Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an Sunday afternoon in the pub.  And then Avenging Jack Murphy gets sick and begs someone to finish writing the recap for him.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (21-24) lost yesterday to the Colorado Rockies (25-20) 8-6 in 10 innings.  Donn Roach made his first Major League start in place of Andrew Cashner, who missed his start after being placed on the 15-day disabled list because his elbow is sore.  Roach was on a 60-pitch limit and only made it through 3 innings, giving up 4 runs (all earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks without a strikeout.

Seth Smith, Rene Rivera, and Everth Cabrera all had home runs in the game.  But so did Corey Dickerson, Troy Tulowitzki, and Justin Morneau of the Rockies, who hit a walkoff 2-run shot off Dale Thayer in the 10th inning to win the game.

Oh, and Carlos Quentin left the game with a groin injury.  At least it wasn’t his knee, right?  RIGHT?!?

The Padres now return home to face the Minnesota Twins for a two game series starting Tuesday night at 7:10 pm PDT.  The projected starters Tuesday will be Ian Kennedy for the Friars and former Padre Kevin Correia for the Twins.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub. Then you find out that Yasmani Grandal is starting at first base instead of Yonder Alonso. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (13-15) were beat down by the San Francisco Giants (16-11) by a score of 6-0 last night.

Padres’ starter Eric Stults (1-3) got hit early and hit hard, lasting only 2 2/3 innings while surrendering 5 runs (all earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks with just one strikeout for the loss. Two of those hits were first inning solo home runs from Angel Pagan and Buster Posey. Hector Sanchez alone had 3 RBI on the night.

Donn Roach came in to relieve Stults, and ended up pitching 4 1/3 innings with 1 run on 2 hits. Roach also hit the first pitch he saw for a double for his first Major League hit.

The Giants’ scheduled starter, Matt Cain, was a late scratch with a cut finger. Yusmeiro Petit (2-1) took Cain’s place, pitching 6 innings with just 3 hits and no walks to go with 4 strikeouts.

Tonight, in the final game on this road trip, the Friars will send out Robbie Erlin against the Giants’ Tim Hudson at 7:15 pm PDT at AT&T Park.

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Games! Data! La Forge! To celebrate the fact that the season is now 13 percent complete, here are 13 items of potential interest (stats are through April 22):

  • The difference between the top of the order and the heart has been staggering. Guys in the first two slots have hit .297/.333/.436 (these numbers were even better when I started writing this), while 3 through 6 are at .194/.257/.291 (lowest OPS in baseball, nearly 70 points worse than the Houston Astros). That isn’t the best way to score runs.
  • In an April 17 game at Petco Park, Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki drew three walks, or one more than Everth Cabrera and Will Venable have drawn combined in 158 plate appearances.
  • In 44 plate appearances, Alexi Amarista has drawn more than three times as many walks as Cabrera and Venable. As others have noted, it’s hard to throw strikes to the 5’6” Amarista, although that hasn’t kept him from not drawing walks in the past.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub.  After all, this game went on so long with nothing happening that it seemed to blend into the next day.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (10-11) defeated the Milwaukee Brewers (15-6) in 12 innings by a score of 2-1.  Ian Kennedy pitched 6 innings of 1 run baseball, giving up 4 hits and 3 walks with 5 strikeouts.  The Brewers’ starter, Yovani Gallardo, pitched 7 innings, giving up 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks with 4 strikeouts.

Kennedy drove in the first Padres run with a squeeze bunt in the 5th inning that Gallardo misplayed, allowing Yonder Alonso to score and Kennedy to get to first base.  Scooter Gennett‘s 5th inning home run off of Kennedy tied up the game at 1.  And there it stayed for the next 7 innings.

Chase Headley hit a 447 foot home run in the top of the 12th inning for the Padres second run, which ended up being the winning run.  Huston Street retired the side in order in the bottom of the 12th for his seventh save after Donn Roach allowed just one hit over two scoreless innings for his first career win.

The Friars will send out Tyson Ross to face Kyle Lohse at 5:10 pm PDT for the series finale tonight at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

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Opening Night is here. The Padres host the Dodgers at 5 p.m. PT. A few items of potential interest:

  • Andrew Cashner completed six innings in 21 of his 26 starts last year. The Padres won 13 of those 21 games. They lost all five in which he failed to go six.
  • Andre Ethier and Adrián González have had the most success against Cashner, although both have done so in fewer than 15 plate appearances, so take that with large buckets of salt.
  • Dodgers starter Hyun-jin Ryu had a reverse platoon split last year (633 OPS against righties, 738 against lefties), so sitting lefties might not be the best strategy.
  • Exceptions are Seth Smith, who owns a 582 OPS in more than 400 career plate appearances against southpaws, and Alexi Amarista, who is not a big-league hitter.
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It’s that time of year where major leagues clubs have to make decisions on who they want the protect from being taken in the Rule 5 Draft. And the Padres made some hard choices today.

