As the Padres start the 2016 season with three rule 5 draftees on the opening day roster, a lower payroll than 2015, and a player who was acquired to be the backup center-fielder currently being employed as the starting left-fielder, forgive me as my thoughts wander to what will come later this summer, the June amateur draft and the beginning of the new international signing period on July 2nd. With these two events, the Padres have the ability to restock their farm system with considerable talent, talent that is greatly needed to secure the future of the franchise.

Thankfully, to fuel my desire to look forward, Major League Baseball released the official draft order, total team-by-team draft bonus pool, individual draft position bonus slot values, and the team-by-team international bonus pool figures Tuesday morning, the day after the Padres suffered the worst opening day shutout defeat in MLB history. Read More…

Last week, Padres Public’s resident workaholic Dustin, posted 16 Ridiculously Specific Predictions For Every Padres Position Player. I, being someone no one would call a workaholic, have but one sad prediction for but one Padres position player. When spring training concludes and the season begins, Padres utility man Alexi Amarista will make the Padres 25 man roster.

There’s been a lot of chatter this spring that the Padres may finally be able to rid themselves of La Cucarista, the diminutive infielder acquired from the Angels in the Ernesto Frieri trade of 2012. The littlest ninja has been stuck on the roster like gum on the under side of a school desk for the nearly 4 years since, despite having been the definition of a replacement level player during his time with the team.

Yes, non-roster invitee Jemile Weeks has had an amazing spring and has seen time at SS. Yes, Amarista has been terrible this spring after coming off his worst season yet, in which he posted a good-for-a-pitcher 49 wRC+. Yes, the Padres have brought in other options to create a competition that could have potentially ended Amarista’s time with the club. However, any rumors or suggestions that the Padres will either cut Amarista or trade him (for what?) are nothing more than wishful thinking. Read More…

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending a Sunday afternoon in the pub. Here’s what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (51-54) scored fewer runs than the Miami Marlins (43-62), 5-2, in the series finale at Marlins Park.

Jose Fernandez (4-0, 2.13) struck out ten batters — including Justin Upton three times on nine pitches (Upton struck out a fourth time on three pitches in the eighth inning) — while not allowing a run in his six innings on four hits and two walks. In the ninth inning, Derek Norris singled and Jedd Gyorko struck out, sending Alexi Amarista to the plate. Amarista tied up the ballgame with a line drive home run to right field.

James Shields (8-4, 3.77) pitched six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Both runs came in the first inning on back-to-back doubles to lead off the game from Ichiro Suzuki and Miguel Rojas. After reaching third on a Christian Yelich ground out, Rojas scored on a Derek Dietrich sacrifice fly. The Marlins did not score again until the ninth inning, when Brandon Maurer walked Martin Prado, Cole Gillespie ground out on a sacrifice bunt, and Jeff Mathis walked. Adeiny Hechavarria then hit a 1-0 pitch to center field for a three-run walk-off home run to end the game.

The Friars travel to Milwaukee to face the Brewers (44-62) for four games at Miller Park. Tyson Ross (7-8, 3.38) gets the start tonight at 5:10pm PDT against Wily Peralta (2-5, 3.90).

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Vinnie Vincent Invasion was an ’80s hair band led by a former KISS guitarist named, as fate would have it, Vinnie Vincent. I’ve mentioned this before, but I once saw them open for Iron Maiden at Long Beach Arena. Pink amplifiers everywhere.

I’m still traumatized, thanks for asking.

Nick Vincent, on the other hand, is a reliever for the Padres. He traumatizes right-handed batters.

We’ll save the how and why for some other day. For now, let’s all revel in the glory that is Vincent. Here are pitchers with the lowest opponent OPS by right-handed hitters over 2013-2014, minimum 200 plate appearances (thanks, as always, to Baseball-Reference’s Play Index):

Craig Kimbrel 237 .125 .226 .188 24 87
Nick Vincent 231 .162 .199 .227 8 78
Greg Holland 217 .164 .218 .224 14 95
Jeurys Familia 203 .155 .251 .207 22 60
José Fernández 419 .163 .212 .258 22 135

First off, Fernández is a freak, or at least was before his injury. For baseball’s sake, here’s hoping he gets well soon.

Second, Vincent is sandwiched between two elite closers. It sort of makes you wonder if he might also be closer material. I mean, really, what’s the difference between Kimbrel, Vincent, and Holland?

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The only things certain in life are death, taxes, and Tommy John surgery. If you’re a pitcher, anyway.

Last Friday night, the San Diego Padres had an offensive explosion against Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, shelling him for six runs and six hits (including two Jedd Gyorko home runs) over five-plus innings of work. That’s as many runs as Fernandez had given up over his previous four starts, and it raised his ERA from a microscopic 1.74 to a slightly-less-microscopic 2.44.

Fernandez, arguably the league’s best pitcher, was rocked by the league’s worst offensive club (to date) in an extreme pitcher’s park. Improbable, sure, but you could chalk it up to the oddities of the game; on a given night, anything can happen, and a great pitcher succumbing to a lackluster offense isn’t anything we haven’t seen before.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub.  Especially when the Padres score 10 runs seemingly out of thin air against the other team’s ace.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (16-21) defeated the Miami Marlins (20-16), 10-1, thanks to Jedd Gyorkos two home runs against Marlins’ ace Jose Fernandez (4-2, 2.24).

Gyorko’s first home run was a 2-run, opposite field shot in the second inning that just barely made it into the Whiskey Deck in right field.  His second, a grand slam to left field with no outs in the sixth inning, ended Fernandez’s night at 6 runs (all earned) on 6 hits and a walk with 5 strikeouts.

Meanwhile, Tyson Ross (4-3, 3.02) held the Marlins to just one run, a solo home run from Marcell Ozuna in the seventh inning.

Alexi AmaristaWill Venable added an RBI each and Seth Smith added two of his own with an eighth inning double.

Tonight at 5:40 pm PDT, Eric Stults takes the mound and the Friars will try to keep their offensive fortunes going against the Marlins’ Nathan Eovaldi.  It’s a PETCO Park 10-Year Anniversary Canvas Art giveaway tonight too.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub, especially after looking at the Marlins Park Monstrosity half the night. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Marlins and Jose Fernandez handed the Padres their fourth straight loss by a score of 5-0. Andrew Cashner pitched six innings of two-run ball on five hits and three walks, while striking out six. However, Fernandez outdueled Cashner, giving up just three hits and two walks with eight K’s in six and two-thirds innings.

The highlight for the Padres other than Cashner was a fine defensive play from Chase Headley in the fourth. That was it. Nothing else.

The Padres wrap up the series in Miami at 10:10 am PDT tomorrow with Ian Kennedy taking the mound against Nathan Eovaldi.

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