Finding a Home for Chase Headley in 2018

February 17, 2018

In a perfect world, the Padres would platoon Cory Spangenberg and Christian Villanueva at third base to start the 2018 season. Both men are 26 years old and have accomplished all they can at the minor league level. For both players, it is now or never to further their advancement in the game of baseball. A season like 2018 can help mold their future and determine whether they are platoon-type…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #16 Matt Strahm

February 17, 2018

Background Drafted in the 21st round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals, left-hander Matt Strahm has had an injury-plagued professional career to date. In his rookie league debut, Strahm threw 30 and a third innings and posted a 5.64 ERA. Strahm did strike out 42 batters during those innings, but also walked 17 batters. Strahm ended up missing the entirety of the 2013 season after Tommy…

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Padres Claim Canadian Pitcher Rowan Wick Off Waivers From Cardinals

February 16, 2018

  MLB spring training is now in full session, and the Padres are still in the pursuit of young pitchers that can help this team win in 2018. The Padres have claimed right-handed pitcher Rowan Wick from the St Louis Cardinals, first reported by Dennis Lin of The Athletic, in a deal that helps boost the organization’s pitching depth. Rowan Wick was designated for assignment by the St Louis Cardinals on…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #17 Franchy Cordero

February 16, 2018

Background It’s been a quiet offseason all around baseball, and with that sort of silence comes interesting baseball discussions. This offseason, one of the biggest topics among the Padre fandom has been about Franchy Cordero. To be more specific, fans have discussed whether he is major league ready, and more importantly, whether he can be an impact big leaguer someday. Beyond that, he has been compared to Christian Yelich from…

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Padres Spring Training Wrap-Up: Day 2 (Talk of Hosmer Still Lingering)

February 15, 2018

The smell of the freshly cut grass is in the air. Spring training is finally here as it is time to think Padres baseball and the 2018 season. As the pop of the glove grows more intense, the feelings of uncertainty still grip this Padre team. There are several unanswered questions and a huge question that nobody seems to want to discuss. Eric Hosmer is still rumored to be flirting…

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Remembering Padres’ Mike Darr on the 16th Anniversary of His Death

February 15, 2018

Michael Curtis Darr was born in Corona, California. He was the son of a former major leaguer, Mike Darr Sr. The eldest Darr pitched in one game for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1977. That was the extent of his playing career, but he helped cultivate his son into a second round pick. Mike Darr was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 1994 draft, after hitting .512 with 12…

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Padres Spring Training Wrap-Up: Day 1 (Pitchers Report as A.J. Ellis is Signed)

February 14, 2018

The San Diego Padres 2018 season is here. After a long and slow offseason, the daily grind of a Major League Baseball season is upon us. Andy Green and his coaching staff come into camp with a boyhood enthusiasm about their young squad. The Padres are certainly full of youth, and with that inexperience comes a sense of uncertainty. Nobody knows for sure exactly what this team is capable of…

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Valentine’s Day Special: The Padres’ Love Doctor Is In

February 14, 2018

With it being Valentine’s Day, it’s time to address some relationship issues with some of our favorite San Diego Padres players. I am not talking about their life off the field. I am talking about statistics that some players need to break up with in 2018. Others need to embrace these stats and have a happy life together. If the Padres want to improve on their 71 wins from 2017,…

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Tim Lincecum Showcase on Thursday, Padres Will Be in Attendance

February 13, 2018

Once upon a time, there was a major league pitcher by the name of “The Freak”. This freak had one of the best pitching’ arsenals in the game of baseball. He was flat-out dominant at times. From the 2008 through the 2011 seasons, Tim Lincecum was arguably the best pitcher in the world. During that four-year span, he was an all-star each season, won two NL Cy Young Awards and…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #19 Kazuhisa Makita

February 13, 2018

Background So I am usually one to use Fangraphs in order to research an individual player’s stats. With right-handed, submariner Kazuhisa Makita, that wasn’t an option, as the Japanese righty does not yet have a Fangraphs’ page at present. Rather than use a non-existent Fangraphs’ page, I turned to Baseball Reference. The 33-year-old Makita’s Japanese pitching career goes all the way back to 2011 when he first debuted with the…

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Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #20 Matt Szczur

February 12, 2018

Background This is nothing against him, but if there were one guy on the San Diego Padres 40-man roster that it would be easy to forget, that man would be outfielder Matt Szczur. Overshadowed by the plethora of young outfielders on the Padres’ roster, Szczur flew under the radar in his first year in San Diego. Drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs,…

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Padres Forecast: How Long Does It Usually Take for Top Prospects To Arrive?

February 11, 2018

The Padres have a loaded farm system. This is not breaking news to Padre fans unless you have been locked inside of the Hotel Del Coronado for a year. Much of the 2017 season was spent excitedly watching prospects succeed all over the minor leagues, from Tri-City to El Paso. The Friar faithful may have to find their joy in that for at least one more season before things really…

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