Jose Pirela is Still a Leader For Padres

May 27, 2018

With a record of 22-31 nearing the end of month of May, the Padres are still trying to find their footing in order to maintain some consistency. The team currently sits in last place in the NL West but is only 5.5 games out of first in a division that has no clear leader at present. The Padres have had moments of brilliance this season. Last weekend’s series win over…

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The Padres Defense Is Actually Good

May 20, 2018

If you just woke up from hibernation and turned on Thursday’s Padres game in Pittsburgh, your initial thought would be that the Padres were among the worst defensive teams in all of Major League Baseball. The Padres made one error and had several adventures with fly balls in the outfield on their way to a 5-4 loss to the Pirates. However, we must avoid the pitfall of punching walls and…

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The Padres Attempting to Build Trade Value for July

May 7, 2018

The San Diego Padres will be spinning their wheels for the rest of the 2018 season. Just as the team starts to play well, they will undoubtedly hit a spell where they make mistakes and play horrible ball. That is to be expected as this is a team of mostly young players that are still finding their way in the game of baseball. It takes time to “flip” a franchise…

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The Professor’s Friar Findings: Poor Sliding Leads to Lost Chances

May 3, 2018

The Professor’s Friar Findings is going to be a new bi-weekly piece for the East Village Times, that will be examining the Padres in a new light. The new age of baseball has brought about many great things: Statcast showcasing any and all velocities, graphs and charts showing pitchers and hitters in just about any situation imaginable, and any and all stats that the human brain can conceive. They are…

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Pirela or Asuaje Moving Forward at Second Base?

April 28, 2018

Carlos Asuaje and Jose Pirela each bring a different style of play to a baseball team. Both men have scrapped for what they currently have in being major leaguers. Nothing has come easy to either, as they both have battled to get an opportunity to showcase their skills. Pirela was DFA’d by the Friars after the 2016 season and could have been claimed by any major league team. He re-signed…

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Five Stat Friday: Statcast Leaderboards

April 20, 2018

The Baseball Savant statcast leaderboards have finally been updated, and with it comes many great insights about the San Diego Padres. For this week’s Five Stat Friday, the focus will be on the statcast leaderboards and some interesting early season stats. Hitting Leaderboard Jose Pirela Continues to Make Hard Contact If you rank all players in baseball by the number of balls hit above 95 mph, Padres’ outfielder Jose Pirela…

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Should Manuel Margot be the Padres Leadoff Hitter?

April 5, 2018

When the Padres brought in Matt Stairs to be their hitting coach this offseason, the club’s entire offensive mentality changed. Stairs’ philosophy is simple: be patient at the plate and find ways to get on base. After ranking dead last in on base percentage last season, the Padres are hopeful that this new approach will allow them to take strides to what they want to become in the future. We…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #6 Jose Pirela

March 27, 2018

Background Odds are pretty good that the average baseball fan doesn’t know much about Jose Pirela. Odds are even better that the average baseball fan doesn’t know that Pirela was a Yankees farmhand from 2007-2015. Signed by the Yankees as an international free agent out of Venezuela in 2007, Pirela has had a long and arduous road to big league relevance. Now 28, it seems like Pirela has finally put…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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