Tirso Ornelas & Jeisson Rosario Share Experiences at Fort Wayne with EVT

June 2, 2018

Fort Wayne, Indiana A pair of talented teens from Latin America are now sharing baseball and life experiences in the Midwest. Mexican Tirso Ornelas (TEER-so OR-nail-ahhs) and Dominican Jeisson Rosario (like Jason) first got acquainted a few years ago at the San Diego Padres academy in the D.R. Ornelas, who was born in Tijuana, completed high school in his home country while Santo Domingo-born Rosario ended one year of secondary school….

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Interview with Nick Schulz: Controlling the Controlable

May 26, 2018

Tacoma, Washington Nick Schulz was not drafted out of San Jose State. The Padres signed him in April 2014 as a free agent with the knowledge that he had a daunting hill to climb to reach the big leagues or even the upper levels of the minors. Four seasons later, he is, as he put it, “an injury away from being in the big leagues.” Not that he is hoping…

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Storm’ Third Baseman Hudson Potts Makes Noise With His Bat

April 23, 2018

Lake Elsinore, California Obviously, when U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt wrote “speak softly and carry a big stick,” he was describing an idea that was to be put in place, and not Lake Elsinore Storm’ third baseman Hudson Potts. The big right-hander out of Southlake, Texas, does not have a booming voice or a grandiose personality, rather he lets his bat do the talking for him. There is a different sound…

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Storm’ OF Buddy Reed Races Off to Fast Start in 2018

April 21, 2018

It does not take long for someone to notice Buddy Reed. The 6’4” outfielder from the Bronx commands attention even when he is not playing. Once he moves however, it is hard to look away. To say that the 22-year-old Reed is off to a hot start is an understatement. The University of Florida product is hitting .415 with an OPS of 1.116 with 8 extra-base hits, but as good…

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Elliot Ashbeck Interview: Continuing The Journey

April 7, 2018

Lake Elsinore, California Elliot Ashbeck suffered an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery after making one start for the Lake Elsinore Storm in 2016. The 16th-round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft would be shelved for at least one year, and the fact he is back in California, in 2018, is a little surreal for him. He is excited to be a member of the Storm after an intense…

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Hunter Renfroe Interview: Still Hands Will Lead to Big Year?

March 18, 2018

Peoria, Arizona Most San Diego Padre fans have been waiting for an offensive breakout from slugger Hunter Renfroe. The power he displays can be amazing at times. The ball just jumps off his bat as if it were a golf ball. The is no doubt about his prestigious power, but the young outfielder has yet to completely turn the corner as far as production is concerned. On Friday, I saw…

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Eric Lauer Interview: New Slider, Same Old Results

March 17, 2018

Peoria, Arizona If you have no knowledge of what Joey Lucchesi and Eric Lauer are doing this spring, then you need to get out from under the rock you are living. Both left-handed pitchers have been excellent this Cactus League season for the San Diego Padres. The more you see from each hurler, the greater the excitement builds. Andy Green has a smile on his face whenever the duo is…

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A Conversation with Andy Green About Baseball

March 16, 2018

I recently sat down with Andy Green in his spring training office to discuss baseball philosophy and the future of his San Diego Padres. The young manager had many interesting things to say about the structure of his club moving forward. In walking in and around the San Diego Padres’ locker room, there is a common theme. Each and every player I talk to speaks about competition and the fact…

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Buddy Baumann Interview: Competing His Whole Life

March 16, 2018

Peoria, Arizona There are a lot of fresh faces in the Padres’ locker room this season. Besides the multiple prospects who are making their way through the system, there are a few veteran players who are starting the 2018 season off fresh. Buddy Baumann is one of those men, as the left-handed pitcher struggled in 2017 with his health. A nagging back injury sidelined him for most of the first…

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Matt Strahm Interview: Prepping for an Expanded Workload

March 14, 2018

The Padres acquired pitcher Matt Strahm, from the Kansas City Royals last July with the idea that he would provide a left-handed relief option. Strahm spent five years in the Royals’ organization before being called up to the Majors in 2016. In two seasons with the Royals, he went 4-7 with a 3.81 ERA, 65 strikeouts, and a 1.43 WHIP in just 56 2/3 innings pitched. The 26-year-old from West…

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Anderson Espinoza Interview: Primed for a Comeback – in 2019

March 10, 2018

Peoria, Arizona Anderson Espinoza, the Padres’ 7th-ranked prospect, hasn’t pitched in a real game since August of 2016 after being traded to the Padres from the Red Sox organization. He’s been among the Padres’ pitching prospects hit by the injury bug who have rarely found themselves on the field in San Diego. This is not what the Padres had in mind when they traded 2016 MLB All Star, Drew Pomeranz, to…

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Message to Brad Wieck: “Just Fire It In There”

March 4, 2018

More often than not, as a player, you have the tendency to overthink things. There is a lot of emotion in the game of baseball and it can be difficult to check those thoughts, especially if you are a pitcher. On Wednesday, against the Dodgers, Brad Wieck threw a scoreless inning in which he struck out two batters and retired the last on a soft liner to second. The left-handed…

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