Rod Boykin Interview: Making Waves With the Storm

August 14, 2017

The Lake Elsinore Storm just named outfielder Rod Boykin their latest homestand hero. During the recent seven-game homestand, Boykin hit .435 with two home runs and four RBI. He has been a bright spot in the Storm offense since his call-up from Fort Wayne on July 12. In his first 23 games with the Storm, Boykin has hit the same number of home runs that he hit in 69 games…

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Down on the Farm Weekly Review: August 7-13- Tatis, Lauer & Ruiz Developing

August 13, 2017

  Franchy Cordero– CF, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 11-30, 1 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 6 R, 9 RBI, 20 TB It seems like I write about Franchy Cordero every few days, and nothing has really changed. The strikeout problem is still readily apparent, but Cordero is continuing to do his part at the plate. Depending on the Chihuahuas’ playoff position, Cordero should get a good amount of time on…

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Hudson Potts Homers in 6-3 Loss & Michel Baez Shows He is Human

August 13, 2017

  Fort Wayne, Indiana On Sunday, the Bowling Green Hot Rods exposed the TinCaps’ Michel Baez as a mere mortal. Dominating in his first five starts, Baez struggled more than usual in the 6-3 loss. Baez compiled five wins and a 0.74 ERA in his first five starts, but the Hot Rods tagged him for six hits and five runs through five innings of work. Baez also struck out five,…

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Pedro Avila Deserves Real Attention After Tuesday’s Start

August 13, 2017

When former Padre Derek Norris struggled to be a competent catcher in 2016, the expectations became low on his trade value. As a result, A. J. Preller received a little known starting prospect by the name of Pedro Avila to little fanfare. Since coming over from Washington on December 2 of last year, Avila has shown to be a possible steal. The small, 5’11”, 170 lb. righty has become one…

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Down on the Farm: August 12- Enyel De Los Santos Dominates/Tatis Hits #21

August 12, 2017

El Paso Chihuahuas (58-62) Won 4-3 Right-hander and newest Chihuahua, Jordan Lyles, took the ball for the Chihuahuas on Saturday night in his first appearance in the Padres’ organization. After a harmless single in the first, Lyles ran into some trouble in the second inning, as Lyles gave up two singles, a walk, and a two-run single after getting the first batter out to start the inning. After a one-two-three third…

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Blake Hunt Interview: Intangibles Galore

August 12, 2017

The San Diego Padres surprised many, as they selected high school catchers with two of their first three picks in the June draft. Luis Campusano was picked with the 39th selection (second-round pick) overall and Blake Hunt was drafted with the 69th pick (second competitive balance round) overall. Both are regarded as defensive-minded catchers with a strong likelihood to remain at the position. As a high school backstop, often it…

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Framing the Friars: “Mar-Gone!” Padres Win 4-3 vs Dodgers

August 11, 2017

The last time the Padres and Dodgers met there were plenty of fireworks. Tensions were high among Dodger starter Alex Wood, manager Dave Roberts, and Padres manager, Andy Green. In an unusual manager banter, Roberts was ejected from the contest and further suspended for the next game. Green was also ejected but was not suspended. However, this Friday night both managers met at home plate to exchange lineup cards and…

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Down on The Farm August 11-Hansel Rodriguez Earns Another Save

August 11, 2017

DSL Padres: PPD (Rain) AZL Padres 1 (20-18): 10-9 win @ AZL Mariners AZL Padres 2 (20-17): 8-3 loss @ AZL Dodgers Tri-City Dust Devils (29-25): 3-1 win vs Hillsboro Fort Wayne Tincaps (57-60): 8-7 win vs Bowling Green (60-54) Lake Elsinore Storm (55-63): 6-4 loss @ Lancaster (65-53) San Antonio Missions (68-49): 5-1 loss vs Tulsa (63-55) El Paso Chihuahuas (57-62): 8-7 loss vs Las Vegas Key Performers: 2B…

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Is Dusty Coleman Here to Stay?

August 11, 2017

San Diego Padres shortstop Dusty Coleman took a day off on Thursday afternoon after five straight starts. This break for Coleman came on the heels of an 0-3 night at the plate on Wednesday, during an 8-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. I first became aware of Coleman during spring training. I saw the squad play the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona on March 18th. During that…

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Big 8th Inning Dooms TinCaps in 5-2 Loss

August 10, 2017

Fort Wayne, Indiana. After a four-game road trip to play the Great Lakes Loons, the TinCaps returned to Parkview Field Thursday night. Following a nine-batter eighth inning, the visiting Bowling Green Hot Rods held on for the 5-2 victory, snapping the TinCaps’ five-game winning streak. The top of the eighth started with Adrian Rondon hitting a routine grounder to Fernando Tatis Jr., but the shortstop erred on the throw, launching the…

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Padres EVT Podcast: Episode 55 with Craig Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus

August 10, 2017

For this episode, we welcome Craig Goldstein back to the show. The minor league editor for Baseball Prospectus has vast knowledge about the Padres’ minor league system, so we welcome his insight. Let me warn you that Craig is brutally honest and he is not affiliated with the team in any way. He gives his opinion and he does not pull any punches in doing so. We speak about Fernando…

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Padres EVT Podcast: Episode 54 with James & Patrick

August 10, 2017

  In this episode, we planned to discuss the state of the San Diego Padres. We started out that way, but the conversation quickly turned into talk about the minor league system. Pedro Avila had a great start on Tuesday night and we talk about the right-handed pitcher that was obtained for Derek Norris prior to the 2017 season. I mean, hey- the minor league system for the Padres is…

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