Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (27-42) scored fewer runs than the Washington Nationals (43-25) in last night’s second game of four, 7-5, at Petco Park.

Christian Friedrich (3-2, 3.15) gave up six runs on nine hits and two walks in six innings while striking out three. A sacrifice fly by Anthony Rendon in the second inning scored Ryan Zimmerman. In the third inning, Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper scored on Daniel Murphy‘s double. And Zimmerman hit a two-run home run with Murphy on base. Murphy led off the sixth inning with a solo home run. And a seventh inning RBI single by Harper scored Michael Taylor.

Joe Ross (6-4, 3.13) pitched six innings, surrendering three runs on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Matt Kemp‘s RBI single scored Jon Jay to put the Padres on the board in the first inning. Jay hit an RBI single in the fifth inning to bring Alexei Ramirez across the plate. Derek Norris hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. In the seventh inning, a Wil Myers groundout scored Christian Bethancourt and a Yangervis Solarte groundout scored Jay.

Colin Rea (3-3, 5.37) gets the start tonight at 7:10pm PDT against Max Scherzer (8-4, 3.40).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (62-65) scored fewer runs than the Washington Nationals (64-62) in the finale of their three game series at Nationals Park.

Andrew Cashner (5-13, 4.05) threw 121 pitches in five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and three walk with six strikeouts. In the fifth inning, Jayson Werth scored after Cashner loaded the bases and then hit Yunel Escobar with a pitch. Ryan Zimmerman‘s RBI single followed, scoring Anthony Rendon. Werth hit a two-out solo home run in the sixth inning. And Zimmerman hit a solo home run off Kevin Quackenbush in the seventh inning.

Joe Ross (5-5, 3.24) pitched six innings while allowing one run on one hit and two walks with seven strikeouts. A Yangervis Solarte sacrifice fly scored Cory Spangenberg in the fourth inning. Yonder Alonso added an RBI single in the ninth inning against Jonathan Papelbon.

The Friars head 134 miles Northeast to take on the Philadelphia Phillies for three games at Citizens Bank Park starting tonight at 4:05pm PDT. Ian Kennedy (8-11, 4.01) goes up against Aaron Nola (4-1, 3.59) in the first game.

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At the beginning of last week’s winter meetings, the Padres arguably had more depth at catcher than any other major league organization with a trio composed of Rene Rivera, a former (and, apparently, still) journeyman turned defensive wizard who had a breakout year with the bat in 2014; Yasmani Grandal, a talented 26-year-old switch-hitter with a surprising knack for framing pitches; and Austin Hedges, an offensively-challenged 22-year-old in need of further seasoning, but also gifted with the best defensive catching skills in the minor leagues.

A week later and, at least tentatively, the Padres have shipped both Grandal and Rivera elsewhere. (Don’t forget, as of this writing, both trades aren’t yet official.) Grandal went to the Dodgers as the main piece in the Matt Kemp trade and Rivera is headed to Tampa Bay in a three-team whopper that will, when finalized, bring Wil Myers to San Diego. The trade:

Padres receive: OF Wil Myers ( from TB), C Ryan Hanigan (TB), RHP Gerardo Reyes (TB), and LHP Jose Castillo (TB)

Rays receive: C Rene Rivera (SD), RHP Burch Smith (SD), 1B Trevor Bauers (SD), OF Steven Souza (WAS), and LHP Travis Ott (WAS)

Nationals receive: RHP Joe Ross (SD) and SS Trea Turner (SD) as a player-to-be-named-now*

*Turner, since he was drafted by the Padres in June, can’t be traded until next summer. Apparently, he’ll be put in the awkward position of remaining with the Padres until then.

The Padres haven’t completely depleted their previously discussed catching depth, as they got both Hanigan and Tim Federowicz back in the recent deals while hanging onto Hedges. However, before we can discuss the current catching situation with a straight face, let’s talk big picture.

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The 2011 MLB first year player draft was the last of it’s kind. In 2012, Major League Baseball, feeling that signing bonuses had ballooned out of control, changed the rules, instituting hard caps with stiff penalties for teams who spent over the recommended signing bonuses. Rather than issuing guidelines for what players should earn, they started issuing hard values for each pick, and a team that spent more than 5% over the total value of their picks would lose picks in the following draft. 2011 was supposedly the inmates running the asylum, while 2012 and beyond has been 24 hour lock down.

