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5 questions for Padres before Opening Day

@AJCassavell
7:58 AM PDT

PEORIA, Ariz. -- There's only a week remaining before the Padres host the Giants on Opening Day to open the Manny Machado era at Petco Park. That means, for all the remaining roster decisions, the Padres have only seven days to make them. With that in mind, here's a breakdown

'In Preller We Trust': SD confident entering '19

@AJCassavell
March 20, 2019

PEORIA, Ariz. -- By now you've probably heard all about the bright future in San Diego. The Padres own the sport's best farm system, and they added a superstar third baseman last month. Practically every major contributor in San Diego is under team control for four more seasons. The vision

Machado hits first spring Padres homer

@AJCassavell
March 20, 2019

PEORIA, Ariz. -- For the second time this spring, Manny Machado crushed a baseball into the left-field bullpen at Peoria Stadium. For the first time, it counted. Machado -- whose first dinger as a Padre was wiped out of the Cactus League record books by an eventual rainout -- went

Strahm makes big statement in rotation bid

Myers stays hot with homer; Padres' bullpen struggles vs. Brewers
@AJCassavell
March 20, 2019

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Pencil Matt Strahm into the Padres' Opening Day rotation. Heck, it might be safe to use pen. The 27-year-old left-hander further solidified his case for one of three available starting jobs during San Diego's 10-7 loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday at the Peoria Sports Complex. Strahm needed

1 player per team who changed minds in camp

@RichardJustice
March 20, 2019

There’s the guy who emerges from the pack and plays his way into the conversation. Sometimes, it’s a raw kid; other times, a veteran some had written off. To many of us, this is the most fun thing about Spring Training. With that in mind, let’s check out some of

Top 10 first basemen of the decade (so far)

@williamfleitch
March 20, 2019

MLB.com columnist Will Leitch’s series on the Data Decade, closing out this remarkable decade of baseball, runs every other Wednesday. Today, we look at the 10 best first basemen of the decade. • Previous stories in this series: Best 10 catchers In many ways, the first baseman has lost some

Despite rocky start, Paddack still eyes rotation

Padres right-hander allows 4 runs in Minor League game
@AJCassavell
March 19, 2019

PEORIA, Ariz. -- For all his dominance this spring, Padres prospect Chris Paddack was destined to come down to earth at some point. Surprisingly, his first spring speed bump came Tuesday against Mariners Minor Leaguers -- though the 23-year-old right-hander remains a strong favorite for the season-opening rotation. Paddack threw

The latest Fernando Tatis Jr. news

March 20, 2019

The Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr., MLB's No. 2 overall prospect, got off to a slow start in 2018, hitting just .177 in April, but picked it up in May (.336), June (.330) and July (.295) before a fractured left thumb prematurely ended his season. He returned to action in the

Nix to miss 2 months with strained UCL (source)

Wieck could pitch this weekend; Renfroe returns to lineup
@AJCassavell
March 20, 2019

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres right-hander Jacob Nix has been diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm and will be sidelined for at least two months, according to team sources. Over the next few days, Nix will meet with Dr. Neal ElAttrache for a second opinion before

Reyes emerges as the Padres' middle man

Outfielder comes on strong as rookie, now has claim on cleanup spot
@AJCassavell
March 18, 2019

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- There's some legitimate star power in the heart of the Padres' lineup this year. Manny Machado, Wil Myers and Eric Hosmer anchor a revamped offense that could be the best in San Diego in more than a decade. It's an offense filled with big names and big-name

Breaking down every team's closer situation

March 20, 2019

Teams can have solid starting pitching, strong middle relief and a potent offense, but if they don’t have a closer waiting in the bullpen to finish off games, wins won’t be easy to come by. And while not every club has an Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen waiting in the

Top prospects: Who's still up? Who got cut?

