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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Fernando Tatis Jr. will smack the most home runs

Manny Machado would have been the easy choice for this category. After all, the 27-year-old has averaged 34.8 home runs per year over the last five seasons, including 32 of them in 2019 in what was considered to be a down year offensively for him.

However, I am tabbing Fernando Tatis Jr. taking the home run crown for the Padres this year. The team’s rookie sensation was limited by injuries last season, including a season-ending stress reaction in his back in mid-August.

Health will be the primary concern in 2020 for Tatis, but he posted 22 home runs in 84 games in 2019. Over a 162-game span, that equates to approximately 42 home runs. I don’t expect him to play every game, but assuming he’s healthy, he should have no problem logging 150+ games this year.

Tatis was a primary contributor to the team’s overall strikeout tally, but that should ideally reduce as his experience increases. Look for him to post a monster season for the Friars.

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