Majority of Padres' coaches expected to return

Club has begun search for hitting coach after departure of Zinter

Majority of Padres' coaches expected to return

SAN DIEGO -- The majority of the Padres' coaching staff is expected to return for the 2018 season, with two notable absences.

San Diego is still looking for a replacement for hitting coach Alan Zinter, who was let go in September. Meanwhile, infielders coach Ramon Vazquez will not return either, leaving one further vacancy on manager Andy Green's staff.

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AJ Cassavell is in his seventh season as a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tatis Jr. among prospects in winter leagues

Tatis Jr. among prospects in winter leagues

The playoffs and Arizona Fall League may garner the bulk of the attention this time of year, but there's plenty of baseball being played elsewhere.

The Liga de Beisbol Profesional de la Republica Dominicana, also known as the Dominican Republic Winter League, as well as some other offseason winter leagues have begun and some of the best prospects in baseball are showing why they are so highly regarded.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Who will return to Padres' bullpen in '18?

Beat reporter AJ Cassavell answers fans' questions

Inbox: Who will return to Padres' bullpen in '18?

There is no offseason for the Padres Inbox.

It's going to be a busy few months for general manager A.J. Preller and the San Diego front office. Here's a look at some of your most pressing questions ahead of Hot Stove season.

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AJ Cassavell is in his seventh season as a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Solarte my pick for most inspirational player

Infielder dealt with loss of wife in 2016

Solarte my pick for most inspirational player

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

I am finishing my list of my personal Padres awards with one that doesn't exist in the National League. Yangervis Solarte earned a special spot with me this season.

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Padres' Arizona Fall League overview

Urias, Naylor impressing as youngsters in AFL

Padres' Arizona Fall League overview

Luis Urias and Josh Naylor have both excelled early in their careers despite being younger players in older, more advanced leagues. So perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that the two 20-year-old standouts, after playing the second half of the regular season as teammates at Double-A San Antonio, have gotten off to hot starts in the Arizona Fall League.

Urias, San Diego's No. 3 prospect (No. 44 overall), made the most of his first week in the Fall League by posting a .364 average and recording as many walks as hits (four) in his first four games for the Peoria Javelinas. Naylor (No. 10) also batted .364, albeit with two home runs and six RBIs in six games.

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Chacin my pick as Padres Pitcher of the Year

Right-hander was particularly tough when pitching at Petco Park

Chacin my pick as Padres Pitcher of the Year

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

When voting for the Pitcher of the Year, I tend to lean more toward starters over relievers, with all other things being equal.

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Naylor shows off offensive tools in AFL rout

Naylor shows off offensive tools in AFL rout

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Josh Naylor has always been able to hit, and he has continued to show off his offensive prowess in the early stages of the Arizona Fall League.

The Padres' No. 10 prospect did it all on Saturday, going 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs and three runs scored as Peoria topped Salt River, 12-1.

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SS, rotation likely focus of Padres' offseason

SS, rotation likely focus of Padres' offseason

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres enter the offseason with a combination of young Major Leaguers and prospects who they believe will shine in San Diego for the better part of the next decade.

With that in mind, don't expect a major offseason roster shakeup. But there are certainly a few areas that must be addressed before the start of the 2018 season.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prospects Urias, Naylor produce in AFL opener

Prospects Urias, Naylor produce in AFL opener

Padres prospects Luis Urias and Josh Naylor both had strong Arizona Fall League debuts in the Peoria Javelinas' 3-0 victory over Glendale on Tuesday to open the season.

Urias, a middle infielder, went 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored. The 20-year-old is San Diego's No. 3 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, and No. 48 overall. He posted a .296/.398/.380 slash line in 118 games for Double-A San Antonio this season.

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hand the obvious choice as Padres' top reliever

Hand the obvious choice as Padres' top reliever

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

There was one downside to Brad Hand becoming the Padres' full-time closer on July 24 with the trade of Brandon Maurer to Kansas City.

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Tatis Jr., Lucchesi named Prospects of the Year

Tatis Jr., Lucchesi named Prospects of the Year

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Padres spent the summer of 2016 replenishing their once-barren farm system. It's beginning to pay dividends.

Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and left-hander Joey Lucchesi were named as the organization's prospects of the year by MLBPipeline this week. Both were brought on board last summer, as part of the reboot of the Padres' farm system -- Tatis via trade and Lucchesi through the Draft.

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Petco Park to provide unique golf experience

New nine-hole course to challenge players at 'The Links'

Petco Park to provide unique golf experience

SAN DIEGO -- After 81 home games this year, Petco Park will conclude its regular season by playing host to nine holes for nearly 3,000 golfers this weekend.

For the third year in a row, the Padres partnered with Callaway Golf to create "The Links at Petco Park," a nine-hole course located entirely within the confines of the stadium.

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Lamet my pick for Padres' Rookie of the Year

Rivals hit .210 vs. right-hander, who averaged 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings

Lamet my pick for Padres' Rookie of the Year

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

The Padres had no shortage of Rookie of the Year candidates for 2017.

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5 essential offseason objectives for Padres

5 essential offseason objectives for Padres

SAN DIEGO -- With the 2017 campaign in the books, a busy offseason awaits Padres general manager A.J. Preller.

San Diego exceded a few external expectations with a 71-91 record. But even with a young and developing roster, there are a number of holes that need to be filled by the start of the 2018 campaign.

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Pirela a solid choice for Most Improved Padre

Left fielder also Padres' nominee for MLB's Hank Aaron Award

Pirela a solid choice for Most Improved Padre

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

When you are dropped from a team's 40-man roster during the offseason, it is safe to say you aren't a major figure in that club's future plans.

