Saturday, December 17, 2011

Good Bye Mat Latos

Mat Latos

Gone

The Padres just dealt him to Cincinnati in exchange for Edison Volquez, Yonder Alonso, Yasami Grandal, and  Brad Boxberger. This deal is worse than Bell leaving or Gonzo dealt.

Volquez, 28, broke out in 2008 with a 3.21 ERA and a 17-6 record, since then the pitcher has had an ERA over 4 and has spent time in the minors. He waHs originally aquired in exchange for CF Josh Hamilton.

Alonso, 24, hit .330 with 5 hrs last year. The 1B was a big big hitter, but he is blocked by Joey Votto. This puzzles me because of Rizzo and Blanks.

Grandal, 23, had 9 MLB at bats, and .303 avg and 14 hrs and a .400 obp. He was blocked by Devin Morasco, why didnt we get him. Grandal and Hagerty went to thw same college.

Brad Boxberger, 22, had a 2.05 ERA and 93 k's. The pen has been bolstered with Boxberger, Street, and Cory Burns, aquired for Aaron Cunningham yesterday.


Originally I hated the deal but it has grown on me.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Can Yu believe it?

I can't, did the Padres just bid 60 million dollars and just win Yu Darvish? There is a reason I can't believe it, it didn't happen.

The Rangers or Blue Jays won the bid for the star Japanese pitcher, updates to come.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Padres Get Pujols!!!!!!!!!!! 10 years 300 mm!!!!!

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Did you believe that? I was just  pulling a cruel prank, now the Angels signed  the king and we skipped over Jordan Danks in the rule 5 draft.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I love Christmas

My first present!!!!


Can you guess? Someone read the Christmas list!

The San Diego Padres have aquired Huston Street and 1 million dollars in exchange for a ptbnl. This deal gives us a star closer.

According to ESPN Park Factors, Street would have finished last year with a 2.42 ERA. This is down 1.18 runs from Coors Field!!! That is a staggering number. He should have an ERA around 1.90 and 28 saves near the deadline and make a nice part to deal if we aren't in contention.

Now lets go get those bats!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas List!

Lets see, this is my Christmas list for the Padres!

  • Trade Orlando Hudson to COL for Huston Street.
  • Trade Chase Headley to OAK for Andrew Bailey
  • Trade Clayton Richard and Jason Bartlett to WAS for Ian Desmond
  • Trade Simon Castro to CHW for Carlos Quentin
  • Sign Kelly Johnson to a 1 year deal with a club option
  • Make some really good minor league signings*

*This has been started, they signed LHP Alex Hinshaw(You know what happened to the last former Giants prospect we signed to a minor league deal) and RHP Matt Palmer.

SP1 Mat Latos
SP2 Tim Stauffer
SP3 Corey Luebke
SP4 Casey Kelly
SP5 Anthony Bass

$$: 2 million

CL Andrew Bailey
SU Huston Street
SU Luke Gregerson
MI Ernesto Frieri
MI Joe Thatcher
LS Josh Spence
LR Dustin Mosely
$$:11

C Nick Hundley
1B Anthony Rizzo
2B Kelly Johnson
3B James Darnell
SS Ian Desmond
OF Cam Maybin
OF Kyle Blanks
OF Carlos Quentin
$$:14

BN Mark Kotsay
BN Andy Parrino
BN John Baker
BN Logan Forsythe
BN Jesus Guzman
$$:3.5

TOTAL: 29.5 million


This plan would be easy cheap and provide a pretty nice year. Johnson, Desmond, and Quentin are big bats, the young rotation is fun to watch, and the pen is the best ever.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Bell to Bailey???


Padre No More
 Heath Bell, the Padres longtime closer, replacement or Trevor, has done a phenomenal job as our 9th inning man. He had a 2.53 ERA, averages 78 k's and 27 saves in his Padre years. He won 27 games. He was acquired with Royce Ring in exchange for CF Ben Johnson and RHP Jon Adkins. Niether of the other three did much.

Yesterday morning, he signed a 3 year contract worth 27 million dollars. It includes a vesting option for a fourth year. The Padres will recieve 2 draft picks, a supplemental pick around pick 38 overall and a 2nd rounder about 60.

GM Josh Byrnes, has been burned before in AZ with a bad pen. In 2009, they had a pen ERA of 6.50. OUCH!!!
He decided to look at star reliever's Andrew Bailey and Carlos Marmol. Here are my personal stories on these guys.

After the A's sent Huston Street to COL, everyone was looking at this young kid, Andrew Bailey! He was upemcoming, and looking better by the day. For the next few years he was in my "elitest RP". I really like this kid, he is young, cheap, and elite. He is basically Bell, but better, cheaper, younger. Excited?

When I watched the Cubbies for the first time, when Carlos Marmol was the 8th inning guy and threw 3 wild pitches and lost the game. Over the years Marmol got better and better, and now he is a flamethrower.

These two pitchers are younger, better, and cheaper then Heath Bell. I am expecting a deal to go down soon, possibly involving Chase Headley. He can be replaced.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

MVP?

The headliner is how Tigers ace, Justin Verlander, was the first player to win the CY Young since 1986, 25 years ago. He recieved more votes than many players such as Jose Bautista and Adrian Gonzalez(remember him?).

The real story in my mind is:

Who the heck gave David Robertson a vote???????

Robertson,who I like as a pitcher recieved one vote for MVP, this is incredible, considering how rare it is for a reliever to win the CY Young, this is pretty amazing. What if he won!! I love Robertson but he isn't that good.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Trade

San Diego has made a trade with Florida, dealing an ace starting pitcher for a star catcher, with a big bat... Well, this is not exactly what happened.

