Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #30 Robbie Erlin

January 29, 2018

Background Drafted in the third round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers, left-hander Robbie Erlin was once a pretty highly regarded college prospect. Following the draft, Erlin threw only four innings in rookie ball in 2009. Erlin started the 2010 season in Low-A and threw over 114 innings split between time as a starter and reliever. Not only did Erlin have a fantastic K-BB ratio (125:17), but…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #31 Miguel Diaz

January 26, 2018

Background Signed by the Milwaukee Brewers as part of their 2011-2012 international free agent class, 23-year-old right-hander Miguel Diaz is yet another Padres’ Rule 5 Draft selection in recent years. Despite the success that right-hander Luis Perdomo has found so far, Diaz may be the most intriguing of the bunch. After signing with Milwaukee, Diaz made his debut in the Rookie League, throwing 25 and a third innings in total…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #32 Buddy Baumann

January 25, 2018

Background Drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals, Buddy Baumann had a rather circuitous route to his 2016 big league debut with the San Diego Padres. Originally drafted out of college, Baumann had not been the fast riser the Royals hoped he would be when he was selected. After a solid enough showing at rookie ball in 2009, with a decent five-inning…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #33 Brad Wieck

January 24, 2018

Background Originally drafted in the seventh round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the New York Mets, left-hander Brad Wieck has been a quiet riser through the Padres’ minor league system. After being selected early in the 2014 draft, Wieck was moved directly to short-season ball, where he finished the season with 25 and two-thirds innings pitched in relief. Wieck struck out 39 batters, walked just six, and gave up…


San Diego Padres Sign Allen Craig to Minor League Deal

January 23, 2018

There’s little doubt that this has been the slowest MLB offseason in recent memory. With just about three weeks left until pitchers and catchers start reporting to spring training, it’s pretty clear that something is different about this offseason. Not only are there plenty of free agents still available, but the best ones, such as Eric Hosmer, J.D. Martinez, Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, and on and…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #34 Allen Cordoba

January 23, 2018

Background Following back-to-back years of frenetic Rule 5 Draft activity, A.J. Preller and company were quiet in 2017, as the team made no Rule 5 selections for the first time since Preller’s first year in San Diego in 2014. However, with four Rule 5 players in 2015, and three more in 2016, the Padres have had no shortage of lottery type players in recent history. Although only one of the…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #35 Javier Guerra

January 22, 2018

Background It’s safe to say we all know the history of shortstop Javier Guerra by now. Signed by the Boston Red Sox as a 16-year-old international free agent out of Panama way back in 2012, Guerra was acquired by the San Diego Padres as part of the blockbuster deal that sent closer Craig Kimbrel to the Boston Red Sox. Prior to signing, Guerra was known more for his glove than…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #36 Luis Torrens

January 19, 2018

Background Signed out of Venezuela in July of 2012 for $1.3 million, the then 16-year-old Luis Torrens was a bit of an under-the-radar guy from the beginning. Originally signed as a shortstop, the 6-foot, 175-pound youngster was quickly shifted to catcher by the Yankees, where has played all his professional innings to date. Almost immediately after being shifted, Torrens showed his aptitude for his new position, as he has used…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #37 Jose Castillo

January 18, 2018

Background Acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays as a part of the larger three-team deal that brought Wil Myers to San Diego, Castillo was probably the least hyped player for any team in that deal. Signed by the Rays as an undrafted free agent out of Venezuela in July 2012, the then 17-year-old had a somewhat up and down showing with the Rays Rookie Ball affiliate in 2013. However, Castillo…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #38 Colten Brewer

January 17, 2018

Background Although it’s been a quiet offseason around baseball, as well as for the San Diego Padres, the Padres did make an acquisition earlier in the offseason in the signing of right-handed pitcher Colten Brewer on November 22. Despite being signed as a minor league free agent, Brewer does have a pretty well-regarded draft pedigree, as the right-hander was drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 MLB Draft by…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #39 Walker Lockett

January 16, 2018

Background Drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres, Andrew Lockett has appeared in 78 games over the course of the last six seasons. Even with his solid draft pedigree, Lockett has been consistently held back by a variety of injuries. Over his first four seasons in the Padres’ organization from 2012-2015, Lockett only threw 118 and a third innings in total. Sure,…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #40 Rocky Gale

January 15, 2018

As wild as it is to say, we are less than a month from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training. Despite the free agent market being historically slow, with many of the top free agents still remaining unsigned halfway through January, spring training is now just around the corner. With 40 days to go until the Padres have their first spring training game against the Seattle Mariners on February…