Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #15 Clayton Richard

February 19, 2018

Background Drafted way back in the eighth round of the 2005 MLB Draft, Clayton Richard has had one wild professional career to date. Richard was a quick mover through the White Sox system out of college, making it all the way to the big leagues in just about two years from his first professional inning. After posting sub-2.50 ERAs in both Double-A and Triple-A for the White Sox in 2008,…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: Rowan Wick

February 18, 2018

Background Due to recent events, mainly Jose Torres being placed on the restricted list, there was an open 40-man roster spot for the Padres to fill. Obviously many fans were speculating about the team bringing aboard Eric Hosmer to feel that slot, but the Padres went a different way entirely, at least for the short-term. And that was by claiming catcher, turned outfielder, turned pitcher Rowan Wick from the St….

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #16 Matt Strahm

February 17, 2018

Background Drafted in the 21st round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals, left-hander Matt Strahm has had an injury-plagued professional career to date. In his rookie league debut, Strahm threw 30 and a third innings and posted a 5.64 ERA. Strahm did strike out 42 batters during those innings, but also walked 17 batters. Strahm ended up missing the entirety of the 2013 season after Tommy…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #17 Franchy Cordero

February 16, 2018

Background It’s been a quiet offseason all around baseball, and with that sort of silence comes interesting baseball discussions. This offseason, one of the biggest topics among the Padre fandom has been about Franchy Cordero. To be more specific, fans have discussed whether he is major league ready, and more importantly, whether he can be an impact big leaguer someday. Beyond that, he has been compared to Christian Yelich from…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #18 Phil Maton

February 14, 2018

Background If there is one strength the Padres have, it would be their bullpen. Not only is the team loaded with a good amount of big league relief talent, but they also have quite a few interesting minor league prospects either on their way or who have already landed. The most intriguing of that second group has to be right-hander Phil Maton. It’s hard to get too excited about relief…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #19 Kazuhisa Makita

February 13, 2018

Background So I am usually one to use Fangraphs in order to research an individual player’s stats. With right-handed, submariner Kazuhisa Makita, that wasn’t an option, as the Japanese righty does not yet have a Fangraphs’ page at present. Rather than use a non-existent Fangraphs’ page, I turned to Baseball Reference. The 33-year-old Makita’s Japanese pitching career goes all the way back to 2011 when he first debuted with the…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #20 Matt Szczur

February 12, 2018

Background This is nothing against him, but if there were one guy on the San Diego Padres 40-man roster that it would be easy to forget, that man would be outfielder Matt Szczur. Overshadowed by the plethora of young outfielders on the Padres’ roster, Szczur flew under the radar in his first year in San Diego. Drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs,…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #21 Christian Villanueva

February 9, 2018

Background When you look back at the team Christian Villanueva originally signed with, everything starts to make sense. That team was the Texas Rangers, who signed Villanueva as an international free agent out of Mexico in 2008. If you’re trying to figure out the connection, yes, A.J. Preller was a member of the Rangers’ international scouting department when Villanueva was signed. Now, 10 years later, Villanueva finds himself once again…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #22 Craig Stammen

February 8, 2018

Background It’s kind of crazy that Craig Stammen has only been in the major leagues since 2009 because it feels like he has been in the league forever. Anyway, Stammen was drafted by the Washington Nationals way back in 2005. In the interest of brevity, I won’t delve too far into his minor league track record, but Stammen operated mostly as a starter for the first six years of his…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #23 Kyle McGrath

February 7, 2018

Embed from Getty Images Background Left-handed reliever Kyle McGrath is exactly the type of player that teams don’t expect to see in the big leagues. Drafted in the 36th round of the 2014 MLB Draft, McGrath has always been a relief-only prospect, making his climb to the majors all the more difficult. In his first taste of professional baseball in 2014, the 22-year-old McGrath was dominant in rookie ball, posting…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #24 Jose Torres

February 6, 2018

Background Born in Venezuela and signed by the Oakland Athletics as an international free agent in 2010, 24-year-old, left-hander Jose Torres has been with the Padres since being acquired alongside Drew Pomeranz following the 2015 season. Originally used as a starter, Torres made 11 starts and threw 49 and two-thirds innings in rookie ball for the Athletics. Torres walked nearly as many batters as he struck out, although he did…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #25 Bryan Mitchell

February 5, 2018

Background In what has been one of the most boring MLB offseasons in recent memory, perhaps the highlight was the Padres’ acquisition of right-hander Bryan Mitchell from the New York Yankees. Sure, it was the equivalent of buying a prospect, as the Padres had to take on the contract of Chase Headley as a part of the trade, but Mitchell is a lot more intriguing than Headley or the Padres’…

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