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…


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…


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,…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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’…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #26 Alex Dickerson

February 2, 2018

Background Here’s a long forgotten fun fact for you: outfielder Alex Dickerson was not drafted by the San Diego Padres. It’s pretty common for most fans to assume that most minor league prospects were drafted by their team, save for the ones acquired in blockbuster trades. However, Dickerson was actually drafted in the third round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Dickerson actually spent three full years…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #27 Travis Jankowski

February 1, 2018

Background In terms of players on the Padres’ 40-man roster, outfielder Travis Jankowski may be one of the most divisive. Although he has shown some degree of big league success, he has also had long stretches where he has been unable to hit enough to be a big league regular. While some fans think Jankowski still deserves another shot, many have begun to write off the young speedster. With the…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #28 Jordan Lyles

January 31, 2018

Background If not for the two outfielders who will find themselves ranked 27 and 26 to complete this week, this may as well have been the week of 27-year-old, back-end starter types. Today it’s all about right-hander Jordan Lyles. Not only are Colin Rea, Robbie Erlin, and Jordan Lyles all the same age, but they have all failed to live up to their draft position, although that may be slightly…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #29 Colin Rea

January 30, 2018

Background Interestingly enough, today’s 40-man roster member, Colin Rea, is actually pretty similar to yesterday’s #30 ranking left-hander, Robbie Erlin. Not only are both coming off Tommy John surgeries, but they also have somewhat similar pitching profiles. Neither overpowers hitters, and both tend to pitch for weak contact by painting the corners rather than blowing hitters away with strikeout stuff. Anyway, Rea was selected by the Padres in the 12th round of…