Padres Name Sam Geaney Director of Player Development

Blue_SDThe Padres announced this morning that they have named Sam Geaney director of player development. Gearney joins the Padres from the Oakland Athletics organization and served as coordinator of international scouting since 2012.

Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller made the announcement.

Official release: (more…)

Trevor Hoffman NL Reliever of the Year Honor to be Awarded Tonight

hoffmanThe first ever Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year award will be awarded to the best relief pitcher in the NL prior to tonight’s Game two of the World Series.

Alongside the NL award, the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year award will also be presented this evening.  (more…)

Padres Announce Change to Coaching Staff

sdPadres Executive Vice President and General Manager A.J. Preller today announced that six members of Manager Bud Black‘s coaching staff will be returning for the 2015 season and Phil Plantier will be replaced as hitting coach.

Among the returning members of Black’s staff are bench coach Dave Roberts, pitching coach Darren Balsley, third base coach Glenn Hoffman, first base coach Jose Valentin, bullpen coach Willie Blair and assistant hitting coach Alonzo Powell(more…)

Baseball America’s 2014 Padres Draft Report Card

2014-Draft1At the beginning of every offseason, Baseball America analyzes the draftees of each Major League team and John Manuel has released the Padres report card for 2014.

Fifth round draft pick Auston Bousfield was rated as the best pure hitter. Bousfield plays the outfield and according to Manuel, “Repeats his low-maintenance swing and uses the whole field and has a mature approach.” (more…)

What 2015 Has in Store for Yasmani Grandal

Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Diego PadresWhile the regular season well in the rearview, there are a few Padres that look get plenty of off-season work in during winter ball in the Caribbean. One of those Padres is catcher turned first baseman Yasmani Grandal.

Dennis Lin of UT San Diego recently wrote about what Grandal will look to improve on during the off-season while playing for the  Toros del Este in the Dominican League. (more…)

Padres Announce Changes to Player Development Staff

sdPadres Executive Vice President and General Manager A.J. Preller today announced changes to the organization’s player development staff.

Vice President of Player Development Randy Smith will transition into a new role as senior advisor, baseball operations, with a focus on scouting. (more…)

SS Turner, RF Renfroe off to Fast Starts in AFL

Turner_TreaBy Bill Center

Shortstop Trea Turner and right fielder Hunter Renfroe, the Padres’ first-round picks in the two most recent amateur drafts, are off to fast starts in the Arizona Fall League.

Turner, the 13th overall pick in last June’s draft, is 4-for-11 with three RBIs and two steals in three games for the Surprise Saguaros. Turner, 21, is eligible to play Wednesdays and Saturdays in the AFL as a “taxi squad” player.

Renfroe, 22, who, coincidentally, was the 13th overall pick of the 2013 draft, is hitting .292 (7-for-24) with two doubles, a home run, four RBIs and five runs scored in seven AFL games to date. (more…)

Home of the TinCaps Ranked No. 1 in Minor League Baseball

FW TIN CAPS (for 2015) JF-6For the third time in the last four years, Parkview Field, home of the Padres single-A affiliate has been named America’s Top-Rated Minor League Park according to Stadium Journey magazine.

Parkview Field was named best ballpark in 2011 and 2012 and came in second place to Pensacola last year.

Official release out of Fort Wayne: (more…)

Mooney Brings Back Padres Apparel for SNL’s “Inside SoCal” Segment

Washington Nationals vs San Diego PadresEarlier this season, San Diegan Kyle Mooney hosted a Saturday Night Live segment in which Padres hats were featured. This past Saturday, the hats were seen again on an episode of “Inside SoCal” on the popular late-night show.

Earlier today, Gaslamp Ball wrote about and provided the segment for Padres fans to see. Kyle Mooney grew up in San Diego and threw out the ceremonial first pitch earlier this season alongside his father who is a Padres season ticket member. (more…)

Fort Wayne on Ballot for Two MiLBY Awards

fort wayne tincapsThe Padres Single-A Affiliate Fort Wayne TinCaps have been nominated for two MiLBY Awards which represent the best in Minor League Baseball. Outfielder Mallex Smith is up for Top Offensive Player and Parkview Field’s “geyser” is being considered for Best Blooper.

Fans are encouraged to vote on 13 different categories through Thursday, October 23rd here. (more…)

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