Padres Spring Spotlight: Robert Stock and Carlos Asuaje

March 13, 2018

We are now over halfway through the spring training slate, with just two weeks left until Opening Day. Thus far, spring training has been fun to watch for Padres fans, perhaps the most fun in years, as top prospects have been in big league camp the entire time, not to mention they have played well. I want to focus on some players who have made a splash this spring who…

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Walking the Walk: Padres Putting New Philosophy Into Practice

March 11, 2018

When Matt Stairs arrived as the new hitting coach, it was clear what he wanted to do. He is teaching a “stubborn” approach at the plate, working the count and waiting for a good pitch to drive instead of settling for a pitcher’s pitch early in the count. It’s no secret the Padres have struggled to get on base in past seasons. We have addressed it on the site very…

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The Padres’ Infield Defense Could Be The Best In Years

March 9, 2018

They say defense wins championships. We are approximately three weeks from Opening Day, and the Padres projected infield consists of the new star Eric Hosmer at first base, Freddy Galvis at shortstop, Chase Headley at third, and most likely, Carlos Asuaje at second base, with some consideration for Jose Pirela and Cory Spangenberg at that spot as well. In that projected infield for 2018, there are five combined Gold Gloves, four…

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Christian Villanueva Forcing the Padres’ Hand

March 6, 2018

Spring training has been fun for the Padres and their fans so far. The young talent has been on full display, with some surprising developments, one of them being third baseman Christian Villanueva. After his hot September last season when he hit .344 with four home runs in 12 games, fans started to wonder where this guy came from. First of all, he came from Mexico. Guadalajara, to be exact….

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MLB Pipeline Names Padres the Best Farm System in Baseball

March 2, 2018

On Friday, MLB Pipeline released their top three farm systems in all of baseball, with the White Sox, Braves, and Padres in the mix. When numbers two and three were revealed, it was clear who was number one, your San Diego Padres. And the No. 1 team on our ranking of baseball's best farm systems — with 7 players on @MLB's #Top100Prospects list, including an #MLB-best 6 in the Top…

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Evaluating the Top Names in Spring Training So Far

March 1, 2018

Like I mentioned in a previous article, wins and losses don’t matter in spring training, and for the most part, neither do stats. There is a caveat to the last part, as stats do matter for some. They matter for the fringe roster guys or the top prospects trying to accelerate their ascension through the minors. After an 0-3 start, the Padres have had some encouraging results in the last…

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Your Yearly Reminder: Spring Training Records Mean Absolutely Nothing

February 27, 2018

It happens every year, for better or for worse. Your team starts out the spring slowly and it looks like you may go 0-162, or your team “wins” the Cactus League and all of a sudden, expectations soar higher than you originally thought. For Padres fans, it seems the former example is setting in as the Padres have struggled as a team in their first handful of games (1-3 so…

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Shohei Who? Padres Break Out the Big Sticks vs. Angels

February 26, 2018

While the mainstream sports media was obsessing over Shohei Ohtani’s dribbling single up the middle, the Padres bullied Angels’ pitching on their way to their first Cactus League win by the score of 10-4. The Padres jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the 2nd inning when Hunter Renfroe hit the batter’s eye with a two-run homer which was quickly followed by a Christian Villanueva laser home run. The Padres…

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The Padres Have Two ‘Iron Men’ on the 2018 Roster

February 23, 2018

It used to be a regular thing to play all 162 games in a season. Cal Ripken Jr. did it 10 times in his career. Playing every single game has only been done nine times among all Major League Baseball players over the past three years combined.  Playing all 162 games is more of a badge of honor than anything else. A player isn’t normally viewed as less valuable if he plays…

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Padres Have Low Bar For HR King and It’s Time To Break It

February 23, 2018

I understand the home run has lost a bit of its luster with advanced analytics, changing launch angles and more guys swinging for the fences than ever before. Joey Gallo hit more home runs (41) than singles (32) in 2017, yet a guy like Dodgers utility man Chris Taylor was more “valuable”. However, the home run is still the most exciting result in baseball, chicks still dig the long ball….

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With the Addition of Hosmer, Wil Myers Can Just Relax and Play Ball

February 22, 2018

When the Padres inked Wil Myers to a then-club record six-year, $83 million deal before last season, it was the intention that he become the “face of the franchise” and the clubhouse alpha dog. Although 30 home runs and 20 stolen bases are the type of numbers the Padres paid for, most were hoping for more. His midseason struggles last year were well documented as he hit .214, .195 and…

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Eric Hosmer Rakes at Petco Park and Bullies the Rest of the West

February 19, 2018

It finally happened. Eric Hosmer is a San Diego Padre. The 8-year, $144 million deal is the biggest in club history and it gives the Padres an instant face to the franchise. The thing is, Hosmer is already accustomed to success at Petco Park. Whether it was torturing his now current team in the regular season, during the 2016 All-Star Game or the 2017 World Baseball Classic, Hosmer has owned…

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