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  • Padres Notes: Castillo, Lamet

    Mar 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Padres Jose Castillo Dinelson Lamet
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. In Midseason Form

    San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., fresh off signing a record-breaking contract extension last month, hit a 441-foot grand slam in the second inning of the team's spring training game against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. The Padres received the nickname "Slam Diego" after becoming the first team in baseball history to hit a grand slam in four straight games in 2020. Tatis' homer, which had an exit velocity of 114 mph, was his second hit of the day. It's not a surprise, as the young star led the league in average exit velocity, hard-hit rate and barrel percentage in 2020. He should also throw in 20-plus stolen bases, making Tatis an elite fantasy asset worth taking behind the Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. with the second overall fantasy selection.

    Mar 2 · RotoBaller Padres Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Austin Nola Played Through Fractured Foot In 2020

    San Diego Padres catcher Austin Nola quietly played through a fractured foot after he was acquired via trade last season. Brought in midseason to bolster the lineup, Nola immediately fouled a ball off his foot, which possibly explains the modest .705 OPS he registered with the Friars. He had posted a .903 OPS with the Seattle Mariners prior. Now healthy, the 31-year-old late bloomer looks to build upon the impressive wRC+ he's tallied across 451 career plate appearances. With a Statcast profile suggesting sustainable offensive prowess, Nola is a fine selection as a top-10 fantasy backstop. Project Nola to handle the majority of starts with backups veteran Victor Caratini and prospect Luis Campusano spelling him on off days.

    Mar 2 · RotoBaller Padres Austin Nola
  • Anderson Espinoza Progressing After Elbow Surgeries

    San Diego Padres pitcher Anderson Espinoza(elbow) threw a simulated game last week, continuing his road to recovery. The 22-year-old former top prospect hasn't pitched since 2016 after he needed two Tommy John surgeries. Espinoza should be healthy following his 2019 procedure and forecasts as a bullpen weapon for the Friars if he shines in the minors this season. Prior to the injuries, the team's No. 13 prospect hit triple digits with his heater, demonstrating advanced control with three legitimate pitches. Having not pitched for four years, dynasty managers should temper expectations, but the positive development is encouraging nonetheless.

    Mar 2 · RotoBaller Padres Anderson Espinoza
  • Tucupita Marcano Showing Knack At The Plate

    San Diego Padres infield prospectTucupita Marcano has turned heads in spring training, demonstrating impressive plate awareness. Off to an early 3-for-4 start, Marcano has built off his strong 2020 summer camp and is included with regarded outfield prospectsCJ Abrams and Robert Hassell III as youngsters with high offensive potential. Marcano, the team's No. 6 prospect, struggled in High-A in 2019, posting just a .660 OPS, but he was widely scouted as an excellent hitter. The 21-year-old will certainly open this season in the minors, but the positive development provides further reassurances for the Padres and one of baseball's best farm systems. Keep him on the dynasty radar.

    Mar 2 · RotoBaller Padres Tucupita Marcano
  • Trent Grisham Still Focused On Defense After Gold Glove

    After winning a Gold Glove in 2020, San Diego Padres outfielder Trent Grisham remains motivated to improve defensively. After tying for the lead with six outs above average among outfielders, Grisham continues to nitpick his deficiencies. Offensively, the 24-year-old was a revelation last season, slashing .251/.352/.456 in 252 plate appearances, swiping 10 bases and popping a surprising 10 homers. Heralded for a strong hit tool throughout the minors, Grisham's ascending glovework only secures his position as the Friars everyday center fielder. Grisham's 66 ADP predicts he'll be a lineup fixture, but notably the Padres have been trying various options in center field. If Grisham scuffles offensively and finds himself in a platoon, he's certainly a risk at his current draft value.

    Mar 2 · RotoBaller Padres Trent Grisham
  • Dinelson Lamet Throwing Simulated Game Tuesday

    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet (elbow) is facing hitters in a simulated-game setting in spring camp on Tuesday. Lamet needed a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow last October and missed the team's playoff run. But the hard-throwing right-hander was healthy in the offseason and has been throwing some sliders already this spring. The 28-year-old threw his devastating slider 53.4 percent of the time last year, and opposing hitters were completely baffled by it. But Lamet might have to back off the pitch some in 2021 if he wants his elbow to remain healthy. San Diego's offseason splurge on high-end starting pitching may suggest that they plan to take it easy on Lamet early in the year, making him a risk-reward SP3. If he proves his health as camp progresses, his 86 ADP will only rise as we approach Opening Day.

