Do The Giants Have The Worst Lineup In All Of Baseball?

*Kevin Pillar is not a member of the 2020 San Francisco Giants – This is a recycled image from an old article.

On January 30th, Bradford Doolittle wrote an article for ESPN+ ranking the best MLB lineups. I opened the link and scrolled all the way down to the bottom – anticipating the Giants to be the last team on the list. I was surprised to see they were in fact not the worst lineup in baseball…only the 5th worst. Here is a screenshot of how the Giants are ranked:

Obviously, things have changed since January 30th. The Giants made a few additions since then – Hunter Pence, Pablo Sandoval, and Billy Hamilton. Not that any of those additions truly impact this roster.

I decided to take a look at the other bottom feeder rosters – would I prefer to have any of the lineups from teams ranked below the Giants? Long story short, yes I would.

The Royals come in just below the Giants – but honestly…are they worse? At the top of the lineup they have Whit Merrifield, one of the best hitters in baseball. He is followed by speedy Adalberto and a big hoss in Hunter Dozier. Jorge Soler and Salvy Perez are joined in the middle of the lineup by Alex Gordon. They have Maikel Franco in the eighth spot – who hit 17 HR last year, good enough for 4th on the 2019 Giants.

This one is easy. I would take Blackmon, Dahl, Arenado, Story, and Murphy in a heartbeat.

Yikes, this one is gross. OK so I finally found one lineup worse than the Giants.

I somehow found myself at two Orioles games last summer – some of these boys can hit. Alberto, Mancini, Santander and Nunez put up solid ABs. Hell, Wilkerson can even throw and inning or two. With that being said, I’d still rather watch the Giants hit than see the bottom half of this lineup.

Wrap-Up

The Giants lineup is gross, but not the grossest in baseball. There are clearly two teams below them – the Orioles, and Tigers. I can safely say that the Giants have one of the top 28 lineups in all of baseball.

– Buzz

WHAT ARE THE GIANTS DOING!? WHY DID WE SIGN HUNTER PENCE!?

I have no idea what is going on with this ball club. From a baseball and organizational perspective I have no clue how this can benefit the franchise. I understand that Pence was a great player and clubhouse guy – but it is time to move on from the ’10, ’12, and ’14 seasons. If we are going into full re-build mode then it doesn’t make any sense for us to sign a 36 year old outfielder. Even if he is brought in at the league minimum salary – he is taking ABs away from our future outfielders.

The Dodgers – who already had better outfielders across the board – went out and got Mookie Betts. We brought back Hunter Pence.

– Buzz.

New Balance Is Releasing The Coolest Baseball Cleats And Flops

I was getting reading for work today and scrolling Twitter, like I usually do while I eat breakfast. I came across the following tweet from Darren Rovell:

My first reaction was “Wow, those are awesome.” I just think this is really cool – I don’t have anything snarky or witty to say about this. Gimmicky cheesy stuff like this is one of the many reasons why I love baseball.

These are a must buy for me – as some of you know, I’m a big time gear guy. As a semi professional independent league baseball player I try to have the best swag. Most of the time I am rocking un-matching cleats that I snag at Ross or Burlington Coat Factory.

I may finally have to buy a pair at full retail price.

– Buzz

MLB Playoffs 2019: The Definitive Prediction Special Edition Exclusive

Playoff baseball starts tomorrow. The last few months of the season have been quite a lull for me. Following my roadtrip – the Giants stopped playing competitive baseball and fell out of contention. The organization has been milking the Bochy retirement for all it is worth – and now our season is over.

Just because the Giants season is over does not mean that baseball is done. We have finally made it to the playoffs. The time of the year when we get to see the best teams square off. Also, the time of the year when Mike Trout starts his vacation – because he is never in the playoffs. If he was really that good, wouldn’t the Angels be perennial contenders? That is a post for another day.

Here we go – my thoughts on each series, and who I think will win the 2019 World Series.

Wildcard Round

Brewers @ Nationals

We have Brandon Woodruff facing Max Scherzer on the mound. I am not sure if I really need to write more about this. Scherzer is one of the best pitchers in the game, who else would you rather have on the mound in a win or go home situation? (Madison Bumgarner/Justin Verlander)

Nats win.

Rays @ Athletics

This is an interesting game. These are two teams I pull for year in and year out. Small budget teams able to put together consistent playoff seasons. It is really too bad that they are playing in a wildcard game. I think that playing in Oakland will be a huge advantage in this one. The fans will be electric. Marcus Semien is also one of the most underrated players in the game.

Athletics win.

Division Series

Twins @ Yankees

Two teams that hit over 300 homeruns! Can either team pitch though? The Twins are 0-5 in the playoffs against the Yankees. I think this is the year they end that streak.

Twins in 5.

Cardinals @ Braves

This is the most interesting series for me. I love both of these offenses. I think that the Cardinals have greatly underachieved this year – they have a solid mix of veteran and young bats throughout their lineup. I have been waiting for Goldschmidt to go off this season – I think that him and DeJong have a great series. The Braves have a similar mix of their own on offense, and are even more explosive with Freeman, Acuña, and Donaldson. The difference in this series is going to be the pitching – something tells me that the young arms for the Cardinals will show up – especially with Yadi behind the plate.

Cardinals in 4.

Athletics @ Astros

The Astros should sweep the Athletics. I do not see the A’s being able to take down Verlander, Cole or Greinke. Especially after burning their own ace in the Wildcard round.

Astros in 3.

Nationals @ Dodgers

The Dodgers have the experience, the pitching, the bats, the everything. The Nationals never live up to their ridiculous expectations. I give the edge to the Dodgers, especially with Scherzer not throwing game 1 for the Nats.

Dodgers in 4.

Championship Series

Twins @ Astros

The Astros are a complete baseball team, the Twins are still a few years away. The Twins will come back to earth after a big series win over the Yankees, The Astros will keep chugging along on their way to the World Series.

Astros in 5.

Cardinals @ Dodgers

The Dodgers have a better offense and a better pitching staff. I think the trio of Kershaw, Ryu, and Buehler will be hard to get past. The Cardinals are relying on a couple of young arms that are not quite experienced enough to get them over the hump.

Dodgers in 5.

World Series

Dodgers @ Astros

Oh man. A rematch of the 2017 World Series. The Dodgers will be returning for their third straight appearance, and playing to win their first title since 1988. So will this year be any different than the last two years?

Yes. I think this is where the Dodgers get over the hump. Why? They have to. This is their chance to avoid being Baseball’s Buffalo Bills. Clayton Kershaw will have an electric series and finally put to bed all of his questionable appearances in the postseason.

Dodgers in 6.

Wrap Up

For entertainment purposes – I truly hope I am wrong with my predictions. I would love a Rays vs Brewers World Series, or Braves vs Athletics World Series. I am rooting for new story lines to come out of the playoffs this year and for new stars to be born.

Who do you think will end their 2019 season in a parade?

– Buzz

Fixing The Franchise: The San Diego Padres – The 2019-2020 Offseason

The 2019 season has come and gone – and a young Padres team has put the league on notice. We went from pretender to contender in just a season and are looking to build on that momentum. Will we stick with the current roster – allowing our players to build on their minor postseason success – or will we make the necessary moves to become the World Series favorite?

Retriements

  • Padres – 3B Greg Garcia – Injury
  • Yankees – SP J.A. Happ – Ability
  • Yankees – SP C.C. Sabathia – Age
  • Angels – 1B Albert Pujols – Age
  • Cardinals – CF Dexter Fowler – Ability
  • Cardinals – SP Adam Wainwright – Ability
  • Dodgers – SP Rich Hill – Age
  • FA – SP Bartolo Colon – Age
  • FA – RF Jacoby Ellsbury – Poor Free Agent Market
  • FA – RF Ichiro Suzuki – Age

Hall of Fame

No arguments here. Both players are well deserving of their place in Cooperstown.

Coaching Staff

We decided to let Andy Green go as manager with two years left on his contract. I expected him to go further in the playoffs after putting together the best roster in the league. I extended an offer to former World Series champion manager A.J. Hinch – he took the Royals job. I also offered Luis Rivera the 3rd base coach job – he accepted. After being turned down by Hinch, I offered Terry Francona the job next – he accepted. With his experience, I am hoping he can take our talent to the next level.

Exclusive Free Agent Window

PlayerAgePos.Ovr.Pot.Yrs.Sal.Contract
Hector Rondon32RP84C1$3.2M$3.2M
Stephen Vogt35C70C1$1.7M$1.7M

Hector Rondon put up great numbers for me from the bullpen. I also love getting Stephen Vogt back – for me he is one of the best pinch hitters in the game – he also gives us some more time to develop Adley Rutschman in the minors.

Around The League

PlayerTeamPos.YrsContract
Madison BumgarnerGiantsSP5$75.48M
Anthony RendonNationals3B6$180.6M
Gerrit ColeAstrosSP6$137.4M
Marcell OzunaCardinalsLF4$52.06M
Jameson TaillonPiratesSP6$9.6M
Jonathan SchoopTwins2B2$17.4M
Rick PorcelloRed SoxSP3$19.2M

Nothing too shocking here. Anthony Rendon got a huge deal with the Nationals – but they are in a better place than I am with Machado – as their deal is only for six seasons. I still have Machado for nine more years.

