There are a bunch of great articles all around the web about our favorite team. We appreciate your time with us, but I thought I’d pay some respects to some reads that I’ve found to be insightful and informative from various sources.
As always, Dennis Lin and the rest of the staff at the Union-Tribune are the go-to reference for Padres news and hot takes. They’re usually a step ahead of the Padres’ official site, which makes sense since the team needs to be a little more cautious in how to represent what they say. The Padres need to sugar-coat everything, the U-T can present the news raw.
Bill Center has been posting like mad on the Padres’ official blog, FriarWire. His running pieces of his “Top 100 Padres” has been an interesting set of articles, and he’s been covering prospects to watch in his “Padres on Deck” pieces.
Hitting coach Alan Zinter had a lengthy and insightful Q & A with David Laurila of Fangraphs. He has a solid fundamental basis on the mechanics of the baseball swing and how to optimize it, but it also sounds like he knows how to communicate differently to his players to accommodate their style or approach. It made me think of Laurila’s piece from a couple weeks ago where he discussed launch angles with Wil Myers and Carlos Asuaje. They’re two very different guys. Asuaje is an analyst and a scientist, while Myers is more of a feel player who prefers a simple approach.
Fangraphs’ Craig Edwards went into depth on the “dead money” that MLB teams have on the books. The Dodgers are the league leaders in that category, but the Padres hold the odd position of paying more to players who are not on the roster than to those who are.
Also on Fangraphs, Eric Longenhagen released his Top 100 Prospects list. Seven Padres are named, with six of them making the top 100. By my count, only the Yankees have more on that list, and the Padres should only see their share of this count swell as all these teenagers mature in the next few years.
Wayne Cavadi at our sister site Minor League Ball takes a look at Padres prospect Anderson Espinoza’s secondary stats to show just how advanced he is. It’s a good reminder that “scouting by the stat line” is often a perilous endeavor. Espinoza passes the eye test, and his peripherals suggest that he’s set up for long-term success.
John Sickels over at Minor League Ball gazed into his crystal ball to see where Hunter Renfroe’s career trajectory may go. He seems to adhere to the Jay Bruce comparison, and when you look at Bruce’s first six years in the league, that’s not a bad path to follow.
The MadFriars site on Scout.com is a valuable resource for anything related to Padres prospects and more. They’ve been posting daily updates from the minor league camp. While many of their articles are free, these daily updates are locked away behind a subscription, which doesn’t cost much and is very much worth it. Here are the first five days’ worth of articles: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5. While the action in the MLB spring training games get all the press, the real future of the organization is going to work on the back lots, and these guys are on top of it.
John Conniff of Scout.com wrote a review of Kirk Kenney’s book 100 Things Padres Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, a book that our own Joe Lanek reviewed last June. (Conniff even gave a shout-out to Joe in the article.
Ben Davey of Scout.com had a Q & A with Mike Rosenbaum of MLB Pipeline to discuss the Padres prospects that made their Top 30 list as well as some that barely missed. While only a few players on the list are “near-MLB-ready”, the organization has so many high-ceiling players that he clearly struggled with paring down the list to just 30.
The guys over at East Village Times sure stay busy. They forecasted potential deadline trade candidates, the rotation competition, what makes Wil Myers the face of the franchise, whether the Padres should consider Eric Gagne (NOPE), took a look at prospect Phil Maton, and discussed some other prospects who aren’t getting front-page press.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the great work that come from Gwynntelligence and Padres Public. Gwynntelligence tends to get deeper into the business and marketing side of things, which has been interesting to follow through the rise and fall of the Mike Dee Era, and it appears that PadresJagoff of Gwynntelligence knows more about all of that than just about anyone. Padres Public is a collective of Padres fans who make fun podcasts and write about anything Padres, often capturing elements that get passed over for bigger stories.
So pull up a chair and your favorite brewed beverage, and take in some good reads.