Tuesday, February 14, 2017

San Diego Padres

Season 36:  74-88
The Pads signed Chad Koch (RP), Willie Espinoza (SP/MR), D’Angelo De Aza (MR), Albert Gongora (C), Yorvit Beltre (C), and Julio Petit (SP). They didn’t add any Rule 5’s. The team promoted Jade Darwin (MR), Neil McGee (2B), and Marcus Wood (3B).

This season marks the first opportunity the current ownership has had to promote homegrown talent to the Show. The development of the farm system has taken time, and the top prospects in the system are still two seasons away from making their mark at Petco. The current squad includes a deeper pitching staff and a greatly improved infield defense. If the Pads can manage to improve upon their 3.40 runs scored per game last season, they should challenge the .500 mark.

-- cwaldenj

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