While all Padres fans eagerly anticipate the arrival of Gore and Patino to the major league roster, it serves to remember that they are only two of the cogs needed to build a championship team. Hopefully, they will be the last two cogs of the starting rotation that will lead this team into the ‘decade of winning’ that the organization has promised to provide San Diego.
While watching the organization develop the players we expect will lead us to the championship, we need to enjoy experiencing their development, maturing talent, and progressing success to that goal.
General Manager AJ Preller has built this team over the past four to five years while proving his skills with identifying talent and acquiring that talent. What remains to be seen is if the development team in the organization has been successful in propelling these athletes to major league success.
Whether 2020 gives us a playoff-contending team or not, we should be able to assess if the next two or three years project us toward that goal.
A lot will hinge on the success of the Silent Assassin and Baby Rattlesnake.