Is the Sun Setting on Alex Dickerson’s Tenure with the Padres?

March 16, 2018

With San Diego Padres’ Opening Day exactly two weeks away, Andy Green and the coaching staff are working hard to put together the final iteration of the 25-man roster. Some decisions have been easier than others. Clear starters include Wil Myers, Eric Hosmer, Freddy Galvis, Austin Hedges, and Manuel Margot, while several other players are still battling it out for the remaining slots. Position battles are topics of great intrigue…


Matt Strahm: Starter or Reliever?

March 13, 2018

Prior to the 2017 trade deadline, the San Diego Padres sent Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer, and Ryan Buchter to the Kansas City Royals in return for Travis Wood, Esteury Ruiz, and Matt Strahm. At the time, many experts believed that Esteury Ruiz was the centerpiece of this six-player trade. However, left-handed pitcher Matt Strahm is slowly starting to look like the prize of this trade. Ruiz is still very young…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #7 Cory Spangenberg

March 12, 2018

Background Drafted 10th overall in the 2011 MLB Draft, one spot ahead of Houston Astros right fielder George Springer and four spots ahead of the late Jose Fernandez, Cory Spangenberg has yet to live up to his first-round draft pedigree. However, Spangenberg is still just 26 years old with time to prove he was worth using a first-round selection on. Spangenberg began his professional career in short-season ball, absolutely mashing…


What is Josh Naylor’s Future?

March 7, 2018

If you hadn’t heard by now, the San Diego Padres have arguably the best farm system in all of baseball. Absolutely loaded with talent, some lower level Padres prospects could be considered high-end talent for other teams across the league. Josh Naylor is one of those guys. Currently the 16th-ranked prospect for the Padres, the Canadian first baseman has the talent and power to become an absolute stud at the…


The Battle in the Padres’ Bullpen

March 6, 2018

On February 5, 2018, the San Diego Padres signed right-handed pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen to a minor league deal. He received an invitation to participate in MLB camp with his offer. USA Today Sports‘ Bob Nightengale tweeted that Wilhelmsen will earn a $900K base salary if he makes the roster. Wilhelmsen was drafted in 2002 by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 7th round (199th overall). The 34-year-old has had flashes of…


Austin Hedges’ New Swing Will Pay Dividends in 2018

March 3, 2018

It took Austin Hedges nine games before he finally mustered his first hit last season as the starting catcher for the San Diego Padres. At times, he looked frustrated at the plate and completely lost. He was unable to find good contact, leading to a dreadful .218 batting average and .264 on-base percentage. The young back stop is undeniably one of the best defensive catchers in the entire league and…


Can Chris Paddack Make a Strong Return in 2018?

February 24, 2018

On June 30th, 2016, the San Diego Padres traded Fernando Rodney to the Miami Marlins for a young, talented pitcher in Chris Paddack. At the time, Rodney was having a phenomenal season and the Marlins acquired him in order to bolster a weakened bullpen as they were looking to make a playoff push. The Padres would command a decent return, based on Rodney´s success at the time, and would acquire…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #14 Carter Capps

February 20, 2018

Background When I was initially putting together my rankings, I questioned myself on where to place right-handed reliever Carter Capps. Coming off a series of arm injuries, including a Tommy John surgery prior to the 2016 season and a shoulder surgery that ended his comeback attempt in the 2017 season, Capps is an unknown at this point. He has shown flashes of brilliance, yes, but he has only pitched more…


Crowded Outfield Situation Should Be Resolved By Opening Day

February 20, 2018

The Eric Hosmer signing has already had a trickle down effect on the roster. Wil Myers will put away his first baseman’s mitt in order to track down fly balls in the outfield in 2018. Jose Pirela has been seen working on the infield and taking ground balls at second base. Both men are directly effected by bringing in Eric Hosmer, and they are not alone. When you sign a…


The Padres Must Fill Void Left By Chargers

February 8, 2018

When the Chargers fled for Los Angeles, the team left behind a mountain of ill will and created a huge void in the professional sporting landscape. San Diego now has only one major league professional team, the Padres. Two NBA teams (the San Diego Rockets and San Diego Clippers) left the city. As did the Bolts, last year, after more than 55 years in the city. The remaining pro team…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #26 Alex Dickerson

February 2, 2018

Background Here’s a long forgotten fun fact for you: outfielder Alex Dickerson was not drafted by the San Diego Padres. It’s pretty common for most fans to assume that most minor league prospects were drafted by their team, save for the ones acquired in blockbuster trades. However, Dickerson was actually drafted in the third round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Dickerson actually spent three full years…


Predictions for the San Diego Padres’ 2018 Season

January 18, 2018

At the end of the 2017 season, Ron Fowler, executive chairman for the Padres, told Dan Sileo in an interview on the Mighty 1090: “It pains me to say this, but 81-81 is very reasonable for 2018.” Since the Padres won only 71 games in 2017, a 10-game improvement would definitely be a huge step in the right direction. However, other MLB prognosticators have quite a different view of how…