Does Hunter Renfroe Have a Future With the Padres?

June 15, 2018

At the beginning of the season, Hunter Renfroe found himself on the bubble, partly due to the Padres’ acquisition of first baseman Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers’ subsequent move to the outfield. However, injuries to Myers’ (strained left oblique) and Franchy Cordero (forearm strain) early in April gave Renfroe a chance to reclaim right field. Myers has started swinging a bat, but it’s unlikely he’ll return to the majors before…


The Padres Are Improving On Last Year

June 12, 2018

Let’s go back in time to June 14 of last year; the Padres had just beaten the Reds to become 27-40 through their first 67 games. Shortstop Erick Aybar was struggling, hitting just .215, and their best starting pitcher was Jhoulys Chacin. The Friars were also 14 1/2 games back of the division and had the third-worst record in the entire league, with their run differential at -113. Fast forward…


Nicholas, Hedges Lead Attack in El Paso’s Bizarre Win vs Tacoma

May 22, 2018

Tacoma, Washington  The El Paso Chihuahuas (23-23) took on the Tacoma Rainiers (23-23) in Game 2 of this four-game series on Tuesday night. The weather was absolutely perfect, in the high 70s without a cloud in the sky, Mount Rainier was in plain view. The game got off to a fast start as neither Chris Huffman nor Roenis Elias were sharp early. After the Rainiers took a 1-0 lead in…


Diego Goris Leads Chihuahuas to Walkoff Win

May 19, 2018

El Paso, Texas The El Paso Chihuahuas won a wild one at home against the Fresno Grizzlies Friday, as Diego Goris hit a two-out, two-strike single, driving in two Chihuahuas to make the final score 8-7. Jesse Scholtens was the starter for El Paso, making only his second Triple-A appearance. He recently went 6 2/3 innings in his debut while allowing only two runs on five hits. Friday didn’t go…


Down on the Farm: Renfroe Struggles in Return, Leasher Deals in Win

May 17, 2018

San Diego Padres’ affiliates were 1-3 on Thursday. Here’s a look at Thursday’s action down on the farm: El Paso Chihuahuas (20-21) Lost 9-7 Hunter Renfroe did not have the most promising start to begin his rehab stint. Renfroe struck out in both the second and the fourth. In the sixth, Renfroe hit an RBI double on a 3-0 pitch to cut the deficit to 6-3. The Chihuahuas would score three…


Padres’ Robbie Erlin Roughed Up in Return as a Starter

April 16, 2018

The path back to the Major Leagues has been a long one for Robbie Erlin. The crafty lefty suffered a torn UCL in 2016 requiring Tommy John surgery, which led to him missing most of 2016 and all of 2017. Against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night, he made his first start of the season, filling in for Luis Perdomo, who is serving a five-game suspension for his role…


Framing the Friars: Clutch Renfroe Powers Padres to Win

April 14, 2018

San Diego, California Hunter Renfroe did a little bit of everything in the San Diego Padres’ win over the San Francisco Giants on April 14. With the bat, Renfroe drove in three RBI, including a go-ahead, two-run home run in the seventh inning. Defensively, he showed off his arm strength, throwing out a base runner at the plate in the top-half of the seventh. Renfroe got the scoring started in…


The Following Players Need Playing Time in 2018

April 14, 2018

In order to determine the value of a major league-caliber prospect, he needs consistent at-bats against top-notch pitching. Some scouts say it takes 400-600 at bats before a proper determination can be made about a player’s abilities at the grandest level. At this point, the Padres are filled with developing, young players. They have secured a decent future for the franchise, but it is at the point where time is…


How Much Slack Should Young Padres Players Be Given?

April 10, 2018

It’s hard in this age of Twitter, super smart phones, and a constant stream of information, to wait, to be patient. Sometimes that’s what baseball executives, managers, players, and yes, fans, need to be to see the fruits of one’s labor. Padres fans know this, and are still patiently waiting for top prospects to arrive at the big league level and produce like they are projected to. It’s the question…


The battle over the Padres’ left field job

March 20, 2018

The Padres reassigned several players to minor league camp on Sunday. This time we saw first baseman/outfielder Allen Craig, outfielder Shane Peterson, right-handed pitcher Eric Yardley, right-handed pitcher Webster Rivas, and catcher Stephen McGee all depart. Unfortunately, all those moves didn’t clear up the question of who plays left field. The Padres’ battle for the left field position is between five to six different veteran outfielders. Green has recently said the…


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…