We caught up with John Conniff of MadFriars.com and FoxSports San Diego on his recent trip to Low-A Fort Wayne, Indiana. The TinCaps are the first full season team in the Padres’ organization and play in one of the best stadiums in the minor leagues at their downtown stadium Parkview Field.

This year’s team is one of the youngest that San Diego has ever sent to the Midwest League with six of their eight everyday players twenty-one years old or younger.

The stars of the club are first baseman Jake Bauers, third baseman Dustin Peterson and second baseman/shortstop Josh Van Meter, all of whom have yet to turn twenty.

Jake Bauers (Photo by Jeff Nycz)

We caught up with John for his recent trip to the Summit City.

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We caught up with John Conniff of MadFriars.com and FoxSports San Diego on his recent trip to AAA El Paso. The Chihuahuas are in their first year of existence and playing in a brand new stadium, Southwestern University Park.

The club features a combination of some of the Padres’ top prospects in Matt Wisler, Jace Peterson and Keyvius Sampson along with some more experienced players with big league service time in pitcher Jason Lane and outfielder Jeff Francoeur.

We caught up with John for his recent trip to the Sun City.

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We caught up with John Conniff of MadFriars.com and FoxSports San Diego after his recent trip to AA San Antonio. The Missions have had some of the top prospects in the Padres’ organization this year such as Matt Wisler, Austin Hedges, Jace Peterson, Rymer Liriano and Corey Spangenberg. We’ll catch up with John after each one of his stops at the Padres Minor League system and get the latest scoop from an insiders point of view.

A big thanks goes out to John for taking the time to chat with us. Make sure you also check out his Players of the Month article today.

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By: Lonnie Brownell

The 2013 season is over for the Padres and Petco, even if some other teams insist on continuing in something they call “The Post Season”.  Earlier in the year I wrote about the effects of the new fences vis a vis home run production up to that point.  Now that it’s over, let’s take a look at the first full year of The Jack Deck Era.

It’s all about the win, of which the Padres got 76.  According to my highly suspect “stat”, New Fence Wins (NFWs), wherein I subtract the runs driven in by each new fence home run (NFHR) and see if that would’ve changed the game outcome, the Padres would’ve won one less game this year if the old fences had been in place. So we can say the new fences have a lbWAR (lb — that’s me) of 1.0 for the Padres. Not earth shattering, but above replacement level. Way to go, new fences!

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres keep getting further and further away from a Top 10 draft pick and currently sit in the #13 spot. Oh yeah, they won again last night, 12-2, backed by 3 homers from Chris Robinson, Jedd Gyorko and Tommy Medica. On the mound Ian Kennedy dominated his former team, throwing 7 IP, striking out 7 (1 walk) and only allowed 2 runs.

The Friars play their final home game of the 2013 season today at 3:40PM as Robbie Erlin takes on Trevor Cahill.

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In an effort to stay close to our roots, the staff at Padres Public, will offer-up a haiku each Monday to describe the previous week in Padres Baseball. Restricting our feelings to 3 lines and 17 syllables to describe a week of play is a massive undertaking, but (un) fortunately, we are more than up to the task.

In this weeks Haikuarrhea there will be no Breaking Bad spoilers and I even refuse to spoil the awful Dexter finale for you. But I will tell you that (spoiler alert) the Padres went 4-3 this past week (a winning record!). First they took 3 out of 4 from the playoff bound Pirates in Pittsburgh, but then dropped 2 out of 3 to the Dodgers at home over the weekend.

Pitching was the bright spot as Andrew Cashner, Eric Stults, Tyson Ross, Robbie Erlin and Burch Smith all had solid outings. Ian Kennedy was the lone blip on the radar as his numbers on the road continue to suffer (3.2 IP/6 ER on Thursday). On offense Jedd Gyorko told Geoff Young to “suck it” and took 6 walks for the week which accounts for 20% of his entire season total.

HAIKU!

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were (day) drinking.

The Friars were pummeled yesterday, giving up 6 home runs, 3 to Pablo Sandoval, and dropped the series finale to the Giants 13-5. Starter Eric Stults gave up 7 earned runs and the bullpen wasn’t much better on a bizarre home run infested day at a “pitchers park”.

The Padres have the day off today before looking to rebound with a 3-game set against the Rockies at Petco Park on Friday.

Recaps

Padres battered by Giants’six-homer day – Corey Brock (mlb.com)

Two up, two down: Giants 13, Padres 5 – Jeff Sanders (U-T San Diego)

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“We’ve seen Sandoval since he came into the National League,” said Padres manager Bud Black. “When he’s hot, he’s hot. He can hit any pitch. He’s tough to pitch to.” [Brock]

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres took the second game of the 3 game series against the Giants last night 3-2 moving them 1 game up on their bitter rivals in the battle for last place in the NL West.  The Padres also inched closer to evening up the 2013 season series that the Giants currently lead 8-7. Early on it seemed like it was going to be a long night for starter Robbie Erlin as the 1st inning seemed to have lasted into the 4th round of my fantasy football draft, but he worked through all the base runners and only gave up 2 runs in 5.1 innings pitched. Nick Hundley, Chris Denorfia and Erlin each drove in a run which was all the Padres would need for the night.

The Padres look for the sweep later today (3:40PM) as Eric Stults takes on Tim Lincecum in the final game of the series at Petco Park.

Recaps

Padres edge Giants after Erlin’s up-and-down night – Corey Brock (mlb.com)

Two up, two down: Padres 3, Giants 2 – Jeff Sanders (U-T San Diego)

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“It was exciting,” Erlin said. “I was happy to get it, even if it was a broken-bat single.”” [Brock]

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In an effort to stay close to our roots, the staff at Padres Public, will offer-up a haiku each Monday to describe the previous week in Padres Baseball. Restricting our feelings to 3 lines and 17 syllables to describe a week of play is a massive undertaking, but (un) fortunately, we are more than up to the task.

The Padres went 5 and 2 this week and things seem to be finally clicking with Chase Headley and Carlos Quentin at the plate. Tyson Ross was the star on the mound. The trade deadline is Wednesday. WHAT WILL HAPPEN!?!?

HAIKU!!

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

Kyle Lohse went 7 innings, striking out 6 while giving up 1 run, as the Padres fell to the Brewers 3-1. The Padres lone bright spot was a Nick Hundley solo shot in the 3rd inning to give them the lead. It was short lived though, as Carlos Gomez roped a 2 run double in the bottom half of the 3rd and that was all Lohse and the Milwaukee bullpen needed.

The Padres are 45-57, 9.0 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Edinson Volquez faces Yovani Gallardo today at 11:10am

Recaps

Lohse frustrates Padres’ bid to take series – Corey Brock (mlb.com)

Lohse stops Padres winning streak at two – Bill Center (U-T)

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“We got a hit here and there, but when you have the command like he had tonight … it’s going to be tough.”- Jedd Gyorko [Brock]

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