Padres release 17 from minor leagues

With Minor League play just a week away, the Padres released 17 players from minor league camp this morning. Most of the players released were at Single-A or below last season or were brought in during the offseason.
March 28, 2006

Padres Prospect #50 Scout: Wilmer Villatoro

On the doorstep of something big, Wilmer Villatoro collapsed under the pressure to perform. Rather than getting placed on the 40-man roster, he is still in seasoning and needs a rebound year from a sub par 2005 season.
December 28, 2005

Top 60 Padres' Prospects : 31-60

Here are the Top 60 Padres' prospects, numbers 31-60. MadFriars.com gives a little insight on each selection in our rankings but will follow up more in depth with individual scouting reports on each player throughout this off-season, starting in descending order, after posting the Top 30 next week.
November 22, 2005

Padres' Prospect Pulse: Stock slip in A-Ball

This is the thankless part of the job. Honesty in an assessment, however, is more crucial to development than telling someone they are better than they are. A lesson we learned from Tye Waller. With objective criticism, the hope is the prospect will take what has been said and become a better player – and these Padres' prospects fit the bill.
October 31, 2005

Brian Whitaker PCL debut; Adam Bourassa still hot

Brian Whitaker debuted in Portland with a no-decision. Jared Wells believes Mobile got three great pitchers from the California League. Adam Bourassa keeps the hot hand and talks about the fresh start. Wilmer Villatoro is promoted again. Chris Kolkhorst keeps knocking in runs. Josh Geer wins his second game on a solid outing. Willy Crafort is showing a little pop, despite not logging a hit.
July 30, 2005

Mike Thompson's gem; Michael Johnson is back

Mike Thompson provided validation for his promotion with a one-hit gem. J.J. Furmaniak got it done at the plate. Mobile has had a rough year at the plate – for the second year in a row. Michael Johnson is back – really this time. Jonathan Ellis made a spot start. Chase Headley had his shot and was robbed once and stuttered the second time.
July 24, 2005