Padres 2018 Player Grades: Position Players

October 5, 2018

With the signing of Eric Hosmer in the winter, the San Diego Padres had a lot of excitement about the 2018 season. Though Hosmer did not have a great year, some of the position players around him did. Here are their grades for the season. The final end-of-season grading article from EVT will focus on the most polarizing group of the 2018 Padres squad–the position players. There’s some good, some…


Padres 2018 Player Grades: Starting Rotation

October 4, 2018

In 2018, the San Diego Padres featured many young hurlers in the starting rotation attempting to get their feet wet at the Major League level. Here is a glimpse of the starting pitchers and their grades for the 2018 season: The second of three end-of-season grading articles from EVT will focus on a group that left much to be desired in 2018–the starting rotation. As is consistent throughout this series,…


Padres 2018 Player Grades: Bullpen

October 3, 2018

The 2018 San Diego Padres player grades are in as we start with arguably the team’s best area, the bullpen. This unit was solid for the team all year long, even after the departure of Brad Hand and Adam Cimber in July. They deserve a lot of praise for their efforts in 2018. The first of three end-of-season grading articles from EVT will focus on the 2018 Padres’ most successful…


Would a Mejía/Hedges Platoon Work for Padres?

September 7, 2018

With two valuable young catchers on the roster, would a platoon of Austin Hedges and Francisco Mejía work for the San Diego Padres moving forward? When the Padres dealt bullpen arms Brad Hand and Adam Cimber to Cleveland for catcher Francisco Mejia, Austin Hedges’ hold on the starting catching job loosened immediately. Mejía arrived with major league experience, excellent hit tools, a rocket arm and the title of “top-ranked catching…


Putting the Padres’ Farm System into Perspective

July 21, 2018

The hype surrounding the San Diego Padres’ farm system is undoubtedly the most exciting thing about the franchise right now. The first wave of young talent has already arrived in the big leagues. Guys like Dinelson Lamet, Eric Lauer, Joey Lucchesi, Manuel Margot, Hunter Renfroe, Franchy Cordero and Austin Hedges have all had varying degrees of success in the major leagues, but all stand a chance of becoming a part…


Five Positives from the Padres’ 2018 Season

July 10, 2018

In an effort to put this lightly, I’ll classify the San Diego Padres’ 2018 campaign as “underwhelming.” The Friars are bringing up the rear in the National League West, and it looks like it will remain that way until the season concludes. Not all is lost however, as the following five aspects of the 2018 season have stood out as positives in an otherwise-underwhelming season. THE BULLPEN Let’s start with…


Next Month Critical for Brad Hand and Padres

June 28, 2018

Brad Hand has hit a bit of a rough patch in June. He’s been touched up to the tune of five runs in his past four outings, including a pair of blown saves against Oakland and San Francisco. His ERA has risen from 1.78 to 2.82 in only 11 days. This recent performance has undoubtedly complicated an already complex situation regarding his future with the ballclub. Hand’s body of work…


Assessing the Future of Wil Myers

May 29, 2018

When Wil Myers was acquired by the San Diego Padres in a three-team trade involving the Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays in December of 2014, he was expected to be the face of the franchise amid a flurry of deals made by new GM A.J. Preller. Myers was the Opening Day starter in center field to begin the 2015 season, but made three separate trips to the disabled list…


Don’t Give Up on Manuel Margot Just Yet

May 23, 2018

I don’t think anybody expected this article to be written when spring training opened just three months ago. Manuel Margot was unanimously seen as the rangy center fielder of the future and a staple atop the Padres’ lineup for years to come. When Eric Hosmer was acquired for, at least, the next five seasons, speculation regarding possible outfield configurations were immediately a hot topic of discussion. Wil Myers made his…