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Mejias-Brean walk-off gives Barajas first win

@AJCassavell
September 22, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- In no uncertain terms, the final week of the Padres’ season has become an audition for 2020 and beyond. In his second game as manager, Rod Barajas trotted out a lineup filled with future roster hopefuls. Lately, the organization has asked those fringe players to make a

'Rod is a great dude': SD players love Barajas 

@AJCassavell
September 22, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- A fascinating managerial search looms in San Diego this offseason, and Padres interim manager Rod Barajas has an eight-game head start on the competition. Barajas took over managerial duties on Saturday, when Andy Green was dismissed after four years at the helm. There's every indication that Barajas

6 potential candidates for Padres' manager gig

@AJCassavell
September 22, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- For the first time in four years, there's a managerial opening in San Diego. The Padres parted ways with manager Andy Green on Saturday, sparking a search for a new skipper that will extend into the offseason. The job is a bit more appealing than it was

After Green's ouster, Padres turn focus to roster

@AJCassavell
September 22, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- Hours before first pitch Saturday night, the Padres announced they had parted ways with manager Andy Green. The move was the culmination of a disappointing second half and unmet expectations for 2019. But Green’s removal alone won’t fix several glaring holes on the San Diego roster. With

One breakout player from every team

@williamfleitch
September 22, 2019

Not every player hits the ground running the minute they arrive in the Majors. Remember, Mike Trout hit .220 in his first season in the big leagues. But once he became Mike Trout, everyone knew it. He had his breakthrough season. And when you have your breakthrough season, it’s impossible

Padres Arizona Fall League updates

September 22, 2019

Six Padres prospects are playing for the Peoria Javelinas in the 2019 Arizona Fall League: Catcher Luis Campusano (No. 6), shortstop Owen Miller (No. 10), third baseman Hudson Potts (No. 11), left-hander Elliot Ashbeck, left-hander Osvaldo Hernandez and left-hander Reiss Knehr.

Padres dismiss manager Andy Green

@AJCassavell
September 21, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- At the start of Andy Green's managerial tenure four years ago, the Padres embarked on an organizational overhaul. They traded prominent veteran pieces for prospects, starting a rebuilding process that they knew would take several years to complete. Early Saturday morning -- amid an immensely disappointing second

Padres job will attract major managing talents

Bevy of solid veterans and young talent have team in good position for next skipper
September 22, 2019

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres. The next manager of the San Diego Padres will not inherit an empty pantry. • Padres dismiss manager Green The Padres have some respected veterans, and a corps of talented young players with more on the

Here is every MLB team's best rookie in 2019

September 22, 2019

It has been an incredible season for rookie talent, with first-year players across the Majors hitting the ground running after making the jump to baseball's highest level. According to MLB.com's 30 beat writers, here is every team's most valuable rookie in 2019. (Players' 2019 seasonal ages listed.)

Rookie year a win-win for Paddack, Padres

@AJCassavell
September 20, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- When the Padres named Chris Paddack to their Opening Day rotation, they faced a daunting task. Here was a promising 23-year-old rookie who had earned his place in the starting five. But he had thrown only 90 innings in 2018, his first year back from Tommy John

Pipeline names Padres Prospects of the Year

@AJCassavell
September 19, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- Even in a crowded Padres farm system widely regarded as the best in baseball, left-hander MacKenzie Gore and catcher Luis Campusano stood out this year. On Thursday, they were recognized by MLB Pipeline as the Padres' Pitching and Hitting Prospects of the Year, respectively. Gore is arguably

Lauer solid for six, but Padres otherwise wobbly

@AJCassavell
September 21, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres spent the first half of the 2019 season as a franchise rejuvenated. Boasting a roster filled with exciting young talent, they started the year strong, then hovered around contention as the season ticked into June and July. They envisioned big things down the stretch. They

30 AFL sleeper prospects -- 1 for each team

@wboor and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
September 19, 2019

The Arizona Fall League annually showcases many of baseball's top prospects. Gleyber Torres, Ronald Acuña and Keston Hiura have won the last three MVP awards as a prelude to big league success, and other recent participants include Cody Bellinger, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Victor Robles. • Arizona Fall League rosters

Throwing strikes opens door for Gerardo Reyes

Notes on Hosmer/Machado slumps, Urías, Myers, Martini
September 20, 2019

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres. The sixth call from the Padres this season might have opened the door to the Major Leagues for 26-year-old right-handed reliever Gerardo Reyes. Things did not go well for the Mexican native during his first five

Padres prove to be a tough out for Brewers

Lucchesi the latest SD starter to showcase electric stuff in series
September 19, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- With a week and a half to go in the regular season, the Brewers are keeping a watchful eye on the Nationals and the Cubs as they jockey for a National League Wild Card berth. A year from now, though, Brewers manager Craig Counsell and his players might

Lamet strikes out career-high 14 vs. Brewers

September 19, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- The Padres hope to be a year from now where the Brewers currently find themselves: smack in the middle of a September playoff race. If the Padres keep pitching the way they have against the Brewers this week, it’s not difficult to imagine that scenario unfolding next fall.

Richards, Paddack and Lamet give Padres hope

Notes on Yates, Renfroe, Reyes, Wingenter
September 19, 2019

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres. Baseball’s crystal ball doesn’t offer a clear look at the future. It gives you a forecast, sometimes just a clue or a hint. But what the Padres have seen the past three days from starting right-handed

Hunger games: Padres give time to callups

Mejias-Brean starts at shortstop; Jankowski bats leadoff
September 18, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- Manager Andy Green added some new faces to the Padres' lineup Wednesday as the team, eliminated from postseason contention, turns its focus toward chasing a playoff spot in 2020. Topping the batting order was center fielder Travis Jankowski, who spent most of the year recovering from a broken

Paddack in top form in his final 2019 start

Righty caps rookie year with five innings of one-hit ball
September 18, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- Chris Paddack knew there was a good chance Tuesday night could mark the last time he stepped on a mound for the 2019 season. If it was, he wanted to make it count. And after striking out nine while allowing just one hit in the Padres’ 3-1 loss

Renfroe, Mejía available again for Friars

September 18, 2019

MILWAUKEE – Right fielder Hunter Renfroe was back in the Padres' lineup Tuesday night against the Brewers, more than a week after he was sidelined by a right ankle sprain. It was the latest in a series of injuries that Renfroe has worked through during the second half. He was

Top prospects underway in Arizona Fall League

@JonathanMayo
September 19, 2019

For nearly three decades, the Arizona Fall League has had a very simple mission: Help finish the development process by getting Minor League prospects ready for the big leagues. That process began again on Wednesday night as the 28th season of the AFL got underway with games in Glendale, Mesa

Richards gives Padres a look toward 2020

Right-hander fans 5 in first appearance since July 2018
September 16, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- Officially eliminated from postseason contention with a 5-1 loss to the Brewers on Monday night at Miller Park, the San Diego Padres can now set their sights on the 2020 season -- one that's expected to be a turning point for the franchise. And Monday, the Padres got