Less than a week to go until Opening Day! For the red-hot Padres, it can’t get here fast enough. At 18-12, the Friars have the best record among NL West teams, rank third in the Cactus League and second among all National League clubs.
The Padres have won 15 of their last 20 after a slow start, hitting .307 over that stretch. On the Spring, San Diego is averaging 5.8 runs and 10.3 hits per game.
With the regular season quickly approaching, the first issue of this year’s Blueprint has been sent off to the printer. Here is a sneak peak at the first cover, featuring both Nick Hundley and Cameron Maybin. Both players recently signed contract extensions, ensuring the Padres future down the middle of the diamond.
The Padres announced today that they have locked up Cameron Maybin, signing him to an extension that keeps him in San Diego through 2016 with a club option for 2017. The extension buys out Maybin’s arbitration years and gives Padres fans (that’s you) a big reason to celebrate.
Maybin had a breakout year in 2011, establishing new career highs in nearly every offensive category, including games, runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI and stolen bases, en route to being unanimously chosen as the Padres 2011 MVP by the San Diego Chapter of the BBWAA. He started 132 games in center field and led the team in runs, triples, stolen bases and multi-hit games.
On the year, he hit .264 (136-for-516) with 24 doubles, eight triples, nine home runs, 40 RBI and 82 runs scored. Maybin also stole 40 bases in 48 attempts, posting an 83.3 percent success rate that ranked 12th in the National League. He was successful in 21 consecutive attempts from May 18-August 8, including stolen bases in a franchise-record six straight games from July 19-24.
Originally signed by Detroit as the 10th overall selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Maybin made his Big League debut with the Tigers in 2007 and was traded to the Marlins prior to the 2008 season. He spent parts of three seasons with the Marlins before being acquired by the Padres in exchange for right-handed pitchers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica on November 13, 2010.
In summary, the whole thing gives Padres fans a good reason to join Cam’s son Trent in a little celebration dance (video via http://shenanniegans.com/)
Each day at Spring Training can be a whirlwind of activity. Bouncing from station to station, working either in the cage or off the mound, hitting the weight room, team meetings and interviews…all before noon.
This morning, Cameron Maybin was kind enough to let us follow him around to document his day. Hopefully this will give you an idea of what it’s like to be a Major League player as you spend six weeks in the desert, preparing your body for the 162 game season ahead.
For Maybin, like most players, his day starts around 7:00 a.m. as he arrives at the Peoria Sports Complex. On a typical day, he’ll grab a quick breakfast before heading off to the weight room to warm up around 7:30. By 8:00 he is in the batting cage taking some early cuts prior to the daily 9:00 team meeting. What happens next depends on the daily schedule posted in the clubhouse.
On most days (like today), Maybin will join his teammates for running, stretching, then throwing. As the pitchers and infielders break off for fielding practice, the outfielders meet up for some defensive work of their own. The team then breaks into small groups of about 4-5 and cycles through stations for the rest of the afternoon, fitting in some time for the batting cages, BP on Field 1, baserunning drills and outfield work.
The formal workout is over by 11:30 each day, leaving time for players to get in some extra work in the cage or a lift in the weight room.
Click through the slide show below to check out Maybin’s day, and thanks again to Cameron for letting us
harass follow him all day. Click HERE for some video of Maybin taking BP this morning:
After leading the Majors with eight stolen bases and tying for the Big League lead in hits, Cameron Maybin was named National League co-Player of the Week for July 18-24, sharing the honor with Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton. Maybin notched 14 hits and hit .538 (14-for-26) while scoring eight runs. As part of the monster week, he tallied his third four-hit game of the season on July 21, the most by any center field in the Majors.
Additionally, Maybin broke a franchise record by stealing at least one base in each of his last six games, breaking the previous mark of five set by Dave Roberts (2006) and Allan Wiggins (1983). Over the six-game stretch, Maybin has swiped a total of eight bags, becoming the second Padre crack the 20-steal plateau this year (also Jason Bartlett). 2011 marks the first season since 2006 that the Padres have had more than one player reach the 20-steak mark. It was accomplished by Roberts, Mike Cameron and Josh Barfield that year. The club has not had four players reach 20-steals since 1999.
Will Venable currently has 18 stolen bases and Orlando Hudson has 13.
Tim Stauffer continued his dominance on the mound last night with 6.0 innings of shutout ball, picking up his sixth win of the season and fourth in his last five starts. The Padres improved to 11-9 on the year when he takes the mound. Stauffer lowered his team-leading ERA to 2.83, ranking eighth in the National League. Since June 7, he has gone 5-2 with a 1.33 ERA (8 ER/54.0 IP) in eight starts without allowing more than two runs in any of his outings.
As for the Padres, they started their seven-game trip with a win last night pulling even with the Dodgers in the standings. Heath Bell picked up his 27th save of the season in his 29th opportunity following an offensive attack that saw four Padres tally two-hit games (Venable, Maybin, Ludwick, Hudson).
With a big Fourth of July win yesterday, the Padres continue to inch closer to the .500 mark. Each of the starting nine collected at least one hit in yesterday’s win, handing Tim Lincecum his seventh loss of the season. Yesterday was also interesting in that each of the Padres pitchers was credited with either a win (Richard), hold (Frieri, Spence, Qualls, Adams) or save (Bell). The four holds match the most by any team this season (14th time) and tie for the most ever in a single game by the Padres (6th time).
The Friars are 9-3 in their last 12 tilts and have not lost consecutive games since June 19-20. Over the current 12-game stretch, the Pads are posting a 2.68 ERA (31 ER/104.0 IP) and have held opponents to three or fewer runs in 10 of those contests (including two shutouts). The starting rotation has been credited with seven of the nine wins, recording a 2.57 ERA (20 ER/70.0 IP).
On the offensive side, Cameron Maybin (.341), Chase Headley (.368) and Will Venable (.323) are each hitting over .300 during the 12-game stretch.
After being optioned to Triple-A Tucson in late May, Venable has had a strong showing in his return to the Big Leagues. Since beening recalled on June 9, Venable is hitting .326 with a.385 OBP and .478 SLG (.863 OPS).
You can now check out all Blueprints right on our website. Each issue will be added to the archive following the homestand for which it was made available. We are currently working on getting all 2010 issues up as well.
There are currently four issues up and ready. Check them out!
Here is a peek at the cover for the upcoming June 2-12 homestand, featuring Tim Stauffer. Cameron Maybin will be featured in the June 24-29 issue. If you have any thoughts on what you would like to see in the Blueprint, feel free to email email@example.com.