November 7th

Target: Get Rid of Manny Machado

I know that Manny Machado is one of the best talents in baseball, but I refuse to be locked in to a player that put up 1.9 WAR in 2019 for $30M a year. I am going to go for a big move here. I am pretty limited by what I can move Machado for, I have to find a player that has an equivalent salary. My options are Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera, Giancarlo Stanton, Chris Sale, Zach Greinke, and…

Player AgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedAgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Manny Machado2794AAngelsMike Trout28CF99A
Ender Inciarte2983B

Mike Freaking Trout. Wow. I am shocked that I was able to put together a package the Angles would consider – let alone accept. From a purely financial perspective – I trade away $35.6M for $35.8M. From a baseball perspective – I trade away what I viewed as a flawed talent with a crippling contract for the best player in the game. Inciarte become expendable because I no longer need him in center field.

Arbitration and Re-Sign Controllable Players

  • Arbitration Offered: LF Joc Pederson (signed at $4M), RP Adam Conley (signed at $1.5M), SS Tim Beckham (signed at $1.4M)

Contracts offered: (all but two were accepted)

PlayerAgePos.Ovr.Pot.Yrs.Sal.Contract
Matt Duffy293B75B2$3.4M$6.8M
Jonathan Holder26RP79B5$1.3M$6.5M
Robert Stock30RP80C2$550K$1.1M
Joey Lucchesi26SP77B5$2.4M$12M
*Andrew Toles27LF73B3$1.0M$3M
*Adley Rutschman22C72A6$3.2M$19M
Wander Franco19SS72A5$3.2M$16M
Jose Pirela301B71C1$530K$530K
Matt Wisler27RP70B1$530K$530K
Alexander Palma23RF69A3$530K$1.5M
Ryan Weathers20SP69A3$530K$1.5M
Luis Pedromo26SP68B4$400K$2M
Brendan McKay24SP68A3$466K$1.4M
Luis Patino20SP68A3$333K$1M
Mackenzie Gore21SP68A3$333K$1M
Freicer Perez24SP65B3$100K$300K
Mason Englert20SP61B3$100K$300K

*Did not accept – contract renewed at league minimum.

Free Agency: Offers

After trading away Machado for Trout I now had a hole in my infield at 3rd base. Matt Duffy was coming back – and had a solid year last year. He did play a limited role and I am unsure if he can handle full time duties at 3rd base. I prefer to have Duffy as infield depth.

PlayerAgePos.Ovr.Pot.Yrs.Sal.Contract
Josh Donaldson343B79B1$600K$600K
Ben Zobrist383B79A2$4.6M$9.2M
Nelson Cruz39RF72A1$600K$600K
*Kevin Pillar31CF75C1$600K$600K
Gio Urshela283B78C1$1.5M$1.5M
Danny Santana29SS73C1$600K$600K
Nick Markakis36RF75B1$600K$600K
Zach Plesac24SP70C1$100K$100K
Stephen Yang19SP67D1$70K$70K
Lewis Roe20RP67D1$60K$60K
Matthew Beam19RP66C1$70K$70K
Joel Cabrera19RP62D1$60K$60K
Otis McClendon20RP 62D1$60K$60K
Kevin Canales20RP61D1$60K$60K
Orlando Gonzalez18RP60D1$60K$60K
James Travis20C73C1$80K$80K
Jason Delay24C63C1$60K$60K
Santiago Chavez24C61C1$60K$60K
Aderlin Rodriguez281B60C1$60K$60K
Andres Cabrera182B68C1$70K$70K
Kyle Overstreet261B58C1$60K$60K
Jeter Downs212B64C1$60K$60K
Joel Ramirez183B62C1$60K$60K
Alan Meeks21SS70C1$60K$60K
Paul Hu18LF49C1$60K$60K
Devlin Granberg24LF51B1$60K$60K
Bernardo Rodriguez21CF70D1$60K$60K
Estevan Melendez19RF70D1$60K$60K
Jose Acevedo20RF64C1$60K$60K
Oliver Molina18RP60D1$60K$60K
Rickey Dubois20RP58D1$60K$60K
Seungwhan Oh37RP79A1$600K$600K
  • I initially offered Donaldson $9M over two years. Zobrist accepted his offer first, so I pulled the offer from Donaldson. I was able to get both players when Donaldson was still sitting there towards the end of free agency and took a discounted deal.
  • Kevin Pillar signed with the White Sox.
  • Everyone else on that list signed with us.

Free Agents Around The League

PlayerTeamPos.YrsContract
Will SmithCubsCP6$33.3M
Yasmani GrandalPiratesC6$57.7M
Steve CishekBravesRP2$16.1M
Dallas KeuchelCubsSP1$6.1M
Corey DickersonDodgersLF3$18.9M
Mike MoustakasPirates2B4$25.2M
Nicholas CastellanosBravesRF1$7M
Avisail GarciaBrewersLF3$14.7M
  • The Cubs grab one of the best relievers on the market in Will Smith. They also add to their rotation with Dallas Keuchel.
  • The Pirates are making moves – signing the best catcher and 2B available in free agency.

Removed from 40 man

  • Mason Englert
  • Freicer Perez
  • Luis Pedromo – Claimed by the Orioles
  • Tim Beckham
  • Jose Pirela

Novermber 27th

  • The Yankees acquired Justin Upton from the Angels for Brandon Belt.

December 3rd

Target: Blake Snell

I want to get another top of the rotation starter – Blake Snell is one of the best in the game. He also has a team friendly deal that won’t hurt my budget.

Player AgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedAgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Lorne Reyna1961ARaysBlake Snell27SP97A
Kenta Maeda3184CLucious Fox22SS62C
Hunter Renfroe2883A
Ryan Heath1969C
Ken Greer1973B

*This took place over two trades in which I moved Josh Hader then got him back.

I had to give up some pretty good pieces in order to make this trade happen. The game does not allow trades of more than 3 players – so I had to do this over two trades. I give up two players from my playoff roster in Kenta Maeda and Hunter Renfroe. I also trade away two of my top prospects – Lorne Reyna – and 2019 3rd round pick – Ken Greer. I have plenty of minor league depth, I view this as a solid trade to acquire one of the best starters in the game.

December 6th

  • The Cubs acquired Kirby Yates from the Yankees for Pedro Strop, Esteury Ruiz and Brendon Little.

December 11th

  • The Braves acquired Whit Merrifield from the Athletics for Max Fried and Chad Sobotka.

December 12th

Rule 5 Draft

I do not intend to keep any of the players I draft today. You can trade Rule 5 picks, so my intention is to move a few for prospects.

PlayerTeamPos.Ovr.AgePot.
Round 1Derek FisherAstrosCF6526A
Round 2Hunter HarveyOriolesSP6725A
Round 3Edgar SantanaAngelsRP7828C

Corresponding Trade

Player AgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedAgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Derek Fisher2664ARaysBrent Honeywell24SP70B
Hunter Harvey2565AMatthew Liberatore20SP69A
Lucious Fox2262C

At this point, I feel bad for the Rays. I have depleted their organization of future talent. I trade away two Rule 5 picks and grab two top tier pitching prospects. Matthew Liberatore has the highest ceiling, already at a 69 overall at just 20 years old.

December 14th

  • The Dodgers acquired Jesse Winker from the Reds for Drew Jackson.

December 27th

  • The Giants acquired Randall Grichuk from the Blue Jays for Evan Longoria and Jonah Tracy.

January 18th

  • The White Sox acquired Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees for Steele Walker and Frank Forrest

February 26th

I decided that it was time to flip my final Rule 5 pick for another prospect.

Player AgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedAgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Edgar Santana2878BAngelsJeremiah Jackson20SS64B

I am able to acquire a decent middle infield prospect from the Angels in Jeremiah Jackson. He provides me some depth at the minor league level.

February 28th

Joc Pederson is entering his final year of control. He is seeking a 5 year deal worth $55M. I am unwilling to pay that for a platoon outfielder. I will go ahead and move on from him. Andrew Toles is seeking a 5 year deal for $16M – no thanks buddy. It is time to get rid of these guys for some prospects.

Player AgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedAgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Joc Pederson2785BAstrosYordan Alvarez22RF72A
Andrew Toles2773BSeth Beer23LF63B
Mason Englert2059B

The rich get richer. I flip two guys that I no longer want to pay – for one of the best pure hitting prospects in the game. Yordan Alvarez had unbelievable power – I just need to find a place for him on my Major League roster. Seth Beer isn’t too shabby of a prospect either.

Prospects

The best minor league system in the game somehow got better in the offseason. We now boast five of the top 25 prospects in the game, and nine of the top 45 prospects in the game.

