Last week came the announcement that the Padres had made room on the 40-man roster by designating Jaff Decker, Brad Brach, & Miles Mikolas (along with Jose De Paula) for assignment. That meant the Padres had the following options:

  • Return the player to the 40-man roster within 10 days from the date of designation, or
  • Make one of the following contractual moves:
    1. Place the player on waivers (which can only be done within the first 7 days of the 10-day period)
    2. Trade the player
    3. Release the player
    4. Outright the player from the 40-man roster into the Minor Leagues

The news came as something of a shock to some, as all three had accrued some Major League time. But I had no problem with it, as the Padres have a glut of talent to protect on the 40-man and only 40 spots to do it with. And, to be honest, it’s a nice problem to have.

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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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“Dana, I’m what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man, and I’ve failed much more than I’ve succeeded. And each time I fail, I get my people together, and I say, “Where are we going?” And it starts to get better.” – Calvin Traeger, Sports Night

Towards the end of the second and last season of the great, short-lived Aaron Sorkin dramedy Sports Night, fictional sports network CSC is bought out by a holding company named Quo Vadimus, owned by the character quoted above. Quo Vadimus is Latin for “where are we going?”, a question Padres fans should be starting to ask themselves as we wind down the 2013 season and start looking ahead. In a series of posts, I will ask that question and hope to provide some answers. This first installment will focus on who should stay, go, and be added to the Padres outfield. Read More…

Padres Public in deep thought. Probably about something important and not beer related.

Padres Public (Rick, Geoff, Mel) in deep thought. Probably about something important and not at all beer related.

The Padres returned home last Thursday to begin their longest homestand of the season with four games vs the New York Mets. It was also the first of what may be many Padres Bloggers Night being put on by the Padres. Three of us were able to attend and were joined by members of Gaslamp Ball and the Friarhood.

Per our instructions we were to be at Petco at 3:45 SHARP. Awkward handshakes were exchanged as only people who write on the internet can do. Passes were handed out lest anyone think some random group of seven dudes just showed up for batting practice and suddenly we were off. We were taken to the field just in time to see Kyle Blanks crush 65 MPH BP fastballs into the Western Metal Building. Quickly we were corralled while we waited for Bud Black to finish up with the local media.

Then, after watching some more BP and baking a bit in the sun, Bud Black walked over, gave us the ole “How’s it goin’ boys?” and we were off. So, thoughts/takeaways from Buddy?

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Number one. Padres history is littered with players who wore it on their back. Most couldn’t hit much. The last, Cody Ransom, went 0-for-11 before being released in mid-April.

Ozzie Smith is in the Hall of Fame, although he never hit for the Padres. He and Enzo Hernández each had 83 sacrifice hits, most in franchise history, but those aren’t real hits. Calvin Schiraldi knocked more home runs in a Padres uniform than Smith did.

Jhoulys Chacin stands atop the Coors Field mound, carrying an 8-0 lead into the seventh inning. Between bouts of thunder, he fans the first two batters. The Rockies’ win expectancy is at 100 percent. The only drama consists in how wet the few diehards behind home plate will be by game’s end.

Most of the guys wearing number one were middle infielders–Garry Templeton wore it longer than anyone else. There were a few catchers–Bob Barton, Luke Carlin, Eddy Rodríguez. And a couple of outfielders–Johnny Grubb could hit, Drew Macias… well, I always liked him too much.

Now Jaff Decker, a first-round pick out of a Phoenix area high school like Ransom before him, dons the number. One of four 2008 first-rounders on the active roster (Yonder Alonso, Andrew Cashner, and Logan Forsythe are the others; a fifth, Casey Kelly, is on the disabled list), Decker seeks another number one, his first hit. Read More…

The accelerator pounds to the floor, my passport beside me (you can never be too careful coming to Arizona) and the border patrol station quickly shrinks in my rearview mirror. I’m 116 miles outside Peoria and the date shake I inhale is my first true caloric input of the day. Hours earlier, I’d volleyed opinions back-and-forth over the Hertz service counter with a representative, a Dodgers fan just back from spring training: from Yasiel Puig and Clayton Kershaw, to Matt Kemp and…Juan Uribe? After fiddling with the EQ for hours, I manage to calm the hiss from the auxiliary input down from the turbine-like roar to an incessant whisper, allowing me to catch up on the week’s baseball podcasts. Despite a sea of rolling black leather and mid-level sedan comfort, I curse the Hertz representative who had upgraded me from economy/compact, assured that his act of generosity was merely to mask this nagging inconvenience.

Thursday, March 14th – Netherlands vs. Padres:

I show up between the first and second inning and camp on a bench near the left field foul pole, nestled behind the visiting team’s bullpen. Shortly thereafter, Andruw Jones blasts a home run off Eric Stults, which comes to rest not twenty feet to my right – Stults limits the damage on the field, but it does nothing to calm my concerns about him going into the season. The same could be said about my impressions of the Padres’ outfield defense as #HONKBAL left fielder, Randolph Oduber, plays pepper with the centerfield fence, hitting two shots over a bewildered Alexi Amarista, who isn’t making his transition into mighty-mite super-sub look easy. Read More…

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…