The Future El Paso Whatever’s: Part 3 (The Relief Pitchers)

I hate to seem like I’m rushing but, I really want to hurry up and get to the guys that we really need to look forward to seeing in El Paso. I’m not saying these relievers aren’t going to be there. I think we are all just ready to see future MLBers. I mean, I love going to El Paso Diablos games but, I’ve had enough non-MLB ready baseball for a while. Here is what I have learned about the Padres relievers.

The Relievers

1. Huston Street (RHP – RP) – Street is the full-time Closer and will probably be for a while. He is currently on the Disabled List however. 0-3, 11 SV, 4.43 ERA, 1.230 WHIP, 13 K, 8 BB Not awesome stats for a Closer. But, he is signed through 2015 so, he is the Padres Closer… for better or worse.

Not likely to see him. I guess if he rehabs in Tucson following this DL stint, then maybe we can expect to see him sometime before 2015.

2. Luke Gregerson (RHP – RP) – 3-2, SV, 1.05 ERA, 0.662 WHIP, 19 K, 6 BB. Should he be the Closer full-time? I didn’t say that. Quit looking at me like that. I didn’t.

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Luke Gregerson: What? You think I should be the Closer? Aww… shucks… thanks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gregerson is Arbitration eligible this year. Barring an injury, he won’t be in El Paso next year.

3. Dale Thayer (RHP – RP) – 0-2, 2.92 ERA, 0.811 WHIP, 23 K, 8 BB. Could also be the Closer and do a better job than some people (not naming any names). Unfortunately for him, I just picked him up for my Ottoneu Fantasy Team. That’s usually the kiss of death.

He is out of options. Not gonna see him. Sorry.

4. Joe Thatcher (LHP – RP) – Wow… this bullpen is a beast! Maybe they could all be converted to Starters? 2-0, 1.59 ERA, 1.235 WHIP, 13 K, 2 BB.

Also out of options. Not gonna see him. Also sorry.

5. Tyson Ross (RHP – RP) – 0-1, 2.20 ERA, 1.326 WHIP, 20 K, 14 BB. He’s walking a few too many people but, the stats still are not bad.

If he continues to walk people at this pace, we may see him at some point. He’s pretty young so, he’s still got time to come down to El Paso and work on some things.

6. Tom Layne (LHP – RP) – Hasn’t been up too long. At Tucson he had worse stats than any of the above listed pitchers. Against left handed batters in AAA his slash was .269/.355/.404 and 2 HR. It would appear that he’s not very good at being a left handed specialist…. or other things, like pitching (sorry if that seems too harsh).

Really good chance of seeing him in El Paso, if he has a job next year.

The Padres bullpen

The Padres bullpen (Photo credit: ewen and donabel)

7. Brad Boxberger (RHP – RP) – Boxberger is apparently a pretty good prospect. But, being a bullpen prospect can be rough sometimes. Boxberger was just sent down again today. His numbers, ML:  0-1, 5.79 ERA, 1.286 WHIP, 6 K, 0 BB – AAA: 5.73 ERA, 1.636 WHIP, 31 K, 10 BB. Seems like AAA may be the right place for now.

He’s back in AAA now. Looks like he could be closing there to begin next season as well.

8. Tim Stauffer (RHP – RP) – Former 1st Rd Pick. Stauffer was a Free Agent before this season despite having always been with the Padres. He was re-signed on a one year deal. Stauffer started out in AAA but is currently in the Bigs. 0-0, 3.95 ERA, 1.244 WHIP, 14 K, 3 BB.

Won’t be in El Paso next year. If he re-signs with the Padres it won’t be to play in AAA.

9. Burch Smith (RHP – RP) – I have Smith listed as a Reliever because I already finished my Starter posts. He has only ever started in the Big Leagues, albeit only 3 times and not that well any of those 3. 0-1, 18.41 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 11 K, 6 BB. This is his first year in the Majors. It looks like he’s a pretty good minor league pitcher though. He was called up from AA originally and then demoted to AAA after a few weeks. Maybe this time with the Padres will be better for him.

