• MLB Mar 28

    Musgrove Does it All in Final Padres Spring Training Start

    For the most part, Padres pitchers have not been swinging the bat during Cactus League play. Joe Musgrove bucked that trend in a big way on Sunday. In his final Spring Training start Musgrove threw 5.0 no-hit innings, striking out six and walking two in a 3-3 tie with Cleveland. The Grossmont High School alum was better with a bat…

  • MLB Mar 27

    Snell Super Sharp in Final Padres Spring Training Start

    The last time Blake Snell took the Cactus League mound he didn’t allow a run, but also didn’t get through four innings against the Angels. Afterwards he said he wasn’t happy with three walks and what he called inconsistency. The Padres left-handed ace fixed what was ailing him and more. On Saturday, Snell went 5.0 innings and allowed just...

  • baseball Mar 27

    6 Days From Opening Day, Padres Trim Roster

    The Padres can only keep 26 players on their Opening Day roster. So, they’re entering the part of Spring Training where they have a lot of tough conversations. On Friday the Friars optioned right-hander Anderson Espinoza to Double-A San Antonio. Espinoza is working his way back from a 2nd Tommy John (elbow reconstruction) surgery and has gotten widely popular reviews…

  • MLB Mar 22

    Padres Ace Blake Snell Challenges Angels on Sunday, Himself Every Day

    The Padres beat the Angels 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Peoria Sports Complex. 2nd baseman Jake Cronenworth continued his solid Spring showing with a double, a walk and two runs batted in. However, as is the case with all Cactus League games, the final score is insignificant. What’s important is how the projected starting lineup is looking. Lefty...

  • MLB Mar 21

    Padres Rookie Weathers Shows Promise in Tie With Dodgers

    With the Padres likely keeping ace Dinelson Lamet off the Opening Day roster as they give him plenty of time to recover from last season’s arm issues the Friars have three young starters in the mix to open the season as the 5th starter. Adrian Morejon seems to have the inside track but Ryan Weathers and MacKenzie Gore can...

  • MLB Mar 14

    Padres Catcher Nola Out With Broken Finger

    When the Padres traded for catcher Austin Nola last August, one of the positive qualities we heard about was his toughness. They were definitely not lying. Nola fractured a finger on his glove hand when he caught a foul tip in Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. We didn’t know this until Sunday because Nola didn’t pull himself...

  • MLB Mar 11

    Padres Walk Off With a Cactus League Win

    It had to happen eventually. Padres pitchers projected to make up the 2021 starting rotation started Cactus League play with 11 shutout innings. That string was snapped on Thursday against Cleveland but the Friars still won 5-4. Grossmont High School alum Joe Musgrove made the longest Spring Training start by any Padres starter, going 3.0 innings. After a scoreless first…

  • MLB Mar 7

    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...

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