San Diego Padres Projected 25-Man Roster For 2018

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San Diego Padres Projected Starting Rotation

We’ve already heard San Diego Padres manager Andy Green discuss the possibility of the Friars using a six-man rotation this season. Even if the Pads do end up going back down to five at some point, we’re going to presume they start off the season with six projected starters.

As discussed, Clayton Richard, Lamet, and Perdomo have the spots one-thru-three sewn up. After them, it’s going to come down everyone else’s spring training performances to round out the rotation.

Bryan Mitchell, Matt Strahm, Jordan Lyles, and Tyson Ross are expected to compete for the remaining spots in the rotation. Dark-horses Colin Rea (returning from injury) and Robbie Erlin also figure to be in the mix.

Assuming the Padres do indeed go with a rotation of six starters, here are our projections for the Friars starting-six:

SP1 – Clayton Richard

SP2 – Dinelson Lamet

SP3 – Luis Perdomo

SP4 – Bryan Mitchell

SP5 – Matt Strahm

SP6 – Jordan Lyles

Of course, if Ross or one of the long-shot candidates pitch their way into the rotation over the next month-or-so, we would likely see a back-end by committee until someone pulls away from the pack to fill in the last spot or two.