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Are The San Diego Padres Moving In The Right Direction?

The 2017 San Diego Padres appear to be a hulking enigma going into the offseason. The Swinging Friar is unmistakably in rebuilding mode, paying roughly $30,000,000.00 to players traded elsewhere. However, San Diego has youth and prospects on its side. Ryan Buchter, Tyson Ross, Yangervis Solarte, and Christian Friedrich are the club’s oldest players at only 29 years old. Top three prospects Anderson Espinoza (RHP),  Manny Margot (OF), and Hunter Renfroe (OF) are all inside of Major League Baseball’s Top 50. While this youth movement may not mean a World Series title, it’s certainly looking to be progress from 2016’s atrocious 68-94 season.

Anderson Espinoza (traded from the Red Sox for Drew Pomeranz on July 14) may not be ready to take the mound at Petco Park, but at only 18 years old he’s been compared to Pedro Martinez with a 97 MPH fastball and a 76 MPH curveball. Espinoza started 39/40 of his minor league games with a total 166.2 innings pitched, 165 strikeouts, 3.35 ERA, and 1.23 WHIP. Under the right coaching and player development Espinoza could be the future face of the Padres.

This offseason is crucial for San Diego general manager A.J. Preller, who has a lot to prove after his humiliating suspension for withholding medical information during the trade deadline. Preller has said his main focus this winter is pitching, and so far kept his word, signing Trey McNutt and Bryan Rodriguez to minor league contracts earlier this week. The club has also been linked to left handed starter Derek Holland. One thing is for sure, the Padres have the prospects and the money to shake things up in the National League in 2017.

Mike Duda

Mike Duda

Site Contributing Writer and Co-Host at Legends on Deck® The Podcast
Mike is from Albany, NY with a penchant for baseball and music. His favorite teams are the New York Yankees and the San Diego Padres. In his spare time he plays guitar in various rock, jazz, and blues bands.
Mike Duda