@GoldenSombrero and @_dadler
9:40 AM PDT

Many of the game’s top prospects had a chance to gain experience and show what they could do against Major League competition during Spring Training, but Opening Day is near, and teams are whittling down their rosters. Most of the prospects remaining in camp are either already assured of a

Padres shuffle starting pitchers as opener looms

Paddack pushed back a day; Mitchell drops out of rotation picture
@AJCassavell
March 18, 2019

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres made a few decisions regarding their wide-open rotation race on Monday morning. They also opened the door for a few other questions to be asked. Righty prospect Chris Paddack had his start pushed back a day, meaning Robbie Erlin took the ball Monday in Goodyear

Potts among cuts, but he impresses Padres

His bat inspires confidence, though his future position is uncertain
@AJCassavell
March 17, 2019

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Third-base prospect Hudson Potts arrived in Peoria last month with little chance to break camp with the Padres. Then, four days after the full squad reported, Manny Machado arrived, cementing that fact. Indeed, the 20-year-old Potts will not break with the big league club. He was reassigned

The coolest jersey to own from each team

@williamfleitch
March 17, 2019

Some of us own too many baseball jerseys. We're suckers for it. I own more than I care to admit. But of course, a great jersey is so much more than just an article of clothing. I actually buy a new one every year. With that in mind, we take

Allen, Quantrill making case to join staff

Green on opportunity for young starters: 'It's there. Take it.'
@AJCassavell
March 16, 2019

PEORIA, Ariz. -- There's at least one place available in the San Diego starting five right now. Possibly as many as three. Sitting squarely on the rotation bubble are lefty Logan Allen and righty Cal Quantrill, and with 35 miles separating them Saturday, the two prospects took the mound in

These 9 spring stat lines shouldn't be ignored

@mattkellyMLB
March 16, 2019

Spring Training statistics, as a rule, should never be taken seriously. Last spring's standout performers, for example, included Jose Pirela, Cheslor Cuthbert and Carlos Asuaje. But while statistics this time of year can be cartoonish, perhaps there are lessons we can take away from players who either set new bars

Paddack, Lucchesi among Opening Day options

@AJCassavell
March 15, 2019

PEORIA, Ariz. -- In each of his first three seasons as Padres manager, Andy Green sat down with his coaching staff early in spring and meticulously mapped a plan for his Opening Day starter. The idea was to get that starter into an every-five-days progression before his first outing of

Hedges, Mejia have Padres loaded at catcher

@AJCassavell
March 14, 2019

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres don't think you're using the right conjunction to describe their long-term catching situation. It isn't Austin Hedges or Francisco Mejía . It's Austin Hedges and Francisco Mejia.

Lauer nearly perfect in outing vs. Brewers

@AJCassavell
March 15, 2019

PHOENIX -- It'd been 15 days since Eric Lauer last appeared in a Cactus League game. "Been a while," Lauer quipped Friday afternoon after facing the Brewers. "Too long." Sure didn't look like it.

Saturday's top prospect performers

@wboor
March 16, 2019

Cardinals’ fans got an encouraging glimpse of the future on Saturday as four members of the Cardinals Top 30 Prospects list drove in runs in an 8-5 win over the Nationals. Nolan Gorman, the Cardinals’ No. 2 prospect and first-round pick (19th overall) from the 2018 Draft, made his presence

Perdomo looks to light it up out of 'pen

@AJCassavell
March 15, 2019

PEORIA, Ariz. -- If Luis Perdomo breaks camp with the Padres, it won't be as a starter. It might not even be as a long man. Lately, the Padres have begun experimenting with Perdomo as a one-inning option out of their bullpen. They want to see Perdomo use his slider

Evaluating the Padres' 10 rotation candidates

@AJCassavell
March 14, 2019

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Starting Wednesday, the Padres have three trips through their spring rotation remaining before the season begins with a March 28 showdown against the Giants. San Diego entered camp with 12 pitchers in the mix, and thus far, only two have been ruled out. Luis Perdomo is being

30 prospects crushing it this spring -- 1 per team

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
March 14, 2019

Any talk of Spring Training performances must be prefaced with the “small sample size” caveat. Good or bad, Grapefruit and Cactus League numbers don’t necessarily correlate to regular-season production. But for prospects in big league camp, even those not competing for spots on the Major League roster, getting at-bats or