San Diego Padres: Offseason starting pitching predictions

DENVER, CO - JULY 17: Manager Andy Green of the San Diego Padres walks back to the dugout after changing pitchers in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 17: Manager Andy Green of the San Diego Padres walks back to the dugout after changing pitchers in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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In my most recent article in which we discussed off-season decisions. Today, we examine the San Diego Padres organization and predict the most likely starting rotations.

Since there is a lot of starting pitching depth throughout the Padres organization. This article will predict the starting five pitchers at every stop, from the major league team up through short season A ball.

It will also include a sixth pitcher as a spot starter/long reliever, and an honorable mention starter or two for every level along the way. With the abundant depth on the farm, this turned out to be much more challenging to predict than originally anticipated.

This list does not include any potential free agent signings, nor does it include any possible trade scenarios. The franchise has stockpiled some impressive talent as it is.

There is no reason for them to have to make any more starting pitching acquisitions this offseason. This doesn’t mean they won’t pursue a veteran or two for depth purposes.

It will almost be a pre requisite to have at least one veteran innings eater to help show the youngsters how to go about their business over 162 games.

In my earlier article I had mentioned Jhoulys Chacin as a perfect choice of the type of player they could pursue. An Innings eater that leads by example.

There could also be a scenario where they stay pat and see what the extensive depth options offer too. This is my preferred choice of action. Why add more players or spend unnecessary money if you don’t have to?

Here are my predictions for every starting rotation from the major league team in San Diego through short season Tri-City. And also my spot starter/long man and an honorable mention starter or two as well.

San Diego Padres

1) Dinelson Lamet

2) Luis Perdomo

3) Travis Wood

4) Robbie Erlin

5) Matt Strahm

Spot starter/Long man

6) Jarred Cosart

Honorable mentions

1) Christian Friedrich

2) Colin Rea

El Paso Chihuahuas AAA

1) Christian Friedrich

2) Colin Rea

3) Joey Lucchesi

4) Walter Lockett

5) Kyle Lloyd

Spot starter/Long man

6) Chris Huffman

Honorable mentions

1) Bryan Rodriguez

2) Brett Kennedy

San Antonio Missions AA

1) Brett Kennedy

2) Enyel De Los Santos

3) Eric Lauer

4) Cal Quantrill

5) Jacob Nix

Spot starter/Long man

6) Jake Esch

Honorable mentions

1) Jean Cosme

2) Logan Allen

Lake Elsinore Storm A+

1) Logan Allen

2) Michel Baez

3) Adrian Morejon

4) Emmanuel Ramirez

5) Jerry Keel

Spot starter/Long man

6) Jesse Scholtens

Honorable mentions

1) Adrian De Horta

2) Chris Paddack

Fort Wayne Tin Caps A-

1) Mackenzie Gore

2) Pedro Avila

3) Chris Paddack

4) Ronald Bolanos

5) Mason Thompson

Spot starter/ Long man

6) Lake Bachar

Honorable mentions

1) Reggie Lawson

2) Miguel Diaz

Tri-City Dust Devils Short Season A

1) Reggie Lawson

2) Nick Margevicius

3) Miguel Diaz

4) Henry Henry

5) Luis Patino

Spot starter/Long man

1) Ramon Perez

Honorable mentions

1) Osvaldo Hernandez

2) Sam Keating

Next: A season of surprises

This rounds up my predictions for the organization’s starting pitching. Looking at the stats of these pitchers shows the organizational depth throughout the system. The fluidity in which these starting pitchers will move between each level will be fast and furious. Plus, considering the records for all the Padre affiliates this season, you could make a case that the aforementioned teams being playoff bound next year.