Position Analysis

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It’s everybody’s favorite time of year.  Not Thanksgiving, not Black Friday, not Christmas and Hanukkah.  Those are coming, but they pale in comparison to America’s favorite past time.  I’m talking about predictions, debates, and second-guessing.  This is the time of year when the glow of the postseason has faded, the memories of a great 2011 slowly shift toward the plans for an unknown 2012, and the average fan (or writer) gets to play GM, at least in their heads.  Winter meetings are coming, high-profile signings are around the corner, and roster spots need to be filled.  As Old Man Winter reaches for us, trying to drag us down into the cold, boring depths of the off-season, don’t forget, we have the Hot Stove and team analysis to keep us warm.

Chicken Friars is there with the comforting warmth of position analysis – not that San Diegans have much concern about the cold winters our compadres will be experiencing.  We will break down each position on the field, examining who fits, who doesn’t, who’s available, and who needs to go.  Position Analysis will run in a series starting with Starting Pitcher.  Each subsequent piece will focus on one of the other eight positions on the field plus an added bonus for Relief Pitchers assuming Heath Bell does not return.

The 2012 Padres payroll is pretty well-known.  Sure, we won’t know the exact figure, but we know the range.  We know the Padres aren’t the Yankees, and position analysis will have to go deeper than “just sign C.J. Wilson.”  We’re looking for diamonds in the rough, for undervalued players who can thrive in Petco Park.  We’re talking about Billy Beane style analysis tailored to fit San Diego’s cavernous home field.

In case any of you forgot, below is what the Padres Roster looked like in 2011 (courtesy of our friends at Baseball-Reference):

Rk Pos Age G HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS
1 C Nick Hundley 27 82 9 29 .288 .347 .477 .824
2 1B Jesus Guzman 27 76 5 44 .312 .369 .478 .847
3 2B Orlando Hudson# 33 119 7 43 .246 .329 .352 .681
4 SS Jason Bartlett 31 139 2 40 .245 .308 .307 .615
5 3B Chase Headley# 27 113 4 44 .289 .374 .399 .773
6 LF Ryan Ludwick 32 101 11 64 .238 .301 .373 .674
7 CF Cameron Maybin 24 137 9 40 .264 .323 .393 .716
8 RF Will Venable* 28 121 9 44 .246 .310 .395 .704
Rk Pos Age G HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS
9 RF Chris Denorfia 30 111 5 19 .277 .337 .381 .718
10 MI Alberto Gonzalez 28 102 1 32 .215 .256 .283 .539
11 1B Brad Hawpe* 32 62 4 19 .231 .301 .344 .645
12 C Rob Johnson 27 67 3 16 .190 .259 .285 .544
13 LF Kyle Blanks 24 55 7 26 .229 .300 .406 .706
14 IF Logan Forsythe 24 62 0 12 .213 .281 .287 .568
15 1B Jorge Cantu 29 57 3 16 .194 .232 .285 .517
16 1B Anthony Rizzo* 21 49 1 9 .141 .281 .242 .523
17 UT Eric Patterson* 28 47 2 8 .180 .272 .292 .564
18 OF Aaron Cunningham 25 52 3 9 .178 .257 .367 .624
19 C Kyle Phillips* 27 36 2 10 .171 .259 .289 .548
20 C Luis Martinez 26 22 1 10 .203 .309 .305 .614
21 UT Andy Parrino# 25 24 0 4 .182 .327 .205 .532
22 UT James Darnell 24 18 1 7 .222 .294 .333 .627
23 RF Jeremy Hermida* 27 20 1 6 .225 .354 .400 .754
24 OF Blake Tekotte* 24 19 0 1 .176 .263 .265 .528
25 SS Everth Cabrera# 24 2 0 0 .125 .222 .125 .347
26 CF Cedric Hunter* 23 6 0 0 .250 .400 .250 .650
Rk Pos Age G HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS
27 P Tim Stauffer 29 31 0 6 .148 .161 .148 .309
28 P Mat Latos 23 29 1 1 .071 .103 .143 .246
29 P Aaron Harang 33 28 0 1 .089 .089 .107 .196
30 P Cory Luebke 26 44 0 0 .212 .257 .212 .469
31 P Dustin Moseley 29 18 0 0 .138 .167 .138 .305
32 P Clayton Richard* 27 18 0 2 .107 .138 .143 .281
33 P Wade LeBlanc* 26 13 0 1 .364 .391 .364 .755
34 P Anthony Bass 23 26 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
35 P Pat Neshek# 30 22 0 0
36 P Jeff Fulchino 31 3 0 0
37 P Joe Thatcher* 29 18 0 0
38 P Josh Spence* 23 39 0 0
39 P Samuel Deduno 27 2 0 0
40 P Heath Bell 33 62 0 0
41 P Chad Qualls 32 73 0 0
42 P Erik Hamren 24 14 0 0
43 P Andrew Carpenter 26 6 0 0
44 P Mike Adams 32 45 0 0
45 P Brad Brach 25 9 0 0
46 P Ernesto Frieri 25 55 0 0
47 P Luke Gregerson* 27 61 0 0
48 P Evan Scribner 25 9 0 0
Team Totals 28.0 162 91 563 .237 .305 .349 .653
Rank in 16 NL teams 16 16 15 16 16
Rk Pos Age G HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/19/2011.

So, stay tuned.  Your Position Analysis: Starting Pitcher is coming.

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