Where do the San Diego Padres stand according to power rankings as the season is eleven weeks in? We take a look at all of the major lists.
The San Diego Padres have begun to earn a sliver of respect. This week, their sweep over the Cincinnati Reds at Petco Park propelled them out of last place in the National League West. They then played a very tight series against the NL Central leaders, the Milwaukee Brewers.
Most notable this week was the emergence of outfielder Franchy Cordero, who tore it up offensively all week. Many of the power rankings lists took notice, just one of several factors contributing to San Diego’s rise.
There is still a ton of work to be done, and the battle is still an uphill one for the Friars. But they have to start somewhere, and this week could be the start of a trend in the right direction.
We begin this week’s look at the major power rankings lists with ESPN.
While ESPN acknowledges a much better San Diego club this week, they have the Friars just one spot away from baseball’s cellar, the lowest ranking of all of these lists.
"A four-win week helped get the Padres back out of the basement, but the Padres don’t have a single regular with a batting average above .275 and Wil Myers is the only hitter with an OPS over .800. But June’s improvements are relying on a few surprisingly hot hitters, as Yangervis Solarte, Jose Pirela and Franchy Cordero all have OPS marks north of .900 this month."
As Sports Illustrated points out, the Friars are in much better shape than their competitors for the NL West cellar, the Giants. Despite both being so miserable statistically, San Diego has the hope of a much brighter future with their highly touted position player prospects.
"Hot on the Giants’ heels for worst offense in MLB are the Padres, sitting pretty at 29th. Unlike the Giants, though, the Friars have a stable of hitting prospects they can blend into the lineup as the season wears on, offering valuable playing time on a team with its eye on contention at the start of next decade."
Once again, it was Cordero who stood out amongst all of the Padres who had strong weeks. Who would have ever guessed?
"Franchy Cordero might be remembered for more than just his awesome name."
Bleacher Report is very high on the NL West this week. They ranked the Dodgers, Rockies, and Diamondbacks the top three teams in the entire National League, and they have the Padres higher than any of these lists.
This week certainly won’t get any easier for the Padres as they head to the Windy City to take on the defending champion Cubs before returning home for an interleague weekend series against the Tigers. Though not ideal, this provides the team with an opportunity to continue their upward movement in the rankings. Stay tuned for next week’s update.