The Padres traded 27 year old LHP Wade LeBlanc to the Florida Marlins in exchange for C John Baker. He hit .271 over the last 4 years, as a back up catcher. He will serve as a backup catcher but this move mainly opens up a spot in the rotation. Which super-prospect will it be?

Casey Kelly? Joe Wieland? Robby Erlin? I don't know, probably Kelly, based on him being in the organization more. This whole move is only to get one of these guys in.

I will have new posts up soon about:

  • A new CBA? Whats in store for Heater?
  • Who gave David Robertson and Michael Young(1st place too!) MVP votes???
  • New Draft Prospective.
  • Top 10 draft prospects.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Padres first Free agent signing

17 hr's .292 avg 11 sb .343 OBP

In 2002

He player for Milwaukee last year and his name might rhyme with Mince Mielder

The signing:

Mark Kotsay

The money:
1 year 1.25 million

Analysis:
He will be a bat off the bench, who has had success pinch hitting and that year above, was with San Diego. He was a fan favorite and he is a very classy guy.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Page View Contest

Leave a guess for the overall amount of pageviews I have ever had, this is not my best month.

Here is a hint:



Please excuse the sidewritings, they are correct, but I could not figure out how to put words on it.

Top 10 Padre Prospects


Anthony Rizzo
 Grades are not based on the order of prospects, Rizzo is the most polished of the group and has the most chance to be in MLB for good, but Keyvius Sampson may have the best potential, hence a better grade.

1. Anthony Rizzo/B+
MLB Comp: Adrian Gonzalez
Anthony struggled in PETCO after being traded for and called up to replace Adrian Gonzalez, but he is a VERY good defensive 1B and can hit. His raw power can be seen when watching the replays of games in Minnesota and Boston. He plays very good defense.

2. Robby Erlin/A-
MLB Comp: David Price
Robby Erlin was acquired in the Mike Adams deal, and he dominated, he had an ERA under 2 in San Antonio and with Texas stats included he went 9-4 with a 2.99 ERA and a whopping total of 154 k's. This kid is going to be an ace.

3. Jedd Gyorko/A
MLB Comp: Dan Uggla (with better D)
Drafted in the second round of the 2010 draft, this young man has been a favorite of mine since we drafted him. He hit 25 homers and played stellar defense in the minors last year.

4. Keyvius Sampson/A+
MLB Comp: Stephen Strausburg (but not as good, he is the only RH flame throwing ace I could think of)
Keyvius Sampson was drafted the fourth round of the 2009 draft, after Evert Williams, Donavan Tate, and Jerry Sullivan. (Is it creepy I knew that off the top of my head?). The first 3 were flops, Williams could recover from his injury though, but Sampson is a star, an ace who DOMINATED  the A levels. He had 10.9 K's per 9 innings, a 2.90 ERA, and electric stuff.

5. Rymer Liriano/B++
MLB Comp: Michael Bourn
Rymer was an international free agent, and so far, the only one who has not lied about their name/age in MLB. He hit .290 with 9 HR's and a .365 OBP, only ok? Well he also had 66 SB's! Wow.

6. Casey Kelly/B-
MLB Comp: Matt Garza
Kelly has dropped off in AA to a 3.98 ERA in San Antonio Texas, still leading the nations best minor league team to the title. Kelly came over in the Gonzalez deal and has been above average since coming here.


7. Kyle Blanks/B-
MLB Comp: Matt Stairs
Kyle was drafted in the 42nd round in 2004. I knew that off the top of my head too! Well, Blanks has raw power, and can hit, just like stairs.

8. Joe Wieland/B+
MLB Comp: Jon Garland at worst
He also came in the Adams deal, Wieland has a 1.97 ERA in 26 starts, and k'd 150, this guy is almost guaranteed to be in MLB.

9. Cory Spangenberg/A-
MLB Comp: Jemile Weeks
Drafted 10th overall, this kid is a speed demon. He hits for average and steels bases.

10. Austin Hedges/A-
MLB Comp: Yadier Molina
He has fantastic defense, drafted in the 2nd round last year. He will be in A- or SS ball next year, he could shoot up this list.


Honorable Mentions:
Reymond Fuentes, Brad Brach



The San Antonio Missions were the best minor league team in baseball, since their time in Ft. Wayne in 2009, to now, this group of guys is close to MLB. Next year the Tuscon Padres will be one of the best minors team.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

BREAKING NEWS

Nationals star catcher has been kidnapped in Venezuala according to multiple sources, he was approached outside of his home, by 4 gunmen, and taken away. A couple years back, Yorvit Torrealba's brother and son were kidnapped and held for ransom.

Best Wishes go out to Wilson Ramos, his family, and the Nationals organization

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Padres Next Years Prediction (funny version)

San Diego:
11/22-The San Diego Padres offer Albert Pujols a minor league contract with no invite to spring training, the king declines and signs with NYY.

11/23- San Diego offers Prince Fielder a minor league contract with no invite to spring training, the prince declines and signs with NYY.

11/24- San Diego offers CJ Wilson a minor league contract with no invite to spring training, CJ declines and signs with NYY.

11/25- The San Diego Padres offer Mat Latos, Heath Bell, Jason Bartlett, and Orlando Hudson to the Chicago Cubs for 10 million dollars. The Cubs say of course!

12/10- The Boston Red Sox, angry that they didn't sign any FA's as New York signed  every single free agent, ask the Padres for some players and they give the Red Sox Jedd Gyorko, Kevius Sampson, Anthony Rizzo, and Casey Kelly for a player never to be named later.

12/20- The Padres, having lost so many players, hired a bunch of men off the street, who all weren't able to run the bases and averaged the age of 98. They all offered to only take 75,000 dollars, instead of the league minimum of 400,000.

12/25- Jeff Moorad doesn't let anybody go home for Christmas.

