El Paso Notebook

Thoughts and observations from our recent trip to the Sun City.
May 21, 2014

MadFriars' Player of the Month: April

Every month, MadFriars looks at the best performers across the Padres' minor league affiliates. April wasn't a great month with only Lake Elsinore winning more than they lost. But in the midst of the team struggles, there were some important individual performances by key prospects.
May 8, 2014

MadFriars' Daily Farm Report: April 12

Justin Hancock twirled a gem in San Antonio and the TinCaps won in extra innings after tying up the game in the ninth. Some tough nights in Tucson (El Paso's temporary "home") and at Lake Elsinore.
April 12, 2014

MadFriars' Preview: '14 El Paso Chihuahuas

Synopsis: A first season in a brand new park is always exciting. The Chihuahuas will have a strong pitching staff led by Burch Smith, Keyvius Sampson and Juan Oramas and some solid position players. How far their starters go will determine the success of the season.
April 3, 2014

MadFriars' Spring Training 2014: Day 3

The AA and AAA teams were in action in Peoria today against, as is the case of many of the games on the minor league backfields of Peoria, the Seattle Mariners - the Padres inter-league competition and rivals for the coveted "Veder Cup."
March 23, 2014

MadFriars' Top 20 for 2014

One of the main reasons why the Padres could be a sleeper club this season is because of their pitching depth particularly at the AAA level for their new affiliate in El Paso. Both Burch Smith and Robbie Erlin would be in major league rotations elsewhere and combined with five other Top 20 pitchers there will be a wealth of talent on the mound in the Sun City.
March 13, 2014

MadFriars' Top 30: Conniff Edition

Top prospect lists are always fun to read but also come with a caveat. They are not a strict hierarchal ranking mainly because the comparisons are not made on a "apples-to-apples" basis.
November 24, 2013

MadFriars' Announcer Series: Tucson

When Tim Hagerty announces the opening game for the inaugural season of the El Paso Chihuahuas it will be his fifth Padres' affiliate that he will have been broadcasting with.
October 23, 2013