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GM Jed Hoyer on Kyle Blanks bobblehead night "That's not my department"

XX Sports Radio: Jed Hoyer Interview (MP3) with Darren Smith

  • Hoyer is pretty familiar with the first 25 guys drafted. He doesn't have a great feel for the last 25 rounds. It's the area scouts who are familiar with those guys.
  • It was an unusual year and it wasn't a strong year for college position players. Everyone in the Padres draft room loved Karsten Whitson. Jason McLeod had a gut feeling about Whitson.
  • It's impossible to predict when Whitson will be ready for the Major Leagues. It's a 3-5 year process to build up a High School player's arm to pitch 200 innings.
  • They like to get High School pitchers into the system so that they can take care of their arms.
  • Hoyer thinks that Stephen Strasburg lived up to the hype. Darren Smith thinks Avatar lived up to the hype.
  • Edward Mujica's walk to strike out ratio is excellent but the amount of home runs that he's given up is a concern. "You can't be giving up home runs at that rate."
  • Heath Bell has only had two 1-2-3 innings this season. The ninth inning is a different animal than the seventh or eighth. Bell's stuff is better now than it was last year. Hoyer thinks that closers are adrenaline junkies.
  • Hoyer thinks Mike Adams, Luke Gregerson and Ryan Webb have closer potential.
  • Kyle Blanks is a little rusty. Blanks is going to have to perform the way he did last year before they bring him back up with the Padres. Once he's ready to play the field he'll go back to Portland.
  • Jed Hoyer isn't concerned that June 19th is Kyle Blanks bobblehead night. "That's not my department." Even the best of prospects struggle.


  • Drew Cumberland and Luis Durango have lead off potential but neither are ready for the Major Leagues. Hoyer liked Buddy Black's line up last night. Eckstein has been solid about getting on base this year. He likes Chase Headley batting ahead of Adrian Gonzalez.
  • Jed Hoyer is a Celtics fan.