Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #6 Jose Pirela

March 27, 2018

Background Odds are pretty good that the average baseball fan doesn’t know much about Jose Pirela. Odds are even better that the average baseball fan doesn’t know that Pirela was a Yankees farmhand from 2007-2015. Signed by the Yankees as an international free agent out of Venezuela in 2007, Pirela has had a long and arduous road to big league relevance. Now 28, it seems like Pirela has finally put…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #7 Cory Spangenberg

March 12, 2018

Background Drafted 10th overall in the 2011 MLB Draft, one spot ahead of Houston Astros right fielder George Springer and four spots ahead of the late Jose Fernandez, Cory Spangenberg has yet to live up to his first-round draft pedigree. However, Spangenberg is still just 26 years old with time to prove he was worth using a first-round selection on. Spangenberg began his professional career in short-season ball, absolutely mashing…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #8 Luis Perdomo

March 10, 2018

Background Originally signed as an international free agent by the St. Louis Cardinals at the end of 2010, right-hander Luis Perdomo was just 17 years old when he made his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2011. Perdomo pitched 19 innings in that first taste of pro baseball, striking out 16 batters, walking eight, and giving up 12 earned runs in total. It’s obvious those numbers aren’t good,…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #9 Carlos Asuaje

March 9, 2018

Background Drafted in the 11th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox, infielder Carlos Asuaje has had success at every minor league level over the course of his professional career. Starting in short-season ball as a 22-year-old in 2013, Asuaje hit well over 52 games and 204 plate appearances slashing .269/.366/.368 with a 127 wRC+. Although Asuaje was small in stature and didn’t hit for much…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #10 Hunter Renfroe

February 28, 2018

Background Drafted in the first round by the San Diego Padres in the 2013 MLB Draft, outfielder Hunter Renfroe has always been known as a power bat. Drafted out of college, Renfroe jumped right to short-season ball after the draft, hitting four home runs and posting a .308/.333/.510 slash line over his first 111 professional plate appearances. That slash line was just a sign of things to come for the…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #11 Freddy Galvis

February 23, 2018

Background If there was an offseason trade I disliked more than the Chase Headley acquisition, it was the deal that brought shortstop Freddy Galvis to San Diego from Philadelphia. It’s nothing against Galvis, but I didn’t, and still don’t, see the point of giving up a decent pitching prospect for a one-year stopgap shortstop who just isn’t that good. Once again, no offense to Galvis. Really, none. Signed by the…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #12 Chase Headley

February 22, 2018

Background Although I am usually happy about A.J. Preller’s moves, I am somewhat bothered by the re-acquisition of Chase Headley. Sure, the Padres were able to get rid of Jabari Blash and acquire an interesting player in Bryan Mitchell, but now I live in a world where I have to write an article about Chase Headley. I probably should have just ranked Headley last simply because of my disdain for…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #13 Kirby Yates

February 21, 2018

Background With a name like Kirby, how could you not like Kirby Yates? After originally being drafted out of high school by the Boston Red Sox in the 2005 MLB Draft, Yates decided to go to school instead. A Tommy John surgery caused Yates to miss the entirety of the 2006 and 2007 seasons, and the right-hander went undrafted in the 2009 MLB Draft. However, the Tampa Bay Rays signed…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #14 Carter Capps

February 20, 2018

Background When I was initially putting together my rankings, I questioned myself on where to place right-handed reliever Carter Capps. Coming off a series of arm injuries, including a Tommy John surgery prior to the 2016 season and a shoulder surgery that ended his comeback attempt in the 2017 season, Capps is an unknown at this point. He has shown flashes of brilliance, yes, but he has only pitched more…

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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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