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Padres Lead Majors In Home Runs Allowed

May 21, 2015 7:09 AM

After an offseason of change, the San Diego Padres are a disappointing 20-21 on the season.

Despite playing in a pitcher-friendly home park, the Padres lead the Major Leagues in home runs allowed, which is becoming a real problem for the pitching staff.

San Diego has a home run per fly ball percentage of 17.2%, by far their highest since 2002 (when FanGraphs started tracking the data). The teams that rank right behind him in HR/FB% all play in hitter-friendly home parks (Milwaukee, Toronto and Cincinnati).

The expectation is that some of the long fly balls San Diego has allowed will start to die at the warning track, allowing the Padres to begin accumulating more victories in the process.

Jeff Sullivan/FanGraphs

Tags: San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Johnny Cueto Attracts 20 Scouts For Start

May 15, 2015 7:55 AM

With Johnny Cueto on the mound for the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night, as many as 20 scouts showed up to watch him.

Cueto will be a free agent after the season. He could also be a trade candidate if Cincinnati falls out of the playoff race or looks to get something in return for the right-hander.

There were some very influential scouts in attendance to watch Cueto including Randy Smith, special advisor with the San Diego Padres, and Ed Lynch, professional scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Hal McCoy/Dayton Daily News

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Padres Aren't Worried About Kimbrel's Effectiveness

May 11, 2015 3:25 PM

Craig Kimbrel has a 5.68 ERA for the San Diego Padres, but the club isn't concerned about their closer.

Kimbrel had a streak of 35 consecutive saves broken on Saturday night.

"His command was terrible," an observer said of the right-hander. "He threw three pitches that almost hit guys in the head. He even threw a pick-off to first with no first baseman there. And on the pitch that was hit for a double to tie the game, he missed by three feet."

However, Kimbrel's average fastball velocity is a career-high 97.2 mph, according to Fangraphs. Opponents are hitting .345 on balls in play, which may indicate some poor luck for the reliever.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Rival Evaluator: Padres Better With Wil Myers Not Playing CF

May 9, 2015 2:47 PM

With Yonder Alonso on the disabled list due to injury, the San Diego Padres moved Wil Myers to first base.

Myers has struggled badly in center field and this move will actually help the Padres defensively.

"You feel bad for Alonso that he got hurt, but SD is a better team with somebody playing center field besides Wil Myers," said one rival evaluator.

Buster Olney/ESPN

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect

May 8, 2015 4:22 PM

Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

"This year's draft class is indeed one of the weakest in recent memory, not just at the top of the first round, but also in specific areas that are usually deeper, such as college starting pitching and catchers of any stripe. There is, however, a lot of depth in the middle infield," writes Law.

Brendan Rodgers, a shortstop out of Lake Mary High School (FL), is ranked first on Law's list.

Keith Law/ESPN

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Padres To Promote Austin Hedges

May 4, 2015 8:35 AM

The San Diego Padres have decided to promote top prospect Austin Hedges.

It's uncertain exactly where the catcher fits on the roster. Derek Norris is the starter and is in the middle of a strong season. It's possible that backup Wil Nieves could be designated for assignment.

Hedges has been praised more for his defense than hitting.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Tags: San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

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Cubs Outlast Padres; Bryant Plays Like Top Prospect

Apr 19, 2015 1:02 AM

Kris Bryant got a standing ovation for his first major league hit and reached base five times Saturday in a 7-6, 11-inning win over the Padres.

A day after Bryant went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his big league debut, he was 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and three walks.

"You're always looking for good at-bats and being a good decision-maker. He was that today," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

ESPN.com

Tags: Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Kris Bryant Not Discouraged With Debut

Apr 18, 2015 2:02 AM

Kris Bryant appreciated all the family members and friends who turned out for his big league debut at Wrigley Field.

The prized prospect of the Cubs struck out in his first three at-bats against James Shields and then grounded out in a key spot Friday during a 5-4 loss to the Padres.

"Sure, I could have done a little better," Bryant said. "There's two sides to the ball. I felt I did well on defense."

ESPN.com

Tags: Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Padres Place Ian Kennedy On DL
Ian Kennedy left Thursday's game with a left hamstring strain.

ESPN.com

Ian Kennedy Exits Start With Hamstring Injury
Ian Kennedy left Thursday's start against the Giants after straining his left hamstring while making a pitch in the third inning.

Associated Press

MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Kimbrel Caught 'Off-Guard' By Trade To Padres
The Padres continued to remake their roster by trading for Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton, Jr. on the eve of Opening Day.

Corey Brock/MLB

Padres Looking For Upgrade At Shortstop
The Padres have been very active under new general manager A.J. Preller and aren't done, according to rival executives.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Padres Acquire Craig Kimbrel, Melvin Upton Jr. From Braves
The Padres send Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin, two prospects, and a draft pick to the Braves.

ESPN.com

Padres Working To Eliminate 'Small Market' Label
Opening-day payroll, projected at roughly $100 million, will be a club record for the second consecutive year.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Padres Taking Calls On Relievers
San Diego dealt Alex Torres to the Mets earlier this week.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Mets Acquire Jerry Blevins, Alex Torres
The Mets have addressed pitching needs on Monday, acquiring Jerry Blevins from the Nationals and Alex Torres from the Padres.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Padres To Start James Shields In Opener
James Shields has never pitched at Dodger Stadium.

ESPN.com

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Padres Want To Sign Upton To Long-Term Deal
Justin Upton is entering the final season of the six-year, $61.25 million deal he signed with the Diamondbacks in 2010.

Barry M. Bloom/MLB

Phillies Scouting Austin Romine Of Yankees
The Phillies have scouted Austin Romine as they hunt for a backup to starting catcher Carlos Ruiz.

George A. King III/New York Post

Red Sox Seeking Trade Partner For Craig
They have had some of their top pro scouts around the Giants, Padres and Cubs.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Sources: Olivera Weighing Four-To-Six-Year Offers
The Cuban second baseman has been linked to the Dodgers, Braves, Marlins, Padres, Athletics and Giants.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Rollins Could Have Been Dealt To Mets, Padres, Yankees
Jimmy Rollins is entering his first season with the Dodgers, who were one of four teams that showed interest in him when the Phillies began taking calls for the veteran.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Josh Johnson Will Throw To Catcher Next Week
Josh Johnson could return to Major League action around June 1.

Dennis Lin/San Diego Union-Tribune

Bids On Moncada Have Surpassed $20M
The Yankees, Red Sox and Padres are considered the front-runners for the Cuban phenom.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

SDSU Retires Tony Gwynn's No. 19
San Diego State retired Tony Gwynn's No. 19 during a ceremony on Friday night before the Aztecs played Valparaiso in the season opener.

Associated Press

Padres Made 'Aggressive Offer' For Hamels
The Padres made an "aggressive offer" for Cole Hamels before coming to terms on a deal with James Shields.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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