Playing their first game in an AL park with a healthy lineup, the Nationals had an opportunity to field a lineup built both with offense and defense in mind for a change. And both aspects of Matt Williams' starting nine played roles in this convincing victory at Camden Yards.
A lineup that included Ryan Zimmerman as designated hitter thumped Orioles starter Bud Norris and reliever...
From the Baltimore Orioles…
The Orioles today announced that they have agreed to terms with 19 players on one-year contracts:
RHP: BRAD BRACH, KEVIN GAUSMAN, MIGUEL GONZALEZ, STEVE JOHNSON, JOSH STINSON and CHRIS TILLMAN
LHP: MIKE BELFIORE, TIM BERRY, ZACH BRITTON and TJ McFARLAND
CA: STEVE CLEVENGER, JOHNNY MONELL and MICHAEL OHLMAN
Today is Black Friday, and some of you might still be defrosting from a night of waiting in line outside your local Best Buy to get that coveted flat-screen television to replace the one you got this time last year.
Or maybe you saw the lines at the local mall and just turned around and headed home.
While we’re on the topic, let’s gather around the hot stove, warm up and have...
Last week came the announcement that the Padres had made room on the 40-man roster by designating Jaff Decker, Brad Brach, & Miles Mikolas (along with Jose De Paula) for assignment. That meant the Padres had the following options:
Return the player to the 40-man roster within 10 days from the date of designation, or
Make one of the following contractual moves:
Place the player...
The San Diego Padres have traded right-handers Brad Brach and Miles Mikolas, and outfielder Jaff Decker in separate deals for two prospects, including Eastern League Rookie of the Year Alex Dickerson.
The Padres sent Mikolas and Decker to Pittsburgh on Monday for Dickerson, a first baseman-outfielder who's from the San Diego suburb of Poway.
Dickerson spent all of 2013 with...
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November 25, 2013
The Orioles have acquired right-handed reliever Brad Brach from the San Diego Padres for a minor league pitcher.
The 27-year-old Brach had a 3.19 ERA in 33 games last season with the Padres, striking out 31 in 31 innings. In three seasons with San Diego, Brach went 3-6 with a 3.70 ERA over 109 appearances.
San Diego gets right-hander Devin Jones in Monday's trade. The 23-year...
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November 25, 2013
The Padres continued their flurry of roster moves on Monday as it was announced that two deals had been made with the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates. Relief pitcher Brad Brach was traded to Baltimore in exchange for Minor-Leaguer Devin Jones, and reliever Miles Mikolas and outfielder Jaff Decker were traded to Pittsburgh in exchange for 1B/OF prospect Alex Dickerson. The...
It’s that time of year where major leagues clubs have to make decisions on who they want the protect from being taken in the Rule 5 Draft. And the Padres made some hard choices today.
Added were starting pitchers Josh Johnson, Donn Roach, Keyvius Sampson, and Juan Oramas.
Keyvius Sampson (Photo courtesy of madfriars.com)
Gone are 2B Dean Anna, relief pitchers Brad Brach, Miles...
The Padres September call-ups continued in full swing Tuesday afternoon, after the club had announced that right-handed pitchers Anthony Bass, Brad Boxberger and Brad Brach had all been called up from Triple-A Tucson to be added to the San Diego Bullpen. The Padres also announced Monday afternoon that righty Burch Smith was also called up from Tucson and that he may be given a chance...
I’m sorry that I haven’t been able to post this recently, I’ve been sick. Anyways, here’s the Round-Up: San Antonio and Lake Elsinore both put up double-digits on the scoreboard in their respective victories. The T-Pads won a close 1 run game while the TinCaps enjoyed a solid 6-1 victory. Eugene was the only team to lose and they were blown out 15-1.
Hitting Prospect of...
After arguably the worst start of his career, the San Diego Padres have cried “uncle” and designated starting pitcher Edinson Volquez for assignment. Volquez, 30, was acquired in a multi-player deal after the regular season in 2011 and has appeared in 59 games for the Padres between 2012 and 2013. All 59 games were ones he had started.