2/25- The Padres payroll is 62.29$$$

5/2- Opening day draws 3 fans to the stadium. Two of those fans left after one of the men couldn't lift up a bat in the first plate appearance.

9/29- The Padres finish with a 0-162 record and Bud Selig starts to wonder, should I put up a salary cap and force Moorad to leave the league?

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Eat some candy!

NEWS:
The Indians aquire Derek Lowe

The Padres decline options on Harang, Qualls, and Hawpe.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The GM Chronicles: Part 2

The San Diego Padres went into the offseason looking for a GM, after firing Kevin Towers. The new ownership looked at Jerry DiPoto, Kim Ng, and more. About 3 years before this Boston hired San Diego front office employee, Theo Epstien as GM. The Padres decided to hire AGM to Epstien, Jed Hoyer. Hoyer was faced with a dillema, to trade Adrian Gonzalez, or not to trade Adrian Gonzalez.

TBC

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The GM Chronicles: Part 1

It all started when...

I went to the Dodgers game in LA, a few years ago, to watch a rookie Mat Latos, lose his rookie status for the next year by 2 inings. He threw 4 2/3 innings with 4 k's and a few wild pitches. He may have hit a batter and gave up 5 runs. During the game, I had the best seats in the house, and guess who was sitting in front of me? Kevin Towers, the current Padres GM. He was sitting with White Sox scout Dennis Gilbert. I gave KT some advice, and we had some conversations. It was a fun meeting, but he never used my advice, and 3 weeks later he was fired, and the search was started!

PS I am sorry for not posting enough, I am writing the saga today and it is several parts so we will likely see many more soon. I have been very busy with schoolwork and more lately.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tied for 6th in Baseball! Darn those Padres!

We are tied with the Chicago Cubs for the 6th worst team in Major League Baseball! We are 14 games behind the Astros for 1st but only 5 games behind Baltimore for 2nd! Do you know why I want to be 2nd worst? I have 3 reasons.

A) Next year we would be underestimated.

B) We wouldn't be the worst for the whole offseason.

C) This Guy.

This guy is my favorite college arm and would take him 1st overall BUT Lance Mcullers is covetted by the Astros and is very talented. Appel in my opinion could be in the rotation when Wieland, Erlin, Kelly, Sampson, Gyorko, Darnell, Blanks are taking this team deep into the playoffs. I predict 2013 or 2014 would be that year.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Amazing Innovation

Here is my first NON-BASEBALL related post EVER!

So what do you think? If you are subscribing via email you should come to the site itself to view it. I saw it in my principles of business class! Please feel free to comment!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Cameron Maybin

I love his tools, he can hit, run, catch, and just is a pure athelete. He had hit .276 with 6 homers and 31 SB while playing a really fun to watch center field. He has proved to be what we all thought he'd be when he was drafted. We aquired him for two middle relievers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica, who have done good but not great. Maybin is 24 and a stud. I think Maybin will be our CF for a while and we should extend him now. 6 years 30 million. He is just fun to watch play and is our only producing offensive piece that looks like a long-term player for SD. No offense Jesus Guzman.

Monday, August 8, 2011

2 Strange Cases

Two Padres OF are having very up and down careers, one in the minors, one on the Padres.

Rymer Liriano and Kyle Blanks. Blanks Has hit HR in two straight games including a grand slam. He is heating up! I think he could finally be developing into what I hoped! He does have a .167 avg, but Maybin, Blanks, Rizzo, Guzman, and others are making this team exciting.

Liriano is confusing, he has stolen 54 bases, hit .297 with  11 HR and played a sterling CF this year but struggled in High A. He hit .350 with 53 SB and 11HR in Ft. Wayne and .127 with 1SB and 0HR in 60 high-a at bats.

In his first year, he hit .198 with 8 bombs and 9 SB in 200 at bats, with the Dominican team, and was promoted to the Arizona League where he hit .350, had 8 HR and 15 SB in 250 AB's. SD liked the 19 year old so much they moved him to Eugene, so he hit .271 in 200 AB's there  but didn't hit a bomb. They were impressed so they moved him up to Fort Wayne(A-) and he hit .191 with 2 HR and 11 steals in 200 more AB's. For some bizzare reason they brought him up to Lake Elsinore(A) and he hit .220 with a HR and 6 steals in exactly 50 at bats. His current year was spent in Ft. Wayne. See above.

These 2 OF could help the Padres a lot over the next few years.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Padres trade Mike Adams to Rangers

The Texas Rangers have acquired RHP Mike Adams from San Diego in exchange for LHP Robby Erlin and RHP Joe Wieland. Erlin is a power lefty with great secondary stuff. Texas improved their pen earlier this week by getting Koji Uhera for Tommy Hunter and 1B Chris Davis.

Here is my take onn the two prospects we acquired and the Padre we called up:

Robby Erlin: LHP

He projects as a shorter left handed Danny Haren. He has advanced secondary stuff and good control. I really like this kid in San Diego's future rotation.

Joe Wieland: RHP

He actually threw a no hitter last week against the Padres AA affiliate. If you can't beat 'em join 'em. He could end up as a true ace. He is tall and has good control and secondary stuff.

Erik Hammren: RHP

He is the kid we called up from AA who will replace Adams. He has an ERA under one in 65 innings. in A and AA ball.


In other news Ryan Ludwick is close to being dealt. Heath Bell may stay put.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Top 100 MLB prospects

Elgibility rules:

Must have limited at bats or innings. Under 150 AB's or 45 IP for career. Only signed 2011 draftees.

