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Centerfielder Manuel Margot has played himself back into the conversation for the San Diego Padres, per MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell.

If it seems like Margot has been around forever, that’s because he’s not only in his third season as a regular contributor in San Diego, but before that he was a key piece in the trade that sent Craig Kimbrel to the Red Sox – after which he instantly became the top-rated prospect in the Padres’ system by MLB.com. He was the 26th-ranked prospect in the game at the start of 2016 when he looked like a potential future star in center, batting a projectable .263/.313/.409 as a 22-year-old rookie.

The Padres have had so many prospects enter the national conversation since that 2015 blockbuster that Margot has faded well into the background, not only on the national level but for the Padres as well. As it stands today, Margot’s career line of .251/.303/.394 doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence as the centerfielder of the future.

Still, he’s remarkably only 24-years-old, and as Cassavell points out, for a little over a month now, he’s raked. Since June 23, he’s holding a .260/.387/.519 line. Consider positive career defensive ratings in center (19 DRS, 11.8 UZR), and Margot may yet contribute to the next contender in San Diego.

Despite San Diego’s deep farm system, they don’t necessarily have their next centerfielder bookmarked. That plays in Margot’s favor, but it might also make the Padres all the more proactive in seeking an outside solution. Unless he can consistently put together quality results against right-handers, he’s more likely pegged for a future as a fourth outfielder, whether in San Diego or elsewhere.

The Padres best bet is to play out the string for the remainder of 2019 and hope he does enough to improve his stock for a potential offseason trade. His youth is encouraging, but he’s also approaching his first season of arbitration, making 2019 a put-up-or-shut-up season for Margot. His first time through arbitration won’t break the bank, but it does change his valuation moving forward. Another couple of months like his last, however, and Margot could change that valuation once again.

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Awards season has officially begun with Gold Gloves given out on Sunday to baseball’s premier defenders where the San Diego Padres came up empty-handed.

On Monday, Major League Baseball revealed the finalists for the four major awards from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, which include MVP, Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year.

The San Diego Padres were represented among the finalists by their beloved rookie shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. — up for 2019 Rookie of the Year.

The nomination is a surprise to few, if any, due to Tatis’ unforgettable rookie season which included jaw-dropping plays all over the field.

At the plate, Tatis Jr. finished his season with a .317 average, 22 homers, and 53 RBI.

Defensively, he made diving plays, impossible throws, and leaping grabs that one could only shake their head at. He was easily Manny Machado‘s equal defensively, which is almost an impossible comparison when thought about.

The base paths is where Tatis really separated himself from the ordinary, however.

He scored multiple times while being at second on groundballs in the infield, including one to the pitcher against the Giants in San Francisco.

The youngster tagged up from 3rd and scored on a pop up to the 2nd baseman that was a step off the infield dirt.

His best trick, though, was escaping a pickle that saw him avoid a tag going back to first that could have landed him a role in The Matrix.

In August, however, after only 84 games, the 20-year-old Tatis was shut down for the season by the organization due to lower back issues.

The announcement ended the chance at a playoff run for the Padres as a team, and also ended some chances at records and awards that Tatis was well on his way to winning if healthy.

One of those very easily could have been the Rookie of the Year award, but he will likely lose votes due to the 78 missed games.

Likely, it will go to Pete Alonso of the New York Mets, who had an excellent and historic year of his own.

Alonso finished with 55 home runs (a rookie record) and 120 RBI.

A full season of Fernando Tatis Jr. against Alonso’s monster power numbers and Mike Soroka‘s 13 wins and 2.68 ERA would have made the NL Rookie of the Year race a lot more interesting than it is likely to turn out.

Win or lose at Monday night’s award ceremony, it is Tatis Jr. who has won the hearts of San Diego’s fans with his energy, his passion, and his other-worldly skills.

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SAN DIEGO — Even by typical Pacific Coast League standards, the offensive environment on the circuit was positively bonkers this season. However, the friendly hitting environment shouldn’t diminish what El Paso infielder and now big-league graduate Ty France accomplished in 2019.

The 2015 34th-round pick hit an absurd .399/.447/.770 this season, with 27 homers and a wRC+ of 198, which would have led the PCL if he had enough at-bats to qualify among the league leaders. His 1.247 OPS tied for the league lead with Brewers outfielder Trent Grisham and was slightly ahead of Dodgers’ super-prospect Gavin Lux.

“Predictions are hard, and most of the time I get them wrong, so let me brag about this one — I predicted in a March preseason show that Ty would win PCL MVP and he did,” said Chihuahuas broadcaster Tim Hagerty.

