Could a Padres Top Prospect Get the “Kris Bryant” Treatment in April?

March 19, 2018

The year was 2015 and there was a buzz all over baseball about the former second overall pick, Kris Bryant, possibly making the Cubs’ Opening Day roster out of camp after just two seasons in the minor leagues. He certainly looked ready after a red-hot spring where he hit .425 with nine home runs. Despite spring numbers one would even struggle to achieve while playing MLB The Show, the Cubs made…


Eric Lauer Interview: New Slider, Same Old Results

March 17, 2018

Peoria, Arizona If you have no knowledge of what Joey Lucchesi and Eric Lauer are doing this spring, then you need to get out from under the rock you are living. Both left-handed pitchers have been excellent this Cactus League season for the San Diego Padres. The more you see from each hurler, the greater the excitement builds. Andy Green has a smile on his face whenever the duo is…


San Diego Padres All Minor League Team: Pitchers

October 23, 2017

MacKenzie Gore- LHP, Rookie League, AZL Padres Seven games started, 21.1 innings, 40.5%-8.3% K/BB rate, 1.27 ERA, 2.14 FIP With such a stacked system for pitching, it may be hard to pick just one player who could be the Padres’ future ace. However, if I was a betting man, I would put my money down on left-hander MacKenzie Gore. Drafted number three overall by the Padres in the 2017 MLB…


Down on the Farm: 2017 Recap- The San Antonio Missions

September 28, 2017

In this sixth piece detailing the Padres’ minor league system, we take a look at the San Antonio Missions. The Missions were a team that dominated the Texas League from start to finish in the regular season. They headed into the playoffs as favorites, but were unable to get past the Mission Rock Hounds, despite being up 2-1 in the series and up late in game four. It was a…


Down on The Farm: Two Playoff Victories

September 8, 2017

  San Antonio Missions: 9-0 Win @Midland Joey Lucchesi threw seven scoreless innings, and Fernando Tatis Jr. had three hits, as the Missions beat the Midland Rockhounds 9-0 on Friday night. San Antonio will look to be the first team since 2013 to eliminate the A’s affiliate in the playoffs, as Midland has won three consecutive Texas League championships. Notable Performers Joey Lucchesi (7.0IP, 6H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 5K) The left-hander…


Down on the Farm: August 23- Lucchesi and Lawson Dazzle

August 23, 2017

Franmil Reyes– RF, Double-A, San Antonio Missions 2-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI For those who don’t know, right fielder Franmil Reyes is a massive six-foot five inches and 240 pounds. With that kind of size, it’s not surprising that he lacks much speed or defensive value, but he has made up for some of his shortcomings with his bat. His lack of tools outside of his power hurts his prospect…


Down on the Farm: July 28- Franchy Has Big Night

July 28, 2017

The San Diego Padres affiliates were 2-5 on the night, as only the AZL teams were victorious. In El Paso, the Chihuahuas saw Yangervis Solarte man the shortstop position. He was flawless on the night, but was not challenged all that often. He did get two hits and looks well on his way to returning to the Padres in the next few days. Zach Lee was knocked around again, as…


The Padres Farm Isn’t All High Risk (Profiling Five Pitchers)

July 24, 2017

The Padres are becoming synonymous with risky moves and risky prospects that have high upside. Loading up on as many high-ceiling prospects as possible is a strategy the club continued to implement in the 2017 MLB Draft by taking a high school pitcher with the number three overall pick, and followed that pick up by taking two high school catchers and a high school outfielder. In a farm system known…


Which Padres’ Prospects Should be Promoted Soon

June 22, 2017

Nothing but October baseball can match the grandeur of the MLB All-Star Game. The same can be said about each minor league summer classic. Even though the MiLB All-Star games don’t garner as much attention as the parent one, they carry more weight and importance, especially since the major league event will no longer have a home-field advantage rule attached to it. With the Fort Wayne Tincaps and the Lake…


Down on the Farm: May 11

May 12, 2017

Joey Lucchesi- LHP, High-A, Lake Elsinore Storm 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 K In what was arguably the worst start of his professional career, Lucchesi went only five innings for the Storm, giving up a season-high six hits, and a career-high three earned runs. Over his first 20 professional appearances, spanning 73 innings, Lucchesi had given up more than one earned run only three times. To say Lucchesi has…


Six Padres’ Prospects Currently Flying Under the Radar

March 13, 2017

  Anyone remotely familiar with the Padres’ organization has heard the names before… Austin Hedges, Hunter Renfroe, Anderson Espinoza, Manuel Margot… the Padres have loaded their minor league system with prospects, and have a rich top-30 prospects, third best in baseball according to Keith Law of ESPN. But with over 250 players scattered throughout the system, there are more than the top-30 that can potentially make big contributions at the…