The Padres spent over $11 million on draft picks in 2011, the most in team history, going well over the slot recommendations for several of their picks. In 2012, they spent $9.8 million, only $100k less than their $9.9 million bonus pool allotment. In 2013, they went right up to the edge of their bonus pool, but that meant spending just $6.8 million. This year’s allotment is the team’s lowest yet since the rule change at just $6.1 million. While the actual draft can still be pretty fun, from a fan’s perspective this suppression of spending on the draft is really depressing.

So let’s go back to that last great draft, take a look at the notable picks the Padres made, do a little second-guessing, and decide whether some of the more prominent second-guessing is really justified.

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Chase Headley with an RBI double. (Photo: Lake Elsinore Storm)

Chase Headley with an RBI double. (Photo: Lake Elsinore Storm)

Lost in the promotional shuffle of TNT Tuesdays (tallboys and tacos), Wackie Weenie & Wine Down Wednesdays (self-explanatory), and Thirsty Thursday ($1 beers), the Lake Elsinore Storm also happen to field a pretty good ball club. After defeating the Lancaster JetHawks on Monday, the Storm (20-12) now lead the California League’s South Division by two games and have won 10 of their last 11.

While the offense-crippling home park does no favors for the offense, the pitching staff have cozied up to their home digs quite nicely. What’s more, with the Padres shuffling the rehabbing Chase Headley, Carlos Quentin, and Casey Kelly through town for the next several games, Lake Elsinore is the temporary destination spot for fans who want a more intimate ballpark experience with noted Major Leaguers. Read More…

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Call it a contest of dramatic contrasts. Book-ended between a defensive miscue to open the scoring and Diego Goris‘s 11th inning walk-off home run, the main story behind the Storm’s series finale against the Lancaster JetHawks this past Sunday was one of great starting pitching and highlight reel defense.  Read More…

This is a list of the best prospects in the Padres’ organization.  To be eligible for this list a player must not have appeared in the majors. It’s a weird way to do things, but means more young prospects will appear.  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.

Notes carried over from the 2013 Top 25:

  • 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). It is safe to assume that all players in a tier could be rearranged without much argument.
  • Risk Factors have been included to help show the largest road block faced in each player’s development

Tier 1

1) Austin HedgesHedges split his age-20 season between High-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio. While his overall offensive production doesn’t jump out at you, Hedges continues to be a tough out against advanced competition. He will head back to San Antonio to begin 2014, but minimal development is required before Hedges is able to contribute at the big league level. ETA: 2014

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I can think of worse places to be on a Wednesday afternoon.

With an 8-2 Opening Day loss to the Lancaster JetHawks on Thursday night, this isn’t the quick start you’d expect the Lake Elsinore Storm or manager Jamie Quirk would have liked to get off to. But, as Quirk would likely tell you, even a loss is a learning experience to build for the future.

Before the Storm packed the buses for the two-hour trip north, Padres Public was able to catch up with the first-year manager and a handful of players at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore during Wednesday’s FanFest to see how things were shaping up for the 2014 season.

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The sounds of spring are finite within my world. They consist of the crack of a bat, a pop of the glove, and the delicate linguistic maneuverings of baseball men to journalists in such a way that the connotations could never be received in a negative or controversial manner. That was a mouthful but hey, it’s during spring when we are treated to some of the best cliches in baseball.

I didn’t find an “I’m in the best shape of my life”, but I did come across some other quotes that stood out this week.

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One of the long held Christmas traditions in my family while growing up involved the annual viewing of Frank Capra’s masterpiece It’s a Wonderful Life. One of the many messages in Capra’s classic: The importance of a person to his family and friends even if it may not appear obvious at a particular moment in time.

Savings and Loan owner George Bailey, played masterfully by Jimmy Stewart, falls on hard times when his uncle accidentally misplaces a large deposit which eventually falls into the hands of Mr. Potter, the richest (and meanest) man in town. It’s Christmas eve in Bedford Falls when George Bailey contemplates suicide and “Wishes he had never been born.” Guided by his guardian angel Clarence, an alternate version of reality presents itself for George Bailey – a reality in which Bailey never existed.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Not specifically as it relates to me nor because it’s the silly season (yes – I actually started writing this about 6 weeks ago). I’ve been thinking about the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft and what life would look like for Padres fans had the Padres never signed catcher Austin Hedges.

With a strong commitment to UCLA and advisement coming from Scott Boras, it was never a slam dunk that Hedges, the 82nd pick in the 2011 June Amateur Draft would sign with the Padres. As you may recall the Padres had drafted another catcher, with the 54th pick during the same draft.

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