Jul 11, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres center fielder Chris Denorfia (13) slides safely into third base during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Padres Season Review: Chris Denorfia

Chris Denorfia will make $2.25 million in 2014, and he is worth every penny for the Padres.  Denorfia put together another good season batting .279 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs.  He saw substantial time in the outfield this year because of injuries to Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin.  Denorfia is entering the final year of his contract in 2014, giving him added incentive to continue being an effective player for the Padres.

The best at-bat of the 2013 season was a game-winning pinch-hit home run by Denorfia off Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds on July 29th.  Dino’s at-bat was the number one play of our Top Five plays of 2013.  This play exemplifies Denorfia’s competitive nature and willingness to do what it takes to help his team win.  His stats do not blow you away, but he is a tough out for opposing pitchers and plays good defense in the outfield.  Number 13 warrants your attention as a versatile player who can be dangerous in the top of the batting order or in the eighth spot.

The impending showdown in the outfield for the Padres has the potential to seep into the team’s offseason trade talks.  San Diego has too many outfielders, and they may be able to get a relief pitcher and/or prospects in return for Denorfia or Maybin.  I would prefer keeping Denorfia and Maybin so they can battle for the starting spot, and Bud Black can accurately assess who is the best fit.  Denorfia deserves a chance to start, and Maybin needs to prove he is healthy and ready to contribute to the offense.  It should be an exciting spring training in the outfield, but also look for trade talks to include one of the players if the front office believes a trade will add value to the pen or the farm system.


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  • Grumpy44

    I can’t find a reason why Denorfia isn’t a starting outfielder. He hits both right and left hand pitchers. (2o points higher against left handers). Than again, he has one of the best stats on the team and seems to be a platoon player. Just think what he could do if he owned the position and played all year. Looking for a bat in the outfield, you have one, just let him play. He plays the game at 125% and still sits the bench. Why wait for Venable or Mabin to have a breakout year when you have a breakout player on the bench. Is there something I don’t see. I checked all of his stats and don’t find a deficiency.

    • Bernie D’Amato

      I think the battle for a starting spot to begin the season comes down to Denorfia and Maybin. Venable hit 22 HR and slugged .484 in 2013, which should secure his place in the outfield. I agree that Denorfia has the edge because he had another solid year, but if they don’t trade either player, they will have to give each one a shot.

      • Noah Eli

        Maybin: If healthy, he will always get the spot. He has amazing upside but is usually injured.

        Denorfia: Perfect 4th outfielder. He isn’t fantastic against righties, but he will be serviceable when an injury occurs. He is older and doesn’t have too much upside.

        Venable: Aye. I’m not a big fan, and never will be. He has never played a full season at an elite level, but always seems to pull a month of .360 hitting to bring his numbers up to respectable. Great defense, can’t hit lefties.

        Prediction: Maybin, Trumbo, Quentin

        • Bernie D’Amato

          I agree with your analysis of Maybin and Denorfia. However, Venable came up big in 2013 and I’d like to see what he can do as a starter in 2014. We will see about this potential trade for Trumbo, but I don’t want to give up good young pitchers.

          • Noah Eli

            I agree, that certain young pitchers, like Wisler should be off limits in Trumbo discussions. I do have to disagree on Venable, and we may just have to agree to disagree. He has been a starter for the last few seasons and has proven that he cannot hit against lefties or consistently in general.