    Mar 2 · RotoBaller Padres Dinelson Lamet
  • Jorge Ona Makes Early Spring Statement

    San Diego Padres designated hitter Jorge Ona blasted a towering two-run home run in the sixth inning to tie the game 4-4 against the Mariners in the team's spring debut on Sunday. Ona is in a four-way battle for the final spot on the team's bench with Brian O'Grady, Luis Campusano and Jorge Mateo. Ona doesn't bring much in terms of corner-outfield defense, but the Padres might not care for their last bench spot, considering their versatility elsewhere. Ona qualifies as a pinch-hit power threat, and they could use a player of his caliber without the designated hitter in the National League in 2021. "Seeing him drive the ball into the wind today we know he's got big-time power," said Padres manager Jayce Tingler. Ona won't be on the fantasy radar, even if he makes the big-league squad out of spring training.

    Mar 2 · RotoBaller Padres Jorge Ona
  • MacKenzie Gore Cleaning Up Mechanical Issues

    San Diego Padres pitching prospect MacKenzie Gore fanned three in a simulated game over the weekend, taking a positive step towards his impending big league debut. His first spring training start comes Thursday against the Texas Rangers. Despite myriad injuries to the rotation in 2020, the Friars top prospect arm did not receive a call-up. At the alternate site, the 22-year-old struggled with command and mechanical issues but shined on Saturday, flashing a high-90s heater with just one free pass across seven batters. With four rotation spots locked up and a versatile pitching corps, Gore is a longshot to muscle his way onto the roster. Whether he breaks camp with the Padres, baseball's No. 6 prospect retains tantalizing upside as a frontline start with four legitimate pitches. Fantasy-wise, Gore is a prized dynasty piece but is just a stash for rosters with deep benches in redraft formats.

    Mar 1 · RotoBaller Padres MacKenzie Gore
  • Manny Machado Had Laser Eye Surgery In Offseason

    San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado underwent laser eye surgery in the offseason because he said his vision felt slightly off during night games in recent seasons. In the shortened 2020 season, Machado hit .304/.370/.580 with 16 home runs to finish third in National League MVP voting. The right-handed slugger was on pace to shatter his career-highs in most offensive categories and posted career-bests in strikeout rate, walk rate and batting average. He also had a career-low 37.2 percent ground-ball rate and a career-high 22 percent line-drive rate. Machado is still just 28 years old and is in the prime of his career in an outstanding lineup in San Diego. His offensive skills are elite, making him every bit worthy of his second-round ADP in fantasy drafts.

    Feb 26 · RotoBaller Padres Manny Machado
  • Jake Cronenworth To See Some Work In Outfield

    San Diego Padres second baseman Jake Cronenworth will get some looks in the outfield in spring training over the next month. Cronenworth broke out for the Friars last year by hitting .285/.354/.477 to finish second in National League Rookie of the Year voting. He figures to share time at the keystone with Ha-Seong Kim, who was added in free agency over the winter. Cronenworth played all four infield spots in 2020, and the Padres think he's more than capable of learning a corner outfield spot. The 27-year-old had a fine first season in San Diego, but he'll have to prove himself again and will have plenty of competition from Kim, who can also play shortstop if needed. Because of playing-time concerns on San Diego's loaded roster, Cronenworth is more of a late-round flier for middle infield depth in mixed leagues.

    Feb 25 · RotoBaller Padres Jake Cronenworth
  • Ryan Weathers Building Up As Starter

    San Diego Padres left-handed pitching prospect Ryan Weathers, who made his debut in the postseason against the Dodgers with 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, is building toward a starter's workload in spring training and was the first pitcher to work multiple innings in a simulated game on Thursday. He used three pitches -- a fastball, changeup and slider -- to induce a few swings and misses and mostly weak contact. The 21-year-old is the team's No. 5 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, and he could provide some valuable rotation depth in 2021. The young southpaw gained some velocity on his fastball last year, taking it into the upper-90s, but he's still young and can use some more development on the farm, especially given the team's pitching depth.

