Espinoza leads three Padres prospects in Top 100

San Diego also lands Margot (No. 36), Renfroe (No. 52) on midseason list

Espinoza leads three Padres prospects in Top 100

SAN DIEGO -- It'll be a few years before the Padres' commitment to restock their farm system pays off on the field. But on paper at least, the improvement is beginning to show.

MLB.com released its prospect rankings for each organization Thursday, and the Padres' Top 30 list is littered with recent arrivals. Seven of the Friars' top eight prospects and 18 of their top 30 overall have been acquired since the end of the 2015 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.

Padres get Miami prospects for Cashner, Rea

Padres get Miami prospects for Cashner, Rea

MIAMI -- The Marlins and Padres continue to be a match when it comes to trades. The clubs are on the verge of swinging another major deal that will have right-handers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea heading to Miami for first baseman Josh Naylor -- ranked as Miami's No. 2 prospect by MLB Pipeline -- a source told MLB.com on Friday, and right-hander Luis Castillo -- who is the team's No. 6 prospect -- according to Yahoo! Sports.

Neither team has commented on nor confirmed the deal.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: What's next for Padres before Deadline?

Beat reporter AJ Cassavell fields fans' questions

Inbox: What's next for Padres before Deadline?

The non-waiver Trade Deadline is fast approaching, but for A.J. Preller, it's been trade season for the better part of the past two months.

Already, the Padres' general manager has flipped James Shields, Fernando Rodney, Drew Pomeranz and Melvin Upton Jr. for a flurry of talented prospects. The Padres' system has seen a major influx of talent as a result.

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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.

Padres pile on 3 homers in finale victory vs. Jays

Padres pile on 3 homers in finale victory vs. Jays

TORONTO -- The Padres avoided a three-game sweep in their first series north of the border, and it should come as no surprise that home runs were the main reason why.

Adam Rosales, Brett Wallace and Alex Dickerson each went deep in San Diego's 8-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre. Christian Bethancourt added a Little League home run after he doubled in the fourth but was able to keep running thanks to a pair of Toronto errors on the play.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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

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Friars tie NL HRs record with true team effort

Rosales, Wallace, Dickerson go deep in Padres' 25th straight game

Friars tie NL HRs record with true team effort

TORONTO -- It's been over a month since the Padres played a baseball game in which they didn't leave the yard.

And as they've approached baseball's all-time record home run streak, the Padres have found power sources throughout their entire roster. That was never more evident than Wednesday in their 8-4 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

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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.

Padres recall LHP Baumann, utilityman Amarista

Solarte placed on family leave

Padres recall LHP Baumann, utilityman Amarista

TORONTO -- Buddy Baumann only threw one pitch in his big league debut, and in his eyes, "one was plenty."

Now, Baumann will likely get a few more pitches at the Majors level -- very shortly. The 28-year-old left-hander joined the Padres Wednesday after being recalled from Triple-A El Paso. He took the roster spot of Melvin Upton Jr., who was dealt to the Blue Jays Tuesday.

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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.

Recent additions bolster Padres' farm system

RHP Anderson Espinoza considered top prospect

Recent additions bolster Padres' farm system

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

According to MLB Pipeline's mid-season prospect rankings, 13 of the top 30 prospects in the Padres system were acquired by trade, draft or international signing since the June draft.

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Patience paying off in Kemp's second-half surge

Patience paying off in Kemp's second-half surge

TORONTO -- It took Matt Kemp only 98 games this season to accomplish what he needed the entirety of 2015 to accomplish.

Kemp's go-ahead 12th-inning dinger Tuesday night marked his 23rd of the season, tying his total from last year and serving as further proof that he's bounced back from his woeful start.

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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.

Jackson takes mound as Padres seek HR history

Jackson takes mound as Padres seek HR history

The Padres have their sights set on home run history when they return to Petco Park Friday night for the start of a three-game series against the visiting Reds.

San Diego has gone deep in 25 straight games and needs one jack on Friday to set the National League record. The all-time mark of 27, recorded by Texas in 2002, is also within striking distance over the weekend.

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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.

Padres trade Upton Jr. to Blue Jays for prospect

San Diego receives right-hander Rodriguez from Toronto for outfielder

Padres trade Upton Jr. to Blue Jays for prospect

TORONTO -- Melvin Upton Jr., who mastered the art of the walk-off during his time with the Padres, found himself walking off straight to the opposing clubhouse at Rogers Centre on Tuesday.

