Saturday, August 23, 2008

Hayhurst

Well, I guess Dirk was right - he's not a prospect. He's a big leaguer.

Though primarily a reliever in the past two seasons, Dirk will be starting for us today in San Francisco. He has made two spot starts in Portland this year with good success (1 ER in 10 IP). Overall, he's had a great year in Portland and was going to be a September callup. That being the case and with our rotation in flux right now, we decided to give him the start today.

It is well-deserved.

9 comments:

field39 said...

I don't know how Dirk's baseball career is going to work out, but he is one fine writer.

Ben B. said...

What's the logic behind going to 13 pitchers and 12 hitters with the Hayhurst call-up? Hampson, Tomko, Ledezma, and Hensley are all capable of working as long relievers and absorbing innings. Plus, with two catchers and two shortstops who are not necessarily on the roster for their hitting prowess and who get pinch hit for a lot in high leverage situations, the bench is burned through very quickly. I think that with this particular roster having an 12 or even 11 man pitching staff would maximize the wins. Then again, I understand that trying people out for next year is a bigger goal now than maximizing wins for this year.

Alex said...

I didn't get to see the game because of stupid FOX, but I'm glad the rumors were true and he got his debut.

Is Hayhurst going to stay in the rotation or was htis just a spot start and he'll move to the pen?

hector said...

more of a suspect, don't you think?

I hate to be this harsh, after all he seems like a good guy that has earned the promotion, but being called a big leaguer is a term used loosely on many of the players on this roster.

The only thing that I like is that it is keeping the Padres in the hunt for Strasburg.

Keep the faith.

Masticore317 said...

I couldn't be happier than to see someone like this get a shot. Aside from seeming like a quality individual, his performance this year was deserving of this reward.

CptJack said...

Hayhurst is eligible for rule 5, checking to see if he's worth protecting is somewhat important compared to winning at this point.

Chris H. said...

Agreed. I'm a Stark County, Ohio native and read Dirk's blog religiously ..

He seems to have a great head on his shoulders, no matter what happens next.

And whatever lies ahead, he achieved his goal .. he made the big leagues.

Go Dirk ... I'll be rooting for you ... as will plenty of other folks I'm sure!

Zach said...

Hey Paul,
First off I wanted to say thank you for having this blog. It's really nice to be able to get information about what's going on with the Padres directly from someone in the front office. I am glad that Hayhurst has been given this opportunity to prove what he can do in the majors. Players like him need to be rewarded for performing in the minors, regardless of their prospect status. This brings me to the main question of this post. I am a huge fan of Eric Sogard and have been since his time at ASU. He currently has a .400 obp and a 59/76 K/BB ratio in 500 ab's at Lake Elsinore. Plus he has pretty good speed and is a more than capable defender. Living in San Diego I am able to go to Lake Elsinore and I must say I have been very impressed by his ability to work the count and take tough pitches. With Antonelli being the future for the Padres at second base what is the plan for Sogard? If Antonelli pans out, and Sogard keeps going like he has, is he a possible candidate for a position change? And if so, what other positions could he be moved to? I haven't seen too much news about him, so I am just wanting to get a sense of how the organization views him.

the scratch said...

I know this is not the place but I think we all deserve an answer or some educated response...
What better place to get that then here!

WHY is the padres website so slow? Is it MLB, Padres, terrorists? Please give me something to calm my nerves as I wait and wait and...