I’m gonna go with a 100% chance of seeing Burch Smith pitch in El Paso next season. Call me crazy.

Alright. That’s it for the Padres big league club. I can’t wait to start talking about the Minor Leaguers. The Minors are my bread and butter!

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The Future El Paso Whatever’s: Part 1 (The Lineup)

Our team doesn’t have a name yet. Soon, though. Very soon. It also doesn’t have any players yet (I know, the Tucson Padres do but, I’m pretending our team is totally separate from them). I’m sure that some players from the Tucson Padres will end up here in El Paso but, who else do we have to look forward to seeing here in EP?

“The Future El Paso Whatever’s”  is a review of the entire Padres organizational depth chart.

One of the coolest things about having a AAA team in town is going to be seeing players from the Majors come down to work on things or rehab. Our guys here with the El Paso Whatever’s will also be moving up and down as needed to fill in for injured players. This first posts will be about the players that are currently in the Majors. We might not see too many of them. In later editions, we will get into the prospects that we may have here in El Paso next year… the true Ninos of the Padres.

The Padres Lineup

1. Everth Cabrera (SS) – This is Cabrera’s first full season in the Padres lineup and he is proving to be a very useful player. He is currently 10th in the NL in WAR (Wins Above Replacement) and has a slash line of .276/.361/.336 with 23 Stolen Bases. He will be eligible for arbitration for the first time this year.

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Everth Cabrera, shortstop and second baseman for the San Diego Padres, at Fan Fest on April 5, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I would say that we have no chance of seeing him here in El Paso next season, but then this Biogenesis thing happened yesterday. Cabrera has been linked to steroids and if MLB suspends Cabrera for 50 games, I would think it would be the beginning of next season. So, there’s a chance we could see him around the middle of May to get some AB’s in before returning.

2. Chris Denorfia (RF) – Denorfia is the Padres everyday RF and is signed through 2014. .299/.352/.390. Interesting stat: 6th in NL in Grounding into Double Plays (offense), 5th in NL in Double Plays from the Outfield (defense). Here’s a highlight reel… sorry about the music.

Really no chance of seeing Denorfia in El Paso, barring an injury rehab stint.

3. Chase Headley (3B) – Arbitration eligible this year. The talk in the pre-season was of how much the Padres needed to lock up Headley long term. He did have a good year last year. His play did warrant a new deal. This year however, he has a .246/.340/.385 line with 5 HR and 17 RBI. Not bad but, the Padres may get a better deal financially after this year.

He’s not going to be in  EP, unless he has an injury. Haha… that rhymes. I rap almost as good as those guys in the Denorfia Video.

4. Carlos Quentin (LF) – He’s playing like Carlos Quentin. He is with the Padres through 2016 when they will no doubt decline the mutual option and instead pay his $3M buyout. .230/.340/.443, 5 HR, 17 RBI. His stats are very similar to Headley’s. Is Headley gonna be looking for Quentin money? We’ll see. Quentin is 5th in the NL in HBP (Hit By Pitch), one of which was from Zach Greinke and caused him to have to break Greinke’s collar bone.

We may see him at some point to work on his swing. Probably not though.

5. Yonder Alonso (1B) – #1 in Fielding Percentage as a First Baseman. .284/.335/.416, 6 HR, 29 RBI. This guy’s a stud. He’s a Padre through at least 2018.

Again…injury, maybe.

6. Yasmani Grandal (c) – Just came back from 50 game steroid suspension. Last season, .297/.394/.469 in 60 games.

Yasmani Grandal

Yasmani Grandal (Photo credit: SD Dirk)

Like Everth Cabrera, Grandal is linked with the Biogenesis steroid scandal. It is very likely that he will be suspended 100 games. Like Cabrera, we will most likely see him sometime next year if he is suspended.

7. Jedd Gyorko (2B) – I was really excited to see Jedd play in El Paso when I found out we were going to have the Padres AAA team. But, it ain’t happening. This is Jedd’s first year in the Padres lineup and it looks like he’s not gonna be going anywhere. .278/.338/.434, 6 HR, 21 RBI. Gyorko is eligible for arbitration in 2016. It started off rough for Jedd but, he had pretty much the best May in history (I am prone to exaggeration, just so you know). Check out this article at It’s one of my new favorite sites, by the way.

