San Diego Padres director of minor league operations Mike Wickham updates us on the status of players in extended spring, including Donavan Tate, Keyvius Sampson, and Adys Portillo. Also, what to make of Kellen Kulbacki's start? Are Cesar Carrillo's strikeout totals disappointing?
May 31, 2010
Synopsis: The Portland squad, as it is most years, is really more of a taxi squad for the San Diego Padres than a prospect laden minor league team, but there is some talent. Lance Zawadzki could become the Padres second baseman in 2011 and pitcher Wade LeBlanc and outfielder Aaron Cunningham, both of whom barely missed qualifying for prospect status, should see time in San Diego during the season.
April 5, 2010
The San Diego Padres will dip into the prospect pool at some point in 2010. Who are the starters closest to the majors? Also, every season is filled with pitchers who make a statement – we eye those sleepers. Finally, what pitching prospects still have question marks that need answers?
March 28, 2010
Peoria, AZ: The San Diego Padres Double-A squad was pummeled 8-3 as normally stellar pitchers were getting hit hard. Only one hit produced runs. Staying behind from Tucson, Cesar Carrillo and John Garland threw bullpens on a day that saw very little outdoor activity outside of the game. The High-A saw some quality pitching on the road.
March 23, 2010
San Diego Padres roving minor league infield instructor Gary Jones moved to behind the bench when Randy Ready went to the bigs. He saw the progression of Cesar Carrillo, Mike Ekstrom in relief, what he told Wade LeBlanc, thoughts on newbies Aaron Poreda, Adam Russell and Ryan Webb, and where Cesar Ramos is today.
March 16, 2010