Christopher Joseph Paddack
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 195 lb.
- High School Cedar Park High School
- Debut March 31, 2019
On July 17, 2019, rookie Chris Paddack made a bid to break the San Diego Padres' notorious streak of never having a pitcher throw a no-hitter in the half-century of the team's existence. Facing the Miami Marlins, his former organization, he did not give up a hit through the first 7 innings, before giving up a homer to Starlin Castro leading off the 8th. He ended up a 3-2 winner, giving up just the one hit and run in 8 innings of work.
Paddack was originally drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 8th round in the 2015 amateur draft, but was traded to the Padres one year later in a deal for closer Fernando Rodney. he then missed then entire 2017 season with an arm injury. He came back strong in 2018, going a combined 7-3, 2.10 in 17 starts between the Class A Lake Elsinore Storm and AA San Antonio Missions. He was considered one of the top pitching prospects in the minor leagues heading into 2019, but most observers thought he would begin the season in the minors given his limited professional experience. However, he pitched so well in spring training that he made the opening day roster and proved to be one of the most consistent starting pitchers on the team. The Padres were careful not to overuse him, giving him frequent additional rest, including optioning him back to Class A for 10 days (where he did not pitch) in order to limit his workload. He ended his rookie season at 9-7, 3.33 in 26 starts, logging 140 2/3 innings.
Paddack was not as good in his sophomore season, 2020, even though the Padres were a much-improved team. He made 12 starts, going 4-5, 4.73. However, he got to start the Padres' first postseason game in over a decade as the two pitchers ahead of him on the depth chart, Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet, were both injured. He had a tough go of it, though, as in Game 1 of the Wild Card Series, he gave up 6 runs to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2 1/3 innings and was charged with the 7-4 loss. The Cardinals advanced to the Division Series in spite of his performance, but he did not get to pitch at that stage as the Padres were swept in three games by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- AJ Cassavell: "Paddack lives up to hype in MLB debut", mlb.com, March 31, 2019.