A Serious Question For Padre Haters

May 12, 2018

I have a serious question for Padre haters. Why? If you are a local and are frustrated with a lifetime of disappointment, I get that. You’ve been burned, you don’t want to get burned again. I’ll ask you this, though; when has the Padres’ farm system gotten THIS level of attention? I actually don’t know. I’m a new Padres fan. I moved to San Diego a few years ago and…

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Mackenzie Gore Is Certainly “The Real Deal”

February 5, 2018

The 2017 season for the San Diego Padres was not good on the field, although it was nowhere near as bad as some in the media feared it would be. Youngsters Manuel Margot, Hunter Renfroe, and Dinelson Lamet provided performances worth remembering. But let’s be honest, 71-91 and 33 games behind the Dodgers flat-out sucks. If things are going to change, the youngsters that provided the season highlights will need to…

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Gulls Look To Build Momentum

October 19, 2017

Three games into the new season and the San Diego Gulls will be looking to build a little momentum coming off win last Saturday to salvage a split of the two games versus Texas. The 3-1 loss on Friday night was indicative of some surprisingly strong defending from a Stars squad more known for attacking prowess, but the two goal difference was not representative of just how close the contest…

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San Diego Gulls vs Texas Stars Preview

October 13, 2017

The San Diego Gulls home schedule begins this weekend with two games against division rival Texas. The Stars have begun the season with a pair of 6-5 victories against the Chicago Wolves. The Gulls only game of the season was also a high scoring affair, a 7-6 victory in Tuscon. The Texas offense has been paced by Jason Dickinson (3 G, 1A) and Travis Morin (1G, 3A). Kevin Roy (2G,…

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Jacob Larsson, The New Kid in Town

October 10, 2017

The new hockey season has just begun and the San Diego Gulls will be back in action on home ice this Friday night. A new player to watch for is defenseman Jacob Larsson, the 27th overall pick in the 2015 draft, who was assigned to San Diego by the Anaheim Ducks prior to the start of the season. Larsson has played 96 games for Frolunda HC in the Swedish Hockey…

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The Importance of the Rise of Fernando Tatis Jr.

August 30, 2017

    The A.J. Preller era of the San Diego Padres has been defined by risky moves and the hoarding of high-upside prospects. Many of these high risk/high ceiling prospects won’t pan out, but the ones that do will provide the foundation for a long-term rebuild that will hopefully turn the Padres into what recently rebuilt clubs like the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros have become. Those two long-suffering franchises…

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The Padres Farm Isn’t All High Risk (Profiling Five Pitchers)

July 24, 2017

The Padres are becoming synonymous with risky moves and risky prospects that have high upside. Loading up on as many high-ceiling prospects as possible is a strategy the club continued to implement in the 2017 MLB Draft by taking a high school pitcher with the number three overall pick, and followed that pick up by taking two high school catchers and a high school outfielder. In a farm system known…

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N.L. West Day 1 Draft Recap

June 13, 2017

  Here is a rundown of the Padres’ picks from day one of the draft, as well as the picks of the other N.L. West clubs. Scouting reports are largely based on mlb.com’s prospect watch. Ceiling and risk grades are my own and based on skill set, age, and what is expected from the position. On day one, the Padres strengthened their depth up the middle by stockpiling another high-ceiling…

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Is A.J. Preller on The Hot Seat?

February 16, 2017

After two seasons as GM, A.J. Preller’s main contributions have been trades that were scrutinized, either because they didn’t work, or they involved some less than forthright disclosure of injury information. Both have been written about more than enough, notably by national baseball writers that don’t seem to enjoy saying anything nice about the Padres. Fans of Preller focus more on the newly revamped farm system that is one of…

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Let’s Talk MLS & the Possible Arguments Against

January 31, 2017

  The news that Major League Soccer is considering expanding to San Diego has created buzz among soccer fans in America’s Finest City, but there are skeptics. Three arguments they have raised are– 1. The MLS is expanding too rapidly 2. Other cities deserve an MLS club before San Diego  3. San Diego should aim higher than MLS. So let’s talk about those arguments. The fact that the second argument…

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2017 Prospect Breakout Candidates for the Padres

November 28, 2016

‘Tis the season to talk about prospects, with various sites like Baseball America and Minor League Ball posting top 10 and top 20 organizational prospect lists leading up to top 100 lists for 2017. These days, prospect ranking season is a good season for Padres fans, with the “talent overload” in the farm. Internal calls re: #Padres system yesterday — got to point where we wanted the “names worth detailing”…

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