Paddack did not allow a run in three innings of work in a Cactus League matchup against the White Sox on Monday. He gave up two hits and one walk while striking out one.
Paddack not only held the White Sox scoreless in the start, he did so while working on his worst pitch. Per Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune, Paddack threw curveballs on nine of 42 pitches as part of a committed effort to improve his third offering. Should he find success with the pitch this season, the 24-year-old could further distinguish himself among the game's best young hurlers.
Paddack is focusing on improving his curveball in spring training, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Per Cassavell, Paddack's curve was tighter than usual in his initial Cactus League start Wednesday. His velocity on the pitch also ticked into the high 70s after averaging 76.1 mph last season. A refined curveball could be the key to Paddack taking his game to the next level after an impressive rookie campaign. Per Statcast, opposing batters hit .267 against the pitch last season in contrast to the paltry .198 mark they registered against his other offerings.
Paddack pitched two scoreless innings in his first spring-training appearance Wednesday, allowing one hit and striking out three in a win over Cleveland.
Paddack was dominant in the first inning, throwing strikes on nine of 10 pitches and picking up two punchouts. He gave up a double to ex-teammate Franmil Reyes leading off the second inning but retired the following three batters in order. Per Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune, manager Jayce Tingler jokingly indicated that Paddack won't be throwing 250 innings this season -- no MLB pitcher has accomplished that feat since 2011 -- but he should have no restrictions as he looks to build upon an outstanding rookie campaign.
Paddack will not make another start this season, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. He gave up one run on one hit and one walk while striking out nine Tuesday against the Brewers but did not factor in the decision.
He pitched well enough to get the win in his final start, but Lorenzo Cain hit a solo home run on the lone hit Paddack surrendered. The Padres played it safe with their young ace, limiting him to 84 pitches (54 strikes) even though he was in complete control through the fifth inning. The only thing standing in the way of Paddack being a true ace going forward is a reliable third pitch, but he is just 23 years old, so it's unfair to say he's a finished product. If he comes back next year with a quality breaking ball, Paddack could emerge as one of the best starters in the game.
Paddack will make a start against the Brewers next week, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
The Padres have entertained thoughts of shutting Paddack down for the season, as his 135.2 innings have blown away the 90 he pitched in the minors in 2018, but Paddack's desire to remain in the rotation and his success over the past three games likely inspired the organization to give him another turn. Although manager Andy Green did not specify which day Paddack will start, the Padres' six-man rotation has him in line to be on the mound Tuesday in Milwaukee. Over his last three starts, Paddack has thrown 18.1 innings, allowing only one run while striking out 23.
Paddack hopes to start next week in Milwaukee, but the Padres were noncommittal after Wednesday's victory over the Cubs, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
The team has not revealed its end-of-season plan for Paddack, not even to Paddack himself. "We didn't really have a specific number [of innings]," Paddack said. "I'll get ready for Milwaukee until they tell me otherwise." Paddack hit a rough stretch there in August but has rebounded with a 0.49 ERA and 23:3 K:BB in his last three starts (18.1 innings). He's logged 135.2 innings so far this year after throwing 90 frames last season in his return from Tommy John surgery.
Paddack (9-7) gave up three hits and one walk while striking out seven through six scoreless innings to earn the win over the Cubs on Wednesday.
Paddack was electric, generating 20 swinging strikes as he cruised through six innings in the quality start. Paddack continues to limit baserunners, posting a 1.00 WHIP through 25 starts, which currently ranks him in the top five rookie pitchers since 1947. The 23-year-old has a 2-2 record with a 4.02 ERA and a 34:6 K:BB in his last six outings. Paddack is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday against the Brewers at Miller Park.
Paddack held the Diamondbacks scoreless with eight strikeouts across 5.1 innings but did not factor into the decision during Wednesday's loss. He allowed four hits and walked two.
The 23-year-old rookie turned in a solid performance against the scorching hot Diamondbacks, blanking his opponent for the fourth time this year. All of Paddack's hits allowed were singles, two of which went back-to-back to lead off the fifth inning. The right-hander left during a scoreless game and unfortunately didn't get much run support. Paddack owns a 3.54 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and team-leading 137:29 K:BB this season, which he'll look to defend during a Tuesday showdown with the Cubs.
Paddack (8-7) picked up the win against the Giants on Thursday, giving up just one earned run on five hits over seven strong innings, striking out eight with no walks in the Padres' 5-3 victory.
The talented rookie had been struggling lately, giving up 19 earned runs over his last four starts coming into the contest, but he bounced back with a dominant effort against the Giants and picked up his first win of August. Even with the recent struggles, the 23-year-old is posting solid numbers this season, as he's now sporting a 3.69 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 129:27 K:BB across 124.1 innings.
Paddack may be shut down at some point this season, though the Padres are conflicted about taking such action, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
In light of Paddack's recent struggles, there is concern in the Padres organization that the 23-year-old is fatigued and could benefit from extended rest or a complete shutdown. However, the prevailing viewpoint indicates that Paddack may best be served by being allowed to work through his slump and make five or six more starts. The plan for now seems to be to allow him extra rest between starts and to adjust his end-of-season schedule based on how he feels. After a dominant July in which Paddack posted a 1.90 ERA in 23.2 innings, he has stumbled to a 10.06 ERA in 17 frames in August.
