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Jake Peavy has had a rollercoaster career. The 32-year-old righthander won the National League Cy Young award in 2007 while pitching for the San Diego Padres. A three-time all-star, he twice led the NL in ERA and strikeouts. He has also ...
Jake Peavy has had a rollercoaster career. The 32-year-old righthander won the National League Cy Young award in 2007 while pitching for the San Diego Padres. A three-time all-star, he twice led the NL in ERA and strikeouts. He has also suffered a career-threatening injury. In parts of five seasons with the Chicago White Sox, […] Read more Jake Peavy news
about 2 hours ago
Jake Peavy has had a rollercoaster career. The 32-year-old righthander won the National League Cy Young award in 2007 while pitching for the San Diego Padres. A three-time all-star, he twice led the NL in ERA and strikeouts. He has also ...
Jake Peavy has had a rollercoaster career. The 32-year-old righthander won the National League Cy Young award in 2007 while pitching for the San Diego Padres. A three-time all-star, he twice led the NL in ERA and strikeouts. He has also suffered a career-threatening injury. In parts of five seasons with the Chicago White Sox, he failed to put up the numbers he did in San Diego. Last night, he did what the Red Sox had in mind when they acquired him at the non-waiver trade deadline: He made a quality start in a postseason game. Peavy talked about the evolution of his career — including mechanical changes related to the injury — late in the regular season. —— Peavy on his 2010 injury: “I’ve changed quite a bit over my career. When you spend years doing what you do, you’re always looking for ways to better yourself. That’s whether it’s with new pitches, mental preparation or physical preparation. So much goes into what we do. “Over time, your body and your mechanics change. You have to find out what works well with what you can physically do at each point of your career. “I’d done the same thing basically my whole career, and then in 2009, I got hurt. I came back from that ankle injury trying to help our team make the playoffs. That was in Chicago, where I had been traded. I came back on a right ankle that wasn’t the best in the world. “I mechanically changed, not really knowing it. Pitching on an ankle that wasn’t right caused me to stay a lot taller and not drive toward home plate. Therefore, my arm angle changed. I had been traded in the middle of the season, so I didn’t have coaches who had seen me for years and years. The White Sox didn’t know I was that much different. “We didn’t really realize until about halfway through 2010 when we went back through some old footage of how I was throwing when I was in San Diego. It was a lot different than how I was throwing in Chicago, and it led to a pretty major arm injury. “When I came back in 2010, I was hearing things from Coop — Don Cooper, the pitching coach over there — I hadn’t heard before. ‘Get on top of the ball; stay tall.’ It was different lingo from different coaches. Everybody has their own verbiage. “I started realizing my stuff wasn’t the same, and that my arm was starting to hurt, in spring training. A few months into the season, we were looking at video. Juan Nieves was with us and he said, ‘You don’t look anything like this anymore.’ My arm angle was quite a bit different. I was standing tall and not using my legs. When you do something your whole life, you can’t suddenly change and not have soreness and problems with your arm. I had three or four MRIs and cortisone shots before I eventually blew out. I ended up having surgery nobody else in the game had ever had.” (A tendon and a muscle were reattached to his shoulder with a series of stitches and a titanium anchor.) On his mechanics: “I was a low-three-quarters guy. People talk about how you kind of sling the ball — you’re kind of a sidewinder — and I don’t necessarily not like that [description]. At the same time, I’m not just slinging it and hoping it goes where I want it to go. There are certain mechanics behind the way somebody throws. Even though it sometimes looked like I was out of control, there was a lot of thought and precision going into what I was doing. “Everybody in the world has a way they throw a baseball. They start that from the time they’re a youngster and go from there. You can look at guys who people say have the best mechanics in the world, and their arms may not last. You have other guys who throw in an unorthodox fashion and never have an arm injury. I don’t think anybody has it down to an exact science. But I also don’t think anybody is going to watch me and say, ‘Hey, son, watch the way Jake Peavy throws. Let’s mimic that.’ Not too many people are teaching their kids to throw the way I throw. “Up until this point in time, I’ve been a li
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Robbie Erlin turned 23 today. But aside from his birthday, the Padres southpaw has a lot to celebrate after a year full of excitement and career firsts. Erlin came into the 2013 season as one of the Padres' top prospects. On April 24th ...