Team RankPrevious MLB RankCurrent MLB RankNameAgePos.Ovr.LevelPot.
1146Wander Samuel Franco19SS70AAAA
2NR7Yordan Alvarez22RF73AAAA
3218Brenden McKay24SP70AAAA
4810Adley Rutschman22C70AAAA
52525Mackenzie Gore21SP66AAA
63334Alexander Palma23RF67AAAA
7NR41Matthew Liberatore20SP69AAAA
83143Ryan Weathers20SP67AAAA
93045Luis Patino20SP68AAA
10NRNRBrent Honeywell24SP70AAAB

Financial Situation

Things are looking pretty good for the Padres from a financial perspective. Our nine most talented players are locked into team friendly deals through the 2021 season.

Roster, Lineup, and Rotation

As the offseason comes to a close – I have managed to put together the best talent in the game. Terry Francona has a lot of pressure on him this season to go deep into the playoffs.

On paper, this may be one of the best offenses in the history of the game. Aside from the superstars in this lineup – some veteran leadership was also brought to the squad in the form of Nick Markakis and Ben Zobrist.

The rotation looks pretty similar to last season – except we added Blake Snell to the top. Josh Hader anchors a strong bullpen – with the addition of veteran Seunghwan Oh.

Coming Up

We will head into the 2020 season. The Padres have the best combination of talent in baseball – the question is – can Terry Francona get this group of stars to buy-in and be successful in the playoffs?

– Buzz

Fixing The Franchise: The San Diego Padres – The 2019 Postseason

Wild Card Game

We did it. We made it to the postseason. The Padres turned into a contender in less than a season. Does the team have what it takes to beat a perennial postseason disappointment – The Washington Nationals – in the Wild Card Game? Let’s find out.

The Nationals jumped to an early lead thanks to a leadoff single and stolen base from Trea Turner. Juan Soto was able to drive him in with one out to put the Nats up 1-0.

After that inning, Noah Syndergaard settled down and shut down the Nationals offense. With the help of Machado’s glove – Syndergaard only allowed one hit through the next four innings.

In the midst of our pitcher’s duel – the Padres got their first hit off the bat of Ender Inciarte in the bottom of the 5th innings.

The bats came alive for the Padres in the 7th inning. Manny Machado and Christian Yelich started things off with back to back singles. Josh Bell was up next and loaded up the bases with a single of his own. Gary Sanchez rolled over into a double play on the next at bat – but the run scored – tying the game at 1-1.

Hector Rondon came in for Syndergaard in the 9th and shut down the Nats in order.

In the bottom of the inning – Machado reached on a single. Yelich followed that with a grounder to the shortstop – one in which the Nats made and errant throw on allowing both runners to reach base safely. Josh Bell was up next and flew out to left field. With two on a two outs – Gary Sanchez drove the ball off the wall in right field. Machado scored and the Padres won the game 2-1.

Noah Syndergaard was a stud on the mound. He lasted 8 innings – allowing just 3 hits and 1 run while striking out 8 batters.

NLDS

For the Division Series we had to take on our N.L. West rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Game 1

The Padres come into this series in the midst of an 8 game winning streak.

The Padres were able to put a threat together in the top of the first. Manny Machado and Christian Yelich were both able to single, but Gary Sanchez and Josh Bell were unable to capitalize.

With two outs in the bottom of the second A.J. Pollock started the scoring for the Dodgers, hitting a solo shot to left field just over a leaping Hunter Renfroe at the wall.

Mike Clevenger and Jeff McNeil led off the top of the 3rd with back to back singles. Machado rolled over into a double play and Yelich struck out, ending the threat.

With two outs in the bottom of the 4th the Dodgers had Justin Turner on 3rd with two outs. Clevenger challenged Pollock inside – and Pollock launched his second homerun of the game – putting the Dodgers up 3-0.

The Padres came out swinging in the top of the 5th. Ender Inciarte and Fernando Tatis Jr. started off the inning with back to back singles. Clevenger then bunted – moving Inciarte to 3rd and beating out the throw to first on a potential double play. McNeil stepped in and drove the ball to center field – scoring Inciarte from 3rd.

The Dodgers decided to leave Kershaw in after a brief mound visit from Rick Honeycutt. Machado was up next and finally started to earn some of that $30M salary – he drove the ball off the wall in left-center field, scoring both runners and tying the game at 3-3.

The Dodgers got their lead back the following half of the inning. Corey Seager hit a ground rule double with two outs. Shane Peterson drove him in with the dinkiest little slow roller up the middle to grab the 4-3 lead.

In the bottom of the 6th the Dodgers knocked Clevenger from the game. After a leadoff walk to Cody Bellinger, Clevenger left a slider over the middle of the plate, and Max Muncy drove it over the left field wall to extend the Dodger lead to 6-3.

  • Clevenger allowed 7H and 6R through 5IP – with 8K and 1BB.

The Padres started the 7th off with a leadoff double from Tatis Jr. Matt Duffy – who pinch hit for the pitcher – and McNeil both lined out to Bellinger in right field. Machado then rolled over, ending the inning.

The Dodgers brought in Adam Liberatore to pitch the 8th. This was a mistake. Yelich led off the inning with a single. Gary Sanchez then drove the ball into the hitter’s eye in dead center field to bring the score to 6-5.

Max Muncy started off the Dodgers half of the 8th with his second homerun of the game – extending their lead to 7-5.

Kenley Jansen came in to pitch the 9th for the Dodgers. He retired the first three batters he faced to seal the victory and grab the 1-0 series lead.

Game 2

The Padres bounced back and defeated the Dodgers 10-1. Jeff McNeil led the offense, going 4/5 with 5 RBI and falling a triple short of the cycle. Ender Inciarte also collected four hits on the day. Marcus Stroman went 7.1 IP allowing just 4H and 1ER while striking out 7.

Game 3

The Dodgers took home the victory 5-1. They were able to secure the win with the help of homeruns from Justin Turner, A.J. Pollock and Austin Barnes. Ryu went 8 scoreless innings on the mound for the Dodgers. Chris Paddack struggled for the Padres, giving up 5 ER in just 4 innings of work. Manny Machado led the Padres with 3 hits.

Game 4

The Padres decided to give Noah Syndergaard the start over Kenta Maeda in game four of the series. Unfortunately, the Dodgers still took home the 4-1 victory and won the series 3-1.

Notable Padre Playoff Performances

  • Manny Machado – .524 AVG, 1.381 OPS, 5 2B in 21 AB
  • Noah Syndergaard – 13 IP, 2.77 ERA, 15K
  • Marcus Stroman – 7.1 IP, 1.23 ERA, 7K

Division Series Results

  • The Braves defeated the Cubs 3-1
  • The Dodgers defeated the Padres 3-1
  • The Indians swept the Mariners 3-0
  • The Yankees swept the Red Sox 3-0

Championship Series Results

  • The Yankees defeated the Indians 4-1
  • The Dodgers defeated the Braves 4-3

World Series Results

  • The Dodgers defeated the Yankees 4-2
  • World Series MVP – Cody Bellinger – .273 AVG, 4 HR, 6 RBI
  • N.L. Postseason MVP – Max Muncy – .283 AVG, 5HR, 15 RBI
  • A.L. Postseason MVP – Giancarlo Stanton – .327 AVG, 4 HR, 14 RBI

Coming Up

We will head into the offseason. We put together a solid squad – but it wasn’t enough to reach postseason glory. How different will the roster look in 2020?

– Buzz

Fixing The Franchise: The San Diego Padres – The Second Half of 2019

Following the 2019 First Year Player Draft – we are now ready to see how the Padres perform through the rest of the season. Will any more trades be necessary for this squad as they make a playoff push?

As of June 6th, we are 7.5 games out of the lead in the N.L. West with a 36-26 record. At this point we are tied with the Rockies for a Wild Card spot.

June 2nd

  • The Marlins acquired Gavin Lux from the Dodgers for Anfernee Seymour.

June 6th

Target: Kenta Maeda

I took a look at the trade block – and for some reason the Dodgers had Kenta Maeda there. He is 30 years old – and has five years left on his deal. I am not too concerned with that because it is only $3.1M per season. This will give me an opportunity to build my pitching depth and add a veteran as I continue to seek a playoff spot.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Luis Gil2061BDodgersKenta MaedaSP3084C
Peter Van Gansen2566C
Ivan Castillo2361C

Of the prospects I moved in this deal – Luis Gil has the most potential. I have plenty of minor league pitching depth. This move also allows me to move Chris Paddack to AAA – he needs some more time to develop and has a 4+ ERA at the moment.

June 25th

Texas League All Star Game

  • Tim Tebow – DH – 0/4 K
  • Jasson Dominguez – CF – 1/3
  • Kyle Overstreet – 1B – 0/1
  • Aderlin Rodriguez – 1B – DNP

June 28th

  • The Angels acquired Hunter Dozier from the Royals for Jo Adell.

