San Diego Padres: Many 2017 Camp Competitions Wide Open

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Sep 28, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres right fielder Hunter Renfroe (C) is congratulated by catcher Austin Hedges (18) after driving in left fielder Alex Dickerson (R) on a two run during the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 28, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres right fielder Hunter Renfroe (C) is congratulated by catcher Austin Hedges (18) after driving in left fielder Alex Dickerson (R) on a two run during the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /
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Outfield

General manager A.J. Preller has made it clear that the organization is satisfied with the group of outfielders they have, simply by not pursuing any reinforcements at the position this offseason. Still, the three outfielders who will come away with the every day jobs are not set in stone.

Considering that Hunter Renfroe is a significant portion of the future of the organization, and considering the lack of competition in right, this position is most stable.

In left and center though, not everything is quite as clear cut. Travis Jankowski can play both positions, but may end up as the odd man out. Rookie and second ranked prospect Manuel Margot seems to have the inside track to the center field job, and Alex Dickerson‘s bat makes him the front runner in left.

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Still, Jankowski will play a critical role on the roster this season even if he does not start. With competition still open though, and two rookies in consideration, the club will weigh all of its options.

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