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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Nick Margevicius Interview: Lead By Example

February 12, 2018

In a farm system loaded with relevant prospects, Nick Margevicius is quickly establishing himself as a pitcher to keep an eye on. The 2018 season could be huge for this 21-year-old left-handed pitcher who prefers to keep to himself and work his tail off. I have had the pleasure of speaking to several young prospects in the Padres’ minor league system over the years. Each brings their own intensity and…


Alan Garcia Interview: Sometimes Life Throws Curveballs

December 31, 2017

The San Diego Padres’ 19th round selection in the 2015 draft, Alan Garcia, was drafted as a power hitting outfielder. This past May, he was asked to give up his dream of being a position player and try to make it to the next level as a left-handed pitcher. This is his story. When you sign up to play professional baseball, you put yourself at the mercy of the organization….


Brad Zunica Interview- Productive 2017 Will Lead to Future Success

October 21, 2017

It was early August and Padre prospect Brad Zunica was in the midst of his best season as a professional. The big first baseman had already slugged 18 homers on the year and was a solid presence in the middle of the TinCaps’ lineup. In his third at bat of an August 8th game against the Great Lakes Loons, he was hit on the foot by a 96 mph fastball….


Blake Hunt Interview- Early Adjustments Have Paid Dividends

October 14, 2017

In taking on this challenge to provide top-notch Padres’ content, I have been lucky enough to talk to numerous prospects. Many of these young men are excellent individuals, and their skills go far beyond the baseball field. Of all the prospects I keep in touch with, young catcher Blake Hunt is quickly becoming one of my favorites to converse with. The young man has an infectious craving for the game…