June Results

  • The Padres were 16-10 through the month and sit in third in the N.L. West. We are 7.5 games back of the first place Dodgers, and currently hold the second position in the N.L. Wild Card standings behind the Rockies.
  • SP Mackenzie Gore (AAA) 3.19 ERA, 29 K, 31 IP.
  • SP Jesse Scholtens (AA) 3.23 ERA, 29 K, 30.2 IP.
  • 1B Jose Pirela (AAA) .354 AVG, 14 RBI, 82 AB.
  • LF Tim Tebow (AA) .341 AVG, 19 RBI, 82 AB.
  • *SP Ryan Weathers (AAA) 5.24 ERA, 13 BB, 22.1 IP.
  • *SP Freicer Perez (AA) 4.71 ERA, 10 BB, 28.2 IP.

July 2nd

  • The Giants acquired D.J. LeMahieu from the Yankees for Reyes Moronta and Brandon Belt.

July 4th

  • The Brewers acquired Craig Stammen from the Mets for Braden Webb and Brice Turang.

July 7th

Futures Game

  • Brenden McKay – SP – 2IP, 2H, 1R, 1 ER, 2BB, 2K
  • Adley Rutschman – C – 0/4
  • Robert Puason – SS – DNP

July 9th

All Star Game

  • Jose Alvarado – CP – DNP
  • Christian Yelich – RF – 0/3 BB
  • Gary Sanchez – C – 1/3 2RBI, HR, BB
  • Hector Rondon – RP – DNP

July 10th

AAA All Star Game

  • Jose Pirela – 1B – 0/4
  • Alexander Palma – RF – 1/3 2B, BB

July 14th

With the Padres down a run in the bottom of the 9th – Gary Sanchez stepped up with one on and one out. He turned on a hanging cutter and drove it over the left field wall for his third homerun of the game and the 8-7 win.

July 15th

Our organization took the opportunity to reward some of our players for the seasons they were having. We also saw this as a great time to extend some of our young talent.

NameAgePos.Ovr.Pot.Yrs.Sal.Contract
Gary Sanchez26C89B3$5.7M$17M
Marcus Stroman27SP87B3$8.3M$25M
Fernando Tatis Jr.20SS80A5$7M$35M
Chris Paddack23SP77A3$1.7M$5M

July 21st

  • The Angels acquired James Paxton from the Yankees for Hunter Dozier and Trevor Cahill.
  • The Rockies acquired Billy Hamilton from the Royals for Ryan Rolison and Dom Nunez.

July 21st

Target: Josh Hader

Jose Alvarado has been struggling as our closer lately – even though he was an All-Star. He has a 5.00 ERA with 5 BS this season. He just is not ready for the 9th inning. The Brewers are 5 games out of the wild card race and have decided to sell. Josh Hader has a 2.57 ERA and is just the guy I need for our playoff push.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot
Jasson Dominguez1862BBrewersJosh Hader CP2490A
Jose Castillo2380B
Austin Hedges2676C

Jose Castillo has not been performing well this year – he has a 6.99 ERA and 1.94 WHIP. The same can be said for Austin Hedges – who has a .144 AVG and .216 OBP. Jasson Dominguez is a young prospect – but I am OK including him to get this deal done.

  • Stephen Vogt is called up from AAA to backup Gary Sanchez.

Contract Extensions

NameAgePos.Ovr.Pot.Yrs.Sal.Contract
Josh Hader24CP88A4$5M$20M
Zach Wheeler28SP81B2$9.3M$18.6M

Josh Hader is an exciting young talent with high upside. I locked him down for four more season. Zach Wheeler is an impending free agent and I do not want to lose him for nothing. While the salary is high I maintain control of him for two more years.

July 29th

We had another walk off opportunity – and this time Josh Bell was at the plate. The game was tied 7-7 and Will Smith was in to pitch for the Giants. Josh Bell stepped up and drove the ball over the fence to give the Padres a 9-7 victory. This extended the Padres winning streak to six games.

Target: Dump Zach Wheeler

Wheeler is really pissing me off. I negotiated an extension with him – that he accepted. Somehow he still has a bad attitude around the clubhouse and his morale is low. Rather than carry that salary I am going to call up Chris Paddack to take his spot in the rotation. I am going to move Wheeler for a prospect.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot
Zach Wheeler2883BRaysWander Franco SS1868A
Robert Puason1863A

This is huge! The move does not really impact my starting rotation at all, I shed a huge chunk of future salary, and snag Wander Samuel Franco. Wow.

July 29th

  • The Athletics acquired Whit Merrifield from the Royals for Franklin Barreto and Grant Holmes.

July 30th

  • The Cubs acquired Starlin Castro from the Marlins for Brennen Davis.
  • The Braves acquired Chris Archer from the Pirates for A.J. Minter and Allen Cordoba.
  • The Astros acquired Edwin Diaz from the Mets for Lance McCullers Jr. and Juan Pineda.
  • The Rangers acquired Martin Maldonado from the Royals for Christopher Seise.
  • The Mariners acquired Adalberto Mondesi from the Royals for Jarred Kelenic and David McKay.
  • The Royals have made a ton of moves this year. They traded away Hunter Dozier, Billy Hamilton, Whit Merrifield, and Adalberto Mondesi. In return they have received Jo Adell (#4/#1), Franklin Barreto, Grant Holmes (NR/#14), Ryan Rolison (#89/#2), Dom Nunez (NR/NR), Jarred Kelenic (#24/#1) and David McKay (NR/#28).
  • Real world prospect rankings in parenthesis (MLB Rank/Organization Rank)

July Results

  • The Padres were 16-9 in July and are third in the N.L West, 9.5 games back of the Dodgers. We are currently holding the second Wild Card spot behind the Rockies.
  • SP Mason Englert (AA) 2.40 ERA, 42 K, 30 IP.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (AAA) .306 AVG, 7 RBI, 72 AB.
  • *RP Aaron Loup (AAA) 4.15 ERA, 13 IP.

August 25th

  • Ender Inciarte sprained his MCL – out 2 weeks.

August Results

  • This was a terrible month for the ball club. The Padres were 11-17 in August. We ended the month with an 8 game losing streak. We are third in the N.L West, 11.5 games back of the Dodgers. We are currently out of the second Wild Card spot by 2 games behind the Rockies and Nationals.

Prospects

*As of September 1st 2019

Team RankPrevious MLB RankCurrent MLB RankNameAgePos.Ovr.LevelPot.
1128Adley Rutschman21C71AAAA
2NR14Wander Samuel Franco18SS69AAAA
33221Brendan McKay23SP72AAAA
42225Mackenzie Gore20SP68AAAA
54730Luis Patino19SP67AAAA
64531Ryan Weathers19SP69AAAA
72633Alexander Palma22RF69AAAA
8NRNRFreicer Perez23SP63AAB
9NRNRJoey Lucchesi25SP77AAAB
10NRNRMason Englert19SP61AAB

We continue to have one of the best – if not the best – farm systems in baseball. The Padres have seven of the top 35 prospects in the game.

  • Luis Urias was traded to the Mets. He is their everyday second baseman. He is batting .250/.318/.372 with 11 HR and 47 RBI through 524 AB.
  • Xavier Edwards, who was traded to the Orioles, is the #26 prospect in baseball.
  • Michael Baez, who was traded to the Rays, is currently not ranked.

September Results

  • What a month for the Friars. With an 18-9 record in September – including a 7 game winnings streak to end the season – the Padres clinched the top Wild Card spot and will host the Nationals for the right to play the Dodgers in the NLDS.

Awards

Our organization did not come away with any of the notable regular season awards this year. Mike Clevenger (P) was our lone Gold Glove recipient and we came away with two Silver Sluggers – Gary Sanchez (C) and Christian Yelich (OF).

AwardPlayerTeamStats
N.L. MVPNolan ArenadoRockies.310 AVG, 40 HR, 116 RBI
N.L. Cy YoungClayton KershawDodgers17-5, 2.83 ERA, 204 K
N.L. Rookie of the YearAustin RileyBraves.279 AVG, 23 HR, 92 RBI
A.L. MVPMike TroutAngels.330 AVG, 34 HR, 106 RBI
A.L. Cy YoungChris SaleRed Sox19-9, 3.00 ERA, 249 K
A.L. Rookie of the YearYusei KikuchiMariners19-5, 2.51 ERA, 183 K

Player Performance Through The Regular Season

PlayerGABRHHRRBIAVG.OBP.SLG.
Jeff McNeil156560821741977.311.376.475
Manny Machado155607771521865.250.331.399
Christian Yelich16056710817532101.309.407.557
Josh Bell1485347715731102.294.391.522
Gary Sanchez126493761353497.274.360.523
Ender Inciarte14656055154645.275.339.363
Fernando Tatis Jr.140487581051244.216.302.355
Hunter Renfroe9129732671645.226.279.438
Franchy Cordero9827750741441.267.349.484
Matt Duffy13832043104540.325.392.462
Stephen Vogt30781013412.167.292.397
Andrew Toles631521729417.191.241.342
Tim Beckham54108102726.250.325.333
  • Christian Yelich was the heart and soul of this offense all year. He put up great numbers and proved to be an awesome acquisition. Josh Bell and Gary Sanchez were not too far behind him – establishing a murderers row in the middle of our lineup.
  • Manny Machado had a disappointing season. Especially when you compare him and his $30M salary to someone like Matt Duffy, who led the team in batting average off the bench.
PlayerGWLSVIPERAWHIP
Noah Sydergaard33141001963.581.25
Marcus Stroman331390198.23.441.21
Chris Paddack23780130.13.941.30
Mike Clevenger321160192.23.361.28
Kenta Maeda311170165.13.271.23
Robert Stock5773060.12.391.28
Hector Rondon9332097.12.681.15
Diego Castillo7151074.13.751.39
Jose Alvarado675123642.811.25
Adam Conley64307922.541.16
Jonathan Holder73480744.011.38
Josh Hader632343572.841.33
  • It is awesome to see that all of our starting pitchers ended the season with ERAs under 4.00.
  • The bullpen was incredibly reliable all season. Robert Stock was a nice surprise in middle relief for us this year.
  • Jose Alvarado was much more successful after making the move away from the Closer’s spot.

