Here is the “Daily Roundup,” Friars fans:
- Many fans, including myself, hoped that starters Cory Luebke and Joe Wieland would be able to rebound and recover from their 2012 Tommy John surgeries to pitch in a regular season game or two for the Padres during the 2013 campaign. Unfortunately for the starters and those of us who wished to see them pitch for San Diego this year, we might not get our way. Corey Brock of Padres.com reported that it is “unlikely” that San Diego’s starters to see big league action this year.
- MLB.com released their “Top 100 Prospects” and “Top 20 Team Prospects” lists yesterday. Pitcher Max Fried was listed as San Diego’s top prospect, and the Friars have four prospects in the “Top 100″ (Fried, catcher Austin Hedges, pitcher Casey Kelly, and outfielder Rymer Liriano). Outfielder Hunter Renfroe, the Friars’ 2013 1st round pick, was San Diego’s number six prospect behind the four I mentioned above and pitcher Matthew Wisler.
- Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune highlighted how much Nick Hundley has improved at the plate during the last three weeks. Hundley’s recent production has been refreshing to watch, especially since Yasmani Grandal went on the disabled list with his knee injury earlier this month.
- Jon Heyman of CBS Sports recently tweeted that relief pitcher Luke Gregerson has garnered a lot of interest around the league as the trade deadline approaches. If teams are actively trying to trade for the inconsistent reliever and are willing to give up talented prospects to do so, then I hope that Josh Byrnes & Co. pull the trigger. As inconsistent as Gregerson has pitched this year, I would assume that the Friars’ brass would be smart enough to unload him so younger relievers can try to prove themselves over the season’s final two months.
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