Padres’ Travis Jankowski Interview: “Everyday I Expect to Play”

August 1, 2018

Petco Park- San Diego, California The San Diego Padres currently have plenty of depth in the outfield. There are several men on the 40-man roster who are more than capable of being major league regulars. Of all the players that the team has in terms of outfield options, Travis Jankowski certainly brings a special skill set to the group. He is a defensive-minded player with exceptional overall speed. He uses…

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A Series of Interviews with Some Lake Elsinore Storm Players

July 29, 2018

Lake Elsinore, California On Friday night, I attended and covered the Lake Elsinore Storm’s victory over the Stockton Ports in the California League. Following the game, I spoke with various Storm players about their time in Lake Elsinore, how they’ve played, language barriers, and other things. The locker room atmosphere was relaxed and happy after the team won their game comfortably, 8-2. Every player I asked for an interview with…

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Nick Margevicius Interview: “My Approach Has Always Been to Attack Hitters”

July 18, 2018

  In speaking to Nick Margevicius, it is clear that his goal is to attack hitters and make them uncomfortable in the box. Here is what else the left hander told me as we discussed the game of baseball and his passion for it. Lake Elsinore, California I have been lucky enough to build a pretty decent relationship with Padres’ left-handed pitching prospect Nick Margevicius. The two of us hit…

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Hudson Potts Interview: “I Have No Trouble With Motivation”

July 13, 2018

Lake Elsinore, California On a rare day off from the lineup for Hudson Potts, I caught up the young third baseman to pick his brain a little bit about the game of baseball and where he is with his progression in the sport. Here is what the infielder had to say. I have seen Hudson Potts plenty of times in the locker room and such, but never had the pleasure…

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Changeup Taught by Hoffman Making a Real Difference for Reggie Lawson

July 12, 2018

Right-handed pitcher Reggie Lawson has really started to mature and grow this 2018 season with help from a changeup taught to him by Trevor Hoffman. Read what this young man has to say about his mind-set, his teammates and the fact he is pitching so close to home. The Diamond- Lake Elsinore, California When the San Diego Padres selected Reggie Lawson in 2016 with the No. 71 overall pick, you…

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Owen Miller Interview: “I Hit the Ball Hard and I Make the Plays”

July 10, 2018

In speaking to several of the young prospects in the Padres’ system, It doesn’t take long to gather a real sense of who they are. My immediate impression of the Padres’ third round selection (#84 overall) Owen Miller, is that he is not messing around. He came to the system to play the game of baseball and that is exactly what he intends to do. Miller is fully prepared to…

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Austin Hedges Interview: Just Trying to Win a Ball Game

June 30, 2018

Petco Park- San Diego, California The San Diego Padres have a lot of faith in Austin Hedges. Rightfully so, as the homegrown Padre has all the intangibles to be a very solid contributor for a long time in the game of baseball. Power-hitting, defensive catchers are at a premium and usually players with that skill set have very long major league careers. Hedges defensive abilities are on par with many…

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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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