San Diego Padres: Future is Worth Waiting For
By Ben Fadden
The San Diego Padres have a young core of players who if they play with each other for multiple seasons and gain more chemistry will be a very dangerous team in the National League West for many years to come.
All San Diego Padres fans know this season is going to be a long season. They have a very young team that doesn’t have many games at the major league level, and on top of that they play in the National League West with the Giants and the Dodgers.
Even though there might not be many things to look forward to this season at least with making the playoffs, the above average Padres fan knows that there is much more to look forward to than it looks like to an average fan. That is the future. The Padres now know what direction they are going in after having more veterans the last couple of seasons.
The future for San Diego is promising. The Padres franchise player, Wil Myers, didn’t sign a deal through 2022 for nothing. He knows that this group is very young and will be very good together in a few years. He is willing to stay awhile and let this process unfold. If A.J. Preller can just keep this group together, and let this process develop they will be great.
Right now at the major league level, the Padres have a young core of talent with two standout leaders on the corners of the infield in Yangervis Solarte at third and Myers at first base.
Then, they have young talent that includes some power and speed in Hunter Renfroe, Austin Hedges, Manuel Margot, and Travis Jankowski. Don’t forget about Cory Spangenberg and Ryan Schimpf battling for the second base spot. Whoever wins that job will probably be the second basemen for a few years. They will still need to find a shortstop that can play there for consecutive years which they haven’t been able to do in a while.
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In the rotation there are a few veterans like Jered Weaver, Clayton Richard, Jhoulys Chacin, and Trevor Cahill. What is very promising are the young arms that can be in the rotation for years to come like Luis Perdomo and Christian Friedrich. Andy Green is also a very capable leader of this team. He is a very intelligent student of the game and is trying to be a better manager each and every single day.
In the farm system the Padres have some promising prospects too like Anderson Espinoza, Cal Quantrill, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Luis Urias. Urias he can probably be the franchise shortstop in a few years. He is only 19 years old with very good range and can hit for average. Then, of course you have potentially the future Opening Day starter in the future in Espinoza, the organization’s second ranked prospect. In my opinion, he has the best fastball and one if the best arms in the farm system.
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So, San Diego Padres fans be patient. A.J. Preller and the whole Padres organization know exactly what they are doing. They finally have a clear direction of where they are going in the future. In a few years, if they can keep this young group together, I believe that the Padres can someday bring a pennant and a championship to America’s Finest City, San Diego.