Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #18 Phil Maton

February 14, 2018

Background If there is one strength the Padres have, it would be their bullpen. Not only is the team loaded with a good amount of big league relief talent, but they also have quite a few interesting minor league prospects either on their way or who have already landed. The most intriguing of that second group has to be right-hander Phil Maton. It’s hard to get too excited about relief…


If Brad Hand is Dealt, What are the Closing Options for the Padres?

November 19, 2017

There are plenty of rumors swirling that the San Diego Padres will soon be seriously entertaining offers for closer Brad Hand. Without a doubt, the team will be fielding calls in a constant effort to get better. The effort to improve starts with the minor league system, and if dealing Brad Hand can bring in more prospects, then the team will surely pull the trigger. A.J. Preller has already indicated…


PNO (Positive, Negative, Outlook): Phil Maton

October 25, 2017

The San Diego Padres’ bullpen didn’t stand out to fans as a success this year, although it was much better than most people realized. Beyond a few injuries and down years from key members, this Padres bullpen had the pieces to be one of the brighter spots on the team. The Padres are now left with many formidable pieces in the pen, one of them being Phil Maton. Phil Maton…


Who’s the Closer Once Brad Hand is Traded?

July 26, 2017

  With their trade of Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer, and Trevor Cahill to the Kansas City Royals on Monday afternoon, the Padres not only finally kicked off their trade deadline moving and shaking, but they also blew up their bullpen in the process. While Hand has been reliably used as the Padres’ bullpen fireman, operating as a quasi set-up man/multi-inning relief ace, Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer more or less…


The 2017 San Diego Padres FULL Rookie Report

July 14, 2017

Here we are at the MLB All-Star break, the five-win pass came and went and we’ve seen plenty of new faces, from waiver wins like Chase d’Arnaud and free agent signings like Craig Stammen, to trade pieces like Matt Szczur. More importantly, the Padres first wave of talent has arrived at Petco Park. To start the season, the Padres had some guys we were expecting to see, like Hunter Renfroe and…


Advanced Stat Friday: Hunter Renfroe’s Woes and Ryan Schimpf’s BABIP

June 23, 2017

With baseball executives taking new steps to understand the game, and baseball writers and analysts developing new methods to analyze play on the field, the baseball sabermetric revolution is in full swing. Although the process really started with Bill James and his Baseball Abstracts in the 1980s, the baseball stat revolution didn’t start to take off until the Moneyball days of the Oakland Athletics, where on-base percentage took the crown…


Phil Maton Gets the Call

June 11, 2017

After yet another Padres bullpen collapse in Saturday’s 12-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals, during which the Royals scored nine runs in the 8th inning, the Padres appear to be making moves in their bullpen. Phil Maton is here, Kevin Quackenbush‘s name is not on the lineup card. — AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) June 11, 2017 With the bullpen struggling mightily, the Padres’ front office is looking to shake things…


Down on the Farm: May 27- Pitching , Pitching, and More Pitching

May 28, 2017

Carlos Asuaje– 2B, Triple-A, El Paso Chihuahuas 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 R Fresh off a short stint back in the big leagues with the Padres, Carlos Asuaje had a good showing for the Chihuahuas on Saturday night. Everyone knew Asuaje’s call up was going to be temporary given the Padres need for a starter for Thursday’s game, which ended up being Dinelson Lamet. Asuaje failed to get a…


Prospect Watch: Phil Maton Gaining Recognition

March 15, 2017

The Padres were borderline unwatchable in 2016. With the team in the middle of a rebuild, the Padres big league roster lacked much big time talent to entertain fans. Given that rebuild, it’s natural for fans, and the baseball world in general, to focus more on the Padres’ minor league system. Padres fans used that to find hope for the future, while baseball writers and pundits used it to find…


Phil Maton is Progressing Through Padres’ Farm System

December 7, 2016

Of all the prospects in a very deep Padres system, there are a few that seem to be ready to make the jump to the big leagues in 2017. Obviously, 2016 El Paso mainstays Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot, Carlos Asuaje, and Austin Hedges all seem to be locks to either start in San Diego or make their way up rather quickly in 2017. After those four, things get a little…


2017 Prospect Breakout Candidates for the Padres

November 28, 2016

‘Tis the season to talk about prospects, with various sites like Baseball America and Minor League Ball posting top 10 and top 20 organizational prospect lists leading up to top 100 lists for 2017. These days, prospect ranking season is a good season for Padres fans, with the “talent overload” in the farm. Internal calls re: #Padres system yesterday — got to point where we wanted the “names worth detailing”…