A Premature(ish) Opening Day Optimization

I thought it would be a nice change from breaking down random relief pitchers to actually post what I feel the “best” way for the Padres to break camp is.

So here’s my 25-man roster, broken down by position, for Opening Day.

A couple quick notes: I only used players from the 40-man (so no Matt Stairs) on the list. Also, I’m not including analysis in this post–I’ll explain my decisions in my next post.

I encourage commenting and posting alternatives–it’d be very interesting to hear what others come up with.


C–Yorvit Torrealba, Nick Hundley (backup)
1B–Adrian Gonzalez, Oscar Salazar (backup)
2B–David Eckstein, Jerry Hairston Jr. (backup)
3B–Chase Headley
SS–Everth Cabrera
LF–Kyle Blanks
CF–Tony Gwynn Jr., Scott Hairston (platoon)
RF–Will Venable, Aaron Cunningham (platoon)



RHP Chris Young
RHP Jon Garland
RHP Kevin Correia
RHP Mat Latos
RHP Sean Gallagher


RHP Heath Bell (closer)
RHP Mike Adams (primary setup)
RHP Luke Gregerson (secondary setup)
RHP Ed Mujica (middle relief)
LHP Joe Thatcher (lefty specialist/setup/middle relief)
LHP Aaron Poreda (second lefty specialist/long relief)
RHP Adam Russell (long relief)

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  • kevin Thompson

    Poor, poor Clayton Richard.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/10925-nathaniel-stoltz Nathaniel Stoltz

    Richard is certainly the most notable player I left off the list. That’s not to say he’s horrible–he and Ryan Webb are the two pitchers I strongly considered for the staff that didn’t make it–but I don’t see him as anything more than a fifth starter or okay reliever.

    He throws a decent fastball, but doesn’t have much of a breaking ball, and his changeup is below average. I’m not a big fan, although I think Richard is better than Wade LeBlanc, for what it’s worth.

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