Again, I think 2020 will be a very fun and exciting year, but don’t forget that the rebuild is not complete and probably won’t be until 2022 when the last wave of prospects finally assert themselves at the Major League level.
It will be interesting to see how Tatis, Abrams, and Arias are positioned in the future. I think those three are the building blocks for the rebuild in the lineup.
It’s unclear which one is the better fit at shortstop, but if they all continue to hit they’ll find a way to fit them all in the lineup.
That 2022 lineup has me really excited for the future and just how dynamic the offense could be with power and speed.
The only spot in the lineup I’m not sure of are the corner outfield spots and first base. I’m thinking optimistically about Grisham, but there is a very real possibility he doesn’t develop into an every day player.
I think there still could be some retooling of the outfield going forward, and maybe we see some prospects moved to the outfield. But overall, that lineup should be a really fun one to watch.
And I think we all know how exciting the starting rotation can be once Gore and Patino get called up, which we could see as soon as this upcoming 2020 season.
I think we see the Padres maybe bring in a veteran in those seasons on one-year deals, much like the Atlanta Braves did with Cole Hamels this offseason to stabilize their young rotation.
But all of those arms have top of the rotation potential.
It’s really fun to look at what could be for the future of the Padres. Let me know what your future lineup and rotation looks like in the comments below.