Robbie Erlin turned 23 today. But aside from his birthday, the Padres southpaw has a lot to celebrate after a year full of excitement and career firsts. Erlin came into the 2013 season as one of the Padres' top prospects. On April 24th he was called up from Triple-A Tucson and less than a week later, on April 30th, he made his major league debut. The left-hander entered the game in the 9th inning and got his first major league out by getting Darwin Barney to fly out to right field. The next night, Erlin got Julio Borbon swinging for his first ML strikeout. He was sent back down to Tucson a day later, but was recalled to make a spot start for Clayton Richard on June 1st. In his starting debut, Erlin tossed 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball against the Blue Jays, striking out four en route to his first career win. He was optioned back to the Triple-A club the next day. His first career hit came on September 3rd off Madison Bumgarner. He lined a ball to shallow center in front of Angel Pagan and over the head of Tony Abreu to drive in a run and extend the Padres' lead over the Giants. His finest pitching performance was his second to last start of the season and it came against the NL West Champion Dodgers. On September 20th, Erlin pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only four hits and a walk while striking out seven batters. Here's wishing Robbie a wonderful birthday and many more years of major league success!
about 12 hours ago
Yesterday, the Braves were the first to fall in the Division Series round and today, 2 more teams may join them on the couch. First up, the Oakland A's look to eliminate the Detroit Tigers right now. Coco Crisp just tripled to lead off t...
Yesterday, the Braves were the first to fall in the Division Series round and today, 2 more teams may join them on the couch. First up, the Oakland A's look to eliminate the Detroit Tigers right now. Coco Crisp just tripled to lead off the game. Now Jed Lowrie gets a single to score Crisp and give Oakland the lead. Later tonight, the Rays, after winning last night following a walk off home run by Jose Lobaton, will face the Boston Red Sox and former Padres pitcher Jake Peavy to try and even the series. Go baseball.
about 18 hours ago
Nate Freiman, now known as the 'Green Giant' as he towers over most at a staggering 6'8", once was not so green in appearance. That's right. Freiman, now of the Oakland Athletics, once dawned a Padres affiliate's logo on his sleeve. As h...
Nate Freiman, now known as the 'Green Giant' as he towers over most at a staggering 6'8", once was not so green in appearance. That's right. Freiman, now of the Oakland Athletics, once dawned a Padres affiliate's logo on his sleeve. As he and his team coast through the postseason, let's take a look at his accomplishments within our organization and during his first season in the bigs. Freiman, a former Duke Blue Devil, was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the eighth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. In his time spent within our system, Freiman batted near the .300 mark collectively at the conclusion of each season, meanwhile swatting out 75 total home runs. In addition to tearing up the minor league parks, Freiman played on the Israel National Baseball Team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier, crushing 4 homeruns in just 12 at bats. Freiman also collected the titles of NOR Player of the Week in 2009, MID Mid-Season All-Star in 2010, CAL Post-Season All-Star in 2011, TEX Mid-Season All-Star in 2012, TEX Post-Season All-Star in 2012,and MiLB.com Organization All-Star in 2012 while playing within the Padres system. This 2013 season, Frieman earned the title of American League Rookie of the Month in May, playing for the Oakland Athletics with a batting average of .351. G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG 2013 - Nate Freiman 80 190 10 52 8 1 4 24 14 31 0 0 .274 .327 .389 Currently, Freiman bats .274 in 190 at bats for the Athletics. Any Padres fan can find pride in such a talented and consistent player that was nurtured within the San Diego Padres organization. We can all anticipate great things from our former 2011 CAL League Championship winning first-baseman, as he continues to turn heads with solid production across the board. Hats off to the 'Green Giant'! Nate Freiman #7 / Oakland Athletics Height: 6-8 Weight: 250 Born: Dec 31, 1986
about 19 hours ago
Several Padres prospects will be playing in the Arizona Fall League this offseason as members of the Peoria Javelinas, along with players from the Astros, Royals, Phillies, and Mariners organizations. Today marks the beginning of AFL pla...
Several Padres prospects will be playing in the Arizona Fall League this offseason as members of the Peoria Javelinas, along with players from the Astros, Royals, Phillies, and Mariners organizations. Today marks the beginning of AFL play for the 2013 season and the Javelinas will be facing the Surprise Saguaros in the opener this afternoon. Making up the Padres contingent for the Javs are pitchers Johnny Barbato, Dennis O`Grady, Adys Portillo, and Keyvius Sampson as well as catcher Austin Hedges and infielders Tommy Medica and Cory Spangenberg. Of those players, Spangenberg is the only one returning from the 2012 team which, if you recall, took home the championship. He is leading off for the Javs today and playing second base while Hedges bats 8th and gets the start behind the plate. You can follow the AFL opener between Peoria and Surprise, which has JUST gotten underway, on Gameday. And make sure to follow @MLBazFallLeague on Twitter for updates. Surprise hosts Peoria to open #AFL13 at 12:35. The Javelinas send RHP Jason Adam (#Royals) opposite Saguaros LHP Miguel Pena (#RedSox). — Arizona Fall League (@MLBazFallLeague) October 8, 2013
about 19 hours ago
This wasn't the strongest staff in the organization but there were some interesting prospects including a former Santana Sultan.
This wasn't the strongest staff in the organization but there were some interesting prospects including a former Santana Sultan.
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The San Diego Padres, an organization that prides themselves on not only great athletes, but well rounded individuals, drafted just that in the 10th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft with Catcher Robert Kral. No exception to the ...
