San Diego Padres Projected Opening Day Lineup
There shouldn’t be a ton of surprises come March 31st for the San Diego Padres. Most of the Friars starting-nine has already been etched into stone, barring any roster changes that may still come (read: Eric Hosmer, possibly another SP).
Veterans like Wil Myers, Chase Headley, Freddy Galvis, and Jose Pirela have all virtually cemented their places in the lineup. Even youngsters like Hunter Renfroe and Carlos Asuaje head into spring training without having to worry about a positional battle.
The Padres starting rotation, well at least the top-three spots, are practically locked up too. Clayton Richard, Dinelson Lamet, and Luis Perdomo will, in all likelihood, be the first three pitchers Andy Green trots out this year. After that, though, it’s anyone’s guess.
Let’s take a look at our projected starting lineup for Opening Day:
P – Clayton Richard
C – Austin Hedges
1B – Wil Myers
2B – Carlos Asuaje
3B – Chase Headley
SS – Freddy Galvis
LF – Jose Pirela
CF – Manuel Margot
RF – Hunter Renfroe
Naturally, if the San Diego Padres were to sign Hosmer or make a deal for a starting pitcher like Chris Archer or Jake Odorizzi, things would change considerably. But, as for right now, these are the guys we are heading into the season with, so we won’t speculate on any potential additions (not here, at least).