Playoff Picture

Matchup
N.L. Wild CardNationals @ Padres
NLDSCubs vs Braves
NLDSWild Card vs Dodgers
A.L. Wild CardAstros @ Yankees
ALDS Indians vs Mariners
ALDSWild Card vs Red Sox

Coming Up

It is time for playoff baseball! Can our beloved San Diego Padres take down Max Scherzer in the Wild Card game? How would the Padres fare against their division rival Los Angeles Dodgers in a best of five series?

– Buzz

West Coast MLB Stadium Tour: Rankings, Highlights, And The All-Roadtrip Team

This past week I embarked on a pretty cool experience. I have always loved baseball – and I have always found ballparks to be intriguing. Baseball stadiums are all unique and different – I wanted to experience more of them.

I called up my buddy – Uncle D-Bo – and we decided to check out five stadiums in six days. We covered around 2,000 miles – by visiting every MLB ballpark in California – and came away with quite a few thoughts.

The Best Hot Dog

Prior to this trip I decided that I was going to try a hot dog at every single stadium and give it an unbiased rating. The heavy favorite coming into this was the Dodger Dog at Dodger Stadium. I wanted to see if that lived up to the hype and how it compared to the other hot dogs.

  1. Dodger Stadium – July 24th, 2019 – 8.1/10: On first look this hot dog was skinny. The bun was a classic hot dog bun, and the dog tasted just right. At a baseball stadium I feel like this is what you would hope for if you were being optimistic. Is this worth the hype and the shitty parking situation? No. Is it good? Yeah buddy.
  2. Oracle Park – July 23rd, 2019 – 7.8/10: Solid bun. Classic hot dog taste. Could be warmer. All things considered this is a solid hot dog.
  3. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum – July 29th, 2019 – 6.8/10: This hot dog had some girth to it. The bun was stale. Overall this thing was not terrible, and that says a lot considering I was pretty hot-dogged out at this point.
  4. Petco Park – July 28th, 2019 – 6.5/10: The bun on this thing was not good. It was…crispy on the edges. The meat was salty in a beef jerky kind of way.
  5. Angel Stadium of Anaheim – July 26th, 2019 – 6.1/10: Just a hot dog. About the quality you would expect to get at a JV high school football game. This thing was luke-warm. Did not want to get another one.

Best Fountain Coke

I am a big Coke guy. I’m an even bigger souvenir Coke for $9.50 kind of guy. Just like with the hot dogs I got a fountain Coke at each park.

  1. Oracle Park – July 23rd, 2019 – 8.5/10: Went down smooth and had good bubbles. Great flavor to it.
  2. Dodger Stadium – July 24th, 2019 – 7.7/10: I was happy to see that they gave me a lid and a straw – which was very rare in California. However, it was a paper straw. The Coke itself had good bubbles and flavor. It was less Coke tasting than I would want, but still good.
  3. Petco Park – July 28th, 2019 – 7.3/10: This was some movie-theater-quality Coke. Once again I was given a paper straw, but the Coke was tasty.
  4. Angel Stadium of Anaheim – July 26th, 2019 – 6.7/10: Whoa, this one came with a sippy-cup style lid. No paper straw needed. The best way to describe the ice would be “wet”. This was a pretty tasty fountain coke and the bubble…age was solid. This kind of tasted like RC Cola.
  5. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum – July 29th, 2019 – DNQ (6.7)/10: They do no serve Coca-Cola products at this stadium. RC Cola. Kind of makes me think they snuck me an RC in Anaheim because I also had this at 6.7.

The Best Seat

I am a man that enjoys a comfortable place to sit. Like I have mentioned before – I’m 30 now. Gone are the days of slumming it at a stadium far from the view of the game. Am I going to sit in a section where I have to get my own concessions and wait in line to pee? Not if I can help it.

  1. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum – July 29th, 2019 – Lounge 113: This was the best surprise of the trip. We sat in a section that was for season ticket holders. The chairs were plush leather seats – kind of like you would find in a fancy movie theater. In front of us we had a cabinet with cubbies to put our stuff and a TV underneath to watch the game. This was an awesome way to relax and take in a ball game. We also sat in the last row of this section – which kept us in the shade for the whole game. I could have napped here.
  2. Petco Park – July 28th, 2019 – Premier Club A: These seats gave us access to an exclusive restaurant/lounge area – we didn’t really take advantage of it, but getting our hands stamped made us feel cool. The seats were padded and wider and it felt like we had a good amount of leg room. Another section that was in the shade – hell yeah.
  3. Angel Stadium of Anaheim – July 27th, 2019 – Saint Archer Brewing Club 350: We actually discovered this area of the park in the middle of the game we went to on the 26th – so we decided to go back for another game the following day. This was the best value of the trip at only $14.50 a seat. We were far-away from the action down the right-field line – but it was awesome to take in the game from these seats. We had a table in front of us – wait service – and free soda refills. It was like going to a restaurant that happened to be at a baseball game – or being at a sports bar.
  4. Dodger Stadium – July 24th, 2019 – Executive Club Level 235: These were the most expensive seats of the trip. To get to our section we had to walk past all of the private suites. It was honestly kind of a cool area to be in. We had in seat wait service and a concession stand and bar with minimal waiting as well. The seats were comfy and we sat on the rail with a great view of the stadium. To top it off, Tommy Lasorda zoomed past us on his scooter as we were leaving the stadium.
  5. Oracle Park – July 23rd, 2019 – Club Level Infield 216: We had a great view of the game – we were right behind the plate and in front of Krukow, Kuiper and Flemming. Other than that, there was nothing too special about this spot compared to the other stadiums.

The Best Parking Situation

  1. Angel Stadium of Anaheim – July 26th/27th, 2019 – This was so easy. They have a huge parking lot and it takes just a few minutes to get in and out of that place. We did not experience a single wait time at either game we went to.
  2. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum – July 29th, 2019 – The stadium is right off the freeway and they have ample parking at the park. With the amount of space they have to park it was pretty easy to get out of there. It took us about 10 min to get back on the freeway after the game.
  3. Petco Park – July 28th, 2019 – Parking was convenient but the attendants were clueless after the game. They forgot to open up one of the exits so we waited there awhile.
  4. Oracle Park – July 23rd, 2019 – The main parking lot is pretty close to the stadium. Traffic gets very clogged up after the games.
  5. Dodger Stadium – July 24th, 2019 – Getting into the parking lot was not terrible, but we arrived very early. Leaving the stadium was chaotic and unenjoyable. We somehow ended up in Downtown LA – thankfully my hours playing GTA V helped me navigate our way out of there.

The Best Gear/Team Store

  1. Angel Stadium of Anaheim – July 26th/27th, 2019 – The Angels get the nod for having the best gear and team stores. What set them apart from the rest was the variety of items they had. They also did the best job with player-specific items – which makes sense with two marketable players in Ohtani and Trout. Another cool thing – they had a value souvenir section for families.
  2. Oracle Park – July 23rd, 2019 – The Giants have a solid flagship store on street level. The cool thing about their store is it is a quick way into the stadium too.
  3. Petco Park – July 28th, 2019 – The Padres have a huge store near the Western Metal Supply building. I was also impressed with what the various kiosks had around the park.
  4. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum – July 29th, 2019 – Probably the smallest of all of the team stores. Even though it was small they had some cool items. The Green and Yellow is a good look.
  5. Dodger Stadium – July 24th, 2019 – Being a Giants fan, the Dodgers did not really stand a chance – I didn’t buy anything. For such a good team, most of the stuff they sold was pretty generic. They have a ton of marketable players but unlike the Angels they didn’t do anything about it.

The Team Of The Road Trip

All things considered – we saw 6 baseball games at 5 stadiums in 7 days. We wanted to compile the stats and see who the best players were based purely on games we witnessed.

