Found December 27, 2011 on Friarhood:
Selected in the 42nd round of the 2008 draft, Brad Brach was not on the radar of many Padres fans.  Brach was a starting pitcher at Monmouth University and even though he finished his college career as the school leader in wins and stikeouts, the 42nd round pick was not highly decorated.  The Padres moved Brach to the bullpen and he has not looked back.  With an amazing stickout to walk ratio, Brach has flown through the system.  On the way breaking the CAL record for saves in a season with the Lake Elsinore Storm in 2010. Brach started the 2011 season with the eventual Texas League Champions, the San Antonio Missions.  After posting great numbers in San Antonio, Brach moved up to Tucson, appearing in just 25 games before he was called up to San Diego.  Brach works fast and has a bulldog mentality on the mound.  I recently caught up with Brad and he talked about  Cal Ripken, Heath Bell, and Giants football. Who was your favorite baseball player growing up? Cal Ripken Jr. W...

Daily Friar 12.27.11

Padres endure year of challenge, change - "It was a year of change for the Padres in 2011, as after winning 90 games in 2010 the club slipped to last place in the National League West, struggling to score runs without All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez while also failing to replicate any of the mojo they had the previous season."   Could John Moores...

Top 50 Prospects: #19 – Anthony Rizzo

#19 Anthony Rizzo San Diego Padres DOB: 8/8/1989 Previous Rank: N/R ETA: 2012 It is hard to still think of Rizzo as a rookie after he was punished to the tune of a .523 OPS for the Padres in 128 at-bats in 2011.  He still qualifies for this list, though, and while his stock did take a hit, he still is one of the top corner bat prospects in the game.  As soon as he was demoted...

Daily Friar 12.28.11

  2011 is coming to an end, which means 2012 is right around the corner and we are inching closer to opening day. I believe we are now under 100 days left until then! We're almost there friar faithful. Also I am excited because January is almost here and historically January has been a busy month for the Padres. So it remains to be seen what will happen, but it should be...
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