The San Diego Padres, an organization that prides themselves on not only great athletes, but well rounded individuals, drafted just that in the 10th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft with Catcher Robert Kral. No exception to the Padres long line of upstanding male athletes, Kral not only is an extraordinarily consistent player, but also is truly inspiring for those he plays in front of nightly. When discussing baseball with Kral his even keel and love for the game are apparent. He attributes his found success and consistency to his "family and friends" saying "the support system and motivation [he has] gotten from the close people in [his] life has been unbelievable". He goes on to explain that his father played an instrumental role in his life; when being asked who he felt is the most inspiring individual he has had the privileged to work with thus far within his career, he states "I definitely would have to say in regards to baseball it would be my father. Both my parents have been huge inspirations to me with both baseball and life. But there was never a time my dad couldn't help me out with the game or be there for me...there would be nights he would be throwing me batting practice in the cages until midnight. I've come to see how loving and awesome that was". In fact, Kral goes on to explain that his father was the one that introduced him to the game of baseball, even saying that "it was always a passion of his [fathers] and [his father] probably had a wiffle ball bat in [his] crib when [he] was a baby" a family's love for the game indeed! "Embrace every day and situation and live it to the fullest" -Robert Kral Kral's humble nature is obvious, as he explains that he likes to live by the motto, "keep it simple" and "embrace every day and situation and live it to the fullest" two great outlooks to have when living the life of a minor league baseball player; a career that many don't have the privilege of seeing the sacrifices these men make for their love of the game, and the many transitions they have to go through to have their dream become a reality. Kral, in the last several years of playing within the Padres organization has shown his consistency at every level of play. Collectively each year Kral's ending batting average nears the magic number of 300, as well as his OBP nears .900 collectively since the year of his draft. When asking Kral what he feels is the most challenging aspect of his career, he states "staying consistent. Baseball is such a long season that you can't let yourself get too high or too low. Staying consistent and routine with everything you do while preparing yourself day in and day out to compete your highest level" well 'staying consistent' he does. Not to mention Kral's most recent achievement, being a part of the 2013 Texas League Championship winning team, our AA affiliate, the San Antonio Missions. When discussing his affiliate, and what he enjoys most about the Padres organization, he lights up and exclaims "Just everything about it...playing with the Padres, meeting all these different people, seeing different parts of the country, and playing for a great organization like the Padres has been amazing" and we are certainly glad to have such an inspiring individual within the affiliate. Briefly discussing what he's doing to prepare himself for spring training and next season, he says that he's "letting [himself] get away from the game for a few weeks" he feels like that "is a very positive thing. [Letting himself] unwind and relax from the grind of the season. And after that, its back to weight lifting, running, hitting, etc. to get [himself] prepared". When discussing the excitement of spring training and what he looks forward to the most he exclaims "just being at the field again and all that comes with it. Seeing all my friends from the organization and getting out there and playing. And especially the anxiousness leading up to the season". In closing Kral stated
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As reported by Astros beat writer Brian McTaggart, the team has tabbed San Diego native and former Padres pitcher Brent Strom to replace Doug Brocail as pitching coach. Brocail, who also pitched for the Padres, was promoted last week. He...
As reported by Astros beat writer Brian McTaggart, the team has tabbed San Diego native and former Padres pitcher Brent Strom to replace Doug Brocail as pitching coach. Brocail, who also pitched for the Padres, was promoted last week. He's now Houston's senior pitching advisor and special assistant to the GM. Strom pitched for San Diego the last three seasons of his five year career, from 1975- '77. He had previously played for the Mets in 1972 and the Indians in '73. Strom had a pair of decent years with the Padres that worked to average out the three seasons in which he got shelled. Not that one's performance on the field is in any way connected to how he'll do as a coach; I mean, many regard Dave Duncan as the greatest pitching coach of all time and he never threw a single pitch. Working in Strom's favor is that this isn't his first rodeo. Heck, it's not even his first go-round as Astros pitching coach. Strom first held the job back in 1996. He was let go after the season along with the manager and the rest of the staff, so it was nothing personal. Strom also served as the Royals pitching coach in 2000 and 2001 but not even the ghost of Christy Mathewson could have saved that shitshow so Brent got his walking papers yet again. He's been with the Cardinals for the past several seasons, working as their head minor league pitching instructor. Now, that's something to showcase on the ol' resume. If I were Brent Strom I would be taking ALL the credit for Michael Wacha right about now. As for Doug Brocail, most of you are probably more familiar with him. Brocail served two tours of duty with the Padres, first from his debut in 1992 through the '94 season and then again in 2006 and '07. He actually had a worse ERA than Strom but had a better record and ERA+ because of his era (lower-case). Oddly, Broke followed both of his stretches in San Diego with two-year stints in Houston; he also mixed in four years with the Tigers and two with the Rangers. Best of luck to both of these gentlemen in their new roles. As the old cliche goes, they're gonna need it.
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Padres minor leaguers playing instructional ball in Dominican Republic.
Padres minor leaguers playing instructional ball in Dominican Republic.
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