The San Diego Padres have had an inconsistent season with multiple sluggers joining the injured list and a lack of offensive power. Seemingly, the Padres are anticipating changes approaching the trade deadline.
Some positions are bringing power into the lineup, whereas others are not. The Padres don’t need much help at third base or shortstop with Manny Machado and Fernando Tatís Jr, anticipating a return soon for Tatís. However, the power drops off quite a bit elsewhere.
San Diego would benefit most if these positions are upgraded by the trade deadline this season.
San Diego Padres outfield
The Padres, overall, lack power in the outfield. They have good talent with Jurickson Profar leading the position, but more can be done to develop where they lack.
Profar doesn’t hit with much power, but he does have a great eye. He currently has the lowest strikeout rate (14.5 percent) and highest walk rate (12.8 percent) on the team. He’s hitting .244/.345/.399 with an isolated power of .156.
Between the two, Reynolds would be the ideal option but Benintendi may be a slightly more realistic one.
Reynolds is a great power hitter. He’s hitting .260/.333/.469 with an isolated power of .209 this season. However, he doesn’t have great strikeout or walk rates. He’s one of the best hitters currently on the Pittsburgh Pirates and is involved in trade talk among multiple other teams.
Benintendi, on the other hand, doesn’t offer much power but is similar to Profar with a great eye. He’s hitting .316/.387/.404 with an isolated power of .088 this season. He has a low strikeout rate (13.7 percent) and a good walk rate (10.4 percent). He’d help enhance the lineup.
Benintendi doesn’t seem to have as many eyes on him for the upcoming trade, and San Diego has shown interest for quite a while.