Ty France hit .399 in El Paso. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

In addition to winning the MVP in the Pacific Coast League, Ty France is our MadFriars Player of the Year, thanks to an offensive campaign in which France took his game to new heights.

“For me, it was going out every day at the plate and trying to get a good pitch to hit,” said France prior to the Padres’ final home game of 2019. “I put in a lot of work in the off-season, [really] working on the strength and conditioning part. The power numbers came [as a result]. It was a lot of fun to go out there and play.”

France’s power materialized with the Chihuahuas and he reached his career-high in homers, despite amassing less than 400 plate appearances in Triple-A. The prodigious power came with France lowering his strikeout rate to 14% while maintaining a solid 8.6% walk rate. France attributes the breakout to a more aggressive approach at the plate.

“[Decreasing my strikeouts] was partially because of the off-season work I put in and I think I was just a little more aggressive. I wasn’t afraid to strikeout and I was swinging more. And in Triple-A, the pitchers make a couple of more mistakes than they do [in the big leagues]. I was able to put the ball in play.”

Coming into the year, France was not necessarily looking to lead the league in many offensive categories, but he set goals for himself and reevaluated those goals every week and going into each new month.

“You have to hold yourself to some pretty high standards to play this game. You never go out and say ‘okay, I want to hit .200 this year.’ For me, going to [El Paso last year], I think I hit .290 (he hit .287). This year, the goal was to hit .300 and put in the work each day. When I [achieved the goal], I set new goals.”

France’s play earned the former 34th-round pick a trip to San Diego. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

France’s breakout resulted in a promotion to San Diego, where he played third base nearly every day after phenom shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. hit the shelf with a hamstring issue. France struggled in first stint in the big leagues, hitting just .235/.290/.357 in 108 plate appearances before being optioned back to El Paso. France didn’t view the demotion as something negative.

“I learned how good guys are up here. You are facing the best-of-the-best up here and I didn’t look at going back down as a demotion. I looked at it as [an opportunity] to get more reps. I talked to Andy [Green] before I left and he said ‘you didn’t do anything wrong, you held your own and did a good job here; just go down and get reps.’ That’s what I treated it as.”

In France’s return to El Paso, the infielder hit .392/.471/.733 with 18 homers in 57 games. His offensive production led to his selection to the Triple-A All-Star Game, the third straight season that France made a mid-season All-Star game. France homered in the game and won the top star award for the PCL squad.

As France’s offensive game shined, he also learned a new position on the fly. With the corner infield positions locked up in San Diego for the foreseeable future, France started to get reps at second base as a means to get his powerful bat in the lineup in San Diego. Prior to this season, France had never played second base at any level.

“[France] could be more of an emergency guy at second base, or a double switch,” said El Paso manager Edwin Rodriguez in an interview with us in July. “Ty is really good because he can play a lot of different positions and [is willing] do anything to try to help the team.”

Ty France saw action at first, second and third base this season. Photo: Jorge Salgado.

“Everyday at [second base] is definitely getting easier,” said France. “It’s like riding a bike; you need to start with the training wheels and then go from there. Each day, I feel like I have gotten a little better. [Padres assistant hitting and infield coach] Damian Easley and these guys are incredible to work with. They do a great job — it’s definitely helped my game and it has taken it to another level.

When Tatis Jr. returned to the injured list in August, France rejoined the big league club for the remainder of the season. France’s numbers (.233/.298/.453) weren’t outstanding down the stretch but he did have a few big moments. He homered twice in a game against San Francisco and finished the season with a multi-hit game in the finale. The slugging infielder was much more comfortable at the plate in his second stint with the Padres.

“For me, the first go-around was the rookie jitters, the first-time jitters and the second time up, I have been a lot more comfortable. [I’ve] been a lot more relaxed at the plate and I’ve been able to be more of myself.”

France should go into next spring with a chance to win an everyday job at second base, or perhaps fill in all over the infield as a utility slugger. For him, the recognition he has received from many publications has helped give him validation heading into next season.

“It’s been pretty fun and incredible journey. The Padres have been incredible to me my entire career. They made it clear that from the time I signed that if you went out and put up the numbers, you’d get rewarded and that’s exactly what they did.”

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As it stands now, Austin Hedges and Francisco Mejía both figure to be catching for the Padres in 2019.

That fact also sets up a steady progression for the next three catchers in the Padres’ system — Austin Allen, Luis Torrens and Luis Campusano.

