3 Padres spring training overreactions after first week of action

What are some of the most outlandish observations from the first few Cactus League games?
San Diego Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove
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Spring training typically ushers in optimism for every single Major League Baseball fanbase. Well, maybe not the Oakland A's, but the other 29 teams surely count. For the San Diego Padres, despite the trade with the New York Yankees earlier this offseason that sent Juan Soto to the Bronx, there's still a level of optimism that this year's Friars team can compete for a playoff spot in the National League.

Unfortunately, spring training also brings with it a number of overreactions. Fans of every team, who've been deprived of baseball for months, make wild observations about some young prospect becoming the second-coming of Ted Williams, or an old veteran being washed up.

And when it comes to the Friars faithful, there's no exception. You know who you are. What are some overreactions Padres fans have had during the first week of Cactus League games?

3 Padres spring training overreactions after first week of action

Xander Bogaerts will win a Gold Glove at second base

Just because it worked for Marcus Semien doesn't mean that line of thinking will hold true for Xander Bogaerts. After years as the Oakland A's shortstop, Semien switched to second base during his time with the Toronto Blue Jays and won a Gold Glove in 2021. Bogaerts, after 10-plus seasons as a shortstop with both the Padres and Boston Red Sox, is switching to the keystone this season.

New Padres manager Mike Shildt was late with the information, but spoke to Bogaerts once the team arrived in Peoria about switching positions. A career shortstop, Bogaerts will be sliding a few steps to his left in 2024 as Shildt looks to improve the Padres defense with Ha-Seong Kim as the starting shortstop.

And while Bogaerts has the potential to be a better defender at second base than he ever was at shortstop, the numbers don't suggest fans will see a Gold Glove-caliber second baseman. Throughout his career, according to FanGraphs, Bogaerts is worth -60 defensive runs saved (DRS) while playing shortstop and third base.

Bogaerts had one good defensive season throughout his career, and that was his final year in Boston. While a Gold Glove may be out of reach, a Silver Slugger shouldn't be. Bogaerts has five of those, so if you want to dream big, Pads fans, let's start there.