San Diego Padres: Predicting statistical leaders for 2020 season

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PHOENIX, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 28: Manny Machado #13 of the San Diego Padres celebrates a two run home run with teammate Ty France #11 in the third inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 28, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 28: Manny Machado #13 of the San Diego Padres celebrates a two run home run with teammate Ty France #11 in the third inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 28, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /
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Manny Machado #13 of the San Diego Padres. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

San Diego Padres baseball will officially get underway in two weeks. Let’s look at some bold predictions for statistical leaders on the team.

I think most people are just ready for the regular season to begin. At 10-2, the San Diego Padres are off to a good start in spring training, and while the games and statistics mean little in terms of the regular season success, imagine if the team was 2-10 right now. Would you still be feeling as optimistic?

The 2020 roster is loaded with talent, one that is another year older and saw a couple of players make their way over via trade. Both Tommy Pham and Trent Grisham were solid acquisitions during the offseason, and both will be playing next to one another in the outfield.

After a who’s who of players vying for five rotation spots last year, this year is a complete 180-degree difference. The Padres rotation is mostly set, outside of the fifth starter, and they should have the capability to be a competitive force in the NL West Division.

Several media outlets have the Padres pegged for a second-place finish in the division, making the playoffs as the second wild card team. For the team to achieve that, they are going to need productive years from their offensive players. The same offense that ranked third-worst and dead-last in runs scored and strikeouts in the NL, respectively.

The Padres also finished with the sixth-fewest walks in the National League, so it will be essential for them to develop an ability to get guys on base and around to score. In doing so, the statistics are going to pile up and let’s have some fun with this one.

Here are your major statistical leaders for 2020.

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