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The Road to The Show™: Padres’ Merrill

No. 83 overall prospect continues strong finish in AFL after injury
@Gerard_Gilberto
November 1, 2022

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at top Padres prospect Jackson Merrill. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Since this year’s Trade Deadline, Jackson Merrill has done

Reno, El Paso facing off in PCL title game

Triple-A D-backs, Padres clubs find success through turnover
@Kelsie_Heneghan
September 29, 2022

The only constant on a Triple-A roster is change. Players are sent up to and down from the Majors as well as promoted from lower levels. And through all the movement, it takes a special group to be able to consistently post W’s, no matter the lineup that night. Padres

Storm blow through to take Cal League crown

Winning streak propels Lake Elsinore to first title since 2011
@MavalloneMiLB
September 21, 2022

The winds started howling during the final week of the regular season, and only after claiming their first title in 11 years, did the Storm finally die down. Buoyed by a strong pitching performance from Victor Lizarraga and a knack for the clutch hit, Single-A Lake Elsinore held off Fresno,

Colossals of clout: Hilliard, Dixon flex muscles

Padres, Rockies sluggers combine for two mammoth homers
@MavalloneMiLB
September 9, 2022

It was a night that Babe Ruth would have been proud of. The duo of Sam Hilliard and Brandon Dixon gave the fans at Isotopes Park plenty to cheer about, slugging a pair of homers that traveled a combined 958 feet. However, it was visiting Triple-A El Paso, buoyed by

Prospect Q&A: Padres shortstop Merrill

No. 88 prospect discusses return from injuries, wild Deadline
@Gerard_Gilberto
September 2, 2022

In many ways, Jackson Merrill is something of a last man standing in what was once a loaded Padres’ farm system. San Diego managed to hold on to MLB Pipeline’s No. 88 overall prospect after a very busy, and potentially franchise-altering, Trade Deadline.

Dixon plates nine during second career cycle

Padres infielder homers in fourth straight during feat for Missions
@RobTnova24
August 18, 2022

Go ahead and feel free to file this under, "Things you probably won't ever see again." Brandon Dixon didn't just hit for the cycle for the second time in his career Wednesday. The Padres farmhand needed just five innings to complete the milestone while homering in his fourth straight game.

Kohlwey corrals cycle that eluded him in June

Padres outfield prospect's triple seals Chihuahuas' fourth cycle
August 10, 2022

After falling short of the cycle on June 29 against Triple-A Oklahoma City, Taylor Kohlwey made sure to finish the job this time. In Triple-A El Paso's win over Oklahoma City a couple months ago, the 2016 21st-round selection finished 4-for-5 with a homer, two doubles and a single, along

'I love the Lake Elsinore Storm': Mayor calls no-hitter

Hawkins, Mundo produce first no-no in Storm history
@Jacob_Resnick
July 2, 2022

It took the San Diego Padres over 50 years and over 8,000 games to throw their first no-hitter. For the broadcaster of one of their Minor League affiliates, he witnessed the milestone in Game 1. Tim Sheridan isn’t the usual broadcaster for the Single-A Lake Elsinore Storm. He’s actually the

Presenting top plays by position from the first half

DeLuzio, Abrams, Duzenack made the most of their spot on the field
@Gerard_Gilberto
June 29, 2022

Throughout the first half of the Minor League season, fans were treated to some remarkable, jaw-dropping, eye-popping and show-stopping displays of defensive excellence. We’ve broken down the best of the best in our weekly Top 10 countdown, and brought fans into the conversation with our voting for Plays of the

Missions pitch in to support Uvalde community

Game-worn high school jerseys auctioned for families of tragedy
@MavalloneMiLB
June 17, 2022

Last month's shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that took the lives of 19 students and two teachers shook the United States to its core. Yet a byproduct of evil inevitably leads to an outpouring of love, support and kindness -- all needed to begin the healing. Sports,

Abrams Collects Five Hits in 13-3 Saturday Win

Canó hits RBI single in first game with the Chihuahuas
June 11, 2022

El Paso 13, Albuquerque 3 – Saturday WP: Leasher (2-3) LP: Ureña (0-1) Time: 2:34 Attn: 8,344 The El Paso Chihuahuas scored 10 runs in the first three innings Saturday and beat the Albuquerque Isotopes 13-3. The Chihuahuas have won four straight games, eight of their last 11 games and

Missions notch second no-no in less than a week

Lillie, Baez, Hernandez, Fox combine for feat against RockHounds
@RobTnova24
May 19, 2022

