Padres Minors: Q & A with Padres minor league catcher Ryan Miller

February 25, 2016

The game of baseball is a brutal sport. Most would think it is not, but the daily grind of the game can be tough on even the fittest player. No position is more grueling than being a catcher, and the Padres have a very decent prospect in Ryan Miller. In talking to Ryan, I got a sense right away that he has what it takes to be a manager one…


Padres Minors: Q & A with Padres minor league infielder Peter Van Gansen

February 6, 2016

We here at East Village Times had the privilege of interviewing recent San Diego Padres draftee, shortstop Peter Van Gansen. Peter Van Gansen was drafted in the 12th round of the 2015 Draft out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (the same school of fellow Padres minor leaguer Nick Torres). Van Gansen is currently 21 years old and fresh off his first half season of professional ball. In his first…


Padres Minors: Q & A with Padres minor league pitcher Eric Yardley

January 31, 2016

The game of baseball is not an easy sport to play by any means. There are a lot of positive breaks that are needed in order for a player to make it to the next level. Nothing in the game of baseball can be taken for granted and Eric Yardley is well aware of this fact in life and in the game he loves. The right-handed side-arm style pitcher had…


Padres Minors: Q & A with Brand New Padres minor league pitcher Trevor Seidenberger

January 29, 2016

In July on 2002, the Milwaukee Brewers were the host for the 73rd playing of the midsummer classic. That particular MLB All-Star game was infamous for the tie it ended in and the amendment of the rules putting more importance on the actual game itself. Before the game during the home run derby, an 11-year-old kid from Texas got a chance to shag balls in the outfield. It was a…


Padres Minors: Q & A with Padres minor league prospect Brad Zunica

January 24, 2016

The San Diego Padres selected a little known first baseman with their 15th round selection in the 2015 draft. Not much was known about Brad Zunica except that he had tremendous power. At 6′ 6″ and 250 lbs, Zunica is a big target at first base. He has a very powerful stroke and at the age of 20, just seems to be blossoming into his potential. His sophomore year in…


Padres News: Weekly Prospect Spotlight- Brad Wieck

January 23, 2016

In this edition of the weekly prospect spotlight series here at East Village Times, Patrick Brewer puts the spotlight on Padres pitching prospect Brad Wieck. With the flurry of trades last offseason, the Padres remade their major league roster. In the process, the front office also remade the farm system. Many promising prospects, such as Matt Wisler, Max Fried, Mallex Smith, Joe Ross, Trea Turner, found themselves to be expendable,…


Padres Minors: Q & A With Padres Minor Leaguer Nick Torres

January 22, 2016

In our latest interview with a Padres minor leaguer for East Village Times, I was lucky enough to be able to talk to Padres outfield prospect Nick Torres. Originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, Nick Torres got off to a slow start in his first professional season. Following a rough first half year, Torres truly excelled in both Low A and High A for the Padres…


Padres Minors: Q & A with Padres minor league pitcher Blake Rogers

January 19, 2016

Our latest Padres minor league prospect to be interviewed in anticipation of this upcoming 2016 season is minor league pitcher Blake Rogers. The right handed pitcher has had an eventful journey to the professional level thus far. The one time catcher in junior college, has blossomed recently and seems to be getting better with age and experience. We talk about his journey from all-conference catcher to relief pitcher in the…


Padres Minors: Q & A with Padres Prospect Jerry Keel

January 17, 2016

EastVillageTimes had the privilege of securing an interview with San Diego Padres 2015 9th round draft pick Jerry Keel. Jerry Keel was selected by the Padres in the 9th round of this last year’s draft out of Cal State Northridge. Keel was born in Lancaster, CA and grew up in Southern California. Keel pitched four years at Northridge prior to this last year’s draft. Keel appeared in 19 games last…


Padres Minors: Q & A with new Padres minor league pitcher Logan Allen

January 15, 2016

EastVillageTimes was lucky enough to secure an interview with new left-handed pitcher Logan Allen. The 18-year-old southpaw has excellent stuff and an even better attitude. He should go far in the game. Allen was acquired with Carlos Asuaje, Manuel Margot and Javier Guerra for Craig Kimbrel in a November trade. Allen was drafted in the eighth round of the 2015 MLB draft by the Boston Red Sox. He was drafted out…


Padres Minors: Q & A with Padres Minor League Outfielder Justin Pacchioli

January 5, 2016

EastVillageTimes took the time to sit down and talk to San Diego Padres 2015 10th round pick Justin Pacchioli. The speedy outfielder had a very productive first year in professional baseball with the Tri-City Dust Devils. In the short league season he played in 58 games and produced a batting line of .245/.385/.279 with one home run and 14 RBIs in 204 plate appearances. He also stole 19 bases and…


Padres Minors: Q & A with Padres Draft Pick Austin Smith

December 22, 2015

EastVillageTimes was lucky enough to interview the San Diego Padres first selection of the 2015 draft. The Padres used that pick on a high school talent out of the state of Florida named Austin Smith. He attended Park Vista High School and was 8-2 with a 1.33 ERA his senior year, guiding the team all the way to the state semi-finals. In 82 high school innings he struck out 98…