2011 Projected Lineup – Updated


Here is my projected starting lineup for the Padres starting out in 2011. Obviously this can change in an instant, since I just wrote one up a couple of days ago and had to make changes to it after the Cameron Maybin trade.

1 Cameron Maybin CF
2 Jerry Hairston SS
3 Adrian Gonzalez 1B
4 Ryan Ludwick RF
5 Will Venable LF
6 Chase Headley 3B
7 David Eckstein 2B
8 Nick Hundley C

1 Cameron Maybin CF
Maybin has the most speed in the lineup and should be leading off for the team. I can also see Buddy experimenting with this slot a lot like he did last year with possibly Hairston or Venable moving up to this position.

2 Jerry Hairston SS
This spot was occupied by the scrappy David Eckstein for a while and I think its time to move in the direction to moving Hairston up to the number 2 spot. Hairston provides a lot more offensively than Eckstein and will get better pitches batting in front of Adrian.

3 Adrian Gonzalez 1B
If Gonzo is here, he will bat 3rd in the lineup as usual.

4 Ryan Ludwick RF
When Luddy was brought in as a Padre, he was supposed to provide protection for Gonzo and struggled. He should be given the opportunity to bat behind Gonzo again to start out the season.

5 Will Venable LF
Venable is a streaky hitter and should benefit from playing all of last season. He provides pop in the lineup and good speed. He also may be used in the leadoff position.

6 Chase Headley 3B
Headley will need to provide a better average and more power to the position and I would love to bring Miguel Tejada back to take over 3B.

7 David Eckstein 2B
As much as I love Eckstein, I would love to see an upgrade offensively at the position. He may be switched with Hundley in the order.

8 Nick Hundley C
Hundley will not supply the same at bats as Yorvit Torrealba, but he does have some pop in his bat and maybe more playing time will give him more confidence in his swing.

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Tags: Adrian Gonzalez Cameron Maybin Chase Headley David Eckstein Jerry Hairston Nick Hundley Ryan Ludwick San Diego Padres Will Venable

  • Larry Faria

    I think you’re missing the problem with Ludwick in Right. He’s a good fielder, but that’s mostly because of his arm. Petco needs a speedy centerfielder in RF, and Venable is more suited for RF. The Padres have already mentioned playing Ludwick in left.

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      yea… you are right… venable in right would make more sense in our ballpark with his speed… he basically would be another center fielder out in right field

  • Laurence

    Hoyer has said already that he wants more offense and OBP from the 2nd spot in the order. I doubt very seriously if Eckstein comes back. Even with all his intangibles, he was flat out awful down the stretch, and had a very difficult time getting on base in front of Adrian.

    I also dont think that Hairston will be hitting second, if he is retained.

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      i think you are right… but they are talking about Maybin moving into the second spot, and he is still a project with the bat. Not sure what to expect out of his offense.. Its not like we have a lot of options of hitters on our team and Hairston is one of the better hitting options.

      you thinking Venable or Maybin in that spot?

      • Laurence

        On the front page of the Padre website, Brock said that Maybin was told by “Padre officials” (probably Black and Hoyer) that he would be the starting CFer, and would be leading off.

        Venable might be more effective in the middle of the order somewhere, like 5th or 6th, all depending on who else they acquire probably determines where he will be in the lineup. If they cant find a 2 spot hitter, he might be that guy, but I doubt it.

        A guy hitting second needs to get on base a lot, basically, and thats not what Venable is known for. I have some ideas who that guy should be but after watching what Hoyer did, in acquiring Maybin, I dont wanna speak to soon, because my choices dont seem to be the kind of guys that Hoyer is even remotely interested in.

        Im just gonna sit back and wait to see who else he gets. I like his style, a lot.

        • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

          yea… we just have to sit back and trust hoyer and what he does. He has done well so far and I know what you mean with the number 2 hitter. Not really sure we have that player on our team just yet.

          time to sit back and see what Hoyer can bring in for us

  • http://www.websoulsurfer.com websoulsurfer

    Move Ludwick to LF and put Venable in RF and you are pretty much on the money. Padres may also sign Tejada if he is willing to take a Hairston/Eckstein like contract.

    Maybin wont have the most speed on the team. Both Venable and Cabrera (who will likely come off the bench) have more speed.

    Love to see Padres upgrade middle infield and use Eckstein as a utility player. Eckstein is a coach on the field.

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      yea… i think you are right with venable out in right expecially with our ballpark…

      Tejada would be great to bring back, just don’t know if he OR we will do it.

  • Larry Faria

    There’s an alternative to Eckstein. The Padres signed their former rookie 2B Josh Barfield last year, and he hit .295 at Portland. He won’t turn 28 until next month.

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      yea… barfield played well when we first brought him up and before we traded him. he has pretty good speed and I hope that he gets a chance to play.. He would add another UNKNOWN in our lineup though and we would just be hoping that all the unknowns just strike at the same time.

      Jed Hoyer has not failed us yet though and we will see what magic he can pull this off-season for us.

    • Laurence

      Gosh, you know, I was thinkin about what he might bring to the table in 2011. But most of what I know and saw from Josh is that he struck out a lot (too much for a 2nd baseman), and he had no plate discipline at all.

      He had great speed and pretty good range, stole some bags and had a little pop, but just could not get on base enuf to really take off.

      I dont really think he fits the mold of what they need in a 2nd baseman. But crazier things have happened with this team. I could be totally wrong.