive yourself crazy. Or maybe, there might be a method somewhere in there. The Padres first three picks in the 2017 MLB draft were, shall we say, confusing. At least on the surface. Right off the top, it should be noted that every pundit seems to say the same thing about MacKenzie Gore: he has all the stuff you want, four pitches, good…

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Recap of Rounds 1-10 of the San Diego Padres 2017 MLB Draft

June 14, 2017

Round 1, Pick #3– MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville (N.C.) HS In the weeks leading up to the 2017 MLB Draft, the Padres were scouting a number of top-end talents, including all of the big five players of Hunter Greene, Royce Lewis, Brendan McKay, Kyle Wright, and MacKenzie Gore. A lot was going to depend on how the first two selections played out, but the Padres appeared to be most heavy…

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The San Diego Padres Draft Another College Pitcher in Dominic Taccolini

June 13, 2017

  The San Diego Padres drafted yet another collegiate pitcher, as they selected Dominic Taccolini out of the University of Arkansas. He did not have the best numbers, but has shown a major league-quality arm. He went 4-1 last year in 20 games (five starts) for the Razorbacks, while posting a 4.24 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. His overall numbers at the school are 17-10 in four seasons with a…

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RHP Alex Cunningham is the Padres Ninth Round Pick

June 13, 2017

  With their ninth-round selection, the Padres took a RHP out of Coastal Carolina by the name of Alex Cunningham. That is three straight college pitchers, and Cunningham is coming off winning a National Championship in Carolina. He is a right-handed pitcher who has had decent success in college, going 25-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 56 games and 312 inning pitched. During his span in college he struck out…

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It’s the Seventh Round & Pick #198 is LHP Nick Margevicius By the Padres

June 13, 2017

  After taking six straight high school players, the team drafted a left-handed collegiate pitcher out of Morehead State. The team already selected Mackenzie Gore, Luis Campusano, Blake Hunt, Mason House, Sam Keating, Jonny Hozma, and Aaaron Leasher, so who would they eye for their fifth selection of the day, and eighth overall? The Padres took another little-known LHP out of college named Nick Margevicius. He pitched for Rider University,…

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Pick #168 in the 6th Round & the Padres Select LHP Aaron Leasher

June 13, 2017

  With six high school athletes selected with the Padres’ first six picks, the team was surely going to take a collegiate athlete in the sixth round, right? Right? A.J., Right? Well the team finally did, as they selected LHP Aaron Leasher out of Morehead State. He is 21 years old and holds a 16-10 career record in college. In 211 inning pitched for Morehead, he has struck out 248…

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The San Diego Padres Select Jonny Homza with Pick #138 in Draft

June 13, 2017

In the fifth round, the San Diego Padres selected prep infielder, Jonny Homza, out of South Anchorage High School in, yes, Alaska. A.J. Preller and his scouting team look under every stone in search of talent and they may have found a diamond in the rough in Homza. He is a two-time Alaska high school player of the year recipient. Alaska isn’t a baseball hotbed, but the skill set is…

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With Pick #108 in the Fourth Round, the Padres Select Sam Keating

June 13, 2017

  Fourth round picks aren’t guaranteed success, but the Padres may have found a decent pick in this morning’s draft. With pick #108 of the 2017 MLB Draft, the Padres took Sam Keating He is someone to keep an eye on in the near future. The young right-hander has a decent mid-90’s fastball with developing secondary pitches. He will add to the pitching depth in the Padres’ farm system. A.J….

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