The 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.
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Alongside the NL award, the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year award will also be presented this evening. (more…)
Padres 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…)
At 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…)
While 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.
Vice President of Player Development Randy Smith will transition into a new role as senior advisor, baseball operations, with a focus on scouting. (more…)
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…)
For 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.
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The 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.