Friday Links (1 Jul 11)

Now, with 100% less snappy intro…

That’s all for now. Have a safe and happy 4th, and go Padres!

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  1. Man, that kid is stupid. MLB already told him, he’ll be tested not randomly and he went the synthetic way? I hope he figures it out.

    How’s Everett Williams doing?

    Happy 4th, y’all.

    I sure want the Padres to sweep the Giants, and still trade Bell and Ludwick away for some prospect. I don’t need to go to the playoff this year.

  2. Hey, Geoff, what do you think of this?

    Could this be another way of evaluating hitters before bringing them to the Padres via free agency or trade?

  3. Yup, thanks Mike Cameron for the memories. Everytime I watch Maybin, I’m reminded of you.

  4. Woo hoo. Padres farm system from Eugene on up are a combined 25 games over .500 now. Getting better as the season goes on.

  5. Spangenberg is putting on a clinic up in Eugene. .426/.582/.617, with 17BB vs 7K. 6 doubles in 14 games. (We’ll ignore the 2 errors for now.)

    Pretty great start!

  6. It’s nice to see the farm system in better shape then recent years. There’s gotta be a good 30 players worth keeping tabs on, maybe as many as 50. It’s a welcome change.

  7. @dts – I just wrote a piece detailing the Padres farm system on my blog today. I have around 40 players that are worth keeping an eye on… many others that could become prospect status soon.

    I suspect the Padres will be considered one of the 5-10 best Farm systems going into next year.

  8. @Didi – thanks. I just can’t help but wonder if the minor league starting lineup I put together could beat this Padres team :P

  9. A loss like this (6-0 to the Mariners, without a baserunner reaching 2B until the 9th inning) might quiet a lot of the “Don’t trade any players while we’re making a run! We could be a playoff team!” talk.

    Hoyer, make the moves. Build for 2012 and beyond.

  10. Yup, let’s see the younger players up and see what we have for the future.
    Being the leader in the league for being shut-out, the Padres should be making changes now. I don’t want the Padres to make a run this year with this roster. Not nearly enough starting pitching to go deep nor the defense and offense needed to win games consistently.

  11. @USMC53
    Agree! While last night’s loss is only one game, I think it is also important to remember that the dreadful 2008 season included a stretch where they won 8 of 10 in June.

    They swept 4 from the Mets (so long Willie Randolph) then took 2 of 3 from the Dodgers. A week later, they were back to their losing ways.

  12. Great job by the Padres adding to an area of prospect weakness. They just signed a 16 year old catcher Jose Ruiz from Venezuela. Spent some pretty penny, $1.1 million.

  13. @Parlo: or the 14-games winning streak almost a decade ago to get to about .500 around ASB.

  14. @LM: yes, he is.

    re: Bartlett, he’s not hitting enough to make up for his fielding deficiency (bottom 5 in UZR). He almost cost the win today after his error yesterday opened the floodgate of Mariners’ scoring – not that the Padres was going to win that game. Today’s game was a 1-run game and his error could have cost the team a win. This season, it probably doesn’t matter but do the Padres want to contend next year with Bartlett at SS?

    What to do? The Padres already committed to Bartlett until 2012, Cabrera isn’t quite ready in AAA (his away OPS is .200 lower than in Tucson, though his BB/K and OBP is fine). No SS prospects are closer to ML. I guess, we hope that Everett will improve enough by end of season that he and Bartlett can man the position adequately. It’s not like there are plenty of SS available.

  15. Spangenberg goes 2-for-5 to *lower* his BA for .407 :-)

    Ems now 14-2 riding an 11-game winning streak!

    Road trip, anyone???

  16. @LM: Spangenberg also has 20 BBs in 16 games, vs. only 7 Ks! OBP of .571.

    This kid is ALWAYS on base.

    Can’t wait to see what he does at Ft. Wayne. And I wonder how well he fields his position.

  17. 3 Ball walk! Is luck finally turning in the Padres favor this season?

  18. @PadresFuture: and Latos is trying to pay back the favor…luck, i mean.

  19. Ok, enough already…. just trade Ludwick and call up Blanks. Blanks is clearly healthy again.

  20. @German: I imagine the Padres already use Hit Tracker technology or some in-house version of it in making their evaluations. Greg has done some pretty great work with that stuff.

    @PadresFuture: Nice writeup, thanks.

    @Didi @Parlo: Thanks for the links. That streak in ’99 was fun. I actually analyzed it at the time if you’re interested (see here).

  21. Happy 4th, y’all!

    I like the way Paul Lukas @ Uni-Watch celebrates the 4th … with a picture that captures the state of the states …

    … he’s a funny guy!