San Diego Padres: Offseason relief pitching predictions
In our last installment of the San Diego Padres offseason predictions series, we will discuss the relief pitching predictions.
Just like in the previous prediction series articles, we will only discuss players who are or will be with the organization next season. No free agent signings or possible trade scenarios.
Long considered a strength of the team. The relief pitching hasn’t been what it once was. Once upon a time if you gave the ball over to the bullpen from the seventh inning on, It was game over. That is simply not the case any longer.
With the team going thru a massive rebuild, it doesn’t look like a strength anytime soon either. At least not for a couple of years. They do have some young arms that can change that however.
In this relief pitching predictions article we will look at the projected bullpen for next years teams. From the big league squad all the way thru the short season team in Tri-City.
While putting this list together, it again shows the extensive depth from San Diego to that Tri-City affiliate. This list will include six relief options for every affiliate. Three relief, two setup, one closing candidate, and two honorable mentions.
San Diego Padres
1) Phil Maton
2) Kevin Quackenbush
AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas
1) Brad Wieck
2) Cesar Vargas
AA-San Antonio Missions
1) Jake Smith
2) Colby Blueberg
High A Lake Elsinore
1) Hansel Rodriguez
2) Adrian De Horta
Low A Fort Wayne Tin Caps
RP-Adrian De Horta
1) Dalton Erb
2) Darius Valdez
Short Season Tri-City Dust Devils
1) Andres Munoz
2) Cole Bellinger
Like all of my previous articles, this list shows how much talent the system has. From the relief pitching at Tri-City to the big league club, there is much to like.
Next: Manuel Margot’s memorable year
There are players on this list that deserve a promotion to a level higher than where they are here. The bullpen on this years club isn’t where it once was, but the players coming soon will one day make it a dominant piece of the future.