As the great Yogi Berra said, "It's like déjà vu all over again." And for the Missions, it certainly feels that way. For the second time in three games, Double-A San Antonio had four pitchers combine on a no-hitter. Ryan Lillie, Michel Baez, Osvaldo Hernandez and Mason Fox delivered the

Hassell, Mears shine in San Diego system

Slugging outfielders gave Padres lift at lower levels in 2021
@SamDykstraMiLB
December 15, 2021

Each offseason, MiLB.com goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club. There were high hopes for the Padres system in 2021 on the strength

Scouting report: Padres' Robert Hassell III

Last year's eighth overall pick gifted with talent, plate awareness
@MavalloneMiLB
May 25, 2021

MiLB.com's Scouting Report series spotlights players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at fourth-ranked Padres prospect Robert Hassell III. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. It wasn't a matter

Toolshed: Spring Training camps to watch

Ten groups worth following as top prospects showcase talents
@SamDykstraMiLB
February 24, 2021

Pitchers and catchers have been in Arizona and Florida a while. Position players have officially joined them in earnest. Look around you. It's decidedly spring. To celebrate the official opening of Spring Training and return of full-squad workouts, Toolshed presents 10 camps across the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues that prospect

2021 Prospect Projections: NL West rookies

How D-backs, Rox, Dodgers, Padres, Giants prospects stack up
@SamDykstraMiLB
February 17, 2021

This is the sixth and final entry in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer 600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2021. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers,

Winter ball roundup: Venezuelan League

San Diego's Rosario stands out in 27-game stint with Margarita
@tylermaun
February 17, 2021

Without a Minor League season in 2020, top prospects headed to various locations across the globe for offseason work. Over the next few weeks, MiLB.com will look at the highlights from winter ball seasons worldwide. Past recaps include the Dominican Winter League, Mexican Pacific League and Puerto Rican League.

Roundup: Giants invite Luciano, Ramos to camp

Padres, Orioles also bringing Top-100 talents to Spring Training
@SamDykstraMiLB
February 12, 2021

Joey Bart made his Major League debut during the shortened 2020 season. This spring, the Giants will take a closer look at their three other Top-100 prospects. No. 16 overall prospect Marco Luciano, No. 82 Heliot Ramos and No. 83 Hunter Bishop all received non-roster invitations to San Francisco's Major

Patiño headlines crop headed to Rays in Snell deal

Padres also sending Wilcox, Hunt, Mejia to reigning AL champions
December 28, 2020

The Rays have made a deal for some important future batterymates. The reigning American League champions finalized a trade on Tuesday to acquire No. 23 overall prospect Luis Patiño from the Padres along with fellow right-hander Cole Wilcox, catching prospect Blake Hunt and big league backstop Francisco Mejia in exchange

State of the System: San Diego Padres 

Gore, Patiño, Campusano ready to contribute to big club
December 16, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021.

Report: Padres' Campusano arrested in Georgia

No. 46 overall prospect charged with felony marijuana possession
October 20, 2020

Padres catcher Luis Campusano was arrested and charged with felony marijuana possession over the weekend, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. Ranked as San Diego's No. 4 prospect and No. 46 overall, Campusano was pulled over by police near his hometown of Augusta, Georgia, around 5 a.m. on Oct. 17

Padres add prospect Weathers to NLDS roster

Left-hander jumping straight to postseason squad from Class A
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 6, 2020

One of the defining characteristics of the Padres' 2020 season has been the club's reliance on exciting young talent. On Tuesday, San Diego got even younger and perhaps even more exciting. The Padres added No. 6 prospect Ryan Weathers to the National League Division Series roster for what would be

Toolshed: 10 most fun callups of 2020 season

Revisiting quick risers, late bloomers who made way to Majors
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 2, 2020

There were 210 Major League debuts (and perhaps still counting) during the 2020 season. This week, Toolshed looks back at the 10 most fun first callups of the 2020 season, listed in chronological order of debut date. To be clear, this isn't focused on how they did in their first

Toolshed: Handicapping NL Rookie of the Year race

Cronenworth, Bohm, Williams lead crowded field on senior circuit
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 25, 2020

Sunday brings the end of the 2020 Major League regular season already, meaning potential award contenders have one final weekend to prove themselves to BBWAA voters. Without a Minor League season, most prospect fiends only have had the Rookie of the Year races in the American and National Leagues to

The Show Before the Show: Episode 275

Amarillo's Wellman recalls Texas League title, traded prospects
September 11, 2020

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show, MiLB.com's official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,