PositionPlayerTeamStats
PAsher WojciechowskiOrioles7IP, 3H, 2ER, 1BB, 6K
CPedro SeverinoOrioles4/8, 2R, 2B
1BDanny SantanaRangers3/4, 2R, RBI, HR, 2B
2BJonathan VillarOrioles4/11, 6R, 2RBI, HR, 4SB
3BJustin TurnerDodgers3/4, R, RBI, HR
SSFernando Tatis Jr.Padres3/4, R, 2RBI, HR,
LFWil MeyersPadres2/4, R, RBI, 2 2B
CFMike TroutAngels4/13, 3R, 3RBI, 3 2B
RFNomar MazaraRangers2/4, 2R, 2RBI, HR
DHRenato NunezOrioles4/10, 2R, 4RBI, HR
PHGreg GarciaPadres1/1, 2RBI

Honorable Mention: Kole Calhoun, Marcus Semien, Alex Dickerson and Kevin Pillar.

The Best Player

For me, Fernando Tatis Jr. has that wow factor. It is crazy to see what he can do at just 20 years old. One of the most incredible things we witnessed was him getting brushed back with a fastball – and taking the next pitch over the center-field fence.

The Best Baseball Moment

We started the trip off on a great note. After an absolutely terrible game from Pablo Sandoval – he walked things off against the Cubs in extra innings.

Wrap-Up

All things considered – it was a great experience to visit each and every stadium in California. I know I will be back at Oracle Park sometime in the near future. I would love to spend a weekend or a series watching games at Petco Park. As a regular visitor to the Disneyland, I will seek a break from the crowds at the park by going to Angel Stadium. Hell, if I could snag tickets in Lounge 113, I’d happily visit the Coliseum again. That leaves us with Dodger Stadium. Honestly – kind of disappointing for all the hype it gets. Maybe things will get better after the reported renovations. At least they have the #1 hot dog on the West Coast.

– Buzz

Fixing The Franchise: The San Diego Padres – Early Regular Season 2019

Opening Day

We have finally made it to Opening Day of the 2019 MLB season. The Padres have a completely changed team and are ready to take on their division rivals at home.

This is a solid offense with a number of all-stars throughout the lineup. Manny Machado and Christian Yelich are the obvious marquee names – but the added power of Josh Bell in the five spot can’t be ignored.

The bats were quiet through the first few innings of action on Opening Day. After cruising through the Giants lineup while only allowing one hit, Noah Syndergaard made his first mistake of the game.

With a full count against Madison Bumgarner, Syndergaard hung a pitch over the plate, and Bumgarner drove it 391ft off the Western Metal Supply building.

In the bottom of the seventh the Padres were finally able to get things even. With two outs in the inning, Hunter Renfroe stepped up and drove a cutter over the center field fence for a solo shot.

With two outs in the 8th – after allowing a hit and walk – Noah Syndergaard’s day was done. Kirby Yates came in to pitch, along with Matt Duffy at first in the double switch (Josh Bell was the last out of the inning).

After beaning Kevin Pillar with his first pitch, Yates was able to strike out Steven Duggar to end the inning.

The Giants brought Derek Holland in to pitch the 8th. Ender Inciarte and Fernando Tatis Jr. led off the bottom of the 8th with back to back singles.

After an Austin Hedges strikeout – Matt Duffy was up. He came up clutch in his first AB for the Padres – he drove the ball down the left field line for a double – scoring both runners.

Jose Alvarado came in for the Padres in the 9th and tossed a flawless inning – striking out all three batters he faced.

March 29th

With two outs in the bottom of the 9th – the Padres were tied with the Giants 2-2. Franchy Cordero was on third and Stephen Vogt came up to pinch hit with the game on the line. With an 0-1 count, Vogt drove the ball down the line to drive in the game winning run.

*Joc Pederson tore his achilles tendon and will be out for 6 months. He was placed on the 60 day IL.

Losing Pederson this early on really puts a wrench into my plan for platooning in LF. I know it is early – but I want to make sure I can replace the power that Pederson provides from the left side of the box.

Target: Kyle Schwarber

This guy is the definition of power from the left side of the box. I know fielding will be an issue – but this plan is just to get me through the year. I have Pederson locked down for the near future.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Eric Laurer2370BCubsKyle SchwarberLF2682B
Tyler White2868B
Esteury Ruiz2065C

I lose a good arm in Eric Lauer – but I also have five minor league arms ahead of him. Tyler White was nice to have on the bench, but I can replace him pretty easily.

Free Agent Signing

I decided to fill the void in the roster that was left by Tyler White with a pitcher rather than a position player. There was a good lefty arm on the market, so I went out and grabbed him rather than give up more prospects.

NameAgePosOvr.Pot.Yrs.Sal.Contract
Adam Liberatore31RP79B1$1.8M$1.8M

April 13th

*Greg Garcia (AAA) tore his ACL – will be out 6 months. Placed on 60 day IL.

April 16th

The score was tied against the Rockies 2-2. With runners on first and second and one out – Austin Hedges came in to pinch hit in the pitcher’s spot. He drove the ball to the left center field gap to score Fernando Tatis Jr. from second base to end the ballgame.

April 27th

The Blue Jays traded Bo Bichette to the Tigers for Casey Mize.

April Results

  • The Padres are 18-12 through the month and sit in second in the N.L. West. We are 4 games back of the first place Dodgers, and currently hold the top position in the N.L. Wild Card standing.
  • SP Ryan Weathers (AAA) 2.86 ERA, 20 K, 28.1 IP.
  • RP Chris Rowley (AA) 0.00 ERA, 12 K, 15.2 IP.
  • 1B Jose Pirela (AAA) .363 AVG, 17 RBI, 91 AB.
  • 1B Kyle Overstreet (AA) .307 AVG, 9 RBI, 88 AB.
  • *SP Mackenzie Gore (AAA) 8.44 ERA, 12 BB, 21.1 IP.
  • *RP Tyler Higgins (AA) 4.76 ERA, 5.2 IP.
  • *SS Ruddy Giron (AAA) .114 AVG, 35 AB.

May 2nd

The Red Sox acquired Jose Urena from Miami for prospects

May 3rd

With one out in the bottom of the 9th, Fernando Tatis Jr. stepped up to face Kenley Jensen with the Padres down 5-4. There was a runner on second. Tatis Jr. lined the ball to left field – just under the glove of a diving Chris Taylor. The ball rolled to the wall – scoring one and putting Tatis Jr. on 3rd.

In the bottom of the 10th the game was still tied. Josh Bell stepped up with one out and the bases loaded. He lined the ball to left field – deep enough for Jeff McNeil to score and end the game.

May 12th

Down 2-1 against the Pirates in the bottom of the 9th, Manny Machado stepped up to the plate. With a runner on second and a 1-2 count, Machado drove the ball through the 6 hole to tie the game. In the bottom of the 10th with one out, Franchy Cordero did his part, driving the ball into the right center gap to score the winning run from second.

May 14th

The Rays acquired Matthew Boyd from the Tigers for Gabriel Arias.

May 16th

The Angels acquired Jedd Gyorko from the Cardinals for Tommy La Stella.

May 18th

The Red Sox acquired Joey Gallo from the Rangers for Michael Chavis.

May 20th

The Astros acquired Matt Harvey from the Angels for Joe Smith.

May Results

  • The Padres were 13-13 in May and are third in the N.L West, 7.5 games back of the Dodgers. We are tied with the Rockies and Nationals for a Wild Card spot.
  • SP Ryan Weathers (AAA) 1.41 ERA, 37 K, 38.1 IP.
  • RP Bryan Mitchell (AA) 2.49 ERA, 17 K, 21.2 IP.
  • 3B Ivan Castillo (AA) .320 AVG, 23 RBI, 100 AB.
  • *SP Jesse Scholtens (AA) 5.68 ERA, 31.2 IP.

Player Performance Through The First Few Months

PlayerGABRHHRRBIAVG.OBP.SLG.
Jeff McNeil531932355722.285.346.451
Manny Machado532092349622.234.314.373
Christian Yelich5719640601139.306.414.571
Josh Bell541842550928.272.390.457
Kyle Schwarber4415219261024.171.300.388
Ender Inciarte552111753016.251.312.327
Fernando Tatis Jr.521861839314.210.258.349
Austin Hedges451581624719.152.216.304
Hunter Renfroe3911914231023.193.262.487
Franchy Cordero23267818.308.455.538
Matt Duffy481091940010.367.469.495
Stephen Vogt18403503.125.308.225
Tim Beckham274881312.271.340.354
  • Jeff McNeil, Christian Yelich, and Josh Bell are doing exactly what I brought them to San Diego for.
  • Manny Machado has struggled in his first two full months as a Padre – but I know he will come around.
  • The Kyle Schwarber plan has failed greatly – I may move on from him if I can get a solid return of prospects. Franchy Cordero is putting up better numbers as a left-handed hitter.
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. struggled early on – he is starting to heat up.
  • There is a hole in my lineup coming from the Catcher’s spot. If I can find some offense there we will be unstoppable.
  • Matt Duffy is producing from the bench and has proven to be a solid utility player.
PlayerGWLSVIPERAWHIP
Noah Sydergaard1253075.24.041.23
Marcus Stroman12460753.241.21
Chris Paddack1134061.14.401.47
Mike Clevenger1131071.12.401.05
Zach Wheeler1125063.14.971.48
Robert Stock2030019.24.121.63
Hector Rondon3610038.22.561.06
Adam Liberatore1912016.04.501.56
Jose Castillo28100274.331.59
Kirby Yates212411410.932.00
Diego Castillo2950034.12.621.11
Jose Alvarado21111518.22.891.02
  • Mike Clevenger stands out as the lone starter that is having a great season so far. Marcus Stroman is doing what I was hoping he would do this season. I honestly expected more from Noah Syndergaard and Zach Wheeler.
  • Hector Rondon, Deigo Castillo, and Jose Alvarado are studs out of the pen through two months.
  • Kirby Yates was initially in the set up role – and that has failed miserably. Even though he has thrown just 14 innings he has given up 17 runs this year. I am going to move him if I can before I try to send him down to AAA.

