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Red-hot Abrams belts 1st Double-A HR

@MannyOnMLB
May 9, 2021

The Padres have a lot of young talent on display in the Majors, but let's not forget there's more where that came from. CJ Abrams, the club's No. 2 prospect and No. 8 prospect overall per MLB Pipeline, reminded us of that Sunday when he launched his first Double-A home

Latest updates on CJ Abrams

Keeping tabs on the No. 8 overall prospect
May 9, 2021

May 9: First homer and three-hit performance Abrams launched his first Double-A home run as part of a 3-for-5 performance in San Antonio's 7-5 win over Corpus Christi. The two-run shot in the fifth inning sailed over the left-center field wall and demonstrated Abrams' opposite-field power. More »

Inbox: Is Abrams the Padres' top prospect?

Padres beat reporter AJ Cassavell answers questions from the fan base
@AJCassavell
May 5, 2021

SAN DIEGO -- The 2021 Padres season has already been a wild ride, and it's only five weeks old. Strap in. Five months to go. Let's get to some of your questions. How long until CJ Abrams overtakes MacKenzie Gore as the Padres' No. 1 prospect? -- Eric, San Diego

With SD rotation in flux, why not Gore?

@AJCassavell
May 3, 2021

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres insist the early test their rotation is facing isn't any bigger or more daunting than what they'd prepared for. They knew all along that the 2021 season would present a unique set of challenges -- and sure enough, the final two places in their starting

Where top SD prospects are starting 2021

@SamDykstraMiLB
May 3, 2021

With the Minor League season opening on Tuesday, here's where the Padres’ Top 30 Prospects are projected to start:

  1. MacKenzie Gore (MLB No. 6), LHP -- El Paso (Triple-A)
  2. CJ Abrams (MLB No. 8), SS -- San Antonio (Double-A)
  3. Luis Campusano (MLB No. 37), C -- El

Fun facts for every Low-A West team

California-based league home to beloved churros, ordained bears and reptile ghosts
@BensBiz
April 30, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the 11th -- and final -- edition of a league-by-league article

Nola activated; Campusano optioned

@AJCassavell
April 29, 2021

Austin Nola is back, and, at long last, the Padres can align their organizational catching depth the way they always envisioned this season. Nola was activated from the injured list on Wednesday before the Padres' 12-3 victory in Arizona, after missing the first four weeks of the season with a

Weathers exits early with arm soreness

@AJCassavell
April 29, 2021

Not that the Padres ever want to see a high-upside 21-year-old pitching prospect exit a start early because of arm trouble, but the Padres are optimistic that left-hander Ryan Weathers is OK after leaving his start early Wednesday night because of left arm soreness. Weathers pitched only the first inning

Weathers makes statement by silencing LA

@AJCassavell
April 23, 2021

LOS ANGELES -- Welcome to the rotation, Ryan Weathers. Maybe stay a while? On Thursday night, the Padres needed a big effort from their starter in the absolute worst way. They were reeling from a 1-5 homestand, their bullpen taxed after Dinelson Lamet's early exit the day before. • Box

Padres Minor League Spring Training report

@SamDykstraMiLB
April 19, 2021

Fernando Tatis Jr. and Chris Paddack made the Opening Day roster in 2019, having never seen Triple-A. Ryan Weathers was pushed to his Major League debut last postseason. Even this spring, Tucupita Marcano parlayed a strong Cactus League into a spot on the bench in The Show, and Luis Campusano

Fun facts for all 12 High-A Central teams

A dozen teams, six states and plenty of interesting nuggets from America's heartland
@BensBiz
April 14, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the sixth in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

Mercedes, Hosmer named Players of Week

@HarriganMLB
April 5, 2021

White Sox designated hitter Yermín Mercedes and Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer have been named the 2021 season’s first Players of the Week presented by Chevrolet. A 28-year-old with nearly 2,400 career plate appearances in the Minors, Mercedes made Chicago’s roster out of Spring Training and emerged from relative anonymity

