Spangenberg/Asuaje battle will go down to the wire

March 19, 2018

Peoria, Arizona There isn’t a more intense battle for playing time than the one between Carlos Asuaje and Cory Spangenberg for the second base job to begin the 2018 season. Andy Green has fielded several questions regarding the competition. There is no clear choice, as both men have equaled each other in terms of offensive production during the spring. They are both left-handed hitters and provide plus range at second…


Padres Spring Spotlight: Adam Cimber and Cory Spangenberg

March 17, 2018

We continue our highlighting of a pitcher and hitter in Padres’ camp that are standing out. Spring training has less than two weeks remaining and position races are tight. Pitcher: Adam Cimber The bullpen race is close and Cimber has not done anything to change that. He probably was an afterthought to start camp, but he isn’t now. Cimber is coming off of a solid year in Triple-A, where in…


Padres Spring Spotlight: Robert Stock and Carlos Asuaje

March 13, 2018

We are now over halfway through the spring training slate, with just two weeks left until Opening Day. Thus far, spring training has been fun to watch for Padres fans, perhaps the most fun in years, as top prospects have been in big league camp the entire time, not to mention they have played well. I want to focus on some players who have made a splash this spring who…


With Excess of Talent in Camp, A Trade Could Be Imminent

March 12, 2018

There is no doubt that the San Diego Padres have some very healthy competitions taking place in camp presently. A.J. Preller and the Padres’ management team has structured it so that the team has multiple players competing for several openings on the team. Competition is very healthy in the game of baseball and sometimes in order to get the best from a player they must go out and work as…


The Padres’ Infield Defense Could Be The Best In Years

March 9, 2018

They say defense wins championships. We are approximately three weeks from Opening Day, and the Padres projected infield consists of the new star Eric Hosmer at first base, Freddy Galvis at shortstop, Chase Headley at third, and most likely, Carlos Asuaje at second base, with some consideration for Jose Pirela and Cory Spangenberg at that spot as well. In that projected infield for 2018, there are five combined Gold Gloves, four…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #9 Carlos Asuaje

March 9, 2018

Background Drafted in the 11th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox, infielder Carlos Asuaje has had success at every minor league level over the course of his professional career. Starting in short-season ball as a 22-year-old in 2013, Asuaje hit well over 52 games and 204 plate appearances slashing .269/.366/.368 with a 127 wRC+. Although Asuaje was small in stature and didn’t hit for much…


Carlos Asuaje and His Future at the Keystone Position with the San Diego Padres

February 4, 2018

In baseball, little second basemen have made a renaissance as productive players. Guys like Jose Altuve, Dee Gordon, Josh Harrison, and Cesar Hernandez have played like standouts in the last couple of years of major league baseball. Now that isn’t to say that smaller second basemen are automatically better than bigger ones, because Robinson Cano and Jonathan Schoop would beg to differ. Nonetheless, this is a perfect introduction into the subject…


Padres Have Options at 2B/3B in 2018, But Who Will Start?

December 8, 2017

The Padres ended 2017 with four players on the roster that are capable of playing second base regularly for the team. Those four players include Yangervis Solarte, Cory Spangenberg, Carlos Asuaje, and Jose Pirela. For the 2018 season, only three of those players will be in discussions of playing second base. The exclusion being Pirela, as he solidified himself with a solid 2017 campaign in the outfield. On top of…


The Los Angeles Angels’ Quest for a Second Baseman Could End in San Diego

November 28, 2017

As the San Diego Padres formulated their farm system, they signed and drafted a huge amount of shortstops. The Padres have lacked a true shortstop for a long time and this is certainly not a secret. The issue is, when you sign teenagers, they get larger, and more often than not grow out of the position you ideally think they can man at the highest level of professional baseball. From…


Padres Birthday Spotlight: Carlos Asuaje

November 2, 2017

Happy 26th birthday to Padres infielder, Carlos Asuaje. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 11th round of the 2013 draft out of Nova Southeastern University in South Florida. The Venezuelan came to the Padres by way of a trade with the Red Sox after the 2015 season that sent Craig Kimbrel to Boston. Asuaje was accompanied by Manuel Margot, Javier Guerra, and Logan Allen. He played in…


PNO (Positive, Negative, Outlook): Carlos Asuaje

October 20, 2017

Carlos Asuaje wasn’t on the San Diego Padres’ Opening Day roster, but he had a significant impact on the club during the 2017 season. Asuaje was called up by the Padres from Triple-A El Paso on May 22. He made his first appearance on May 23, during a game against the New York Mets. He was only with the Padres for two days before being sent back to El Paso….


Grading the 2017 San Diego Padres’ Infield

October 11, 2017

As manager Andy Green would fill out the lineup throughout the 2017 season, he sure filled out a lot of different names. There were many players at a lot of different positions in the infield. The opening day lineup consisted of Wil Myers at first base, Yangervis Solarte at second base, Erick Aybar at shortstop, and Ryan Schimpf at third base. The Padres had 14 different players play in the…