The fastball. Velocity is only one part of the equation. The ability to spot the fastball up at different locations on the black and off is just as vital. It doesn't matter if you throw 100 mph if it can't be thrown over the dish. These San Diego Padres prospects bring the heat.
February 5, 2009
Handling the youngsters has been the charge of pitching coach Dave Rajsich. He has been a mainstay in Arizona and moved to Eugene in 2008, seeing the old – Mat Latos, Simon Castro, and Pablo Menchaca – and the new – Eric Davis, Tyson Bagley and Gary Poynter.
December 21, 2008
Pablo Menchaca was looking for a bounce-back season after an injury-riddled 2007. After beginning the year slow, the Padres moved him into the bullpen – hoping he would gain some emotion. It worked, as his velocity was up and his pitches became crisper.
November 30, 2008
MadFriars.com annually ranks the top 60 San Diego Padres Prospects, and the best news is it gets harder and harder to do every season. That is a credit to the strengthening of the farm by the San Diego Padres' front office and development staff.
November 11, 2008
Summary: Fifty-nine points separated Eugene's ERA from last year – a lower mark that translated into a 40-36 record and a share of the Northwest League West division. They did fail to qualify for the playoffs and have not met that goal since 2000.
October 7, 2008