Fun facts for all 10 Double-A Central teams

Stan the Man, prairie dogs, possums, burger-inspired ballparks and so much more
@BensBiz
April 5, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the third in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

One fun fact for all 10 Triple-A West teams

Explore a league populated by zombies, rockers, insects and iconic Homers
@BensBiz
April 1, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly-named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the second in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique fact

Notes: Weathers on team; injury updates

@AJCassavell
March 29, 2021

A surprise callup to the Padres' postseason roster last October, Ryan Weathers already has his first playoff appearance and his first playoff strikeout under his belt. Now he has made his first Opening Day roster, too. Weathers' relentless upward trajectory continued on Monday as Padres manager Jayce Tingler announced that

No shortage of confidence as Padres eye '21

@AJCassavell
March 26, 2021

PEORIA, Ariz. -- It’s Wil Myers’ seventh Spring Training in Peoria. This one, says the longest-tenured Padre, wasn't like the rest of them. "The big thing coming into this year is that we already have that winning culture," Myers said. "It's definitely different. ... It's not ‘hopeful’ this year. It's

Notes: Step forward for versatile Weathers

@AJCassavell
March 20, 2021

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Let's just say the pressure was different the last time Ryan Weathers took the mound against the Dodgers. It was Game 1 of the National League Division Series, and Weathers was uniquely tasked with making his Major League debut in the midst of the postseason. The wide-eyed

Spring Training questions left for Padres

@AJCassavell
March 19, 2021

PEORIA, Ariz. -- After an off-day Friday for the Padres, it's a sprint to the Cactus League finish line. With 10 games left, these five important questions still need to be answered: 1. Which young arms make a roster push? What a delightful -- and novel -- conundrum for Padres

Here are the Padres' 2021 Top 30 Prospects

@AJCassavell
March 18, 2021

The Padres entered 2020 intent on finally making the most out of their elite farm system. Did they ever. En route to their first postseason appearance in 14 seasons, San Diego called up 10 players from its 2020 preseason Top 30 prospects list. As the Padres reshaped their roster into

Abrams, Marcano avoid early roster cuts

@AJCassavell
March 17, 2021

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres made their first batch of spring roster moves on Wednesday, sending 25 players to Minor League camp. The moves -- all of which can be found here -- came with few surprises and left the Padres’ big league Spring Training roster at 52 players. Here

Notes: Gore's command; Johnson; Musgrove

@AJCassavell
March 16, 2021

PEORIA, Ariz. -- It's not too late for MacKenzie Gore to make a late-spring push for a spot on the Padres' roster. But first, he needs to cut it out with all those walks. Gore, MLB Pipeline's top-ranked pitching prospect, posted his cleanest outing of the spring on Tuesday. But

Exit velo on this SD prospect's HR was what?!

@AJCassavell
March 10, 2021

Here's the full list of Major Leaguers who hit a home run last season harder than the one 20-year-old Padres prospect Joshua Mears hit on Wednesday at Salt River Fields: Giancarlo Stanton and Rowdy Tellez. And that's it. Since they selected Mears in the second round of the 2019 Draft,

Young left-handers have clear opportunities

@AJCassavell
March 10, 2021

The future seems undeniably bright for MacKenzie Gore, Ryan Weathers and Adrian Morejon -- the trio of 22-and-under left-handers in Padres camp this spring. But that future is of little concern to the Padres right now. In the present, there are roster spots to be won. And suddenly all three

Gore makes the most of his second inning

@AJCassavell
March 4, 2021

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Disregard the results -- they were two innings in early March. But if MacKenzie Gore's up-and-down Cactus League debut is any indication, his path to a big league breakthrough should be crystal clear. More of that second inning. Less of the first. Gore's fastball was lively but

CJ Abrams showing why he's a top prospect

@AJCassavell
March 4, 2021

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Three years ago, a wiry 19-year-old shortstop arrived at Padres camp looking to make an impact. No, there wasn't any realistic chance that Fernando Tatis Jr. would crack the big league roster that spring. He'd barely spent any time playing pro ball. But Tatis made an impact