The Morning Friar – 3/4/11

Mike Adams has heard the rap: That while the Padres’ lean right-handed reliever is nails as an eighth-inning specialist, he’s too injury prone to be a closer.

San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria was scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday night to repair a broken palate. Renteria went to the hospital for further evaluation in the morning after he was struck in the face with a line drive during batting practice. The ball ricocheted off a screen designed to protect Renteria and hit him just above the mouth, pushing his front teeth back.

Prospect Smackdown: Simon Castro vs. Casey Kelly

The two best pitching prospects in the San Diego Padres system are right-handers Simon Castro and Casey Kelly. Per reader request, here is a Prospect Smackdown comparing the two.

Team building activities during spring training almost always are built around competition or simply having fun.

The San Diego Padres did both Thursday morning

If “winning” is your lifestyle, then The Diamond in Lake Elsinore is the place to be May 5 for some “Major League” fun as Storm baseball hosts, ‘Charlie Sheen-co de Mayo.’

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  • Larry

    I’m still surprised Casey Kelly is rated so highly based only on scouts’ opinions, especially how his athletic body “projects”. Babe Ruth’s body didn’t project at all, and he turned out to be a good pitcher who could hit some.

    What gets me is that Kelly and Castro project as #3 or #2 starters. What does it take to get an “ace” projection? Who projected Latos as an ace? That sort of thing just confirms my belief that scouting is an art and not a science. If it were the latter, every team in the majors wouldn’t have passed over Pujols at least 14 times.

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      I will be watching closely on how quickly both those pitchers move up through the system. Kelly pitched pretty well in his spring outing.

      i guess you have to be stephen stresburg in order to get an ace projection.