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MLB: Spring Training-San Diego Padres at Seattle Mariners Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Padres have continued their excellent play in the Cactus League and currently sit at the top spot with an 11-4 record. They hold a +26 run differential, good for first among all teams, and have allowed only 50 runs through 15 games played, second best all teams.

They host the Dodgers today in Peoria with LA holding a 8-7 record .

Happy Monday, everyone!

Today in Peoria: Tatis Jr. returns, Quiroz carries Padres to walk-off win

https://padres.mlblogs.com/today-in-peoria-tatis-jr-returns-quiroz-carries-padres-to-walk-off-win-5646744280fa

“Esteban Quiroz came through with a two-out single down the left field foul line as the Padres walked off the Rangers 4–3 on Friday night.”

MLB’s All-Underrated Team Heading into 2020 Season

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2878994-mlbs-all-underrated-team-heading-into-2020-season

“Whether it’s a pitcher who succeeds without overpowering stuff, a well-rounded player who gets lost in the shuffle at a deep position, or something else entirely, players wind up underrated for a variety of reasons.”

Clubhouse chemistry, mixing old and new to be key for Padres in 2020

https://www.eastvillagetimes.com/clubhouse-chemistry-mixing-old-and-new-to-be-key-for-padres-in-2020/

“Whenever you can be carefree and have fun — in the clubhouse, outside, everything — wins start piling up,” Dozier said.

Kiley McDaniel’s top 100 prospects for 2020

https://www.espn.com/mlb/insider/story/_/id/28820713/kiley-mcdaniel-top-100-prospects-2020

“Gore is a consensus top-10 prospect in the game and, in many ways, is exactly how scouts would draw up a pitching prospect. He’s an elite athlete who was a real draft prospect as a hitter, he has a near ideal frame and delivery, and those things add up to elite command in addition to advanced feel for pitching.”

Column: Padres’ farm fresh players could transform team into a contender soon

https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/la-sp-padres-farm-system-dodgers-logan-white-aj-preller-20190515-story.html

“Over his first seven weeks in the major leagues, Chris Paddack has become one of most celebrated pitching prospects in baseball.”

Padres’ Wil Myers knows words don’t matter, so he just works to keep doing what he’s doing

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/padres/story/2020-03-06/padres-wil-myers-spring-training-contract-trade

“Feasting on a healthy diet of fastballs, because that’s what happens early in spring training, Myers enters Friday night’s game against the Rangers having hit three home runs among his eight hits in 19 at-bats. His 1.476 OPS (on-base-plus-slugging percentage) is sixth highest in the majors among those with at least 20 plate appearances this spring.”

Padres notes: Tommy Pham expected to play left field soon; Fernando Tatis Jr. gaining strength

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/padres/story/2020-03-06/padres-tommy-pham-left-field-fernando-tatis-return

“It appears Tommy Pham will meet the goal the Padres had all along of him playing left field by mid-March, as manager Jayce Tingler said Pham is on the verge of doing just that.”

Yanks’ Judge has broken rib, no set time on return to lineup

https://sports.yahoo.com/yanks-judge-broken-rib-no-set-time-return-211817749—mlb.html

“New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has a broken rib and it’s not clear whether he will need surgery, leaving doubt when he’ll be back in the lineup.”

Padres position battles: Who has impressed?

https://www.mlb.com/padres/news/padres-spring-training-position-battles

“With less than three weeks until Tingler fills out his 26-man Opening Day roster, here’s where things stand in the Padres’ four most prominent position battles:”

Notes: Pham near OF debut; Davies dominates

https://www.mlb.com/padres/news/tommy-pham-nearing-outfield-debut-with-padres

“Pham is returning from a UCL sprain that limited him to designated-hitter duties late last season in Tampa Bay. Each of his first five Cactus League games have come in that same capacity, and he’s yet to take part in cutoff and relay drills during practice.”