Yesterday, we looked at several players whose stock rose in the first week of Spring Training, and now we look at the San Diego Padres whose stock fell.
At 7-1, the San Diego Padres are performing well in Spring Training while trying to sort out the mess that that is their 40-man roster. I use the word “mess” loosely because most positions are set, but a strong Spring Training from a particular player here or there could give them an edge on the Opening Day roster.
Yesterday, we identified several players who stood out in the first week of Spring Training, and now it’s time to be a bit more cynical. While the likes of Eric Hosmer, Manny Machado, and Fernando Tatis Jr. are off to a slow start, there is little reason to be concerned about their playing time once the regular season begins.
However, several other guys are not going to be as fortunate.
The Padres catching situation is a mess. Austin Hedges can’t hit the broad side of a barn, and neither Francisco Mejia or Luis Torrens are standing out. The latter is 2-4 this spring, but that’s far too small of a sample size to be identified as a player who is standing out.
Mejia has played in four games and has yet to record a hit. In 10 at-bats, he has just two walks and a strikeout to show for it.
Have we seen enough of Gordon Beckham to cut him already? The former White Sox top prospect had a couple of good seasons in the big leagues before flaming out. On the spring, he, too, has yet to record a hit in five games. In eight at-bats, Beckham has five walks but also five strikeouts. He was looking to provide depth on the Major League roster in San Diego, but I’ve seen enough. Next.
I will be the first to admit that I massively overestimated Juan Lagares. I could list two or three other guys in spring camp that are deserving of a roster spot before I would say Lagares. He got off to a decent start, but through five games, he’s batting .167 with two hits in 12 at-bats and a walk.
Perdomo is one in a long list of relievers vying for seven or eight spots in the Padres bullpen. If the season were to start today, he would likely be on the outside looking in, and his Spring Training performance is certainly not helping his cause. He has eight strikeouts in three appearances, but he’s also allowed six hits, two earned runs, and a .273 batting average (1.40 WHIP).