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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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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Framing the Friars: Lamet Gets Back On Track Against Brewers

June 17, 2017

  Dinelson Lamet had a pair of rough outings after his mesmerizing Major League debut and strong second outing against the Chicago Cubs. In two starts, he gave up 16 runs over eight innings. Before those starts, his ERA was 2.70. Through those eight innings, his ERA inflated quicker than an outdoor tent, rising to 8.50. Lamet was given the ball when the San Diego Padres played the second game…

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Framing the Friars: The Ball is Juiced?

June 17, 2017

Following a three-game home sweep against the Cincinnati Reds, the San Diego Padres came into Miller Park on Friday with confidence. The Padres wasted little time jumping on Brewers’ starter Junior Guerra early. After the first two batters reached on an outfield misplay and a walk, the struggling Wil Myers stepped to the plate. And he did not disappoint, as the right-hander launched an absolute moon shot over the outfield…

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Framing the Friars: Bats Turn Cold and So Does the Win Streak

June 4, 2017

The Padres came into Petco Park looking to grow their largest winning streak on the season by one more game. I’m not sure if it’s encouragement from Ron Fowler to get through these five wins, but I can say the Padres have been slugging the ball. Saturday night was a different story. The Padres struck out eight times and combined for just four hits in 30 at bats, a .133…

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Framing the Friars: Solarte and Kids Slug in 5th Straight Win

June 3, 2017

If you looked at the box score, you’d think this game was played in Denver, Colorado. There were 27 combined hits, three of them made it over the fence (all three Padres), and seven total extra base hits. The game started off a little rocky for Clayton Richard, who took the mound looking to continue the Padres’ success. He allowed four hits in the second innings, including a Ryan Schimpf error…

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