Trades

June 1st

Target: Gary Sanchez

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot
Kirby Yates3285BYankeesGary Sanchez C2684B
Kyle Schwarber2682BJonathan HolderRP2574B
Dietrich Enns2748B

I trade away two players that are struggling with my franchise for a better offensive catcher. The Yankees used this move to build their bullpen, and add Kyle Schwarber’s power to their lineup. They are a righty heavy team – they can use Schwarber’s bat to attack that short porch in right field. He is also better suited for the A.L. with the DH position. I save about $6M with this deal on the 2019 season.

Target: Fast Left Handed Outfielder

I need to add another outfielder to my squad – and I am looking for speed. I currently have three catchers on my major league roster so one of them will be moving down to AAA.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot
Adam Liberatore3182BDodgersAndrew TolesLF2671B
Buddy Reed2361B
Webster Rivas2866C

Andrew Toles is a good fit for my roster. I was able to make this trade with my division rival because they have an abundance of outfielders – Toles was sitting in AAA. I give up Adam Liberatore, a RP that has not impressed me since we singed him a few months ago.

Target: Relief Pitcher

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot
Luis Torrens2262CMarlinsAdam ConleyRP2876C

The Marlins placed Adam Conley on the block – and he is dominating this season. Through 37 IP he has a 0.96 ERA. Seems like a great fit for my pen.

Updated Roster

*Stats reflect games played through June 6th.

The Pitching staff remains pretty much the same as it was to start the season. Adam Conley and Jonathan Holder are new additions to the bullpen.

*Stats reflect games played through June 6th.

This lineup is even better than it was to start the season. We now have the big bat of Gary Sanchez in the middle of the order. Franchy Cordero is now the platoon partner with Hunter Renfroe in left field.

Prospects

We continue to have one of the best – if not the best – farm systems in baseball. The Padres have five of the top 25 prospects in the game.

Team RankPrevious MLB RankCurrent MLB RankNameAgePos.Ovr.LevelPot.
11912Adley Rutschman21C69AAAA
22218Mackenzie Gore20SP66AAAA
33224Brendan McKay23SP69AAAA
44525Ryan Weathers19SP67AAAA
5NR26Alexander Palma22RF66AAAA
64750Luis Patino19SP65AAA
7NRNRJasson Dominguez18CF61AAA
8NRNRRobert Puason18SS61AAA
9NRNRJoey Lucchesi25SP75AAAB
10NRNRMatt Wisler26RP66AAAB
  • Luis Urias was traded to the Mets. He is their everyday second baseman. He is batting .242/.315/.357 with 5 HR and 20 RBI through 227 AB.
  • Xavier Edwards, who was traded to the Orioles, is the #42 prospect in baseball.
  • Michael Baez, who was traded to the Rays, is the #47 prospect in baseball.

Coming Up

We will head into the 2019 First Year Player Draft. The Padres have the 6th overall pick. What position should we focus on as we look to build upon the best farm system in baseball?

– Buzz

Fixing The Franchise: The San Diego Padres – Spring Training 2019

Here we go again. I was having a good time with my San Francisco Giants franchise – but I lost all of my work. I upgraded to a PS4 Pro and forgot to save my work to the cloud. Here I am today – back at square one. This time I am working with a new franchise, and with input from reddit I have decided to go with the San Diego Padres.

The goal with this team is to build a long lasting contender without depleting the farm system too much. The Padres have been to the World Series twice before, but have never won it all. If I get this team in a position to make a run I will be tempted to unload the farm and go all in. Heading into the season this club is ranked in the bottom third of the league – pitching is the glaring weak point.

Current Roster

Budget

I feel like we are in a pretty good spot as an organization financially. If I were GM at the time I am unsure if I would have signed Manny Machado for 10 yrs at $300M – but I have to work with it now. Eric Hosmer is eating up a large portion of our budget for the foreseeable future – he is a player that I will be looking to move if I can find the right deal. Wil Myers is the third in our trio of enormous contracts – and that thing is backloaded. I will not want to pay at 32 year old Wil Myers $16.6M in his final year. Garrett Richards is the other outlier – I’ll be moving on from him as well if I can find a taker.

Lineup

We have some decent bats in the lineup – but this doesn’t look like a team that will contend in 2019. Fernando Tatis Jr. is an exciting young player that I am happy to have on my squad – but I want to find a better place for him in the lineup. Machado is a solid bat to build around in the middle of the order, and Hunter Renfroe provides good pop against left-handed arms.

Our rotation needs some work. The only arm I am excited about on this staff is Chris Paddack. In the bullpen I can build around Kirby Yates.

Coaching Staff

We have some weak points in our coaching staff that I want to address right away. Our hitting coach (Johnny Washington), pitching coach (Darren Balsley), and 1st base coach (Skip Schumaker) are not up to my standards. I had to let them go.

I replaced them with Lee Flores, Rob Moin and Jeremy Salazar. All three of these coaches only influence attributes in a positive way. As you can see with Manager Andy Green – some coaches can negatively impact player performance. Unfortunately, I am not willing to eat the remaining $10M on Green’s deal to let him go.

Trades

Hosmer

I really like Eric Hosmer as a person and as a player – but I do not like him for seven more years with $100M still owed to him. First base is an easy position to find a replacement. I do not think it will be hard to duplicate his 2018 season of .253/.322/.398 with 18 HR and 69 RBI.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Eric Hosmer2978CAstrosYuli Gurriel1B3478C
Boog Powell2663BTyler White1B2870B
Hector RondonRP3183C

Yuli Gurriel is a solid replacement for Hosmer at first base. He put up a better .291/.323/.428 in 2018 with 13 HR and 85 RBI. He also provides me some versatility with the ability to play 2B, 3B and LF. Tyler White will be an option off the bench for me – he can also spell Machado and Gurriel when needed. Hector Rondon quickly becomes one of the best arms in my bullpen. The best part about this deal is I save $9.4M this season and get myself out of that seven-year Hosmer contract. I have no commitments to these new players beyond the 2020 season.

Myers

Wil Myers was the next contract I wanted to get off the books. He only played in 83 games in 2018 – putting up a slash of .253/.318/.446 with 11 HR and 39 RBI. My lineup is incredibly right-handed heavy – I would love to grab a left handed or switch hitting outfielder for Myers.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Wil Myers2980BBrewersChristian YelichRF2791A
Franmil Reyes2373ALuis Aviles Jr.SS2464C
C.J. Abrams1861A

Not bad to just go out and grab the 2018 N.L. MVP. Christian Yelich immediately becomes the best bat in my lineup – he will pair nicely with Machado in the middle of the order for years to come. I am sad to see Franmil Reyes go, but I do not see him as a fit for my organization. He is a slow outfielder and looks like he may be a better fit for the American League long-term. I also lose a young prospect in C.J. Abrams – but I am set with Fernando Tatis Jr. at shortstop for years to come – Abrams was a luxury that I can afford to lose in this deal. With this trade I save $6M on the 2019 season and pick up a much better contract in Christian Yelich vs Wil Myers.

Target: Joc Pederson

I have my eyes on Joc Pederson as the ideal platoon partner to pair with Hunter Renfroe in left field.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Cal Quantrill2467BDodgersJoc PedersonLF2685B
Robbie Erlin2879BKyle GarlickRF2758C
Ian Kinsler3679B

This is a good deal for my club. I grab a bat that I desperately needed against right handed pitchers. I also am able to match contracts in this trade by getting rid of Ian Kinsler. Robbie Erlin and Cal Quantrill were nice pieces to have in the organization – but neither player is irreplaceable.

Target: Ender Inciarte

I need a solid lead-off hitter and an everyday centerfielder. Ender Inciarte is exactly the guy I need on my squad.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Brett Kennedy2464BBravesEnder InciarteCF2879B
Allen Cordoba2365C
Michael Gettys2366C

Not bad. I have to give up three prospects, including pitcher Brett Kennedy. I have plenty of young arms in my farm system – I think we will be OK.

