Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after a Sunday afternoon at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (19-33) scored more runs than the Washington Nationals (30-19), 5-3, yesterday in the finale of three games at Nationals Park.
Jhoulys Chacin (4-4, 5.77) gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts in four and a third innings. In the first inning, Trea Turner scored on Adam Lind‘s bases loaded groundout. Wilmer Difo scored on Brian Goodwin‘s single in the second inning. Lind hit an RBI double in the fifth inning. Kirby Yates, Ryan Buchter, Brad Hand, and Brandon Maurer no-hit the Nationals over the last four and two-thirds innings, with Buchter allowing two walks in his one inning of work.
Joe Ross (2-1, 6.18) surrendered five runs on twelve hits and a walk with four strikeouts in four innings pitched. Ryan Schimpf hit a two-run home run in the first inning. Chacin’s RBI single in the second inning drove in Chase d’Arnaud. d’Arnaud hit a two-RBI single in the fifth inning to drive in Hunter Renfroe and Franchy Cordero.
The Padres return to San Diego for three games against the Chicago Cubs (25-23) starting this afternoon. Jarred Cosart (0-1, 4.50) gets the Memorial Day start at 1:40pm PDT against Kyle Hendricks (4-2, 3.25) at Petco Park.
Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (18-32) scored fewer runs than the Washington Nationals (29-18), 5-1, last night in the first of three games at Nationals Park.
Luis Perdomo (0-2, 5.61) gave up three runs on six hits and two walks in six innings while striking out six. Trea Turner hit a leadoff home run in the first inning. Michael Taylor hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. And Bryce Harper hit a monstrous two-run home run into the right field upper deck in the seventh inning.
Max Scherzer (5-3, 2.77) was on fire, giving up just three hits and two walks with thirteen strikeouts in eight and two-thirds innings. The lone Padres’ run came on a Ryan Schimpf solo home run in the fourth inning. The Padres did load the bases in the ninth inning off Scherzer, but Koda Glover struck out pinch-hitter Hunter Renfroe to end the game.
This afternoon, Clayton Richard (3-5, 4.31) starts the second game of the series against Stephen Strasburg (5-1, 3.28) with first pitch scheduled for 1:05pm PDT.
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during a Sunday afternoon at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (43-56) scored more runs than the Washington Nationals (58-41), 10-6 yesterday, to take two out of three games at Nationals Park.
Christian Friedrich (4-6, 5.00) lasted just three innings, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk while striking out none. Carlos Villanueva pitched the next three innings in relief, giving up one run on two hits and no walks with four strikeouts. Daniel Murphy‘s sacrifice fly in the first inning brought Trea Turner in to put the Nationals on the board. In the third inning, a sacrifice fly by Jayson Werth scored Lucas Giolito, Turner scored again on a single by Murphy, and Wilson Ramos hit a two-run home run. Ramos hit a single in the fifth inning to drive in Murphy again, but Ramos was thrown out trying to take second base.
Giolito (0-0, 4.91) didn’t fare much better than Friedrich, surrendering four runs (two earned) in three and a third innings on four hits and three walks, also with no strikeouts. Wil Myers‘ two-RBI single scored Derek Norris and Travis Jankowski in the third inning, but Myers was thrown out trying to take second base. Ryan Schimpf‘s RBI single in the fourth inning scored Alex Dickerson. Dickerson and Schimpf then hit back-to-back solo home runs to begin the eighth inning. Yangervis Solarte drove in Myers with a single and Alexei Ramirez hit a bases-loaded double to drive in Solarte, Dickerson, and Schimpf in the ninth inning.
The Padres travel to Toronto for the first time ever to take on the Blue Jays (55-44) for three games at Rogers Centre. Colin Rea (5-4, 5.01) starts tonight at 4:07pm PDT against Aaron Sanchez (10-1, 2.87).
Trea Turner, just 22*, is currently hitting .333/.405/.508 in Double-A San Antonio, an affiliate in the San Diego Padres’ organization. Feels good to have a guy like that on the farm, doesn’t it?
The 2014 first-round draft pick hit well enough in his professional debut to crack a couple of top 100 prospect lists — he ranked 65th on Baseball America’s and 62nd on MLB.com’s prior to this season — OPSing .976 in 46 games at Single-A Fort Wayne in 2014. His prospect stock has only been on the rise this season, as Turner has successfully made the transition to Double-A ball, flashing plus contact skills, some pop, plenty of speed, and the defensive chops to stick at short.
There’s only one problem. Turner has a one-way flight booked for Washington, and by the middle of the month he’ll be a member of the Nationals’ organization. The not-so-secret player-to-be-named-later in last offseason’s three-team trade between the Padres, Nationals, and Rays — the one that netted the Padres Wil Myers — Turner has spent the past half-year in a strange baseball limbo, playing for a team that no longer wanted him. Thanks to an old baseball rule (since changed), Turner can’t officially be traded until one year after he signed his major league contract, which turns out to be June 13th, 2015.
