The San Diego Padres lineup has been extremely unpredictable this season with some players suddenly proving themselves, and others not so much.
The Friars are facing a difficult loss with slugger Manny Machado sidelined due to an ankle injury, which is showing who’s worked to prepare to step up and who hasn’t.
Losing Machado for any period of time would be nerve-wracking when thinking about the Padres keeping pace with the Dodgers in the division, but they could continue their success if these players continue to perform well and tap into their potential.
Here are two players who have redeemed themselves to help provide success this season and one who still has something to prove.
San Diego Padres outfielder Jurickson Profar
Padres outfielder Jurickson Profar has progressed extremely well over the past few months. San Diego’s outfield, overall, doesn’t produce great numbers in the lineup, but Profar manages to be one of the best hitters among the entire team.
He didn’t start the season well. In April, he was hitting .186/.318/.457. Now, he’s significantly increased his numbers to .268/.358/.439 and is the fourth-best hitter for the Padres.
He’s also scored the second-most runs for the Friars this season, just four behind the most. Nearly half (20) of these runs were scored this month. His accurate eye has contributed to team success and he leads with a 13 percent BB%. He has the highest Friars’ base on balls percentage.
Profar also hits for some power, third overall in isolated power.
Physical strength and ability to consistently distinguish balls from strikes make for a well-rounded hitter, and Profar continues to prove himself in both areas, despite a poor start to the season.