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Baseball America Projects the Padres Offensive Players 

The biggest question in fans minds heading into the 2014 Padres season is offense, or lack of.  The Padres had a quiet offseason and although did they add another outfielder in Seth Smith to the merry-go-round, no significant additions were made to the 12th ranked offense in the NL.

I’ll defer to our friends at Baseball America for some fantasy projections.

C – BA didn’t think too highly of the Padres backstops, ranking Yasmani Grandal at 35 (of 35) and not ranking Hundley at all.  Although BA expects Grandal to return to his 2012 form, it appears they don’t expect him to get a lot of playing time.

Grandal AB-355, .286/.375/.451 11-HR, 54-RBI

1B – Yonder Alonso ranks 31 among first baseman, but the age of 26 the front office is hoping he will come into his own this season.

Alonso AB-484, .279/.350/.413  12-HR, 64 RBI

ktf chestnut ad2B – Jedd Gyorko steps into his sophomore campaign with the friars coming off a power heavy rookie season, he has the best ranking of any Padres at his position coming in at #8

Gyorko AB-547  .287/.349/.488  25-HR, 87-RBI

3B – Much has been talked about in regards to expectations for Chase Headley and who he actually is from a hitters stand point. The truth is that we may not really know until he leaves San Diego, but BA ranks him at #18

Headley – AB-548  .270/.357/.436  18-HR, 74-RBI

SS – Plenty of question marks swirl around the return of Everth Cabrera given his suspension for PEDs.  It appears BA thinks he can repeat his success.

Cabrera – AB-460  .272/.341/370  66-R, 5-HR, 38-SB

OF – Given the combination of injuries and platoons most Padres OFs are not fantasy worthy, but that doesn’t stop us from looking at the projections.

Will Venable – AB-493  .262/.319/.444  68-R, 17-HR, 58-RBI, 23-SB

Carlos Quentin – AB-394  .264/.350/.480  57-R, 19-HR, 64-RBI

Cameron Maybin – AB-408  .250/.317/.380  57-R, 9-HR, 38-SB

Chris Denorfia – AB-451  .277/.336/.410  63-R, 10-HR, 46-RBI, 12-SB

Seth Smith – AB-455  .259/.355/.429  62-R, 14-HR, 56-RBI, 5-SB

 

 

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About the author: Steve Adler

Steve is the founder of Friarhood.com. A native San Diegan, he grew up watching Dan Fouts and Tony Gwynn. A former sports talk show host, but always a fan of the Padres and Chargers.

  • ballybunion

    I’ve been waiting patiently to read all the comments, but there ain’t none! Maybe everyone else is as jaded as I am over these projections. I really was expecting someone to question why the #6 hitter Gyorko gets 547 ABs, while the leadoff hitter Cabrera gets 460. Then there’s Cabrera’s 38 SB in those 460 ABs when he had 37 in 381 ABs last year. The answer to those questions is obviously the math formula nature of the projections, weighting for last year but using the previous 3 years overall, pretty much ignoring injury, suspension, and batting order. That kind of projection only works for veteran every day players. At best, it provides only a hint of the value of the talent, but I suppose that’s good enough for the Las Vegas oddsmakers to make some money off people who take the projections seriously.