Spring training is finally here! This is the time when families make the annual trek out to Arizona or Florida to spend some quality time with each other while getting a sneak peak of their favorite team, and perhaps an autograph from a future phenom or two.
For the players, spring training is the time to get in shape for the upcoming season. It gives managers and general managers of all 30 Major League Baseball clubs to get a feel for their players and piece together a full 25-man roster.
More importantly, spring training is a time for fantasy baseball geeks to scout players for their fantasy baseball draft.
Here are the three Padres who should be on your draft list:
Chase Headley: Headley is going to have a big fantasy year. This year, I project him to put up numbers in just about every scoring category – runs, hits, homeruns, RBI, average, and walks. His numbers will be juicier having Carlos Quentin batting behind him in the line-up. Headley is a true fantasy guy. He is my first pick for the Padres that will come off the board.
Tim Stauffer: Stauffer is the ace of the staff. He is a reliable pitcher who doesn’t get batted around too often. He keeps his walks low and strikes out a decent amount. His E.R.A. is respectable. If you’re looking for a quality pitcher at a low buy, then Stauffer is your guy.
Carlos Quentin: If Quentin stays healthy, he may be your best fantasy option. Quentin has power and great plate discipline, so he can draw a handful of walks. He is projected to bat clean-up so expect a boat load of RBI from Quentin. His fantasy season will depend on his health.
If your fantasy squad had a poor draft and now you’re scouring the waiver wire to solidify your roster then you may be in luck. Here are two Padres you should quickly snatch up off waivers.
Edison Volquez: When this guy is health it is clear that he can be a dominant pitcher. If he is available on the waiver wire he is worth the risk to be scooped up. Volquez can get an abundant amount of strike outs for your team and notch a bunch of wins.
Cameron Maybin: Need a speedster who can boost up your stolen base totals? Then Maybin is your guy. He is perhaps the best and fastest base runner on the Padres. Last year, he stole 40 bases. This year he is projected to reproduce that number. He also has some pop, which can be a bonus for your fantasy baseball team.