Saturday, April 30, 2011

Matt Clark

The Padres anemic offense has had only two players hitting over .240. Chris Denorfia and Nick Hundley, Denorfia is not even a starter and we cannot get a hit with RISP! Are pitching must be perfect for us to win and Dustin Mosely whom has a 1.99 ERA is 0-3. Many people are saying Anthony Rizzo is our savior, but most don't want to rush him. I found the perfect solution! We should callup Matt Clark because he is not nessecarilly a top prospect so skipping part of AAA will not provide much of a risk! He could replace struggling 1B Brad Hawpe. He is a player that has a reputation of being a Home Run, walk, or nothing type hitter and would probably have a line looking like this: 18 HR 75 RBI .248 avg. 340 OBP 120 k's. I would project Hawpe at: 10 HR 50 RBI .297 Avg. .320 OBP 110 K's. Calling up Clark would light a fire under Hawpe and push him to sucsess. In that scenerio they could combine for a .270 avg .330 OBP 60 RBI 20 HR 100 k's. Hawpe has been heating up so I'd give him 10 more games and see how he is doing after that. Clark may never get a shot with SD so I figure we may be able to spare a little to see how he can perform. Here is some video of Clark:


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Idea

I realized I could have a mock draft for MLB only I will try and find 29 other bloggers to take a team and we will have a Mock Draft via email and write a description of why he goes there and what his skills are.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

June 6th

Does anybody know what day that is? The 2011 MLB Draft. It will be aired on MLB Network. The Padres have 5 of the top 58 draft picks. Here is my mock draft:

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

My pick: LHP Daniel Norris, Science Hill HS

This video shows his stuff and pitches and delivery the best.

Weighing in at 185 and 6'3" he is one of the top high school pitchers available. He sits in the mid-to low 90's with the fastball and has an above-average slider and a decent change. His curve is not his best pitch. I'd have to say he reminds me of David Price and Clayton Kershaw. I have a very very good feeling about this kid and I am going to call that he will be a superstar.

Alternative picks:

Jed Bradley, Bubba Starling, George Springer*, Francisco Lidor, Sonney Gray, or Matt Purke

The last 5 if available will/should be taken if available. Lidor is a very good SS and Starling could easily be 1st or 19th, he is a very risky toolsy OF that I have also deemed for stardom though he is extremely high risk, higher reward. He can also be a LHP. I like Purke a ton and think of him higher than Norris and I did not mention the almost certain top 2 picks Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon, both who if are available and not taken I would have strong words.

*Springer was a close second for my Padres pick.



#25 overall:

My pick: RHP Trevor Bauer UCLA

He is a college pitcher hitting 97 MPH on the radar gun but is undersized. 6'1" 175lbs. Bauer has star potential and would be my pick at 25. My previous pick was Oregon's catcher Anthony Susac before receiving word that he had broke his left hand. Bauer is headed to SF in the majority of mock drafts but I am drooling over 97 from a college arm. We would get an arm that is Whiston-like AND take a pick from SF.

Alternative picks:

Blake Swihart or Joshua Tobias



#48 overall:
Acquired: Received as consumption for not signing Yorvit Torrialba

My Pick: CF Zach Cone, Georgia

He had a .363 BA and 10 HR along with 13 steals. The depth in this draft is insane. Cone is a 5-tool CF who could be a stud. I really think he is one of the top OF's.



#54 overall:
Acquired: Received as consumption for not signing Kevin Correia 
My Pick: SS BA Vollmouth



He would be the SS of the future as he immediately becomes the best SS in our system. I think this will be a very good draft for SD. Thoug there is a slight chance he ends up at 3B.



#58 overall:
Acquired: Received as consumption for not signing Chris Young

My Pick: CF Jason Coats, TCU

He is a very very good defensive outfielder. I'd say he is reminiscent of Steve Finely with less speed. i really think he would be a good pick right here and do pretty good and worst case scenario he is a 4th outfielder. He has a Finley-like ceiling!












I'd like to dedicate this post to my Uncle Fred, who reads every post.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

3-2! Hudson wins it!

Orlando Hudson had the walkoff hit as the Padres pulled off a 3-2 win in the 9th inning as Heath Bell(1-0) got the win. Ryan Ludwick, Jason Bartlett, Will Venable, Brad Hawpe, and Jorge Cantu are in slumps and pitchers Cory Luebke and Tim Stauffer are not performing to their capabilities. On the other hand Cameron Maybin, Orlando Hudson, and Nick Hundley are on fire! Pitchers Chad Qualls, Aaron Harang, and Dustin Mosely are doing great. Oh! I forgot the GAB trio. Luke Gregerson and his killer slider are doing great. Mike Adams is the lights out 8th inning guy and Heath Bell is his old self, 0.00 ERA and one win and 2 saves. The Padres are 5-6 and 3.5 ga,es out of first. I see the above 5 slumpers to get better as the season wears on.

Player of the game: Orlando Hudson

1-4 with an RBI and a steal, he also drew a walk and had good at bats!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

First Four

Game #1
W 5-3

Starter Tim Stauffer went 6 strong innings and Cameron Maybin was the star of the game going 2-5 with a double and a homer. The home run came of Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin in the 9th inning; we took the game into the eleventh before winning the game on a Maybin hit. Pat Neshek(1-0)

Player of the game: Cameron Maybin

Game #2
W 11-3

Clayton Richard(1-0) went 6 innings while Chase Headley led the offense, driving in 4 and hitting a 2-run blast in the 8th inning. Our offense was very scrappy as we were bunting with Hudson, our #3 hitter!

Player of the game: Chase Headley

Game #3
L 0-2

Dustin Mosely(0-1) and Jaime Garcia(1-0) had a pitchers duel as Garcia threw a 4-hit shutout and Mosely went 7 strong innings of 1 run ball.

Player of the game: Dustin Mosely


Game #4
W 3-1

The home season started off with Jason Mraz singing the national anthem and Trevor Hoffman throwing out the first pitch. They game actually was started by a messy inning by Aaron Harang(1-0), giving up a leadoff hit to Andres Torres who stole a base. Two consecutive ground outs brought Torres home for the Giants first and only run. Harang went 5 more innings of shut out ball(with 6k's) so his final line was 1 win 1 run 6 innings 6 k's, his ERA is currently 1.50. Our offense was lead by catcher Nick Hundley who went 3-4 and threw out a base runner!

Player of the game: Nick Hundley