The 24-year-old Allen figures to start the 2019 season at Triple-A El Paso after being a 2018 post-season All-Star in the Double-A Texas League. Torrens, 25, figures to advance to Double-A Amarillo after spending 2018 with Advanced Single-A Lake Elsinore. And Campusano, 20, will likely be at Lake Elsinore next season.

Campusano (№24) and Allen (№25) are both ranked among the Padres’ Top-30 prospects by MLB Pipeline. Torrens would likely be on that list had he not spent the 2017 season on the Padres Major League roster as a Rule 5 draft pick.

Allen, Torrens and Campusano all hit .280 or better last season with an OPS over .700.

Here’s a # PadresOnDeck look at the three catchers in the upper echelons of the Padres’ minor league system.

— Austin Allen was recently added to the Padres’ 40-man roster. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound left-handed hitter was the Padres’ fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft pick out of the Florida Institute of Technology.

Allen has spent a full season with Single-A Fort Wayne, Advanced Single-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio in his steady climb up the Padres’ system. He is a two-time Padres’ organization All-Star and has never hit below .283 with an on-base percentage below .351 in any or his three full minor league seasons.

He played 119 games with San Antonio last season and hit .290 with a .351 on-base percentage and a .506 slugging percentage for a .857 OPS. Allen had 31 doubles and 22 homers (for a second straight season) with 59 runs scored and 56 RBIs In 451 at-bats. Allen drew 37 walks.

Allen completed 2018 by hitting .263 with a .358 on-base percentage and a .779 OPS. He had three doubles, two homers and 13 RBIs and 10 runs scored in 15 games with the AFL Peoria Javelinas.

— Luis Torrens came to the Padres through the 2016 Rule 5 draft from the Yankees’ organization. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound right-handed hitter hit .163 with a .243 on-base percentage in 135 plate appearances for the Padres in the 2017 season.

The native of Venezuela returned to the minor leagues in 2018 and spent the entire season with Lake Elsinore. He hit .280 with a .320 on-base percentage and a .406 slugging percentage for a .727 OPS. He played 122 games with 36 doubles, three triples and six homers for 62 runs scored and 73 RBIs in 479 at-bats. Torrens drew 26 walks and struck out only 77 times.

Torrens is currently playing with Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League. He is hitting .366 with four doubles and six RBIs in 41 at-bats over his first 13 games. He has a .463 slugging percentage for a .829 OPS.

— Luis Campusano was the Padres’ second-round pick (39th overall selection) in the 2017 Draft out of Cross Creek High in Augusta, Ga. The 6-foot, 195-pound left-handed hitter was named the best defensive catcher in the Padres’ minor league system by Baseball America magazine following his 2017 debut in the Arizona Rookie League.

After hitting .269 in his first professional summer, Campusano was batting .288 after 70 games with Fort Wayne last summer when his 2018 season was ended by professional baseball’s concussion protocol.

In 260 at-bats with the TinCaps, Campusano had 11 doubles, three homers, 40 RBIs and 26 RBIs. He had a .345 on-base percentage and a .365 slugging percentage for a .710 OPS. Campusano drew 19 walks in 2018 while striking out only 43 times.

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One of the most easily forgotten transactions of last offseason saw the San Diego Padres sign right-handed starter Garrett Richards to a two-year deal. Richards, formerly of the Los Angeles Angels, was expected to miss most of the season while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. That two-year deal, then, was more of a one-year deal — with that one year being about 2020.

Yet Richards stepped onto a big-league mound on Monday night for the first time since last July, and there was some reason to be encouraged — even if his final line doesn’t suggest as much.

Richards threw 3 ⅔ innings against the Milwaukee Brewers, permitting three runs on five hits and no walks in a loss. He struck out five and threw strikes on 42 of his 61 pitches (or nearly 70 percent overall). Richards induced six swinging strikes, including four on his trademark slider:

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For those wondering, Richards’ fastball clocked in at 94.7 miles per hour on average, according to Statcast. That’s down about 1 mile per hour from his average in recent seasons. Whether he regains that extra oomph is to be seen.

The Padres are about to embark on a pivotal offseason, one in which they’re likely to pursue a front-of-the-rotation starter. If Richards can regain most of his old form — he had a 122 ERA+ over 86 starts from 2014-18 — then he could factor into those plans, and perhaps help lead San Diego to its first postseason appearance since 2007.

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On the heels of Luis Urías’ recent promotion to the majors, the Padres have decided to promote fellow top prospect Adrian Morejon as well. Per MLB’s Francys Romero, the club has selected Morejon’s contract from Double-A Amarillo and will allow the lefty to skip Triple-A and head straight for the big leagues. The Padres have yet to make an official announcement and corresponding roster move.

