An Update on the Padres’ Players in Arizona Fall League

October 26, 2016

The San Diego Padres have three hitters and five pitchers playing for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League. Usually when I reference player stats I like to avoid small samples, but the Arizona Fall League itself is a small sample. So, to avoid getting carried away based on these stats, I’ll present them in context with how the players performed in the 2016 regular season as well. Two…

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Padres’ Luis Sardinas Finally Getting His Chance

September 11, 2016

So it’s been another rough season for the San Diego Padres. It’s fair to wonder if the current front office will be able to guide the franchise out of obscurity and into a playoff race anytime soon. What would be unfair, though, is to say this is just the “same ole same ole” and a repeat of what the past Padres front offices have done. If there is a trade…

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Travis Jankowski or Manuel Margot? Padres Problems… Or Is It?

August 20, 2016

Travis Jankowski is on fire. From July 31st until August 18th his batting average was a scorching .365 and his OBP was a Joey Votto-esque .444 on the year. Until this hot steak it looked like more like Jankowski would just be a placeholder starter in center field until Manuel Margot gets called up from Triple-A. To be fair, Jankowski is riding a lucky and unsustainable BABIP of .379 for…

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Padres News: A Preview to the Padres International Signing Period

June 30, 2016

July 2nd is a big day every year for MLB scouting departments, as it’s the day international prospects can first sign with MLB clubs. It will be a particularly big day for the Padres scouting department this year. As soon as A.J. Preller was hired in San Diego, it was expected the Padres would be active in the international market, and 2016 is really the first opportunity for the Preller…

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Padres News: Some Perspective on Quantrill and Sanchez (Potts)

June 21, 2016

Cal Quantrill and Hudson Sanchez (He changed his last name to Potts after the draft) weren’t the first two names we expected to hear Commissioner Manfred announce as Padres draft picks, but as usual, A.J. Preller didn’t follow the script others had written for him. When Kyle Lewis and Jason Groome both slid out of the top five and were available when the Padres picked eighth, I admit I was…

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Padres News: 2016 MLB Draft Prediction for the Padres Top Pick

June 7, 2016

Last year when the San Diego Padres didn’t pick until the middle of round two, I wrote about several players in an attempt to predict who the Padres might snag with their top pick. Austin Smith was one of the guys I wrote about and turns out I was dead on about the Padres targeting him. This year I’m going about it a little differently since the Padres pick eighth…

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Padres News: The Value of Melvin Upton Jr

May 5, 2016

To say San Diego Padres fans had high expectations for Melvin Upton Jr.when Atlanta traded him as a salary dump included in the Craig Kimbrel deal would be an overstatement. After setting the bar so low for himself in Atlanta, when Melvin came to San Diego and hit .259 and stole nine bases in 87 games in 2015 it was actually a pleasant surprise. Is that production worth the money…

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Padres Editorial: Where I Agree With Preller’s Critics

January 19, 2016

I like what A.J. Preller has done to alter the Padres roster, but I do agree with his critics in one area. One year ago pitching depth in the upper minor leagues was an area of strength for the Padres, and now it is completely lacking top prospect talent. That’s not a good thing. Matt Wisler, Joe Ross, Jesse Hahn, Max Fried, Joe Wieland and Casey Kelly have all been…

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Padres Editorial: Did the Padres Trade Gyorko Too Soon?

December 13, 2015

Jedd Gyorko has enormous power for a second baseman and produced some of the most impressive moonshots at Petco Park while playing for the Padres. The problem is that when he wasn’t smashing the ball all the way to Old Town, he was striking out or flying out or grounding into double plays. He’s like the most interesting man of hitting; he doesn’t always hit the baseball, but when he…

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Chargers Editorial: San Diego’s Last Hope To Keep The Chargers

November 21, 2015

The Chargers want out of San Diego. As much as they claim to have concerns over the environmental impact of the new proposed stadium in San Diego, or say they are applying to move to the Los Angeles area only to protect their market, it’s obvious the Spanos family would rather own the Los Angeles Chargers than own the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers aren’t the only team that is…

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Padres Rumors: Shortstop Wish List – Ketel Marte

October 30, 2015

As Patrick Brewer put it in his Padres offseason to do list , the Padres need to find a damn shortstop. Finding one that can hit leadoff and play defense as well would be just swell, but wouldn’t you know it, shortstops that can contribute offensively and defensively aren’t exactly easy to come by. Shocking, huh? So where do the Padres look? Big names are fun to speculate about and…

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Padres Editorial: Ron Washington Next Padres Manager? Please No.

October 12, 2015

I don’t hate Ron Washington, and I think he’s actually a pretty good manager, but sometimes his decision making is, a little odd. I used to watch the Rangers regularly before I moved from Louisiana to San Diego, and now that I watch the Padres more often, it was definitely weird when the Rangers played the San Diego Padres out here earlier this season. The Rangers came from behind to…

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