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…


With Excess of Talent in Camp, A Trade Could Be Imminent

March 12, 2018

There is no doubt that the San Diego Padres have some very healthy competitions taking place in camp presently. A.J. Preller and the Padres’ management team has structured it so that the team has multiple players competing for several openings on the team. Competition is very healthy in the game of baseball and sometimes in order to get the best from a player they must go out and work as…


San Diego Padres Signing Arrieta, Cobb, or Lynn- “Not Gonna Happen”?

March 9, 2018

Veteran right-hander Jake Arrieta remains unsigned. The Chicago Cubs aren’t bringing back Arrieta on a one-year deal. That’s surprising, given that he is one of this winter’s top free agent pitchers and performed for the club in the past. Over the last couple days, Arrieta has been mentioned in Padres’ rumors. Currently, it has already been reported that the Nationals, Phillies, and Brewers have at least some interest in Arrieta, so the Padres have company in…


San Diego Padres News & Notes: Arrieta, Dickerson, and Tyson Ross

March 8, 2018

As we get closer to MLB Opening Day, clubs across the league are still trying to figure out which players will ultimately make their roster. In the case of the Padres, many interesting and exciting events are currently taking place. With a plethora of young talent in camp this season, San Diego has had one of the most exhilarating spring training seasons in recent memory. Let’s take a look at…


Chris Young, Tyson Ross, and an Open Rotation Spot

March 7, 2018

San Diego Padres’ ageless right-handed pitcher, Chris Young, started Tuesday’s game vs. the Kansas City Royals. The Padres reacquired not one, but two pitchers this winter who were formerly MLB all-star’s with the team.  Young was an all-star in 2007 and Tyson Ross an all-star in 2014. Both signed minor league deals, with invitations to spring training and a chance to join the rotation if they perform. In Young’s first start this spring, he recorded four…


The Andy Green Factor

March 5, 2018

Carrying a wood bat in his hands as he strolls around the Arizona compound, Padres’ manager Andy Green runs his camp with a silent confidence. It is impossible to monitor all 60-plus players as they are mixed about the multiple practice fields, bullpens, and batting cages at the Peoria Sports Complex. When he first took the job in 2016, I was given an opportunity to ask the manager a couple…


Position Battles at the Peoria Sports Complex 

March 3, 2018

In roughly four weeks, the San Diego Padres will open up their 2018 season on March 29, when the Milwaukee Brewers come to America’s Finest City.  According to MLB Pipeline, the Padres have the No. 1 ranked farm system in Major League Baseball now. Presently, the Padres’ farm system is overflowing with young talent. With that #1 ranking, the Padres have what Scott Boras, agent to Eric Hosmer, called “A Volcano of Hot…


The Eric Hosmer Signing is Not 2015 All Over Again

February 25, 2018

Last Saturday night, the San Diego Padres and free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer finally agreed to terms. It might have been the longest offseason negotiation in modern sports history and was a very painful process. As the signing was announced, most Padre fans were naturally excited. After all, this is without a doubt the biggest free agent signing in franchise history. But although a majority of the fan base…


On-Base Percentage: The Padres New Offensive Mentality

February 25, 2018

This offseason, the San Diego Padres introduced a new hitting coach. Matt Stairs, former Major League player and previous Philadelphia Phillies’ hitting instructor, was brought in to fill the vacancy the Padres had. His offensive philosophy is simple: get on base at a high rate and manufacture runs that way. Stairs is a perfect fit for the Padres and has already been spoken highly of around the clubhouse. For a…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #11 Freddy Galvis

February 23, 2018

Background If there was an offseason trade I disliked more than the Chase Headley acquisition, it was the deal that brought shortstop Freddy Galvis to San Diego from Philadelphia. It’s nothing against Galvis, but I didn’t, and still don’t, see the point of giving up a decent pitching prospect for a one-year stopgap shortstop who just isn’t that good. Once again, no offense to Galvis. Really, none. Signed by the…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #15 Clayton Richard

February 19, 2018

Background Drafted way back in the eighth round of the 2005 MLB Draft, Clayton Richard has had one wild professional career to date. Richard was a quick mover through the White Sox system out of college, making it all the way to the big leagues in just about two years from his first professional inning. After posting sub-2.50 ERAs in both Double-A and Triple-A for the White Sox in 2008,…


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…