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Daily Friar 2.25.13 

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Yesterday was a prime example of why we have spring training. Obviously the games mean nothing in regards to the outcome, as much as we like to see our team win in the end. The games are really meant to see how players do in real game situations and allow them to get some innings under their belt to warm up and stretch out before the regular season. Also, as is the case this year, it allows the coaching staff to take a look at who will be assuming a roll that needs to be filled. In the Padres case we have the starting rotation as the biggest battle. One contender pitched yesterday in Freddy Garcia, and let’s just say it didn’t go too well. You can read more about his start in the first link below. I personally like Garcia and like what he has done in the past, but I think he will warrant a few more looks before deciding what to do with him. Today the Padres are taking on the Brewers with Edinson Volquez getting the start. It will be interesting to see how he does since he will be heading to compete in the WBC this week. Also I have added a video at the bottom from MLB Network’s 30 Clubs in 30 Days series. Here are your links for today:
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Freddy Garcia roughed up in Cactus League debut – Padres.com

“Garcia, 36, is trying to win a rotation berth with the Padres as a non-roster invitee, but got off to a rough start in his first spring outing as the Mariners pieced together five straight hits to open the game, including Ibanez’s long ball and doubles by Michael Morse and Michael Saunders.”

2013 Prospect Watch – CBS Sports

“Despite some recent graduations, the Padres remain a strong system. Most of the major talent lies in the lower-levels of the minors, but the team should still get some help from their prospects this season.”

Padres to limit Quentin in the Spring – NBC Sports

“Quentin underwent arthroscopic knee surgery at the end of last season and has yet to be cleared for full baseball activities.”

Akinori Otsuka will run half marathon with blind man – Gaslamp Ball

“Mitsuhiro “Hiro” Iwamoto is that blind runner. He is a Japanese Sailor and San Diego resident who is raising money for his charity seewhatisea.com.”

Three for the Show: Left Fielders – Chris Kelly of The Friarhood

“The position in the system isn’t filled with star-studded prospects, but there are plenty of guys who could emerge to become solid, everyday players in left.”

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Born and raised in San Diego and a Padres fan since day one. On that fateful night of September 6, 1989 when I came into this world, the game was on in the delivery room and the Padres beat the Astros and I have been forever engrained with Padre blood. I have followed sports my whole life and have written the Daily Friar for over a year and enjoy bringing all of you the news each morning.