    Feb 25 · RotoBaller Padres Ryan Weathers
  • Padres Won't Get In Yu Darvish's Way

    The San Diego Padres don't plan on trying to change starting pitcher Yu Darvish in his first season with the team. He threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Thursday for the first time this spring and said he felt good. "Had very good control, all in all feeling really good," Darvish said through a team interpreter. The Japanese right-hander has a mid- to high-90s four-seam fastball, but he's at his best when he uses his cutter and slider to get ahead in counts. He finished with a 2.01 ERA and led the National League with a 2.23 FIP last year before finishing second in the NL Cy Young voting. Despite his age (34), Darvish had a 31.3 percent strikeout rate in 2020 and also lowered his walks quite a bit. With a strong offense backing him in San Diego in a pitcher's park, Darvish is a top-10 fantasy ace.

    Feb 25 · RotoBaller Padres Yu Darvish
  • MacKenzie Gore impressing in Padres camp

    Feb 25 · FantasyPros Padres MacKenzie Gore
  • Matt Strahm (knee) unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Feb 24 · FantasyPros Padres Matt Strahm
  • Injuries Continue To Hamper Tommy Pham

    San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham was limited to just 31 games in the shortened 2020 season due to a left hamate fracture in his hand. The career .277/.373/.472 (126 OPS+) hitter batted just .211/.312/.312 (74 OPS+) when on the field in his first season with the Padres. But Pham walked and struck out as much as usual and had a career-high 50.0 percent hard-hit rate. But only one player (Scott Kingery) had a larger gap between his expected wOBA and actual wOBA (65 points). Entering his age-33 season, Pham had averaged around 22 home runs and 22 steals with a .284 batting average in three seasons prior to 2020. If healthy, which is a big question mark for Pham, his patience and power could lead to another 20-20 season in 2021. He's a sleeper at his 127 ADP in a loaded Padres lineup.

    Feb 23 · RotoBaller Padres Tommy Pham
  • Jurickson Profar facing 'visa issue,' not yet at camp

    Feb 23 · FantasyPros Padres Jurickson Profar
  • Jose Castillo Finally Ready To Contribute Again

    San Diego Padres reliever Jose Castillo appears ready to finally contribute again this season. After a stellar 2018 where he posted a 3.29 ERA and electric 12.2 K/9, Castillo has pitched only 2/3 innings in two seasons dealing with myriad arm injuries. Still just 25 years old, the Friars believe he's a "full-go" in spring training, but he'll likely be eased into action. Fangraphs currently has Castillo outside of the big league roster, but he should have an opportunity to earn at least low-leverage innings if he's healthy. Not a fantasy consideration in standard formats, Castillo is a target in deep holds league if his stock ascends in March.

    Feb 22 · RotoBaller Padres Jose Castillo
  • Chris Paddack Embracing Analytics To Improve Fastball

    San Diego Padres starter Chris Paddack recognizes the need to improve his fastball effectiveness this season. The 25-year-old followed up a sensational rookie campaign in 2019 with a disappointing 4.73 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 59 frames (12 starts) last year. After diving into the numbers, Paddack realized his spin rates fell dramatically and dedicated the offseason to rediscovering his old mechanics. Paddack is currently going in the mid rounds with a 111 ADP as an SP3/4. Although still just a two-pitch starter, a decent heater would certainly complement his elite changeup. If he can find a reliable third pitch, Paddack holds clear upside at his current price.

    Feb 22 · RotoBaller Padres Chris Paddack
  • Chris Paddack worked on fastball spin rate and efficiency this offseason

    Feb 21 · FantasyPros Padres Chris Paddack
  • Don't Sleep On Adrian Morejon

    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Adrian Morejon may not even have a roster spot right away in 2021 given the team's starting rotation and bullpen depth, but the 21-year-old left-hander has overpowering stuff. Morejon has an average fastball velocity of 96.6 mph and posted a 57 percent whiff rate on his knuckle-change in 2020. He also has a pair of swing-and-miss breaking balls and could pitch himself into the team's rotation later in the season. The southpaw's diverse arsenal produced an 11.6 K/9 last season and a 1.9 BB/9. His 4.66 ERA can largely be ignored after he threw just 19 1/3 innings during the regular season. Morejon can be ignored in mixed league drafts, but he should absolutely be owned in dynasty/keeper formats and is worth a flier in deep NL-only leagues for his upside.

    Feb 19 · RotoBaller Padres Adrian Morejon