While the Padres have one of the best minor league systems in baseball, their MLB team looks like it could finish in 2nd place in the PCL Pacific Southern Division (right behind their AAA team the Chihuahuas). It’s going to be a long season for any Padres fan as the team is stacked with young potential talent (a good omen for the future), but also has perhaps the worst pitching staff in MLB. Yes, San Diego is going to be the place to go in 2017 for teams to bust out of their hitting slumps.
If we thought the Angels were scouring the waiver wire and trades for former top prospects, just look at some of the players the Padres have picked up. All of these guys will be heading to spring training, though Chacin is the only guy currently on the big league roster.
- Jhoulys Chacin, RHP. Chacin is going to be in the top part of the rotation for the Padres in 2017. A rotation that is filled with a bunch of guys that make you go “who”?
- Nick Buss, OF. Buss finally got some significant playing time in 2016 (if you can call 36 games significant) and he subsequently looked pretty bored in Left Field. He can take his boredom to El Paso since that’s where he will probably end up.
- Collin Cowgill, OF. The Padres apparently needed more Cowgill. Cowgill spent 2016 with the Indians organization but only had 14 MLB plate appearances there.
- Rafael Ortega, OF. Ortega had a pretty ho hum 2016 with a .283 OBP in 66 games. The Padres have a lot of lefty bats, but he could get a shot.
- Erick Aybar, SS. I think Aybar has a decent shot at the SS job over rookie Luis Sardinas. However, Sardinas has age on his side (just 23 years old), and he hit for .287/.353/.417 in his 34 games with the Padres in 2016. Aybar also can’t be optioned and is currently slated to start in AAA.
- Stephen McGee, C. McGee has yet to make his big league debut and he played for AA Arkansas last year. Pretty unlikely he makes the big league roster this year.
The Padres have an outfield backlog that is currently filled on the front lines with Travis Jankowski, Manuel Margot, and Hunter Renfroe who have an average age of 24.4. A few other already on their bench make a big league shot a tall order for Buss, Cowgill, and Ortega - unless someone gets hurt.