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…)

Bud Black to Join NLCS Broadcast on FS1

Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Diego PadresFOX Sports announced this morning that for Game 1 of this year’s National League Championship Series, they will introduce a special alternate telecast focusing on statistics, sabermetrics and conversation.

The format will have a San Diego flair as Padres Manager Bud Black has been invited to join Kevin Burkhardt, Gabe Kabler and C.J. Nitkowski at the desk. The normal game broadcast will be on FOX, while this alternative will be shown on FS1 (find the channel on your cable/satellite provider here.) (more…)

REPORT: Padres Hold Private Workout for Yasmany Tomas

tomasBaseball America reported this afternoon that the team held a second private workout for Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas at the Padres Latin American facility in the Dominican Republic.

General Manager A.J. Preller along with VP of Scouting Operations, Don Welke and Vice President of Baseball Operations, Omar Minaya were all in attendance at yesterday’s private workout. (more…)

MLB Introduces Pace of Play Clock at AZ Fall League

arizona fall leagueMLB and the newly formed Pace of Play Committee announced last week that they will introduce initiatives that would be implemented at Arizona Fall League games.

With the AZ Fall league starting yesterday, here are some examples on how the initiatives were introduced. (more…)

Metrics Put the Ninja on Top

Arizona Diamondbacks v San Diego PadresBy Patrick Kurish (@PKurish)

We all know there is a lot that goes into the study of baseball sabermetrics. That being said, there is a particular metric that favors a certain Ninja.

Using the Defensive Misplays and Good Fielding Plays ratio (explained below), Alexi Amarista turned in a 2.57 (36 good plays/eight misplays + six errors), percentage points better than COL Troy Tulowitzki for the best rate among the 35 Major League shortstops with the most innings played during the 2014 season. (more…)

Storm Wins Cal League Organization of the Year

lake-elsinore-storm-eyesLate last week, the California League announced their 2014 Executive Awards and the among the winners was the Padres Single-A Affiliate, the Lake Elsinore Storm being awarded Organization of the Year.

As part of their year annual reading program titled CHARACTER COUNTS!, the team provided over $300,000 worth of tickets as part of an incentive for participating students. (more…)


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