Down on the Farm: September 2 (Mejia Scorching Hot/Quantrill Allows One Run in Five Innings)

September 2, 2018

The minor league affiliates for the San Diego Padres were 3-2 on Sunday. Here is a recap of the day’s action El Paso Chihuahuas (82-56) Won 9-4 El Paso continues to roll as they continue to gear up for the playoffs. Francisco Mejia continues to assert his dominance in Triple-A by going 4-for-5 and hitting a two-run home run. Carlos Asuaje also had a RBI and three hits while Ty France…

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The Path to the Playoffs for Padres and the Ultimate Prize

September 1, 2018

The front office has given fans mixed messages about when the Padres might actually become competitive.  Current predictions seem to be more than two years off. Since hiring A.J. Preller August 6, 2014, as general manager, the Padres have failed to even reach .500, let alone be relevant in the division or baseball in general. In fact, so far this year, the Padres have a .385 winning percentage, the lowest…

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Three Steps Forward & Two Steps Back- Evaluating Five Padres Players in 2018

August 24, 2018

As yet another dismal San Diego Padres season winds to a close, many fans have their eyes on the future. And with their roster sporting a youthful median age of 26.5 years old, that focus may be well justified. Just one team in Major League Baseball — the Tampa Bay Rays — has a younger team than the Friars. That youth has arrived hand in hand with expectations for the…

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The Padres’ Brett Kennedy Has Already Improved

August 17, 2018

When the Padres first called up Brett Kennedy on August seventh, it was an exciting day for fans who follow the team’s farm system closely. After all, he had a 2.72 ERA in the Pacific Coast League and a 10-0 record — Kennedy was clearly deserving of getting the call to the show. Unfortunately, in the first couple starts, Kennedy surrendered six earned runs on August 8th, and then five…

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The Padres are Playing Spoiler to the End

August 16, 2018

After a brutal end to July, which featured seven losses in a row, the Padres have rebooted. They split a series in Chicago against the Cubs, then won series against the Brewers and Phillies. All three teams have winning records and legitimate chances to make the playoffs. Although the Padres were swept by the Angels, another team with a statistical chance at a Wild Card berth, the Padres still have…

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Potential Road Blocks to the Padres Rebuild

August 13, 2018

The year is 2021. It is the perennial Game 7 of the World Series. MacKenzie Gore is on the mound, trying to complete a three-inning save in a tight 2-1 ballgame. The energy within the confines of Petco Park is unlike any other it has experienced in its short lifetime. The atmosphere in the surrounding Gaslamp District is similarly intoxicating. With each pitch, the intensity and excitement exponentially increase. As…

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Brown Uniforms a Matter of Identity for Padres

August 13, 2018

For the past decade, the Padres have become an afterthought outside of America’s Finest City. The Padres’ last winning season was in 2010, and the team’s last postseason appearance was the 2006 National League Division Series. The Friars’ farm system is arguably the best part of Padres baseball, and beyond the baseball side of the team, the Padres remain generally lackluster. Aside from the Western Metal Supply Co. building in…

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Hunter Renfroe Has Certainly Improved After His Adjustments

August 12, 2018

We all know Hunter Renfroe has been on a tear lately, especially after his go-ahead grand slam on Thursday that sunk the Brewers. However, Andy Green has been penciling in Renfroe as his three-hitter in the lineup very often since the start of July. The power-hitting outfielder has been playing well for over a month now, even before his recent four home runs in the last four games. Take a look…

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Introducing the Newest Padres Reliever, Trey Wingenter

August 6, 2018

Yesterday, we learned that the Padres would be calling up Trey Wingenter for the first time in his career. Today, we learned that his roster spot was cleared by the Brewers’ claim of Jordan Lyles. There were other moves as well, but those will be left for another time. The point is that the team has called up an intriguing young arm in Wingenter, who will soon debut in the…

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You Down with OBP? Not the Padres

August 4, 2018

110 games into this wonderful 2018 season, the San Diego Padres find themselves with a record of 42-68, and 18.5 games out of first place. Coming off the worst month in franchise history, it’s safe to say that last place is secured. While digging up some stats, I stumbled upon something truly unbelievable. The San Diego Padres ranked dead last in MLB on-base percentage in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017….

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Decision Looms for Padres in Regards to Hedges & Mejia

August 3, 2018

The San Diego Padres had a very valuable commodity in Brad Hand. Multiple teams obviously kicked the tires on the reliever, as his numbers were certainly impressive in a Padres uniform. The team took their time in dealing the closer and, in the end, obtained one of the best prospects in all of major league baseball in return. Francisco Mejia is a switch-hitting catcher with a rocket arm. Defensively, there…

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Lesser-Known Padres Prospects Who are Playing Well

August 3, 2018

The San Diego Padres’ farm system is booming right now, but it is impossible to give love to them all. Here is a look at some of the lesser-known players that are playing well during this 2018 season. Considering the state of the major league team in San Diego, a lot of Padres fans are watching the farm system in anticipation of what the many talented prospects could become in…

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