  1. Mike Trout
  2. Julio Teheran
  3. Bryce Harper
  4. Mike Moustukas
  5. Anthony Rizzo
  6. Eric Hosmer
  7. Jurickso Profar
  8. Will Myers
  9. Shelby Miller
  10. Dustin Ackley
  11. Logan Chisinhall
  12. James Taillon
  13. Manny Machado
  14. Mike Montgumery
  15. Jacob Turner
  16. Desmond Jennings
  17. Martin Perez
  18. Chris Archer
  19. Brett Lawrie
  20. Jedd Gyorko
  21. Arodys Vizciano
  22. Randall Delgado
  23. Devin Morasco
  24. Drew Pomeraz
  25. Alex White
  26. Max Scurzur
  27. Jonathan Singleton
  28. Jason Kipnis
  29. Carlos Martinez
  30. Anthony Gose
  31. Nick Franklin
  32. Jean Segura
  33. Leonys Martin
  34. Manny Buanlos
  35. Tyler Skaggs
  36. Kyle Gibson
  37. Matt Harvey
  38. Stetson Allie
  39. Hak-Ju Lee
  40. Paul Goldshmidt
  41. Jesus Montero
  42. Gary Sanchez
  43. Raymond Fuentes
  44. Matt Domingez
  45. Casey Kelly
  46. Jarrod Parker
  47. Jake Ordizzi
  48. Taijuan Walker
  49. James Darnell
  50. Kevius Sampson
  51. Mike Minor
  52. Jordan Lyles
  53. Jaff Decker
  54. Zack Cozart
  55. Travis D'Anaurd
  56. Brett Jackson
  57. Brandon Belt
  58. Zach Cox
  59. Jared Cozart
  60. Miguel Sano
  61. Yasami Grandal
  62. Yonder Alonso
  63. Dayan Viciedo
  64. Garret Richards
  65. Zack Wheeler
  66. Deck Mguire
  67. Alex Cobb
  68. Alex Colme
  69. Juan Oramas
  70. Micheal Choice
  71. Simon Castro
  72. Trey McNutt
  73. Alex Torres
  74. Rymer Liriano
  75. CJ Cron
  76. Kyle Seager
  77. Dellin Betances
  78. Jemile Weeks
  79. Cody Decker
  80. Brandon Belt
  81. Grant Green
  82. Tony Sanchez
  83. Dee Gordon
  84. Chris Carter
  85. Tanner Scheppers
  86. Christain Colon
  87. Nomar Mazarra
  88. Nick Castellanos
  89. Carlos Truifinel
  90. Derek Norris
  91. AJ Cole
  92. Zach Stewart
  93. Kevin Quakenbush
  94. Aaron Hicks
  95. Christan Friedich
  96. Wilson Rosario
  97. Jose Igleas
  98. Mark Rogers
  99. Rob Musgrove
  100. Brad Brach

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Padres sign Jose Ruiz

The Padres have signed Venezuelan catching prospect Jose Ruiz. Ruiz was supposedly the best catcher out of Latin America this year. The 16-year old is said to have raw power and to be the best defensive catchers out their. The Padres have committed 1.1 million dollars to this young catcher. If San Diego signs C's Austin Hedges and Brett Austin, the Padres will have four catchers that could contribute to a major league club eventually.  If you see Ruiz in the majors, it will be in at least 4 years. Most of these prospects take several years to develop if they do. Ruiz is projected like this: .240 AVG .340 OBP 30 HR great defense.

Was this a good signing?

Monday, June 27, 2011

Trades that fell through: #10

I considered multiple trades in this spot, including a 3-team mega blockbuster that would have sent Adrian Gonzalez, Clay Bucholez, Daniel Bard, and Heath Bell to the Mariners and Felix Hernandez to the Red Sox. The Padres would have received Carlos Truifinel and Brandon Morrow. Morrow is good but not as good as any of the 5 above. The trade I did end up choosing was:

In 2009 the Padres were scuffling and dealt their ace Jake Peavy to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for LHP Clayton Richard and prospects. The deal that didn't go through was a blockbuster. Adrian Gonzalez and Heath Bell would be sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for five players. James Loney, Ivan Dejesus Jr., Russel Martin, James McDonald, and Blake DeWitt. 

This deal could have turned out to be one of the better Padres deals, or possibly the worst padres trade ever. Martin was considered a star catcher with speed, power, and a pure bat. .300 26 HR 30 SB was not out of the question. He'd have been our replacement Gonzalez. He flopped with LA from then and on. A trade may have woken him up like becoming a Yankee did.

James Loney was considered the best defensive 1B in the minors, and possibly being a .300 20 HR bat at first. Over the last 1 and a half years he has been essentially replacement level. He has been better than Padres 1B's but not even close to Gonzalez. Jesus Guzman, who has about 25 at bats, has 1/4 of the HR that Loney has. Loney has 281 at bats.

James McDonald was expected to be what he turned out to be...in Pittsburgh. Essentially he was supposed to be like Matt Garza, a flamethrower with lots of K's and a good ERA. He flopped in LA so they packaged him with Andrew Lambo and traded them for Octavio Dotel. Dotel pitched a half a month with them, before being shipped to Colorado for a PTBNL. McDonald and Kevin Correia lead Pittsburgh's rotation.

Ivan Dejesus Jr. was a top prospect, like Jose Ingleas, who could play defense. He got hurt and is toiling away at AAA Albuquerque (I love spell check). Another flop.

Blake DeWitt only provided two positive things to any team in MLB, both were too LA. He had a fantastic rookie year, on a full season's pace he would have hit 15-18 HR and around .270. LA traded him to Chicago for LHP Ted Lilly and SS Ryan Theriot. Theriot was then traded for Blake Hawkensworth. LA ended up with a solid lefty and a young pitcher with upside.

