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. With objective criticism, the hope is the prospect will take what has been said and become a better player – starting with these Padres' prospects.
October 17, 2005
Why was Cesar Carrillo so successful on Saturday night? A player suffers food poisoning. A player joins Lake Elsinore for their playoff run while another player is dropped - and not happy about it. The Padres' brass was out in full force on Saturday. Another player opts for surgery. All this news and more in the Padres' minors.
September 11, 2005
Mike Ekstrom has been arguably the most impressive pitcher in the Padres organization through the first two months of the season. After Wednesday's seven inning, five hit, one run performance he has run his record to 7-1, dropped his ERA to 1.43 and given up just one home run, and 13 walks, in 69 innings pitched. MadFriars caught up with Ekstrom to talk about mechanical adjustments, moving up in the system, and the key to his success this season.
June 4, 2005
Portland split their double header, Justin Germano was brilliant, Brian Sweeney is back; Sean Thompson drops his fourth straight in Mobile, but got little help from his defense; Clark Girardeau has his best start of the season; Geivy Garcia makes his presence felt in Fort Wayne.
May 30, 2005
Everybody loves getting a promotion, and there was a lot of love to go around on Monday as the Padres shuffled the deck in their minor league system. The promotions plus Luis Cruz's struggles with the bat; Juan Ciriaco's struggles with the glove; a birthday present for Ryan Trytten.
May 10, 2005
Yamid Haad grounded into two double plays, threat killers. Brian Whitaker pitched well but the Mobile BayBears could barely touch the ball leaving eight in scoring position. Clark Girardeau was back on the mound and looked his usual self. Jordan Pickens has picked up his game after a two month slump and he is looking forward to the playoff drive for the Fort Wayne Wizards. Alfredo Fernandez was clobbered. Ben Krosschell threw no hit ball. Matt Bush is wishing he wasn't back.
August 22, 2004