Target: Noah Syndergaard and Zach Wheeler

As I mentioned earlier – our pitching needs some help at the Major League level. The Mets have been rumored to be sellers at the trade deadline in 2019 – so I wanted to see how this would play out in my fantasy world.

*This trade was completed in two separate deals – for the sake of organization it is in one table.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Luis Urias2179AMetsZach WheelerSP2882B
Francisco Mejia2369ANoah SydergaardSP2690A
Manuel Margot2470ATim TebowLF3161C
Craig Stammen3582AJeff McNeil2B2682B
Josh Naylor2167B
Garrett Richards3081C

This is a blockbuster of a trade. I pick up an ace in Noah Sydergaard and a solid arm in Zach Wheeler. My pitching rotation is now looking great. In order to get this deal done, I traded away three A level prospects in Luis Urais, Manuel Margot and Francisco Mejia. Urias was my future second baseman, so I went back to the Mets and found a way to grab Jeff McNeil. McNeil now becomes my best contact hitter and everyday second baseman. I was able to include a couple larger contracts in the McNeil trade to balance out the contracts I took on.

Target: Marcus Stroman

This is another player that is rumored to be moved at the 2019 trade deadline. I inquired with the Blue Jays to see if I could grab Marcus Stroman to continue to improve my staff.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Franchy Cordero2471BBlue JaysMarcus StromanSP2783B
Travis Jankowski2768B
Nick Margevicius2268B

I trade away a trio of contributors in order to get Stroman – the most valuable in the deal being Nick Margevicius. I also hate to see Franchy Cordero go, he gave me some outfield versatility off the bench.

Target: Mike Clevinger

Like I said, the pitching rotation was weak. I reached out to the Indians to see what they would want for Mike Clevinger – a pitcher in his late 20’s but with a manageable contract.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Phil Maton2668BIndiansMike ClevingerSP2883B
Dinelson Lamet2670B
Anderson Espinosa2162B

This trade was a no-brainer for me. I had to give up three B level prospects, two of which are 26 years old. Anderson Espinosa was the youngest player in this deal – but he is years away from competing for a Major League roster spot.

Target: Josh Bell

While I was content with the numbers I would get from Yuli Gurriel – I was concerned with his age and other factors. I also had an abundance of right-handed hitters in my lineup – so going out and grabbing a switch hitting first baseman would be ideal for my club.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Yuli Gurriel3478CPiratesJosh Bell1B2683A
Logan Allen2163AChristian KelleyC2560C
Austin Allen2566C

This is an awesome trade for my club. I move on from Gurriel before he dons a Padres uniform and only have to give up Logan Allen and a 25 year old minor leaguer. I get one of the best hitters in the game – Josh Bell.

Targets: Jose Alvarado, Diego Castillo and Matt Duffy

At this point my bullpen consisted of Kirby Yates, Jose Castillo, and Hector Rondon. The Rays had a duo of young Dominican relievers that caught my eye. I also thought Matt Duffy would be a good fit as a utility player off the bench.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Matt Strahm2775BRaysJose AlvaradoCP2388B
Adrian Morejon2063ADiego CastilloRP2582B
Jacob Nix2368BMatt Duffy3B2772B

It is hard to find good lefty arms from the pen, and Jose Alvarado is one of the elite arms in the game from that side. Diego Castillo also adds much needed depth to my middle relievers. I lose a trio of solid players in this deal – but feel OK with what I gave up. Matt Strahm became expendable after all of the starting pitcher I have traded for. Adrian Morejon is a solid pitching prospect – but I have plenty of depth there in the minors.

Target: Tim Beckham

I have always rooted for Tim Beckham – it feels like he has been around forever, and he is still just 29 years old. He seems like a player that I can acquire for minimal prospects while providing me with some speed and versatility off the bench.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Tirso Ornelas1957CMarinersTim BeckhamSS2971C

Target: Franchy Cordero

With where my team stands right now – I have four great outfielders in Yelich, Pederson, Inciarte and Renfroe. I want to carry a 5th outfielder on the Padres this year to be a defensive replacement and give me some speed off the bench. I need to get Franchy Cordero back.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Luis Campusano2061BBlue JaysFranchy CorderoLF2469B
Andres Munoz2060B
Dillon R. Overton2763C

Target: Adley Rutschman

I am content with Austin Hedges as the everyday catcher on the Padres – for now. Adley Rutschman projects to be an all-star in the near future and hits from both sides of the plate. He is a guy that I can stash in the minors for a couple of years. This could really help us out long term.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Miguel Diaz2465BOriolesAdley RutschmanC2168A
Xavier Edwards1964A
Adam Warren3176C

The big piece that I give up is Xavier Edwards. He was blocked by Fernando Tatis Jr. at shortstop and is still a few years from being ready. I feel like top tier catching prospects are very rare – I had to take my chances and go get Rutschman.

Target: Stephen Vogt

Stephen Vogt is a solid bat and would be nice to have as depth at the catcher position. He also can provide some veteran leadership to such a young squad.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Trey Wingenter2458BGiantsStephen VogtC3469C

Target: Brendan McKay

I have always loved pitchers that can hit. With us being in the National League, having a pitcher with some pop would give us an advantage. While Brendan McKay is not quite ready for my squad yet, he would be an exciting piece for the future.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Michael Baez2366ARaysBrendan McKaySP2367A
Gabriel Arias1960B
Christian Kelley2560C

I had to give up a really good pitching prospect in Michael Baez – but I feel like the price is worth it in order to get McKay.

Contract Extensions

I had the opportunity to lock down some of my new acquisitions prior to Spring Training. I gave up quite a few valuable assets in order to build such a talented roster – I wanted to ensure these guys would be around for a few years.

NameAgePos.Ovr.Pot.Yrs.Sal.Contract
Noah Syndergaard26SP92A2$8.5M$17M
Jeff McNeil262B84B5$2.8M$14M
Mike Clevenger28SP83B3$1.1M$3.3M
Austin Hedges26C81B3$800K$2.4M
Jose Castillo23RP78B2$800K$1.6M
Hunter Renfroe27LF77A4$3M$12M
Josh Bell261B83A5$5.1M$25.5M
Jose Alvarado23CP90B4$3.2M$12.8M
Diego Castillo25RP82B2$750K$1.5M
Franchy Cordero24LF71B3$1.5M$4.5M
  • Sydergaard – signed through the next two years at $8.5M per. He will be a free agent in 2021 when he is 28.
  • McNeil – this is an incredibly team-friendly deal. We have our second baseman at just $2.8M a season through 2023.
  • Clevenger – another value signing for the Padres. We bought out his remaining arbitration years at just $1.1M each through 2021.
  • Hedges – three years for less than $1M per. I have Hedges at a price where I could possibly keep him as a backup when Rutschman is ready.
  • Castillo – a solid lefty out of the pen for less than $1M a year through 2020.
  • Renfroe – signed through the 2022 season for $3M a year.
  • Bell – this is the largest contract I gave out this offseason, and it still seems like a great value. Josh Bell will be a Padre through 2023 for just $5.1M a year.
  • Alvarado – I lock down my new closer through the 2022 season for just $3.2M per year.
  • Castillo – a solid right-handed reliever for two years at less than $1M per season.
  • Cordero – signed through the 2021 season at $1.5M a year.

Free Agents

NameAgePos.Ovr.Pot.Yrs.Sal.Contract
Robert Puason18SS60A1$90K$90K
Jasson Dominguez18CF60A1$90K$90K
Alexander Palma22RF63A1$90K$90K
Luis Gil20SP60B1$70K$70K
Freicer Perez23SP60B1$70K$70K
Mason Englert19SP58B1$70K$70K

I traded away some of my better position player prospects – luckily I was able to find a few gems in free agency:

Puason

Dominguez

Palma

Prospects

Team RankMLB RankNameAgePos.Ovr.LevelPot.
12Fernando Tatis Jr.20SS79MLBA
26Chris Paddack23SP83MLBA
319Adley Rutschman21C68AAAA
422Mackenzie Gore20SP66AAAA
532Brendan McKay23SP67AAAA
645Ryan Weathers19SP65AAA
747Luis Patino19SP64AAA
8NRAlexander Palma22RF63AAAA
9NRJasson Dominguez18CF60AAA
10NRRobert Puason18SS60AAA

Even after all of the big trades that were made – we still have the best farm system in baseball. The Padres have SEVEN top 50 prospects and FOUR of the top 25 prospects.

  • Luis Urias was traded to the Mets. He is the #10 prospect in baseball.
  • Michael Baez was traded to the Rays. He is the #44 prospect in baseball.

Spring Training

This is an unbelievable lineup. It is hard to find a weak spot in the order, and the power in the middle will be impossible to pitch around.

I did not observe much of spring training, but what I did witness could only be a good sign of things to come. Machado and Yelich hit back-to-back homeruns in their first AB with a Padres uniform on. This is going to be a good baseball season in San Diego.

Coming Up

I will take an in depth look at the Major League roster prior to Opening Day. We will also play through Opening Day at each level of the organization so I can get a feel for the prospects in our system.

– Buzz