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…


Down on the Farm: Winter League Recap- December 17

December 17, 2017

A total of six players were in action on Sunday for the team. It was a rough day for Padres players, as the offense was a combined 2-19 with the bat. Christian Bethancourt made his debut in the D.R. and his two hits were the only two knocks that Padre players were able to garner. Lake Bachar continues to be impressive in Australia as the right hander lowered his ERA…


Down on the Farm: Winter League Recap- December 16

December 16, 2017

A total of eight players were in action on Saturday throughout the globe. The San Diego Padres system is developing, and even though it’s the off-season, there is much to keep tabs on. Jose Pirela and Manuel Margot have just started action with their teams and so has Miguel Diaz. Each of these men will be in the pro camp during the spring, so it;s not just minor leaguers out…


Down on the Farm: Winter League Recap- December 15

December 15, 2017

Friday saw a total of six players in action throughout the globe. The hitters were 11-21 on the day, as several had multiple hit games. Jose Pirela and Manuel Margot are both playing in their winter leagues as they begin to transition back to baseball life. Gabriel Arias and Buddy Reed continue to play every day in Australia as each young men work on their game. Here is a rundown…


Down on the Farm: Winter League Roundup- December 14

December 14, 2017

The San Diego Padres farm system is flourishing. There is much to be content with if you are a Padre fan. On Thursday, there were seven men in action throughout the winter leagues. Here is a brief recap of the day. Australian Baseball League Buddy Reed went 1-4 with a stolen base. He also struck out twice in the game. Reed has played some stellar defense in center for the…


The Battle for Left Field (Or Something Like That)

October 12, 2017

For the first time in years, the San Diego Padres have several legitimate options at a particular position. Jose Pirela, Alex Dickerson, and Franchy Cordero are the front-runners to becoming the next Padres left fielder. With Manny Margot and Hunter Renfroe presumably owning sole possession of center and right field, left field is virtually wide open. Jose Pirela has constantly been one of the most productive hitters since being called…


A Look Back at the Padres’ Outfield in 2017

October 6, 2017

As the Padres’ 2017 season has finally come to its conclusion, now is a good time to reflect on the product that we saw on the field this year. The team entered into their “development” season with some pretty low expectations assigned to them. Critics assumed that they would be lucky to finish the year with 60 wins. This prediction was okay with, and even embraced by, a faction of…


5 Things to Watch For as the Padres Season Winds Down

September 19, 2017

The Padres have just two weeks left in their 2017 season. As always, it went very fast. The team sits at 67-83 currently, which is much better than some predicted. The Padres are also eliminated from playoff contention. That should come as a shock to no one. This does not make the Padres unwatchable, however. I will be the first to admit it; When this season started, I was pretty…


Jose Pirela Has Been Simply Amazing

September 9, 2017

On November 11th, 2015, the Padres completed a deal with the New York Yankees. In an effort to gain infield depth, the Friars dealt minor league right-handed pitcher Ronald Herrera to the Yankees for Jose Pirela. The infielder had spent nine years with New York, after being signed as a 17-year-old out of Venezuela. Pirela hit 72 home runs and stole 148 bases during his span (winter league stats included)…


Framing the Friars: “Mar-Gone!” Padres Win 4-3 vs Dodgers

August 11, 2017

The last time the Padres and Dodgers met there were plenty of fireworks. Tensions were high among Dodger starter Alex Wood, manager Dave Roberts, and Padres manager, Andy Green. In an unusual manager banter, Roberts was ejected from the contest and further suspended for the next game. Green was also ejected but was not suspended. However, this Friday night both managers met at home plate to exchange lineup cards and…


Jose Pirela Playing Himself Into Padres’ Plans

August 9, 2017

On the eve of the 2017 season, it was pretty clear where the Padres stood in the National League. After filling out their rotation with free agent dumpster-dive players, and preparing to start the season with a roster half made up of rookies and players only in the first few years of their respective careers, the Padres were well on their way to the worst record in baseball. However, somewhere…


Framing the Friars: Perdomo Continues “Jekyll and Hyde” Act

August 2, 2017

Did you ever see the movie “Forrest Gump?” It’s kind of an old film, having released during the mid-1990s. One line from that movie describes Luis Perdomo‘s start against the Minnesota Twins on August 2. “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” That can be said about Perdomo on the mound. Throughout the season, the 24-year-old right-handed pitcher has struggled to maintain consistency…