Padres’ Minor League Depth: Top 5 First Basemen

March 27, 2018

With the signing of Eric Hosmer to an eight-year deal, there is no immediate need for a youngster to emerge at this position. Before Hosmer’s arrival, the Padres had Wil Myers manning the position and there was no need to stockpile first basemen. Currently, behind Naylor and Zunica, there is not much in terms of long-term major league-capable first basemen. Both France and Perez can play other positions and could…


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….


San Diego Padres All-Minor League Team: Position Players

October 19, 2017

Austin Allen– C, High-A, Lake Elsinore Storm 121 games, 516 plate appearances, .283/.353/.497, 127 wRC+ In 121 games played in Lake Elsinore in 2017, catcher Austin Allen did little to disprove the notion that he is the opposite of Austin Hedges. A bat-first player with a still developing glove behind the plate, Allen continued to mash in 2017. After a successful offensive season spent mostly in Fort Wayne in 2016,…


TinCaps Crush Whitecaps 16-3

August 4, 2017

Fort Wayne, Indiana On an unseasonably cool August night, the TinCaps’ bats were on fire as they defeated the first-place West Michigan Whitecaps, 16-3. Four TinCaps hit home runs, Reinaldo Ilarraza and Brad Zunica had four RBI each, and third baseman Hudson Potts was 4-5, including doubles in three consecutive at-bats. The Whitecaps took an early lead off starter Luke Bachar in the top of the second. Following a lead-off…


Brad Zunica Interview: TinCaps Clubhouse is Fun, But Zunica is All Business

July 7, 2017

In taking on this adventure of covering the Padres from top to bottom, I have had the pleasure of speaking to several key players and personnel. Among them is Brad Zunica, who I have kept in contact with some regularity since we first spoke in January of 2016. Brad is a left-handed hitting first baseman from Florida, who at the age of 21, is just starting to really find his…


Padres’ Minor League First Baseman Brad Zunica is Standing Tall

September 28, 2016

At 6′ 6″ and 255 lbs, Brad Zunica has great size and strength to be a legit power threat for the Padres for a long time. His left-handed swing is more than capable of generating enough torque to power fastballs over fences for years to come. At the age of 20, Zunica is still presently very raw but the Padres are pleased with his growth as a player. He played…


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…