He ain’t coming back… unless he gets hurt.

8. Will Venable (CF) – Venable mostly plays against RHP’s. It’s not helping his batting average much, though. .219/.280/.397. His 7 HR and 19 RBI are pretty good though. In 87 chances in the outfield, he has a 1.000 fielding percentage. He is arbitration eligible this year.

Venable and Blanks (bats against LHP – we will discuss him Friday) are kind of up in the air when it comes to seeing them in El Paso next year. Cameron Maybin is the likely starting CF for the Padres. We will talk about him on Friday as well.

So, that’s it for the lineup. Tomorrow we will discuss the starting pitchers…. possibly the bullpen. We will see. Please comment with any questions, corrections, anything. I am learning about the team as I go, there’s a good chance I am completely wrong about some things. This blog is about my research into our El Paso Whatever’s, it’s a learning process. Regardless of who is here next year, the fact remains… El Paso will have AAA Baseball!!! Woohoo!!!

The Name Change

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English: Flag of El Paso, Texas. Image created by uploader based on an image at (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Everyone still with me after the name change? I like this one better and my one follower Noah does as well. Hope everyone’s still there. Tomorrow we start digging into the Padres youngsters, who we may see in El Paso next season!

El Paso… Are You Ready for Some Baseball?

Tucson Padres

Tucson Padres (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have no idea why anyone would be upset over El Paso getting a new stadium for a new (at least it’s new to us) baseball team. But, nevertheless, a lot of people in El Paso are still upset over not getting to vote on the demolition of City Hall in order to build the new stadium. My thinking is, if the people who work everyday in it think it needs to be demolished, who is the average citizen to say otherwise?

Needless to say, I am pumped about our new stadium and team. I spent a lot of time in Durham, North Carolina growing up. I have seen first hand how the building of a new ballpark in a “run down” area of the city can turn everything around. Downtown Durham was dead when I was a kid. Now, it is the vibrant heart of the city all because of the Durham Bulls and their amazing new stadium. I have no doubt in my mind that El Paso will see the same type of rejuvenation when the El Paso Whatever’s start playing next year.


The “Whatever’s” part of that last paragraph leads me into discussing the teams name. I voted several times in the recent poll on the team’s website. The voting has closed and any day now I think we will be able to vote on our team’s new name. Because voting is closed, I think it is safe for me to go ahead and discuss my nomination here. I suggested the El Paso Estrellas. In honor of the star on the mountain (that the group who bought the Tucson Padres is named after), also in honor of El Paso’s heritage using the Spanish word for star instead of… well… star. I know that the owner has said he is looking for a kind of unique, silly name (i.e. Albuquerque Isotopes). I know that Estrella’s is not completely unique or silly but, I like it.


I will update this blog  soon when the nominees are out. Hopefully to advertise my name being there to vote on. I wouldn’t mind winning the Season Tickets that are up for grabs.

The start of something good?

It’s kind of weird starting off a new blog. I’m pretty sure that nobody is going to be reading this. I’m not sure why they would. I’m not somebody that anybody’s heard of. I’m also not an expert on the topic that I’m going to be writing about.

The good thing is though that I do know a lot about baseball. That knowledge is just sitting in my head not being used.

So why did I start a San Diego Padres minor league blog? Well for one it seems like in the blogosphere there’s not a lot of coverage of the Padres minor leagues. Also I’ve been reading a lot on the Padres minor leagues because of our new team that starts play next year in El Paso. So because I was spending a lot of time studying the Padres minor leaguers anyway I figured why not start a blog and help other people find the kind of information I’ve been looking for.

So I hope whoever out there stumbles on this blog enjoys it. And maybe you come back for more later. Its going to be a slow start but its going to be a lot of fun so stick around. I hope you enjoy The Descendientes…

Image of El Paso's future AAA Park. Future home of the San Diego Padre's AAA team.

Image of El Paso’s future AAA Park. Future home of the San Diego Padre’s AAA team.