San Diego Padres’ OF Situation Becomes a Bit Clearer, Sort Of
By Tim Ryder
The San Diego Padres’ outfield situation got a little clearer last night, opening up the possibilities of mixing-and-matching players to a wider range of positions all over the field for the Friars.
As per AJ Cassavell of MLB.com, San Diego Padres manager Andy Green said that outfielder, Wil Myers, will probably play both right-and-leftfield positions this season for the Friars.
After last night’s 9-7 Cactus League victory over the Texas Rangers, Green had this to say about where to expect to see Myers this season, “There are probably going to be times where we’ll see him in left and we’ll see him in right.”
This leaves the door open for lots of mixing-and-matching of Friars’ position players, not just the outfielders. With a crowded dance card all vying for playing time, having a number of players who can play a number of positions almost seems like a tailor-made situation for this team.
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San Diego Padres have options all over the field
The Padres have Myers, Manuel Margot, and Jose Pirela slated as Opening Day starters in the outfield.
After them, the team has Hunter Renfroe and Franchy Cordero both waiting in the wings as more-than-capable reserves.
We can likely add Travis Jankowski to that list as well, though we’re more likely to see him in a more well-defined role as a bench player, making the occasional start.
Which then brings us to Cory Spangenberg. As I’ve said here multiple times, I think Spangenberg deserves a place on this team. His versatility and skill-set could play very well on this team.
Plus, with Pirela starting in left-field and Carlos Asuaje in all likelihood taking the starting job at second-base, Spangenberg may be needed to give Asauje a spell every now and then.
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Considering how much talent is spread out among this team’s positional players both here and throughout the farm system, there’s reason to believe that something awfully special is taking shape here.