Esteury Ruiz: The Next Big Thing?

March 4, 2018

If there’s one thing that Padres’ minor leaguer Esteury Ruiz can do, it, undoubtedly, is hit. The young Ruiz, who was signed out of the Dominican Republic by the Kansas City Royals in July 2015 for $100,000 as a 16-year-old, has carried a .331 career batting line. While it’s across just over 400 at-bats in his young career, and that’s obviously bound to regress, it is still impressive nonetheless as…


Smoke Screen or the Real Deal? Padres Impressing Early in Camp

March 3, 2018

Well, it is certainly an exciting time to be a Padres fan, that’s for sure. Over the past few weeks, our Padres have been in the national headlines multiple times. First, they made a splash and signed Eric Hosmer to an eight-year deal. On Friday, MLB Pipeline ranked San Diego as having the top farm system in the big leagues, with their plethora of young talent all throughout the system…


Manuel Margot and His Promise Headline the Padres’ Future Direction

February 12, 2018

If Manuel Margot is any indication of what the Padres can expect in the future, they should expect it to be bright. Very bright, in fact. Acquired as the centerpiece in the December 2015 Craig Kimbrel trade, Margot was seen as a candidate to potentially blossom as he worked his way through the Padres’ minor league ranks. He was very impressive for both Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A El Paso…


The 2019 Baseball America Top 100: Which Padres Will Make the Cut?

January 24, 2018

As many of you may already know, Baseball America recently released their Top 100 Prospects for the 2018 season. To the surprise of nobody, the San Diego Padres wound up having a whopping six prospects in the Top 100, including having five in the top 52. The Padres brigade was led by none other than young 19-year-old phenom Fernando Tatis Jr., who placed at number nine on the list. Rounding…


Gabriel Arias: The 17 Year-Old Phenom is Turning Heads

January 15, 2018

If you thought Fernando Tatis Jr. was impressive in 2017, I ask you to please also consider 17 year-old Gabriel Arias. Possibly one of the fastest rising prospects in the San Diego Padres’ farm system currently. Arias, who signed with the Padres out of Venezuela for $1.9 million in July 2016, got his first taste of professional baseball in 2017, spending time both in the Arizona League, as well as…


The Best from 2017, and Resolutions for the 2018 San Diego Padres

December 31, 2017

Well Padre fans, it’s that time of year again, a time marked mainly by shorter days, and a severe lack of baseball. While we’ve gotten some nuggets of baseball info via the Hot Stove the last six weeks, we’re still a little ways away from spring training in mid-February. Even though there weren’t a lot of great moments from the big league squad this past season, the Padres’ minor league…


The HOF Case for Trevor Hoffman

November 30, 2017

As I begin my time writing here for the East Village Times and the San Diego Padres, I thought that it would only be appropriate that my first article be about someone that I so deeply have enjoyed watching throughout my life: Trevor Hoffman. Ever since he came over to the Padres way back in 1993, Hoffman was the steady arm at the back of the bullpen that everyone could…