MLB Power Rankings: Spring Training Edition

                                                                                                               K.C. Alfred

6.San Diego Padres

The Padres were the story of the offseason. They snagged three quality outfielders in Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, and Wil Myers. They also replaced Yasmani Grandal with All-Star catcher Derek Norris, while also hanging on to top prospect, catcher Austin Hedges. The Padres were sitting pretty after all those acquisitions, but they weren’t done yet. Instead, they decided to further their cause even more, signing 33-year-old righty James Shields to lead the rotation. Shields joins a rotation that already has Ian Kennedy and Andrew Cashner, as well as Tyson Ross and Brandon Morrow. In the cavernous Petco Park, Upton, Myers, and Kemp will see their power numbers drop, but they still bring a dynamic trio to the Padres, and that’s with Cameron Maybin on the bench. The Padres seem content with Yangervis Solarte and Jedd Gyorko, but if one or both of the two should struggle, Will Middlebrooks and Clint Barnes are waiting in the wings and fully capable of stepping in.

One Response

  1. Jimmy

    How do you not mention Justin Morneau in the Rockies section when you talk about how much talent they have? He just won the batting title…


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