Opening Day is coming up quickly, and it is time to look ahead to five bold predictions for the upcoming San Diego Padres season.
Can you guys believe that Opening Day is two weeks from today? And while the coronavirus has impacted other sports, the San Diego Padres are business as usual. I suspect that may change as we head into the home stretch of spring training. I hope for everyone’s health that that isn’t the case, but this is pretty interesting to monitor.
Back to baseball.
After a disappointing finish to the 2019 season, the Padres have their sights on much higher aspirations this year. The core is another year older – in a good way – and the pitching looks sharp both in the rotation and in the bullpen.
The composition of the team is fairly simple to predict at this point, with mostly bench players rounding out the 26-man roster. However, what’s a little unclear is how the Padres will perform this year. As noted, the talent is there, but health will be a key factor in helping them achieve said goals.
Let’s look at a few bold predictions for the season.
1. The first prospect called up is: Taylor Trammell
Most are going to have MacKenzie Gore pegged here, but I think there will be a greater need in the outfield. Trammell has gotten off to a great start in spring training, but with no at-bats yet taken in Triple-A and a .234 average in Double-A last year – albeit split between two organizations – he is likely to start the year at Triple-A El Paso.
I suspect that the Padres will attempt Joey Lucchesi as the fifth starter with a rather long leash, but if he’s unable to reduce the number of walks, Cal Quantrill is probably the next man up. Look for Gore to make his big league debut sometime in the middle of the year when an injury in the rotation calls him to The Show.