Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and left-hander Joey Lucchesi were named as the organization’s prospects of the year by MLBPipeline this week. Both were brought on board last summer, as part of the reboot of the Padres’ farm system.
Six Padres rookies played on Opening Day in Los Angeles this April — a tone-setter for the youth-oriented approach the organization would take toward the 2017 season.
With the 2017 campaign in the books, a busy offseason awaits Padres general manager A.J. Preller. San Diego exceded a few external expectations with a 71-91 record. But even with a young and developing roster, there are a number of holes that need to be filled by the start of the 2018 campaign.
Both the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers had designs on the postseason in 2017. For a variety of reasons, things didn’t work out as planned. The consolation prize? Getting to pick at the top of the 2018 Draft.
Fernando Tatis Jr. jumpstarted the Padres’ prospects to a 5-2 victory against Rangers Minor Leaguers on Saturday night at Petco Park, as the organizations wrapped up Instructional League play with the Padres On Deck Game.
Padres general manager A.J. Preller has spent the past two years building depth in his Minor League system. It seemed to pay off Saturday night, when San Diego’s Minor Leaguers downed the Rangers’ prospects, 5-2, in the Padres On Deck Game at Petco Park in their instructional league finale.
Pablo Sandoval’s journey back to the Giants’ organization wasn’t easy by any stretch. But the third baseman sent the 2017 season off in dramatic fashion Sunday, launching a walk-off home run to lift the Giants to a victory in the season finale over the Padres, 5-4.
The Giants and Padres will say goodbye to the 2017 season in the rubber game on Sunday at AT&T Park. San Francisco will send Johnny Cueto (8-8, 4.43 ERA) to the bump against Padres righty Luis Perdomo (8-11, 4.65 ERA). Perdomo’s 16 quality starts this season lead the Padres’ rotation.
The Padres want Jhoulys Chacin back in their starting rotation next season. Chacin reiterated this week that the feeling is mutual. Now, for the tricky part.
Down to their final strike Saturday, the Padres came through to break a five-game losing streak. Austin Hedges roped a two-out RBI double over the head of Giants right fielder Hunter Pence to plate two runs and powering San Diego to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Giants.
A day before the Giants were set to say goodbye to veteran Matt Cain, Chris Stratton once again showed he’s a worthy candidate to fill Cain’s spot in next year’s rotation. The rookie right-hander turned in 6 2/3 strong innings to power the Giants to an 8-0 triumph over the Padres on Friday.