Ring around the relievers
To describe the past week as an eventful one for the Friars bullpen bunch would qualify as an extreme understatement. The Padres welcomed two new faces to their relief corps while saying goodbye to two others; one of those presumably for good. With the club dealing RH reliever Ernesto Frieri to the Angels and closer Huston Street hitting the DL with a strained lat muscle, the Friars called up a pair of right-handers in Brad Brach and Miles Mikolas. Here are some thoughts on losing Frieri and Street.
The Padres have had little difficulty finding and developing quality relief arms of late. Frieri was originally signed as an amateur free agent and made his debut in the Padres organization way back in 2004 as an 18-year-old. He profiles as an extreme fly ball pitcher (23.7% career ground ball rate) who has averaged an impressive 11.52 K/9 in 109.1 big league innings. He