In a summary, this would have been a poor trade if all of these players flopped like they did in LA, but maybe if they were traded, it would keep them out of their slumps.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Josh Spence

Josh is the second player to reach the majors from the 2010 draft, and the first Padre. The Australian southpaw made his MLB debut last night striking out MLB star Jason Heyward (above). Josh pitched at ASU for 2 years. In his first year  he broke out going 10-1 with a 2.27 ERA as a starter, he was then drafted by the Angels in the 4th round in 2009. He declined to sign. The next year he missed the whole year due to elbow problems, but the Padres saw something, we drafted him in the ninth round and signed him for 100k. I really liked him and Jedd Gyorko coming out of the draft and now look at them. He raced through our system posting a 3.00 ERA in 10 games (5 starts) throughout Eugene, Lake Elsinore, and Fort Wayne. This year he posted a 1.71 ERA with a minor league career 10.6 k/9 ratio. He was called up after Cory Luebke was moved to the starting rotation. He could return to starting but he looks to have an Arthur Rhodes/Darren Oliver ceiling.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ryan Ludwick

Now he may be the second biggest bat on the market! We are ten games out so let's sell!

What teams could use Ludwick:

Indians
Phillies
Braves
Padres
Reds
Mariners

What are we looking for? SS, C, 2B

What teams would give:

Indians

I love Jason Kipnis's bat and defense a second and would give Ludwick and Hudson for Kipnis. It seems a little unlikely though.

Phillies

I found a creative way to balance the salary and get a big player. Bell(7mil), Ludwick(6mil), and Venable for Raul Ibanez (one year bad contract 13 mil) and Domonic Brown (amazing player). The salary is even and SD gets a mega player (Brown) and Philly gets rid of Ibanez and gets the best closer.

Braves

Pairing Bell and Ludwick makes it easier to get a MLB-ready top prospect. I like Teheran and Randall Delgado, though Teheran is likely untouchable. Bell and Ludwick for Delgado and JJ Hoover.

Padres

We can keep him and get a comp. pick next year! 55th overall or such. We could get another Michael Kelly and 1/2 year or Ludwick!

Reds

I'd like this deal the most, or the Brown deal. Ryan Ludwick for Chris Heisy. It would allow us to deal Bell to the Rangers for Profar. Hiesy would be a perfect 2-hole guy and could help now!

Mariners

San Diego could probably pull off a decent prospect for Ludwick, and I like Nick Franklin, but I covet Micheal Pineada so here is the trade:

Mike Adams, Ryan Ludwick, Dustin Mosely, Aaron Harang and Cash for Michael Pineda and the best prospect available not named Dustin Ackley.

Then we slide Pineda into the rotation, trade Bell for Profar, sign the recently released Scott Kazmir to a 2-year deal with options to fill the 5-spot in the rotation, and put Kyle Blanks in LF for Ludwick. Fill Adams, Bell, and Qualls spots like this:

CL Luke Gregerson
SU Ernesto Frieri
SU Evan Scribner
MI Sam Deduno
MI Pat Neshek
LR Wade LeBlanc
LS Cory Luebke

1. CF Cameron Maybin
2. SS Jason Bartlett
3. 3B Chase Headley
4. LF Kyle Blanks
5. 1B Anthony Rizzo
6. RF Chris Denorfia
7. C Nick Hundley
8. 2B Orlando Hudson
9. Pitcher

SP1 Mat Latos
SP2 Michael Pineda
SP3 Tim Stauffer
SP4 Scott Kazmir
SP5 Clayton Richard

Bench

Aaron Cunningham
Alberto Gonzalez
Rob Johnson
Kyle Phillips
Will Venable

Obviously I like this deal the most because we get Profar and Pineda.

The system has Rizzo, Profar, Austin, Spangenberg, Pineda, Jace Peterson, Hedges, Kelly, Ross, Tate, Fuentes, Castro, other Kelly, Gyorko, and Darnell. That is a top 5 system.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Padres sign Cory Spangenberg

The Padres have agreed to terms with 2B Cory Spangenberg on a deal that includes a 1.68 million dollar signing bonus. Spangenberg is reportedly headed to Arizona for a couple of weeks untill the Emeralds season starts. This Jucco 2B has potential to hit 20 HR .320 and have 40-50 steals. I love his bat and he will stick at second. He looks like he will be a great leadoff guy nd worth the pick. Now we need to sign Joe Ross and Micheal Kelly.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Anthony Rizzo

The Padres have called up uber-prospect Anthony Rizzo to play first and Brad Hawpe will move over to right for now. Rizzo hit .365 with 16 homers in AAA Tucson and plays great defense. He has lofty expectations but is only 20 so do not be harsh if he doesn't produce. He had a .444 OBP so he is patient, he has a little bit of speed and reminds me of Adrian in so many ways. This will be the first benefit of the Adrian trade and could have the impact on San Diego as Posey on the Giants last year and could be a bigger move theoretically than aquiring Prince Fielder! We could be seeing the 2011 rookie of the year coming up and a future all-star in the making. I say he doesn't put up MVP numbers but still ends up as our best player. I like the trade for both teams looking back on it as A-gon is looking like the possible AL MVP!
Look at this lineup:
  1. CF Cameron Maybin
  2. SS Jason Bartlett
  3. 1B Anthony Rizzo
  4. LF Ryan Ludwick
  5. RF Brad Hawpe
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. C Nick Hundley
  8. 2B Orlando Hudson
  9. pitcher
Here are my predictions for Rizzo:
.279 15  HR .360 OBP 70 RBI


Rizzomania!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Cory Spangenberg and the draft review!

Yesterday the Padres drafted five players and today many more. Here is the recap from rounds 1-6!

#10
Cory Spangenberg



 This kid can run. He can hit. Here is what to expect:
A David Eckstien attitude.
Luis Durango speed.
Rickie Weeks defense.
Robinson Cano bat. (Little less, best comparison I could find)

That is an awesome looking player! Cory was #9 on their board and they were ecstatic that he was available. He seemed like a slight overpay but it could pay off.