Here’s some stuff I read this week that you might enjoy:
- Checking In On the Padres’ Defense (FanGraphs) – Jeff Sullivan revisits preseason concerns that San Diego’s gloves, or lack thereof, might pose a problem. Spoiler alert: oof. Dan Szymborski provides additional perspective as well. Wil Myers’ play in center field has been particularly brutal. On the bright side, Eno Sarris points out that Myers is finally healthy enough to cause damage with the bat.
- MLB Fixes the Trea Turner Problem for Everyone Else (FanGraphs) – As Dave Cameron notes, the 12-month waiting period for trading draftees has been reduced to “roughly five months.” However, Cameron’s assertion that “it was always a silly exercise to have to go through” ignores the historical context of this stipulation, which came into existence after Pete Incaviglia forced the Montreal Expos to trade him for pennies on the dollar. Owners hate lacking leverage in pretty much any situation. It makes them look bad. So they probably didn’t consider this a silly exercise. Which, come to think of it, kind of makes Cameron’s point.
- Padres’ pitching victim of Padres’ offense (U-T San Diego) – We’ve reached new levels of excuse making. Remember when the offense used to always be the problem? Well, now that the hitters are hitting, they are to blame for the pitchers not doing their job because “the need to act no longer exists.” Stupid hitters doing their job. Hey, maybe Austin Hedges won’t hit. Then the pitchers will need to act again. Whew, solving problems is hard.
- Is Yonder Alonso back on track? (Beyond the Boxscore) – Spencer Bingol wonders how much injuries have hurt Alonso’s production in the recent past. Bingol concludes that “he may never be a superstar, but finally healthy, Yonder Alonso can still be an above-average bat in a very difficult ballpark.” In other words, he might become the Lyle Overbay we all once dreamed he would become. Yay.
- Padres face big decision on Black’s future (Padres.com) – Skipper Bud Black is in the final year of his contract, and as Barry Bloom reminds us, Black’s services will be in demand. Bloom peppers his piece with quotes from Padres players and coaches, and even works in a fun dig at a previous management regime for letting Black’s predecessor, Bruce Bochy, walk in 2007. Rumors persist that Bochy has enjoyed some success since then.
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.
Raise your hand if you spent your Friday night rolling solo to a minor league baseball game. No one? Just me?
The bad news is that I don’t have a lot of friends in Ohio who care about baseball, let alone going to a Low-A game in late August to check in on a few prospects. The ones I do know would have wanted to leave after finding out Clint Frazier wasn’t going to be in the lineup for the Lake County Captains.
The good news is that I didn’t let that stop me from trekking across town to Eastlake to check in on the Padres Low-A affiliate Fort Wayne TinCaps for the second time this season. With a week before the season ends, it was my last chance to check out Padres first round draft pick Trea Turner before he’s promoted.
The verdict: he’s really good.
Living in Cleveland since 2006, I’ve been casually following the local NBA team, the Cavaliers, since my arrival. First, we had Lebron, and it was pretty cool. Then, all of a sudden, we had no Lebron, which wasn’t fun. Now we have Lebron again! It’s wild.
Wilder still, although the Cavs had the 9th worst record in the NBA last year, through the magic of the NBA draft lottery, they defied the odds and landed the 1st pick in this year’s draft. In the NBA, any team that doesn’t make the playoffs has a chance to win the #1 overall pick, and the Cavs lucked out, despite having less than a 2% chance of winning the lottery.
In MLB, there is no lottery, but there’s something almost as important. Teams who finish with the 10 worst records have their 1st round draft picks protected in the following year’s draft. That means those teams can sign a free agent who has received a qualifying offer from their current team without losing their first round draft pick. They’ll still forfeit a draft pick, but it will be a much less valuable 2nd round pick.
How much less valuable is a 2nd round pick? This year, the Padres paid their 1st round pick, Trea Turner, and over-slot bonus of $2.9 million. They also gave their 2nd round pick, Michael Gettys, an over-slot bonus, but of just $1.3 million. The gap only widens as you near the top of the draft, as top 10 picks in this year’s draft received bonuses up to $6.582 million, while no 2nd rounder got more than $1.8 million, and the highest slot value in the 2nd round was only $1.35 million.
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.
If there’s anything disconcerting about the San Diego Padres early selections from last week’s amateur draft – namely first-round shortstop Trea Turner and second-round outfielder Michael Gettys – it isn’t their talent.
The Padres took Turner 13th overall and he’s ranked 9th on Baseball America’s top 500. He’s a slick fielding shortstop with out-of-this-world speed and a solid offensive track-record at North Carolina State. Gettys, taken 51st overall and ranked 40th on BA’s big board, has a skill-set you can dream on. The Georgia prep outfielder has a big arm and, according to Baseball America’s scouting report, “plus raw power and 70 speed in the 60-yard dash.”
If everything works out – a common phrase when talking about untested draft picks – both Turner and Gettys, like many early-round selections, have a chance to be stars. Everything doesn’t often work out, however, and if there’s one negative both players have in common, it’s the big question mark surrounding their respective hit-tool.