Paddack (7-7) was charged with the loss against the Red Sox on Friday after lasting just 2.1 innings while allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk.
Paddack was lifted after tossing a career-low 2.1 innings as the Red Sox rattled off six runs, matching another career worst. It was the first time all season that he failed to record any strikeouts. The right-hander allowed three runs in the first inning on a home run to J.D. Martinez, then another three in the second largely due to back-to-back doubles by Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts. Following the tough loss, Paddack has a 3.84 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 121:27 K:BB on the season. The 23-year-old heads to the Bay Area for a road contest with the Giants on Thursday.
Paddack (7-6) took the loss Friday after surrendering five runs (four earned) on nine hits and a walk while striking out six over 4.2 innings against the Phillies.
Paddack was tagged for one run in the second inning, two in the third and two more in the fifth before being lifted from the ballgame. Unfortunately, his team failed to provide him with any run support while he was in the game. The 23-year-old right-hander didn't appear to have his best stuff Friday night, but he still owns a 3.44 ERA and 0.98 WHIP with 121 punchouts over 115 innings this season.
Paddack did not factor into the decision against Colorado on Saturday, pitching six innings and giving up three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five.
Paddack was unable to contain All-Star Nolan Arenado, who drove in a pair of runs with a solo homer and a single, but was otherwise in control, allowing only six total baserunners. The quality start was a nice turnaround for the rookie right-hander after he gave up six runs in four innings against the Dodgers in his previous outing. Paddack now sports a 3.26 ERA and 0.93 WHIP over 20 starts and will next head to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies on Friday.
Paddack allowed six runs in four innings against the Dodgers on Sunday but did not factor into the decision. He gave up six hits and walked one batter while striking out six.
The talented rookie fell behind 3-0 on a pair of second-inning home runs and exited after the Dodgers scored thrice more in the fourth. The six earned runs were the most Paddack has allowed thus far in his career, and the rough outing snapped a sterling seven-game stretch in which he notched three wins while posting a 2.50 ERA. The 23-year-old is next scheduled for a home matchup against Colorado on Saturday.
Paddack (7-5) picked up the win against the Orioles on Monday, giving up one earned run on three hits over 5.1 innings, striking out five and walking two as the Padres cruised to an 8-1 victory.
The big right-hander continues to excel in his rookie campaign, as his latest solid effort gives him a 2.78 ERA, a sparkling 0.90 WHIP and a 104:23 K:BB through 100.1 innings. The Padres seem intent on monitoring his workload, so it remains to be seen how many big-league innings they let him throw this season, but for now he looks primed to keep providing excellent numbers.
Paddack (6-5) was handed the loss Tuesday against the Mets after giving up three runs on five hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked two.
Paddack delivered five frames of one-run ball, but he returned for the sixth inning and allowed two runs on a walk and two hits, including a homer from Robinson Cano, Cano's second of three homers for the game. The 23-year-old has a 2.84 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 99:21 K:BB through 17 starts in his impressive rookie campaign.
Paddack (6-4) picked up the win in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the Marlins, allowing one run on one hit and one walk over 7.2 innings while striking out eight.
The rookie flirted with history in his first career start against the organization that traded him for Fernando Rodney in 2016, losing a perfect game on a throwing error in the sixth but still maintaining a no-hitter through seven until Starlin Castro led off the eighth inning with a solo shot. Paddack now sports a 2.70 ERA and 95:19 K:BB through 90 innings.
Paddack didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Dodgers, allowing three hits and a walk over 5.2 scoreless innings while striking out six.
It was another impressive performance from the rookie, who threw 71 of 96 pitches for strikes, but unfortunately for Paddack, neither team could get on the board until the seventh inning. He'll take a 2.84 ERA and 87:18 K:BB through 82.1 innings into the All-Star break.
Paddack (5-4) earned the win Saturday, allowing one run on two hits and a walk while striking out eight over six innings in a 12-2 win over the Cardinals.
Paddack helped his own cause, tying the game with his first major-league RBI on a groundout to ignite a seven-run second inning for the Padres. On the mound, the rookie was stingy, throwing 72 of his 97 pitches for strikes. Paddack owns a 3.05 ERA and 0.94 WHIP with an 81:17 K:BB heading into his next start versus the Dodgers.
Paddack allowed two runs on five hits and three walks across five inning in a 6-3 loss at Pittsburgh on Saturday. He struck out one and did not factor in the decision
Paddack held the Pirates hitless through the first four innings, but he gave up three hits in the fifth, including a two-run homer to Jose Osuna. Overall it was a good performance from Paddack after spending the previous 10 days in the minors to help manage his workload. The 23-year-old has a 3.18 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 73:16 K:BB through 70.2 innings and figures to take the mound next weekend versus the Cardinals.
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