For years, Padres fans really only had potential to hang their hats on. San Diego's minor league system was regarded as one of the best in the game for a good while. Now, the big league club is expected to compete for a World Series title.
But, that certainly does not mean we can take our eyes off the farm.
Still the lifeblood of a big league ballclub, the minor leagues can be the difference in a parade or a somber off-season. Nobody knows the Padres system (outside the San Diego front office) like the folks at MadFriars.
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Catch NBC 7's Padres analysis and more San Diego sports coverage at NBC7.com/SportsWrap. SportsWrap's weekly TV show airs Sunday night on NBC 7 San Diego at 11:35pm.
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