Added were starting pitchers Josh Johnson, Donn Roach, Keyvius Sampson, and Juan Oramas.

Keyvius Sampson (Photo courtesy of madfriars.com)

Gone are 2B Dean Anna, relief pitchers Brad BrachMiles Mikolas, & Jose De Paula, and OF Jaff Decker.

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It’s been a crazy few weeks since both the MLB and MiLB seasons started. Due to unforeseen circumstances that would be extremely boring to retell here, the Padres Prospects Spring Training Notebook kept getting pushed back to the point where now it seems to make more sense just to roll it into an overall spring/early season notes piece. Below are notes and observations from both in-person looks while in Arizona and conversations had since the season began. Be forewarned, the Spring Notes are extremely raw in presentation, which we’ll call a tribute to the environment they’re taken from.

Max Fried

Spring Notes: extremely easy delivery that he can repeat, not much wasted movement, very efficient, almost looks like a right-handed pitcher because his delivery looks so natural, physically looks a lot like Clayton Kershaw with slight differences in foot strike and a little bit of Cole Hamels mixed in; fastball has great life, he’s mostly pitched in the 89-91 range but it seems like there’s 2-3 more MPH in the tank; throws curveball both in the dirt and for strikes, very unique for his age, great vertical movement and tight spin; changeup is raw, he shows solid depth on the pitch but needs to speed up his arm before facing advanced hitters, could be an average to plus offering but will need a lot of work; body is mature for his age, still shows some projection, above average athlete; extremely coachable, was asking for instruction from Padres coaches and seemed open to adjustments.

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This is a list of the best prospects in the Padres’ organization.  To be eligible for this list a player must still possess their rookie status.  Prospects are ranked both by their ultimate potential and the likelihood that they will reach that potential.  The easiest way to understand the rankings is to consider what order players would be selected in if the entire organization were eligible for a draft.  Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) for each prospect is when they would reach the majors if they were able to reach their potential.

Two new wrinkles to the rankings:

  • Prospects have been split into tiers to help get a better idea of the talent gap between players (i.e. the difference between position 1 and 2 may not be the same as the difference between position 14 and 15)
  • Risk Factors have been included to help show the largest road block faced in each player’s development

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With the first rounds of the Vedder Cup in the books and report day just around the corner for Padres minor leaguers, this is as good a time as any to take a quick look at 10 names likely to get the call at some point this summer.

*In no particular order*

1) Jedd Gyorko – Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. Were it not for service time concerns, Gyorko very well could be the Padres’ Opening Day second baseman with Logan Forsythe serving as a roving substitute around the diamond.  Gyorko from day one should show an above average hit tool and average to a tick above power while cleanly handling the balls he’s able to get to playing second. One factor that can’t be ignored in Gyorko’s situation is that the Padres have yet to place him on the 40-man roster. This combined with future service time concerns may force Gyorko back to Tucson for the time being. Read More…

While many who read this site are intimately familiar with the Padres’ system – I’m looking at you Padres Prospects readers – we at Padres Public don’t like anyone to feel left out. What follows is a high-level view of sorts of the topics and players you need to be ready to discuss when you and your buddies are sitting around a table enjoying one of San Diego’s finest beverages after Fan Fest.

Austin Hedges is good, and he could be really, really good

It’s easy to get excited about prospects in the low minors. Typically they have shown enough production to believe that their physical tools just may mature into something wonderful, but aren’t quite old enough to expect immediate success.

Hedges is a 2011 draftee that signed for a then second-round record $3 million bonus. He was heralded as the best defensive player in the entire draft by Baseball America and just about everyone else who had either gotten to see him in person or had heard the now urban-legend level stories of his sub-2.0 second pop times.

2012 was Hedges’ first full season of games at the professional level and he more than held his own offensively – .275/.341/.446 – while successfully leading an extremely wild pitching staff.

This offseason Hedges’ name has been bandied about by a few outlets as San Diego’s best overall prospect, and for good reason. He has the potential to be a perennial Gold Glove catcher while putting up above average numbers offensively.  The production bar for catchers has fallen so far that even if Hedges fails to progress, he still has a better than even shot at an MLB career by playing well above average defense.

That being said 2013 will provide an interesting perspective on the Padres’ 20-year-old backstop as he heads to the hitter-friendly California League on his way through the system. Josh Byrnes and Co. have already shown a willingness to push players through the system, so be sure to get out to Lake Elsinore before it’s too late. Read More…