5. Can Wil Myers Stay Healthy in 2016?
The final question for the Padres, and perhaps the most burning of all, is whether former top prospect Wil Myers can stay healthy for the entirety of the 2016 season. Following a promising performance on his way to the Rookie of the Year award in 2013, Myers struggled through chronic wrist injuries in both 2014 and 2015, missing a majority of games over the last two years. The acquisitions of both Justin Upton and Matt Kemp were obviously important ones, but Wil Myers was supposed to be the real prize and the future of the Padres team.
After a strong start to the 2015 season, Myers was once again sidelined by a wrist injury for a majority of the season. He came off the DL and attempted to come back several times only to be sidelined. Myers did return near the end of the season, following a midseason surgery, only to once again be sidelined in the final weeks of the season with the same injury. The Padres gave up a lot to acquire Myers and are relying on him heavily in not only 2016 but in the long term future. The Padres success, or perhaps lack thereof, will largely hinge on Myers health for the next five years.