The San Diego Padres undoubtedly have a great talent in their young centerfielder. After a slow, but encouraging, start to the season, the Friars are counting on Margot to break out soon.
Manuel Margot is a heck of a young ballplayer. This much is evident to the San Diego Padres and their fans.
Although he’s started off the season in a bit of a slump, there’ve been plenty of positive litmus-test moments in just three games for us to expect a big season out of the Friars’ centerfielder.
The first example that comes to my mind is the fantastic catch he made to rob an extra-base hit over the weekend, as seen below courtesy of the San Diego Padres’ Twitter page:
So far, through the Padres’ first three games Margot is hitting just .167/.286/.167 in twelve at-bats with one RBI and two walks. Though these are not encouraging numbers by any means, the fact that he’s struck out just two times in those at-bats is a bright spot to focus on, for sure.
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San Diego Padres see a bright future ahead for Margot
Keep in mind, Margot is just 23-years-old. After a more-than-respectable rookie campaign last season (.263/.313/.409, 13 home runs, 39 RBI, 17 stolen bases), he was surely hoping to continue that hot streak into the 2018 season.
Though he hasn’t gotten off to the start he was certainly hoping and preparing for, the MLB regular-season is a long grind.
There will be plenty of time for this promising young talent to continue his rise to stardom.
As long as the Padres are willing to wait out his development and stay in his corner as he understandably and unavoidably hits rough patches during his still-new MLB career, as it appears they most definitely are, there’s no reason to believe that it won’t work out well.
Stick to the plan
As we’ve mentioned here before, the Friars’ coaching staff is chock-full of extremely smart and extremely experienced former players who have all, at one time or another, been in a similar position that Margot is in now.
All young players have a plan for success. Unfortunately, plans aren’t worth a penny once opposing pitchers make adjustments to their approaches.
It’s up to those youngsters, and the teammates and coaches around them, to adjust along with the competition and stay a step ahead of them if/when possible.