Volquez struggled considerably this season...
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
Edinson Volquez sank to a new low last night, lasting only 2/3 of an inning while surrendering 6 runs (5 earned) before he recorded a single out. It was so bad, in fact, the Padres designated him for assignment today and called up Brad...
Hot News for P Brad Brach
Granted, with the classic comedy being released way back in 2004, it could be argued that nods to “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy”have long passed their timely pop culture reference expiration date. But that does not mean the folks at MLB Fan Cave didn’t believe some humor could be mined out of having Brad Brach, Luke Gregerson, Dale Thayer, Anthony Bass and Joe Thatcher...
Mets 11- Padres 2
WP: J. Niese (1-0)
LP: E. Volquez (0-1)
HR: Alonso (1), Cowgill (1)
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Chris Denorfia – Leads off the Padres season with a single, draws a walk and scored a run.
Jedd Gyorko – 1-4 with his first major...
Spring Training is coming to a close and the Padres are making the final tweaks to the roster. At this point guessing is at a minimum, but this is my best guess at the projected 25-man roster on opening day, April 1st.
Projected 25 Man Roster
Photo Credit: Brule Laker
I’ve updated the 2013 Relief Pitcher Guide and made it free to everyone via the Fantasy Fix. You’ll get about 42,000 words on mostly relievers and how they might fit into saves, holds, K/9 and other types of leagues.
For cliff notes, check out here and here, which focused on some sleeper candidates including Rhiner Cruz, Kelvin Herrera, Carter...
Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America
2012 (8) | 2011 (8) | 2010 (20) | 2009 (29) | 2008 (13)
2012 Affiliate Records
MLB: [76-86] NL West
AAA: [56-88] Pacific Coast League – Tucson
AA: [60-80] Texas League – San Antonio
A+: [69-71] California League – Lake Elsinore
A: [69-71] Midwest League – Fort Wayne
A(ss): [47-29] Northwest League — Eugene
Photo Credit: kkthemook
For players in deeper leagues that find it useful to have a reliever with 70+ K upside or a real outside shot at saves, the below represent some of the best options out there.
A.J. Ramos, Miami Marlins: Steve Cishek is a fine pitcher, one capable of holding down a closing job on most any team. That said, if the Marlins are truly committed to building through...
The 2013 Padres payroll is still a work in progress. This is an updated chart with 2013 amounts and estimations provided by mlbtraderumors.com for the 2013 Padres Roster.
I hope that you all had a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday spending time with friends and family. As expected the news was very quiet the past few days, which is why I took the couple of days off since it wouldn’t be much of anything. Today seems to be official announcement day for most teams as they are announcing moves that happened before Christmas. Among the official...
People care about home-run distance, because people like impressive home runs, and impressive home runs tend to have considerable distances. One is impressed when a batter drives a baseball 480 feet and out of the yard. As far as quality of contact is concerned, though, what might be more significant is the baseball’s speed off the bat. All a hitter ever wants to do is hit the...
The unpredictability of Coors Field continued yesterday. You never know who is going to win a game in that place. A deep fly ball that would be a routine out in Petco just keeps on going in Denver. That was the case last night when Casey Kelly gave up the 7 runs in the third, and Brad Brach gave up the 3 runs in the 7th. Ultimately though the Padres were done in by lack of defense...
Chris Nelson wasn't sure he had hit the ball hard enough for a homer.
When he saw the saw ball disappear over the fence as he rounded first base, out came a celebratory fist pump, and a day marked by frustration at the plate and in the field turned noticeably bright.
Nelson had his go-ahead, three-run home run in the seventh inning, and the Colorado Rockies overcame a career...
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September 02, 2012
All good things must come to end, and the Padres streak of consecutive series won did at three when they dropped the last two games against the Rockies after winning the first. The Padres won a close on Friday, 5-4 before getting blown out 9-1 on Saturday. The Padres retook the lead on Sunday after allowing a seven-run fourth before giving the lead back in the seventh, ultimately...