2012 Padres Organizational Depth: Starting Pitchers
The starting rotation for the 2012 San Diego Padres lacks a true Ace (having traded Mat Latos in the offseason) and is considered by many experts to have five number 3-5 starters to begin the season. Then the injuries began, with Tim Stauffer lost at the very start of the season and Dustin Moseley gone after his first start of the season. This forced the Padres to use two minor league starting prospects much earlier in the season than what they were projecting. As a result, the beginning of the season has been uneven and unpredictable, at best.
Cory Luebke (currently injured) and Anthony Bass have stepped forward with progressive improvement in their games but there is not much else to cling to so far in the 2012 season. Edinson Volquez seems to be working hard to tighten up his mechanics and improve his consistency but we will have to wait and see if that occurs.
Clayton Richard, coming off-season ending surgery in 2011, has been very uneven and struggles to hold onto his game through successive innings. Time will tell if that will improve.
That said, the following is a list of some of the top candidates within the Padres system to provide the fans with some hope in coming seasons.
Joe Wieland– DOB: 1/ 21/ 1990, Bats; R Throws: R, 6