Friday Links (7 May 10)

You cannot stop them, you can only hope to contain them… Friday Links…

  • Skip It (Watson Files). Dan Watson gives us the lowdown on several Padres prospects, including right-handers Simon Castro and Alexis Lara, as well as shortstop Jonathan Galvez. Incidentally, only two players in the entire organization (Adrian Gonzalez and Vincent Belnome) have drawn more walks than the 19-year-old Galvez has so far at Fort Wayne.
  • Alternate Reality: Need-Based Mock Draft (FanGraphs). Bryan Smith thinks the Padres need more offense and advocates taking Christian Colon this June. If they do, it won’t be the first time.
  • Speculation (Hardball Times). Speaking of Bryan Smith and alternate realities, I stumbled onto an old article of his that attempts to comp several up-and-comers (as of 2004) with established players. I’m a sucker for this stuff, and I like Dan Driessen as a comp for Sean Burroughs. Not so much now, of course, but at the time it made sense… Friggin’ Burroughs.
  • Padres are young, talented, and … good? (NBC Sports). Joe Connor likes what the Padres are doing, and why not?
  • Padres assistant Roberts has lymphoma ( Dave Roberts is feeling optimistic: “It was early enough that everyone feels pretty good about it, where I think I can make a full recovery.” Our very best wishes go out to Roberts.
  • Fan Conversion Day (Gaslamp Ball). A Boston transplant suggests that more transplants from everywhere (and if you’ve lived in San Diego for any period of time, you know we come from everywhere) should adopt the Padres as their team. Amen. I’m from LA; it doesn’t get much worse than that.
  • LeBlanc Getting It Done (FanGraphs). Count Jack Moore among the many who have noticed that Wade LeBlanc is off to a strong start.
  • Examining Wade LeBlanc’s Change-Up (Friar Forecast). Daniel Gettinger uses Pitchf/x data to show that LeBlanc’s change-up is, in fact, quite good.
  • This is why you didn’t trade Tim Stauffer … (Who’s Your Padre?). Corey Brock likes the Padres pitching depth.
  • Padres in first place? That’s not the only surprise so far this year (Sports Illustrated). Jon Heyman’s article includes a fun quote from Padres GM Jed Hoyer: “If we’re winning games, we’re going to try to win more games. If we’re in the race, we’re going to look to add.” [h/t Gaslamp Ball]
  • A New Book Echoes Bouton’s ‘Ball Four’ (New York Times). Tyler Kepner discusses friend of Ducksnorts Dirk Hayhurst’s The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran [h/t reader Parlo]
  • Ernie (1918-2010) (Joe Posnanski). Poz remembers Ernie Harwell, the legendary Detroit Tigers broadcaster who died this past week. [h/t reader Didi]
  • Freese Flips the Bird to Pre-Season Rankings (FanGraphs). Marc Hulet observes that former Padres prospect David Freese is off to a nice start in St. Louis, noting among other things that “much of his power is to the opposite field, with a .429 ISO rate on balls to right field, compared to .130 to center and .186 to left.” That’s pretty much the Freese I remember from Lake Elsinore, where he abused the right-center field alley.
  • Kyle Blanks and strikeouts (Friar Forecast). Myron Logan wonders about Blanks’ ability to make contact.
  • Padres patient with Venable, Blanks ( Nobody is panicking, which is good.
  • San Marcos considered for Padres Triple-A team (NC Times). John Maffei reports that the Padres are looking at North County as a possible replacement for Portland. Yes, please! [h/t Gaslamp Ball]