Diving into the depths: San Diego Padres

Leave a comment

This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training.
San Diego Padres
Rotation
1. Jon Garland
2. Kevin Correia
3. Chris Young
4. Clayton Richard
5. Tim Stauffer
6. Sean Gallagher
7. Mat Latos
8. Aaron Poreda
9. Wade LeBlanc
10. Edward Mujica
11. Cesar Ramos
12. Will Inman
13. Cesar Carrillo
14. Steve Garrison
The surprising addition of Garland leaves just one opening in the San Diego rotation. Stauffer, Gallagher and Latos figure to battle it out in spring training. I prefer Latos and Gallagher, but Stauffer could have the early edge, given his 3.58 ERA in 14 starts last season.
Bullpen
1. Heath Bell
2. Mike Adams
3. Luke Gregerson
4. Joe Thatcher
5. Edward Mujica
6. Ryan Webb
7. Adam Russell
8. Radhames Liz
9. Luis Perdomo
10. Greg Burke
11. Aaron Poreda
12. Mark Worrell
13. Ernesto Frieri
14. Craig Italiano
The bullpen hasn’t received any reinforcements — not unless Liz counts — but it’s the strength of the team anyway. I like Webb’s chances of becoming this year’s Gregerson.


Catcher
1. Nick Hundley
2. Yorvit Torrealba
3. Dusty Ryan
4. Mitch Canham
First base
1. Adrian Gonzalez
2. Kyle Blanks
3. Oscar Salazar
Second base
1. David Eckstein
2. Jerry Hairston Jr.
3. Matt Antonelli
4. Sean Kazmar
Third base
1. Chase Headley
2. Jerry Hairston Jr.
3. Oscar Salazar
4. Logan Forsythe
Shortstop
1. Everth Cabrera
2. Jerry Hairston Jr.
3. Sean Kazmar
4. Jesus Lopez
The Torrealba signing isn’t official yet, but all signs point to it happening. That should finish off the infield. Headley will be an everyday player after moving back to his original position, and Hairston and Salazar will serve as reserves. If Gonzalez is eventually traded, then Blanks will take over at first base.
Left field
1. Scott Hairston
2. Kyle Blanks
3. Aaron Cunningham
4. Jerry Hairston Jr.
5. Matt Stairs
6. Chad Huffman
Center field
1. Tony Gwynn Jr.
2. Scott Hairston
3. Luis Durango
4. Chris Denorfia
5. Aaron Cunningham
Right field
1. Will Venable
2. Kyle Blanks
3. Aaron Cunningham
4. Matt Stairs
5. Oscar Salazar
6. Chris Denorfia
While the infield is set, the outfield still looks like a mess. I have Hairston, Gwynn and Venable atop the depth chart, but none of the three projects as a long-term regular for the Padres. If Blanks is kept as an outfielder, he’ll probably just end up getting hurt again. Still, he may well be the second-best hitter in the organization and it’s hard to blame the Padres for doing everything they can to get him into the lineup. Cunningham is the one player here that I believe will start in the outfield for the Padres in 2011. He may head back to Triple-A for a little while first, though.

Must-Click Link: The Turbulent Final Year of Yordano Ventura’s Life

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 23:  Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals reacts in the sixth inning while taking on the Toronto Blue Jays in game six of the 2015 MLB American League Championship Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 23, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
4 Comments

The Kansas City Star has covered the death of Yordano Ventura and its aftermath in a thorough, thoughtful, respectful and admirable fashion and it has all been compelling to read, even if it’s often been difficult to read. Their latest story may be the most difficult, though it is nonetheless essential.

It covers the final year of Ventura’s life which, sadly, was tumultuous. He had become estranged from his family. He was married to a woman who, at the time of the ceremony, was still married to her first husband and whose family, allegedly, later made threats against Ventura that we’re only now learning about. This includes allegations of armed men accosting Ventura at his home near the Royals spring training facility a year ago. An incident which led to him missing time due to “flulike symptoms,” but which, in reality, caused him considerable mental distress. He was again threatened, it is claimed, in Kansas City during the season. There is also an allegation that Ventura attempted suicide via an overdose of Benadryl, though that is disputed.

Beyond that, there is an arc to the end of Ventura’s life which sounds unfortunately familiar. It’s a story of a young man whose life changed dramatically in a very, very short period of time and who struggled at times to process the changes. Were it not for a fateful drive on a dark and winding road one night in late January, they all could’ve been things that, as his career matured, he could look back on as learning experiences. Now that he’s gone, however, they form the final, tragic chapter.

Report: Royals and Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 12:  Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals and the American League rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the National League in the 2nd inning of the 87th Annual MLB All-Star Game at PETCO Park on July 12, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
Denis Poroy/Getty Images
15 Comments

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.

Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.

Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.