#25
Joe Ross

Yes he is Tyson Ross's little brother. Ross throws 95 mph and he's 18. He has a solid curve and can end up being a solid 2 or 3. He does have potential to be as good as Matt Cain! He has room to grow and should be up in 4-5 years!

#48
Micheal Kelly
I predicted he'd be a Padre! (check out my mock drafts) We drafted this 18-year old flame thrower and he still has room to grow a 6'5''. He reminds me of Zach Greinke in terms of stuff, movement, and finesse. I like his delivery and mound presence.


#54
Brett Austin
#1 He  was drafted out of the high school I was going to go to, but decided against! #2 He has a heavenly bat. Like Mike Napoli. below average defense and huge power.

#58
Jace Peterson


He is a shortstop with some power. I can't find much on him but he played football and baseball. Yes I put on the right video, Peterson is a right end. I see him and Spangenberg as the future double play combo!


#82
Austin Hedges

He looks like a better version of Yadier Molina. He is the opposite of Austin in every way. He has gold glove defense, average bat, San Diego area high school, tough sign. He will cost a lot and that is why he fell. I like him as the catcher of the future with Austin moving to RF.

Let's skip a few picks to round 6:

#203
Kyle Gaedele
He is the great nephew of Eddie Gaedel, the infamous midget who pinch-hit for the White Sox as a publicity stunt! While he probably won't have a career 1.000 OBP like his great uncle (1 AB 1 walk), he has tremendous power an reminds me of Carlos Quentin. He has average at best defense and a really big bat! I see him in LF or RF in the future.







Eddie Gaedell
My conclusion is the Eugene Emeralds will have a really good year with a core like this:

SP1 Joe Ross
SP2 Micheal Kelly
SP3 Matt Andriese
SP4 Mark Pope
SP5 ?

CL Greg Gonzalez

  1. 2B Corey Spangenberg
  2. SS Jace Peterson
  3. DH Brett Austin
  4. RF Kyle Gaedele
  5. ?
  6. ?
  7. C Austin Hedges
  8. ?
  9. ?
What is your take on these picks?

Friday, June 3, 2011

What the grades mean.

Here is my grading scale for prospects 1-25. I choose a grade and it show what I think they will become.
A+
Surely going top be the best player in the game.

A
Going to be a star.

A-
Probably going to be a star

B+
A great player. Maybe a star.

B
A chance to be a star, probably will be an average player.

B-
Has potential, will probably be a solid player.

C+
Might never make it, has potential, Above-average at best.

C
Average at best likely a middle reliever or a bench player.

C-
50-50 percent chance they make it. If they do probably a pen arm or bench player.

D-F
Not likley to make it to MLB, not going to be a starter. Not worth much.

Top 30 prospects: #24

Evan Scribner


Evan was aquired in a deal that sent 1B Tony Clark to the Diamondbacks in 2008. The deal is already paying divedends for San Diego. Evan owns a career 2.75 minor league ERA. He had 55 saves and an 11/k per 9 inning ratio. This year Scribner has a 2.45 ERA for San Diego in 11 innings and 6 games. He looks like he could be a late inning arm in the pen, but he will most likely become another Padres middle reliver who could close for another team. Like Ryan Webb and the Marlins. I am doing gradesfor the top 25.

Grade: B-

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Top prospects: #25

Zach Herr

Zach is up here because of A. Trevor Hoffman's compliment to his curveball and B. His stellar numbers for the last 2 years. He has a career 3.84 ERA and 171 career K's in 176 innings. He looks like another one of many pen arms soon to come out of our farm. He has a cieling of Brian Fuentes and could easily become Will Ohman 2.0, I see this kid in San Diego in under 2 years.

Grade: C-

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Daisuke Matsuzaka

Japanese righty Daisuke Matsuzaka is slated to have Tommy John Surgery, and miss the rest of his contract. He was worth 45.6 million dollars according to Fangraphs system (1 WAR=5 million dollars). He cost the Red Sox 153 million dollars (posting fee-101 million salary-52 million). Doing the math, the Sox lost 108.4 million dollars on this investment! In comparison, The Padres supposedly made 38 million dollars, tops in MLB last year according to Forbes Magazine! Matsuzaka blames the Red Sox training programs, not his program in Japan. In his 5 years in Boston he owns 49 wins and a decent 4.25 ERA in 5 years. Led by a 2008 campaign where in 29 starts he had a 2.90 ERA and went 18-3!  Daisuke has pocketed 33.8 million dollars so far in his career.

Top 30 prospects: #26

Logan Forsythe

           Forsythe is already with the club, but some intresting points about Logan, a second round draft pick, include he was originally a third baseman! Forsythe was in the minors with 3B James Darnell, and Chase Headley was on the big league club, so they moved him to second. His bat profiles better at second, and he played better defense. Forsythe beat Darnell to the bigs due too two injuries to Orlando Hudson. He is hitting .188 but has played solid defensive ball. He looks like a high OBP, good defense, few steals, average power at best, average to above average player. He will not a star but has the potetial to be a very solid player. Forsythe is almost guaranteed to be a regular at one point in his career though. I like his defense and see him as our future 2B and 2-hole hitter!

Hint:

This southpaw profiles as another reliever. He has a very good curveball.

Monday, May 30, 2011

MLB Mock 3.0

With the draft a week away I decided to do my 3rd mock. San Diego is looking really good and has 5 of the first 58 picks in the draft. 