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Padres' 2017 one of growth, development

Padres' 2017 one of growth, development

SAN DIEGO -- Six Padres rookies played on Opening Day in Los Angeles -- a tone-setter for the youth-oriented approach the organization would take toward the 2017 season.

It was a year for development from the start, and the Padres certainly made plenty of strides -- with more than enough growing pains along the way.

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Perdomo records fastest triple by a pitcher

Right-hander recorded more three-baggers than all other MLB pitchers combined

Perdomo records fastest triple by a pitcher

SAN FRANCISCO -- Most pitchers, when they hit a line drive into the left-field corner, aren't thinking it'll be a triple from the moment they leave the batter's box.

Then again, most pitchers aren't Luis Perdomo.

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CF Manuel Margot my Padres MVP for 2017

Rookie played great defense and emerged as a leadoff hitter

CF Manuel Margot my Padres MVP for 2017

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Tis the season of postseason play and awards.

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Padres' early runs not enough in finale loss

Padres' early runs not enough in finale loss

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval's journey back to the Giants' organization wasn't easy by any stretch. But the third baseman sent the 2017 season off in dramatic fashion on Sunday, launching a walk-off home run to lift the Giants to a victory in the season finale over the Padres, 5-4.

"It brought back good memories when he hit that ball, I'm not going to lie," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area who covered the Giants on Sunday.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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2018 MLB Draft order: Padres to pick No. 7

Giants, Phillies, White Sox and Reds follow Detroit in top five

2018 MLB Draft order: Padres to pick No. 7

Both the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers had designs on the postseason in 2017. For a variety of reasons, things didn't work out as planned. The consolation prize? Getting to pick at the top of the 2018 Draft.

It came down to the final day of the season and both teams finished tied with 64-98 records. By virtue of the Tigers' .534 winning percentage in 2016 (the Giants finished that season at .537), they get the first pick. Detroit has had the No. 1 pick just once before, taking Matt Anderson in 1997.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres rally behind Hedges; Myers hits 30th

Padres rally behind Hedges; Myers hits 30th

SAN FRANCISCO -- Down to their final strike Saturday, the Padres came through to break a five-game losing streak and put a damper on the festivities for Giants starter Matt Cain, who pitched five scoreless in his final start. Austin Hedges roped a two-out RBI double over the head of Giants right fielder Hunter Pence to plate two runs and powered San Diego to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Giants.

San Diego's rally began when Christian Villanueva chopped an infield single to short. Brandon Crawford rushed his throw and sailed it up the first-base line, allowing Villanueva to reach second, and pinch-runner Matt Szczur would go to third on Cory Spangenberg's bloop single. That set the stage for Hedges' go-ahead double off Giants closer Sam Dyson.

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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Giants on Saturday.

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Top five performers from Padres On Deck Game

Top five performers from Padres On Deck Game

SAN DIEGO -- Padres general manager A.J. Preller has spent the past two years building depth in his Minor League system. It seemed to pay off Saturday night, when San Diego's Minor Leaguers downed the Rangers' prospects, 5-2, in the Padres On Deck Game at Petco Park in their instructional league finale.

Although MacKenzie Gore, San Diego's No. 1 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, was shut down because of an innings limit, there was still plenty of talent on display at Petco Park, some of it which could be promoted to the big league club as soon as the late in the 2018 season.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres prospects on stage in On Deck Game

Padres prospects on stage in On Deck Game

SAN DIEGO -- Fernando Tatis Jr. jumpstarted the Padres' prospects to a 5-2 victory against Rangers Minor Leaguers on Saturday night at Petco Park, as the organizations wrapped up Instructional League play with the Padres On Deck Game.

Tatis, San Diego's No. 4 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored. In a breakout season, Tatis, still a teenager at 18, posted a 20-20 season with Class A Fort Wayne before jumping to Double-A San Antonio. He brought that success to Petco Park.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chacin turns in a gem, but future now up in air

Right-hander was a revelation this season with good numbers at Petco

Chacin turns in a gem, but future now up in air

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Padres want Jhoulys Chacin back in their starting rotation next season. Chacin reiterated this week that the feeling is mutual.

Now, for the tricky part.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

SD's Breitbard HOF relocated to Petco Park

SD's Breitbard HOF relocated to Petco Park

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Years ago, I had the privilege of touring the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park with Bob Breitbard as my personal host and tour guide.

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Padres shut down as Lyles struggles

Padres shut down as Lyles struggles

SAN FRANCISCO -- A day before the Giants were set to say goodbye to veteran Matt Cain, Chris Stratton once again showed he's a worthy candidate to fill Cain's spot in next year's rotation.The rookie right-hander turned in 6 2/3 strong innings to power the Giants to an 8-0 triumph over the Padres on Friday.

"He's made a really big statement, I think, if you look at his body of work," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Just watching him pound the strike zone. … He finished up on a great note tonight."

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Inbox: Who will join Richard in '18 rotation?

Beat reporter AJ Cassavell answers questions from Padres fans

Inbox: Who will join Richard in '18 rotation?

Who has a guaranteed spot in the Padres' rotation next season?
-- Campbell D., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Clayton Richard. And that's it.

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Richard stung by Dodgers in final '17 start

Richard stung by Dodgers in final '17 start

LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig, Curtis Granderson and Corey Seager homered to back a gem from left-hander Rich Hill as the Dodgers rolled to a 10-0 win over the Padres on Wednesday night to tie a Los Angeles-era record with their 102nd win.

The Dodgers, who have already secured home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs, have a magic number of one over the Indians to clinch the best record in baseball. They also kept alive their hope of winning out and tying the franchise record of 105 wins, set by the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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