Urias ranked No. 2 on MLB's top 2B prospects

January 22, 2018

SAN DIEGO — Luis Urias is no stranger to soaring up the prospect leaderboards. Not too long ago, he was a relatively unheralded lower-level second baseman in the Padres’ system. But Urias merely kept doing what he’s always done: Hit. And over the past two years, the spry 5-foot-8 middle infielder has gone from an afterthought to one of the game’s brightest youngsters. MLB Pipeline confirmed as much Monday with…

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Padres hope Galvis solidifies SS spot in '18

January 19, 2018

With Spring Training on the horizon, MLB.com is taking an in-depth look at the 2018 Padres, breaking the team down position-by-position. Today, we preview the shortstops. • Around the Horn series: Catcher | First base | Second base With Spring Training on the horizon, MLB.com is taking an in-depth look at the 2018 Padres, breaking the team down position-by-position. Today, we preview the shortstops. • Around the Horn series: Catcher…

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No shortage of thump in Padres' lineup

January 8, 2018

The Padres have been busy this offseason, and the lineup will have a slightly different look in 2018. San Diego filled a major need by trading for shortstop Freddy Galvis, and the club also brought back third baseman Chase Headley. On the flip side, the Padres parted ways with third baseman Ryan Schimpf, infielder Yangervis Solarte and outfielder Jabari Blash. MLB.com is taking a look at the projected (lineup/rotation/bullpen) of…

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Heavy is the heart with passing of Picciolo

January 4, 2018

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres. Rob Picciolo had the perfect nickname.    Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres. Rob Picciolo had the perfect nickname.    “Peach.”      That said it all.      Picciolo was a special man.      Honestly, I’ve never met a better man in or out of baseball. I’ve met a lot who came close. But…

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Longtime Padres coach Picciolo dies at 64

January 4, 2018

Rob Picciolo, a former middle infielder and a longtime coach who spent two decades in the Padres’ system, died on Wednesday. He was 64. “The San Diego Padres are deeply saddened by the news of the unexpected passing of Rob Picciolo,” a statement from the Padres read. “Peach dedicated a decade and a half to our organization and was a tremendous asset as a coach, but more significantly, as a…

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Capps, Padres reportedly avoid arbitration

January 4, 2018

The Padres reportedly avoided arbitration with hard-throwing right-hander Carter Capps on Wednesday, agreeing to a one-year deal with the reliever for $1.06 million, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman. The club has not confirmed the report. The Padres reportedly avoided arbitration with hard-throwing right-hander Carter Capps on Wednesday, agreeing to a one-year deal with the reliever for $1.06 million, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman. The club has…

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In '18, SD will rely on youth to take next step

December 31, 2017

SAN DIEGO — With the youngest roster in the Majors, the Padres made plenty of progress in 2017. Still, coming off a 91-loss season, they’re nowhere near where they want to be. The majority of that roster will be back in 2018, and it’s critical to the trajectory of the franchise that those young players continue to develop. With that in mind, here are the five most important questions facing…

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For Padres, '17 provides plenty to build upon

December 30, 2017

SAN DIEGO — The calendar flips to 2018 on Monday, and the Padres are optimistic the strides they made this year will carry into the new one. Following a season that saw the Friars hand regular playing time to a host of youngsters, here are the five most important moments — in chronological order — from the year that was. SAN DIEGO — The calendar flips to 2018 on Monday,…

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