#10 overall
Acquired: As consumption for failing to sign RHP Karsten Whisten

My Pick: RHP Sonny Gray





This is likely the pick as the Padres have displayed public intrest in Gray and Uconn RHP Matt Barnes. He has a nasty slider (almost as good as Gregerson'd), pinpoint control of his curveball, and a 93-96 MPH fastball.  He is 6'1'' and would be a tremendous pick. Barnes or Springer may go here. Latos-Kelly-Gray-Castro-Purke would be a rotation that would make players see SD on the calender and so darn, they will be a tough team. His delivery reminds me of Mike Adams, and he could be a Zach Greinke type pitcher. 

What a 1-4!
Bonus: 4.5 million




#25 overall:

My Pick: LHP Matt Purke
Purke is an incredibly interesting pick as he was drafted by the Rangers, 33rd overall, and did not sign in 2008 and went to college. He was going as high as 3rd overall to the D-Backs until he hurt his arm. His draft stock fell and he has been going in the supplemental round in most mocks. I value him a lot as you can see. He could be a David Price type player and is a stud. He is extremely high risk-high reward. Gray-Purke-Latos-Kelly-Castro could be historically good! 

Bonus: 1 million



#48 overall:
Acquired: Received as consumption for not signing Jon Garland



My Pick: CF Jackie Bradley Jr.

He is another player who's draft stock has fallen and is a 5-tool OF and reminds me of Shane Victorino.  He would be huge value if he is available and could be a solid leadoff hitter. I like him here but not at 25.
If Swihart is available here I'd snag him though.


#54 overall:
Acquired: Received as consumption for not signing Yorvit Torriealba

My Pick: 3B Josh Tobias


Tobias has power-speed potential at SS, 3B, 2B, or CF. He could be a .290 27 HR 30 SB player in his prime. At worst he could be a decent utility man. I really want us to draft this kid. He would be the best fit for SD if he plays second or short


#58 overall:
Acquired: Received as consumption for not signing Kevin Corriea

My Pick: RHP Micheal Kelly


Did you notice what ballpark that is? Yes, he is warming up at PETCO for the Aflac-All-Star high school game. He is a high upside high school pitcher that reminds me of Matt Garza.  He throws 95 MPH and is only 5 years older than me! He would have tremendous value and likely be a solid pitcher. He was made for San Diego.


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Top 30 prospects: #27

Vincent Belnome

Via Madfriars.com
This 23-year old second basemen was drafted in the 28th round of the 2009 draft. In 2 years he has hit 29 homers and 64 doubles at second base! He is a hitter who can play 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. He really reminds me of Jose Lopez only more average and walks. He has a career OBP of .409, average defense, 20-30 homer power, below average speed, and a decent average. I really like this kid and he has a chance to be our 2B of the future!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Scott Sizemore

Vs.


Billy Beane has made another incredible trade, sending 6'4'' 29 year old LHP David Purcey to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for 26-year old Second Basemen Scott Sizemore. Beane is planning to convert Sizemore into a 3B, the A's have coveted him for a very long time. Sizemore has struggled with the bat in his 206 career at-bats, but is a surefire choice to rebound. The A's originally acquired David Purcey from the Toronto Blue Jays after he was designated him for assignment. Essentialy the A's got Sizemore for next to nothing!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Top 30 prospects: #28

Brad Brach


This 25 year-old kid was drafted in 2008 and can pitch, he was the closer for Fort Wayne, then Lake Elsinore, now San Antonio! He has a career ERA OF 2.07 and 91 saves in 4 minor league seasons. This kid is flat out dominant! I noticed his 11.5 career k-% and his 1.6 walk-% per nine innings. Every year but one his FIP was under 2.75! He is a star and Will be another arm like Frieri, Scribner, Qualls, Bell, Adams etc. I like this kid and can see him flourishing in a late relief role. I will continue to watch this kid and he will just be another solid arm in our pen.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Blake Tekotte


Blake Tekotte has been called up to replace the incumbent Will Venable. Venable was sent down to work on his swing after hitting .229. Tekotte was called up to sit(?)! Blake is a  top prospect(one of the top 30!) and should not be sitting! Unfortunately Chris Denorfia is now the starting RF. Tekotte just turned 24 yesterday and was called up due to his LH Bat. Samuel Deduno was designated for assignment to create space on the 40-man roster. San Diego now has 10 days to trade, release, or place Deduno on waivers. If he clears waivers he would be outrighted to AAA.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Quick Update!

via seawaves.us

The Padres have a new player. The player to be named later in the Jason Bartlett deal is Cash Considerations! He can't hit, pitch, or play defense! All he does is keep Jeff Moorad's wallet full! Cash will not have any impact on the Padres. He will join San Diego June 1st or June 15th.

Padres Top 30 prospects: #29

Mark Hardy

Via milb.com
This kid was our 43rd overall draft selection last year. He has beat the odds and now has the second best stats of all the our picks. He has a 3.30 ERA and his FIP says that he is is just around where he should be. He is starting and relieving for Lake Elsinore, and looks like an effective pitcher. If I was the GM of any team I'd stick this kid in AA and have him start. Hardy is a stud and looks like he will be a back of the rotation type pitcher with Clayton Richard like ceiling.

Comparison:

Padres LHP Wade LeBlanc

Hint:

#28 is a closer, he has succeeded at almost every stop and is in AA, he flourished last year as Lake Elsinore's closer.



If you have any guesses please leave them in the comments.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Top 30 prospects: #30

Duanel Jones

He had tested positive for HGH after signing with the Giants for 1.5 million. SF voided the deal and we signed him to a 450k deal. He is a 3B by trade who is 6-3 195 pounds at 16! He projects to have a lot of power and a good arm. He does not look like he will make an impact for a very long time. This kid is raw and could be a good player or burn out and never be heard of again.

Top 30 prospects intro

I decided to look at our top 30, so I will count down untill I am at 1. Please feel free to comment on any picks. If you have a better one go ahead and share!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Trade!

