• MLB 1 hour ago

    Darvish Dazzles in Padres Debut

    One of the few unknowns about the Padres during Spring Training 2021 is who the Opening Day starting pitcher will be. There are plenty of options, with four different guys on the roster who’ve done it before. After one trip through the rotation we don’t have much clarity on that. Everyone has looked fantastic. Yu Darvish made his case...

  • MLB Mar 1

    Padres Pitcher Paddack Prepares for Rebound Season

    By this own admission, 2020 was not a great year for Chris Paddack. The Padres starter was expecting to follow up a dynamic rookie season with a dominant sophomore campaign. Instead, Paddack struggled to find himself. His strikeout rate dropped, his home run rate jumped, and things just never really fell into place. Over the off-season Paddack did some self-scouting…

  • MLB Feb 27

    Padres Cactus League Games to Look a Little Different

    On Sunday the Padres open Cactus League play against the Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex. Typically, the first few weeks of Spring Training games are used for pitchers to slowly stretch themselves out (lefty Adrian Morejon is the first pitcher out of the gate for the Padres). This year MLB is giving teams even more latitude to allow arms to…

  • MLB Feb 20

    Padres Talented Catchers Are Much More Than Backstops

    Most Major League teams carry two catchers. While keeping a third on the roster, especially with rosters expanded to 26 players, is not like finding Sasquatch, it’s certainly not the norm. The Padres are looking seriously at doing just that. Austin Nola and Victor Caratini are shoe-ins for the Opening Day roster. Heralded youngster Luis Campusano (MLB Pipeline’s 45th...

  • MLB Feb 19

    Padres Spring Training Tickets On Sale Soon

    The last time Padres fans had a chance to see their playoff contenders in person was Spring Training of 2020. The next time they’ll get that chance will be Spring Training of 2021. The Peoria Sports Complex, in accordance with local, state and Major League Baseball COVID-19 protocols, will operate at 16% capacity, which adds up to 1,960 fans in…

  • MLB Mar 9, 2020

    Paddack Roughed up in Padres Loss

    Chris Paddack’s stuff is undeniably ace-level. But even the best pitches in the world will get hit hard if they’re not put in the proper place, a lesson that was taught by the White Sox on Sunday afternoon. Paddack gave up a pair of home runs to Cheslor Cuthbert in a 6-0 loss to Chicago. On the first one...

  • MLB Mar 7, 2020

    Padres Walk Off Rangers

    It’s only Cactus League play, but right now even when things don’t go well for the Padres they seem to end up going well for the Padres. San Diego beat Texas 4-3 on Friday night after giving up a lead in the top of the 9th inning … then getting them right back in the bottom of the 9th...

  • Padres Mar 6, 2020

    #OnFriar Podcast: Does a Great Cactus League Record Mean Anything?

    The Padres are 10-2 in Cactus League Play. So do we celebrate or keep the pessimism that San Diego sports fans have rightfully earned? That’s one of the big topics on this week’s OnFriar Podcast. NBC 7’s Darnay Tripp and Derek Togerson take a look at what the Friars hot start to the exhibition season means … and what...

  • MLB Mar 5, 2020

    Gore Debuts, Padres Win Again

    The Padres beat the Mariners 3-0 in Peoria to run their Cactus League record to 10-2 (which breaks down as 0-2 against Kansas City and 10-0 against all teams not from Kansas City). But the most exciting part of the day was the bottom of the 7th inning. MacKenzie Gore, the Padres top prospect and the #1 pitching prospect in…

  • MLB Mar 1, 2020

    Padres Beat Giants for 6th Straight (Cactus League) Win

    A couple of big questions for the Padres as they started up Spring Training were what would they get out of newly signed infielder Jurickson Profar and overly signed outfielder Wil Myers (well, after they put the Myers trade pursuit on hold, at least). On Sunday, at least, the answers were plenty enough to win a lot of baseball games….

  • MLB Mar 1, 2020

    Ona Shows Off Power in Padres Win

    In 2016 the padres spent upwards of $90 million on signing players on the international market. One of those guys was Cuban outfielder Jorge Ona. In 2019, at the age of 22, he looked like he was really figuring it out with a fantastic start at Double-A Amarillo … until a shoulder injury ended his season after just 25 games….

  • MLB Feb 29, 2020

    Grisham Impresses, Padres Win

    The Padres sent highly touted prospect Luis Urias to Milwaukee for highly touted prospect Trent Grisham in the off-season hoping the left-handed hitting outfielder could help even out their right-handed heavy lineup. If Grisham keeps playing like he did Friday night against the Cubs they made the right move. Grisham went 3-for-3 with a home run in a 5-1 Cactus…

  • MLB Feb 28, 2020

    Padres Post 2nd Straight Shutout

    During Spring Training the Padres have been fond of praising the depth of their pitching staff. Over the last two Cactus League games they’ve been right. Nine Padres pitchers combined to punch out nine Angels hitters in a 1-0 win in Tempe on Saturday, just a day after blanking the Indians 8-0, to improve to 4-1 on the exhibition...

  • MLB Feb 24, 2020

    Padres Open Cactus League With a Win

    Rain wiped out what was supposed to be their Cactus League opener so it took an extra day for the Padres to open their Jayce Tingler/brown uniform reboot. So far, so good. The Padres beat the Brewers 7-2 at American Family Fields of Phoenix. Sure it’s just an exhibition game but still getting that first win out of the...

  • MLB Feb 22, 2020

    Rain Washes Away Padres Cactus League Opener

    New Padres manager Jayce Tingler was not messing around with his first Cactus League starting lineup. For their first game against the Mariners his starting lineup looked like this: 1) SS Fernando Tatis Jr.2) DH Tommy Pham3) 3B Manny Machado4) 1B Eric Hosmer5) C Francisco Mejia6) 2B Jurickson Profar7) RF Josh Naylor8) CF Abraham Almonte9) LF Franchy CorderoP Cal Quantrill…

  • Padres Jan 16, 2020

    Padres Invite Top Prospects to Spring Training

    In 2019 the Padres brought non-roster player Fernando Tatis, Jr. to Major League Spring Training. The super-prospect was their #1 prospect. He earned the Opening Day starting job and quickly became one of the most exciting players in the game. This year the Friars will have their new #1 prospect in Peoria with the big club and hope he has…

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