The Padres traded the veteran left fielder to the Blue Jays -- coincidentally their opponent Tuesday night -- in exchange for right-handed pitching prospect Hansel Rodriguez, who will report to Tri City, San Diego's Class A Short-Season affiliate.

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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.

Padres show grit, but fall in 12th to Jays

Padres show grit, but fall in 12th to Jays

TORONTO -- Just when it appeared as though the Blue Jays were down and out, their offense brought them all the way back in the most unconventional way.

Toronto scored three runs in the bottom of the 12th inning, including the winning run on a wild pitch, to earn a 7-6, come-from-behind victory over the Padres on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

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

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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Cashner solid in final audition for possible suitors

Padres' right-hander fans 6 over 6 innings Tuesday as Deadline approaches

Cashner solid in final audition for possible suitors

TORONTO -- Before Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner made one final audition for potential suitors Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

In a 12-inning, 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays, the longest-tenured Padre showcased the full range of what he has to offer.

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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.

Stevens' walk-off slam extends Missions' streak

Pitchers Pimentel, Dimock combine on two-hit shutout for El Paso

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

Third baseman River Stevens hit a walk-off grand slam Tuesday night as Double-A San Antonio won its fifth straight game, and right-handers Carlos Pimentel and Michael Dimock combined on a two-hit shutout, as Triple-A El Paso scored a 6-0 win at Tacoma.

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Jankowski embracing opportunity in CF

Padres turn to outfielder after dealing Upton Jr. to Blue Jays

Jankowski embracing opportunity in CF

TORONTO -- Not too long ago, Travis Jankowski was the third center fielder on the Padres' roster, playing only sparingly -- and typically as a defensive replacement.

When Jon Jay went down with a broken right forearm, Jankowski saw his playing time increase. Now, having dealt Melvin Upton Jr. to Toronto, the Padres are handing the keys to Jankowski in center, at least for the foreseeable future.

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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.

Dickerson does it again: SD's HR streak at 24

Rookie homers in 3rd straight game to put Padres closer to all-time record

Dickerson does it again: SD's HR streak at 24

TORONTO -- Alex Dickerson powered up once again Tuesday night at Rogers Centre as the Padres continued their march toward history, homering in a 24th consecutive game.

During their 7-6, 12-inning loss to the Blue Jays, Dickerson's three-run shot off Blue Jays righty Marcus Stroman put the Friars in a very exclusive club. They're only the sixth team in history to homer in 24 straight games, and the first since the 2002 Rangers ran their streak to 27 -- the all-time record.

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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.

Paddack out indefinitely with forearm strain

Paddack out indefinitely with forearm strain

TORONTO -- Padres Minor League righty Chris Paddack -- the prospect acquired from the Marlins in the Fernando Rodney trade a month ago -- has a forearm strain and he is out indefinitely.

The issue cropped up before Game 1 of a doubleheader for Class A Fort Wayne on Monday, and Paddack was scratched from his scheduled start against Beloit.

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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.

Dickerson, Kemp extend Padres homer streak to 24 games

Rookie has homered in three straight days

Dickerson, Kemp extend Padres homer streak to 24 games

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

When Alex Dickerson homered for the third straight game Tuesday night, it extended San Diego's home run streak to 24 straight games.

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Schulz, Torres, Moreno homers power Missions, Storm

De Los Santos allows one hit over five innings at Lake Elsinore

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

Outfielders Nick Schulz and Nick Torres homered Monday night as Double-A San Antonio moved above .500 in the second half, and right-handed starter Enyel De Los Santos allowed one hit over five shutout innings as Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore continued its second-half surge.

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Padres not ignoring rumors as Deadline nears

Cashner scenario most pressing, but Green says expectation is for righty to pitch Tuesday

Padres not ignoring rumors as Deadline nears

TORONTO -- With various big names being reported as potential trade chips, the Padres aren't ignoring the pre-Deadline rumors.

With MLB Network contributor Ken Rosenthal reporting that San Diego agreed on a deal to send outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. to Toronto in exchange for a Class A prospect on Tuesday, right-hander Andrew Cashner and catcher Derek Norris have also reportedly been discussed in trade talks. And with six days remaining until the non-waiver Aug. 1 Trade Deadline, manager Andy Green has had conversations with both players, simply to address the possibility.