Morejon, 20, profiled as the no. 4 prospect in the Padres’ system this summer. A talented left-hander with a fastball that sits mid- to high-90s and two workable changeups, Morejon struggled to stay ahead of the competition upon his promotion to Double-A in 2019. He finished his time with the Sod Poodles sporting an 0-4 record in 16 starts with a 4.25 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, and 11 SO/9 across 36 innings.

Even so, Morejon’s well-developed pitch arsenal and previous track record in the minors should give him a fighting chance at the rotation in the years to come. For now, the southpaw is likely to step into a relief role until the Padres have a better handle on his capabilities at the major league level.

Per Romero, right-hander and no. 5 prospect Michel Baez will be called up alongside Morejon on Saturday. Along with Urías, the Padres will have three of their top five prospects in the majors at the same time. In the case of Morejon and Baez, Romero adds, it will be the first time a pair of Cuban players have been promoted on the same day.

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By most accounts, Eric Lauer has improved during his 2nd year in the big leagues. Although his ERA is essentially flat versus last year at 4.41, he’s decreased his WHIP from 1.545 to 1.376. He’s walking 1 full batter less which is impressive.

Unfortunately, he has to pitch at Coors Field.

The funny thing about your ERA is that 2 awful starts can take you from a 3.71 to a 4.41 instantly. Case and point? Eric Lauer.

He’s made 2 starts there this year, and both went about as poorly as possible. He’s thrown 5 2⁄3 innings while giving up 13 ER’s on 18 hits. We don’t even want to talk about last year.

True, you don’t just get to remove starts. However, if there was ever a case for advanced analytics it’s a situation like this. How can someone dominate a team like the Dodgers over and over again while getting lit up in Colorado?

Maybe it’s in his head. Maybe it’s a stroke of bad luck. Maybe it’s just Coors Field. Either way, Lauer is better than he looks on paper.

In reality he’ll never be a top of the rotation starter. Could he still project as a backend of the rotation guy? It’s possible. He’s shown flashes of masterful pitching ability. He’ll never overpower anyone, but has demonstrated pinpoint control at times.

Short answer? Ya, we’re rooting for the guy. We’d love to see him develop into a #4 or #5 starter on a playoff roster. He’ll need to learn how to finish hitters with 2 strikes, but that’s nearly all young pitchers.

For now, it’ll be interesting to see if he can find a way to have a quality start in Denver. That’s a nice first step for a pitcher that wants to prove he belongs.

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Miguel Diaz ’20 is one of 496 college students across the United States to receive an annual Barry Goldwater Scholarship.

A mechanical engineering major and a physics minor at Manhattan College, Diaz was born in Puerto Rico and spent most of his childhood in the South Bronx. He is hoping to pursue a career in the aerospace industry after graduation. A member of the Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma honor societies, Diaz also is part of the College’s jazz band and orchestra.

“I have found Miguel to be a mature and passionate student who is dedicated to go to the aeronautic industry and fulfill his passion about the outer space. He has a curious mind that will help him to be a good researcher,” said Peyman Honarmandi, Ph.D., associate professor of mechanical engineering, who supervised Diaz’s research during the summer of 2018.

The Goldwater Scholarship is awarded to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. Over its 30-year history, Goldwater Scholarships have been awarded to thousands of undergraduates, many of whom have gone on to win other prestigious awards like the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship, Rhodes Scholarship, Churchill Scholarship and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship that support our Scholars’ graduate school work.

Today, Goldwater alumni can be found conducting research that is helping defend the nation, finding cures for catastrophic diseases and teaching future generations of scientists, mathematicians and engineers.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to serve as a living memorial to honor the lifetime work of Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years in the U.S. Senate.

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At one point it looked as if Tony Gwynn’s path to athletic greatness would be on a basketball court, as he would prove adept at passing the ball. But Gwynn could not pass up baseball, a game where the left-handed batter with the natural inside-out swing would shine.

A highly recruited point guard, Gwynn would attend San Diego State University on a basketball scholarship. Although he didn’t play baseball for the Aztecs as a freshman in order to concentrate on basketball, he was back on the field by his second year.

“Baseball was just something to do in the spring and summer,” Gwynn once said. “I told my mom I didn’t think I would try baseball in college. She and my dad told me it was something I might want to fall back on.”

Drafted by both Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres (3rd round) and the National Basketball Association’s San Diego Clippers (10th round) in 1981, it wasn’t long before the lefty-swinging Gwynn’s mastery with a bat in his hand became evident, especially with his ability to slap the ball between third base and shortstop.

