Grading the 2017 San Diego Padres’ Infield

October 11, 2017

As manager Andy Green would fill out the lineup throughout the 2017 season, he sure filled out a lot of different names. There were many players at a lot of different positions in the infield. The opening day lineup consisted of Wil Myers at first base, Yangervis Solarte at second base, Erick Aybar at shortstop, and Ryan Schimpf at third base. The Padres had 14 different players play in the…

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What is Yangervis Solarte’s Future With the Padres?

October 10, 2017

Many San Diego sports fans say the Padres still have at least two years until they are able to make a run for the wild card, or maybe even the division. With the N.L. West having solid infielders like the Dodgers’ Corey Seager, Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt, Giants’ Brandon Crawford, and of course the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado, there is a valid question looming in San Diego and that is where Yangervis Solarte will…

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Framing the Friars: Solarte Reaches New Career High

September 6, 2017

  Yangervis Solarte doesn’t hit a lot of home runs. He is just not that type of hitter. The most homers he had ever hit in a season was 15, a number he posted in both 2015 and 2016. That changed on Sept. 6, when the San Diego Padres hosted the St. Louis Cardinals for the third game of a four-game series, a game in which St. Louis won 3-1….

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Yangervis Solarte Has Been Better Than Expected at Short

August 31, 2017

Yangervis Solarte has been with the Padres since he came over at the 2014 trade deadline from the Yankees. In that time, he has hit a respectable .272, averaging 14 home runs per season. He also has a 107 OPS+ in his time in San Diego. Solarte has been a welcome veteran presence in this clubhouse this season, and is now 30 years old. Up to this point, he had…

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Framing the Friars: The Taco Train Rises from the Dead

August 19, 2017

San Diego, California After a couple of forgettable nights to open a four-game series versus the Nationals, things again looked bleak in the top of the first Saturday night with Travis Wood on the mound for the Padres. Wood got the initial two outs, but then Anthony Rendon worked a 13-pitch walk and Ryan Zimmerman followed with an eight-pitch free pass. Howie Kendrick, hotter than an enchilada fresh off the…

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Padres Trade Deadline: What Teams Need Yangervis Solarte?

July 30, 2017

  As the July trade deadline approaches all eyes are on Brad Hand and whether he will be moved for big name prospects. While the Padres will surely strike oil when it comes to accumulating young talent for Hand, the same can be said of Yangervis Solarte. Teams always need depth in the postseason and Solarte is a good, versatile infield option with a solid bat. Since the second half…

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Should the Padres Play Yangervis Solarte at Shortstop?

July 29, 2017

For the second half of the 2017 season, the Padres were expected to use Erick Aybar at short. However, after suffering through a foul ball off his foot on July 22, the former Angel is no longer an option. As a result, Allen Córdoba and veteran minor leaguer Dusty Coleman have taken over. With neither serving as servicable everyday regulars, San Diego has come up with the idea to have…

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Chihuahuas’ Series with Iowa Cubs Marked by One-Run Games

July 29, 2017

The Iowa Cubs came to El Paso this week for a four game series against the El Paso Chihuahuas. The series between the PCL American Northern Cubs and the PCL Pacific Southern Chihuahuas will be the only time the teams play each other all season. The first game of the series was a surprising pitching duel between Iowa’s Rob Zastrynzy and El Paso’s Christian Bethancourt. Bethancourt even homered to score…

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San Diego Padres Trade Deadline To-Do List

July 15, 2017

The MLB Draft is in the books, the Home Run Derby has concluded, and the All-Star game was won. With the first half of the baseball calendar now complete, it is finally time to look forward to the next biggest day on the MLB calendar: the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. With just 17 days left until July 31st, the trade deadline kicked off in a big way with the…

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Is a Potential Padres/Yankees Trade Blooming?

July 10, 2017

Over the last few weeks, reports have circulated that A.J. Preller asked for the New York Yankees stud shortstop prospect, Gleyber Torres, in exchange for prized lefty, Brad Hand. While Torres is obviously too much to surrender for a bullpen arm, the two teams may still hook up on a deal, at least that’s what reports on Saturday indicated. Since the reports neglected to note trade proposals, the fun task…

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What Should Padres Do With Carlos Asuaje

July 9, 2017

With Yangervis Solarte going on the D.L. a couple of weeks ago, the San Diego Padres looked for someone to take his role at second base, and hopefully flourish. That someone turned out to be Carlos Asuaje. The young infielder has been putting up solid numbers since the departure of Solarte, and being called up once again from El Paso. The 25-year-old is hitting .317 this year and has recorded…

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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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