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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.

Schimpf makes long-awaited Rogers Centre debut

After 7 years in Blue Jays' system, Padres' 2nd baseman appreciates opportunity

Schimpf makes long-awaited Rogers Centre debut

TORONTO -- During his seven years in the Blue Jays' system, Ryan Schimpf often dreamed about his Rogers Centre debut.

That day finally came Monday night -- although it wasn't exactly the scenario he had envisioned. When the 28-year-old second baseman finally stepped onto the Rogers Centre turf for the first time, he did so wearing a Padres road jersey.

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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.

Dickerson's blast puts SD's HR streak at 23

Outfielder just 3rd player to launch homer into 5th deck in Rogers Centre's RF

Dickerson's blast puts SD's HR streak at 23

TORONTO -- Alex Dickerson pushed the Padres one game closer to home run history Monday night.

And he left no doubt about it.

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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.

Late offense not enough as Padres fall in Toronto

Late offense not enough as Padres fall in Toronto

TORONTO -- Aaron Sanchez will not be moving to the bullpen without a fight. At least that's what his continued dominance on the mound would suggest.

Sanchez struck out seven and tossed seven scoreless innings in the Blue Jays' 4-2 victory over the Padres on Monday night at Rogers Centre, San Diego's first ever game in Toronto. He scattered three hits and has allowed two earned runs or fewer in all but one of his 10 starts since the beginning of June.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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

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Padres storm past Nats with late surge

Padres storm past Nats with late surge

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals and Padres found themselves in a slugfest on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park. When it was over, the Padres outslugged the Nationals, 10-6.

Tied 6-6 after eight innings, the Padres scored four runs in the ninth off Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon. Yangervis Solarte broke the tie with an RBI single, and Alexei Ramirez broke the game open with a three-run double.

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He can also be found on Twitter @WashingNats.

Ben Raby is a contributor to MLB.com. He covered the Padres on Sunday.

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Schimpf rewrites record books with 9th July HR

Club also extends team-record HR streak to 22 games

Schimpf rewrites record books with 9th July HR

WASHINGTON -- Padres second baseman Ryan Schimpf insists that he's not thinking about hitting home runs every time he steps up to the plate.

"Honestly, I can't ever recall trying to hit a homer and then hitting one," he said. "It just happens."

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Ben Raby is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Piazza played 'impactful' role on '06 Padres

HOF catcher hit 22 HRs for San Diego's division-winning club

Piazza played 'impactful' role on '06 Padres

WASHINGTON -- While Mike Piazza is most often associated for his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets, Padres third base coach Glenn Hoffman still has fond memories of Piazza's one year in San Diego.

"That bat in the middle of the lineup helped us out tremendously to win the division in '06," Hoffman said hours before Piazza was officially inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. "Just to see the way the ball still jumped off the bat, the home runs that he hit and then his presence of being around other players was very impactful. [Manager Bruce] Bochy used him well."

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Ben Raby is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Villanueva fools Werth with 55-mph eephus pitch

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Villanueva fools Werth with 55-mph eephus pitch

Nearly three years ago, the Cubs' Carlos Villanueva froze Jayson Werth on the 57-mph eephus pitch heard 'round the world. It was beautiful for Cubs/eephus fans, but terrifying for Werth. 

Pitching for the Padres during their 10-6 win over the Nationals on Sunday, Villanueva and Werth squared off yet again. And in the bottom of the fifth inning, the right-hander unleashed the floater again -- this time at 55 mph -- leaving Werth with a "C'mon man, really?" type of reaction.

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Renfroe homers; Yardley, Lockett, Ramirez sharp

Double-A San Antonio pitchers combine for shutout

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

Hunter Renfroe hit his 25th home run Sunday, and right-handed pitchers Eric Yardley, Walker Lockett and Emmanuel Ramirez all had scoreless starts in the Padres' system.

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Renfroe among top prospect performers Sunday

Nationals' No. 5 prospect hurls his first shutout following big league debt

Renfroe among top prospect performers Sunday

Reynaldo Lopez is eager to get back to the big leagues.

In his first start since debuting with the Nationals on July 19, Lopez recorded his first shutout on Sunday as Triple-A Syracuse defeated Rochester, 6-0. The Nationals' No. 5 prospect scattered four hits and struck out seven in nine dominant innings, throwing 69 of his 99 pitches for strikes.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.