“How do you defend a hitter who hits the ball down the left-field line, the right-field line and up the middle,” said Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda in 1984. That same year Al Oliver, one of baseball great hitters at the time, said, ‘I’m not in awe of too many people, but Tony Gwynn is the best looking young hitter I’ve seen since I’ve been in the big leagues. I can honestly say that I would pay to see him hit.”

Gwynn, an early advocate of using videotape to study his swing, once said, “I love to hit. I can’t wait until it’s my turn. Sometimes, I think that’s all baseball is. I root for the other team to go down 1-2-3 so I can hit again.”

A 15-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner in right field, Gwynn spent his entire 20-season big league career with the Padres, one of only 17 players to play to have played at least 20 seasons and spent their entire careers with one team.

With his eighth and final batting crown in 1997, Gwynn tied Honus Wagner, the great Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop, for the most in National League history. In addition to his .338 career batting average, he earned seven Silver Slugger awards for offense and batted .371 in his two World Series appearances.

Greg Maddux once said of Gwynn, “He’s easily the toughest hitter for me. I can’t think of anyone who hits me harder. He handles the pitch away as well as anybody, and he’s able to stay inside the ball when the pitch is in. His holes are just very small.”

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It is safe to say that Randy Jones was the first Padre to regularly receive national recognition.

The “crafty” left-hander capped an amazing two-year run at the end of the 1976 by winning the National League Cy Young Award.

Earlier that season, Jones was twice named the National League Pitcher of the Month Award, also making him the first Padre to win any type of league-wide recognition. And he was the winning pitcher in the 1976 All-Star Game — a year after getting the save in the 1975 All-Star Game.

In two seasons, Jones had gone from being a 22-game loser to being the top pitcher in the National League . . . and more.

He was boon to the Padres. Every time Jones started a game from the middle of 1975 on, the Padres received a sizeable bump at the box office — a phenomenon that hasn’t really been duplicated since.

“The 1975 and 1976 seasons were a whirlwind,” Jones recalled years later. “I learned to trust and have confidence in what I had and what I could do.”

What Jones had was a devastating sinker. His fastball seemed to drop off the face of the earth as it approached the plate. Opposing batters would either swing and miss or pound it into the ground. Pete Rose grew so frustrated that he once swung left-handed against Jones.

“Because I gave up ground balls, I was going to give up hits,” Jones said. “But the sinker minimized the big hits and the defense did a great job behind me.”

Over the 1975–76 seasons, Jones had a 42–26 record in 77 games (76 starts). He pitched 600 1/3 innings with 43 complete games, He had a two-year earned run average of 2.50 with a 1.036 WHIP. He gave up an average of 7.7 hits and 1.9 walks per nine innings. Opposing hitters had a .233 batting average against Jones in the two seasons. But the slugging percentage was a combined .313.

Jones gave up 32 homers in those 600 1/3 innings over the 1975–76 seasons.

Randy Jones finished second to the Mets’ Tom Seaver in the 1975 Most Valuable Player voting. He was also 10th in the Most Valuable Player balloting with a career-best ERA of 2.24.

But the then 26-year-old Jones had numbers during his Cy Young Award season of 1976 that were off the charts and will never be matched in Padres history.

The 6-foot, 175-pounder led the National League in wins (22), starts (40), complete games (25), innings pitched (315 1/3), WHIP (1.027) and batters faced (1,251).

Not only do the 22 wins remain a Padres’ single-season record, the starts, complete games, innings pitched, batters faced and doubleplays induced (36) remain Padres single-season records that will never be broken.

In addition to winning the Cy Young Award, Jones finished 10th in the Most Valuable Player voting, was the first Padres pitcher ever to start (and be credited with the win) an All-Star Game. He was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for April (4–1, 3.13 ERA) and May (6–1, 1.48 ERA).

Jones was 16–3 going into the All-Star Game with a 2.53 ERA. He was 6–11 after the break with a 2.99 ERA as he experienced elbow soreness. He also had four possible wins taken away in the second half via bullpen failures. Overall, the Padres were 25–15 when Jones pitched in 1976.

The Padres fifth-round pick in the 1972 Draft out of Chapman University, Jones’ elbow issues worsened in 1977 and he was limited to 147 1/3 innings. His tenure with the Padres ended on Dec. 15, 1980, when he was traded to the New York Mets for John Pacella and Jose Moreno.

Jones, who turned 69 on Jan. 12, remains a leading Padres ambassador and the head of the Padres Alumni Association.