Franklin Morales courtesy of zimbio.com
The Boston Red Sox have reportedly acquired LHP Franklin Morales from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for a PTBNL or cash. Morales throws 94.4 MPH and has very high ceiling. My take on this deal is the Sox won big, the only way they can lose this deal is if Morales provides negative value! The Rox will probably get cash to complete the deal. The 25-year old lefty has posted a 3.86 ERA so far this year. He is wild and has walked 8 hitters in 14 innings. I went and looked up the numbers and actually was 0-2 with a 6.28 ERA against us, which means no more wins against the Rockies because of Morales. In 2008 Baseball America rated him as the 8th best prospect in the game and he was looking like a premier, young, front-of-the-rotation guy. He then experienced a move to the bullpen, since then he has posted a 5.17 ERA but in 2009 he took the closers roll for Brian Fuentes, and in 2010 filled in for the injured Huston Street. He saved 10 games through those 2 stretches. Boston also designated Hideki Okijima for assignment and signed RHP Kevin Millwood to a minor-league contract.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Padres Mock 2.0

 overall
Acquired: As consumption for failing to sign RHP Karsten Whisten

My Pick: CF George Springer


It was a tough pick here at number ten because most of the top talent is gone and the second-tier bests are available. Possible remnants of the top talent includes talented center fielder George Springer, SS Francisco Lidor, RHP Sonny Grey,  and RHP Matt Barnes. I see Springer/Lidor/Grey but I don't think Grey or Lidor would be available. Springer is talented and an easy sign. He reminds me of Jayson Werth and would be a huge pickup.

Bonus: 1.5 million


#25 overall:

My Pick: LHP Matt Purke


Purke is an incredibly interesting pick as he was drafted by the Rangers, 33rd overall, and did not sign in 2008 and went to college. He was going as high as 3rd overall to the D-Backs until he hurt his arm. His draft stock fell and he has been going in the supplemental round in most mocks. I value him a lot as you can see. He could be a David Price type player and is a stud. He is extremely high risk-high reward. 

Bonus: 1 million


#48 overall:
Acquired: Received as consumption for not signing Jon Garland

My Pick: CF Jackie Bradley Jr.


He is another player who's draft stock has fallen and is a 5-tool OF and reminds me of Shane Victorino.  He would be huge value if he is available and could be a solid leadoff hitter. I like him here but not at 25.



#54 overall:
Acquired: Received as consumption for not signing Yorvit Torriealba

My Pick: SS Levi Michael, Chapel Hill

He is a stud defensively, easy sign, lots of talent, and he reminds me of Padre Jason Bartlett. He fits the Padre mold.


#58 overall:
Acquired: Received as consumption for not signing Kevin Corriea

My Pick: RHP Micheal Kelly
Did you notice what ballpark that is? Yes, he is warming up at PETCO for the Aflac-All-Star high school    game. He is a high upside high school pitcher that reminds me of Matt Garza.  He throws 95 MPH and is only 5 years older than me!

I decided to do another mock draft, SD has some very intriguing picks in the draft and I like #25 the most, feel free to comment or email me with questions or comments at padres4221@hotmail.com. I will respond ASAP(within the day). I hope you like it!


#10

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Heath Bell


Heath Bell via Wikipedia


















        We are 16-23, let's face it, we are not going to contend this year if things do not work out over the next month. We also have owners are paying less money to their players than Alex Rodriguez and Rafael Soriano combined! Former Padres Jake Peavy and Adrian Gonzalez (combined) are also going to make more that the Padres will this year. I think we all know where this is going. Heath Bell will probably not remain a Padre due to salary. I'd like you to understand the Nationals closer, Matt Capps, was coming off a year where he had a 5.80 ERA and 8 losses. He was under control for one and a half years and netted the Nationals rookie C Wilson Ramos, who was a top prospect at the time and is now their starting catcher, while Capps is overpaid at 7.15 million dollars! Teams will overpay for closers so let's look at our options.


The Rangers

Young Closer Neftali Feliz is injured and they may want to move him into the rotation.


The Cardinals


Closer Ryan Franklin imploded and Eduardo Sanchez is closing games


The Phillies


Brad Lidge and Jose Contreras are hurt so they are in need of a closer.


The Marlins


Their closer is Leo Nunez and would-be-padre-middle-relief-fodder Ryan Webb is their best reliever.


The Rays


Former Padre Adam Russell is their best reliever, and their closer is Kyle Farnsworth




Now what would we get in return:


From the Rays:


I'd target BJ Upton if if I wanted MLB players, and Desmond Jennings in terms of prospects. I'd expect a deal like this: Heath Bell for BJ Upton or Heath Bell for Hak-Ju Lee and Brandon Guyer. I do love Moore and Jennings though.


From the Rangers:


I saw 2 players. Juckerson Profar(18) and Elvis Andrus(23). They are both SS, and both under 24. Andrus would take over now, while Profar would take 3-5 years. He was the star of the 2004 little league team that won it all! Potential Deal: Profar and Jake Skole for Heath Bell.


From the Phillies:


I see one player, his name is Dominic Brown. Brown is a stud! Maybe Venable and Bell for Brown? I hope so.


From the Marlins:


I do not see much, maybe Matt Dominguez for Heath Bell


From the Cardinals:


It's all too much or too little. I like Rasmus but he would cost Bell and Maybin, which I would not do. I also like Jon Jay but he is not worth much. They are not a very good fit.


And my prediction: Heath Bell is traded to the Rangers for Jurickson Profar. This would give San Diego the best farm in the game as here would be the list:


1. Jurickson Profar
2. Anthony Rizzo
3. Casey Kelly
4. Raymond Fuentes
5. Simon Castro
6. Jaff Decker
7. Jed Gyorko
8. James Darnell
9. Kevius Sampson
10. Cody Decker
11. Donavan Tate
12. Evert Williams