Coming in at #27 in our FR Sports MLB Pre Spring Training Power Rankings the San Diego Padres.
Projected Record: 70-92 5th in the NL West
Potential Lineup 2B Spangenberg #15, LF Jay #TBD, 1B Meyers #4, RF Kemp #27, C Norris #3, SS Ramirez #TBD, 3B Solarte #26, CF Upton JR #2 Pitcher
Potential Rotation 1.Ross #38, 2.Shields #33, 3.Cashner #34, 4.Morrow #21, 5.Erlin #41
Potential Bullpen CL Rodney #TBD, 8th Pomeranz #TBD, 7th Villanueva #TBD Mid Relief: Quackenbush #59, Vincent #50, Martin #TBD, Perdomo #TBD
Potential Bench C Bethancourt #TBD, IF Wallace #39, IF Pirela #TBD, SS Amarista #5, OF Liriano #28
After making a plethora of offseason splashes a year ago both in the trade market, and free agent market looking to make it back to October for the first time since 2006 the San Diego Padres plans failed as the team finished under .500 and struggled all season. This offseason the team even traded away some of the talent they acquired last offseason as they traded closer Craig Kimbrel to Boston, and did not even make an offer to bring back Justin Upton who signed with the Detroit Tigers. With their relief ace and best bat not around the Pads will need other guys to step up in order to be competitive in 2016. Looking at the offense San Diego finished 23rd in runs scored but their best run producer was Justin Upton who is not longer in San Diego. The Padres will look to two of their offseason acquisitions from last year to step up and keep the offense afloat in Wil Myers who had an injury plagued season, and Matt Kemp who actually did have a pretty solid first year in San Diego slugging 23 Home Runs, driving in 100 runs, with a .265 average. San Diego’s offense will really rely on if Myers and Kemp can prove that they were worth trading for a year ago. The Padres starting rotation finished middle of the pack in 2015 finishing 15th in starting ERA. The team has a mix of nice top of the rotation arms both young and veteran in Tyson Ross, James Shields, and Andrew Cashner, however the bottom of the rotation is filled with question marks as Brandon Morrow who can never stay healthy and youngster Robbie Erlin that had an ERA close to 5 in three starts a year ago projected to fill the 4th and 5th spots in their rotation. A year ago the bullpen had one of the sports best lock down closers in Craig Kimbrel, and a quality setup man in Shawn Kelly. This year neither of those arms will be available in the pen for San Diego as both have moved onto other teams. The Padres bullpen with those two arms still wasn’t great in 2015 finishing 23rd in bullpen ERA. San Diego will look to veteran closer and free agent signing Fernando Rodney to close out games and hope once Oakland Athletic top prospect Drew Pomeranz will be able to close out ball games in 2016. The Padres seem to be in the middle of a rebuild but have some names that could help them compete however in a very tough NL West it would take a lot for the Padres to make it to October in 2016.