May 10, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin (18) is congratulated by first baseman Yonder Alonso (23) after he hit a solo home run during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SporDespite being the corniest name for any thing written on the topic of baseball, it is a legitimate question to ask as a Padres fan. Who’s on First? We know What isn’t on second that job belongs toJedd Gyorko
, and while I don’t know about third, it seems to be down toYangervis Solarte
. First is a different story though. Eight different players played first base last year for the Padres. Three of those eight remain, but none of them are the most attractive options on a team that plans on contending. That being said, two of them, Yonder Alonso and Tommy Medica, have experience with the position and time spent in the majors, something that none of the other candidates currently on the roster have.
While I am about to look at candidates to play first base for the San Diego Padres in 2015, Yonder Alonso will more than likely be the first baseman barring an injury. Which in his case is well within the realm of possibility. Those injury concerns, coupled with a lackluster performance the last two seasons is why this is even being written about in the first place.
Over the course of a 162 game season there’s a lot that could happen, so having depth is a very good thing for a team. While the Padres don’t have any options at first that will strike fear into any pitcher or wow anyone on the defensive end, they do have depth and that can be equally as valuable as a great player.