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]

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7 Responses »

  1. Geoff–I went to last night’s game at Lake Elsinore and incidentally, Vince Belnome went 2 for 2….with 3 walks

  2. So, yeah, here’s hoping no to the San Marcos farm team. Los Padres already have attendance issues and Lake Elsinore is just up the road. If (and when) the Padres aren’t contending…wouldn’t it be more fun, more economical, more betterest to just jaunt up the 15 and see the next new wave of talent? Especially a AAA team vs. the A team in Elsinore?

    I kind of hope they keep the minor league teams away from competing with the big club.

  3. I think it would be awesome to have the AAA team in San Marcos.

  4. 30 games played (18.5%, rounding up 20%, of the season complete) and the Padres…

    wait for it…

    have the BEST record in the National League!

    I am SO ON the Bandwagon!!! :-)


    somewhat interesting but not really. more like a hot start so far. can’t see the bullpen being as great as it is now all year nor the rotation as good as it is. otoh, the offense can improve to compensate the regression of the pitching. maybe about 4-5 more wins in the season, which by my prediction would make the Padres about .500 in 2010 season.

    we’ll see. go Padres v. the Giants. that would show them. and again, no Lincecum. whew!

  6. btw, Kouz backing up his pitcher with all the fouls he kept converting into outs in the perfect game. Go Koooouzzzzz!

  7. @Mike@AJM: Cool. How did Belnome look in the field?

    @Mike Savino: That is one possibility. Another is that a team in San Marcos could renew interest in the parent club. People who watch players at Triple-A one year might find it worth the extra cost and distance to watch them again the next year.

    The Mariners have a similar arrangement, with their Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma, about a half hour away from Seattle. As far as I can tell, the proximity hasn’t hurt them.