The Padres are off to a horrible start, so a housecleaning might be forthcoming. Who stays and who goes?
The San Diego Padres, perhaps predictably, have gotten off to a miserable start in 2012. Although expectations were not high coming into the season, almost nothing has gone right for the club. Between injuries and ineffectiveness, not to mention ongoing ownership/television deal issues (I live 15 minutes from Petco Park and cannot watch the team on TV in my home, which might qualify as “charmingly retro” if it weren't so annoying), the Padres are staring at their worst-case scenario only a month into the campaign.
Last week, Kevin Goldsteinsuggested that a “housecleaning in San Diego could be coming.” Reader pobothecat wondered what such a housecleaning might look like, and so did I.
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Why Padres catcher Nick Hundley could be an underrated fantasy option
Last week, a few of you were upset that I outed Gavin Floyd as an overlooked fantasy sleeper because you hoped he would slide into the last few rounds of your draft, as he did for me in the Fantasy 411 Industry Mock Draft. This week, I reenter the lion’s den to present a player that I grabbed at pick 301 of the same draft, 71 picks below his current ADP. As big of a gap as that was, I was still 18 picks ahead of this player’s lowest draft spot over the past two weeks.
With minimal payroll flexibility, the Padres need young players to improve quickly.
Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fade—whether in September (or before), the League Division Series, League Championship Series or World Series. It combines a broad overview from Baseball Prospectus, a front-office take from former MLB GM Jim Bowden, a best- and worst-case scenario ZiPS projection for 2012 from Dan Szymborski and Kevin Goldstein's farm system overview.
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A system without much upside got some help in the 2006 draft, but it's still a long way away from making an impact on the big league club.
None Very Good Prospects
1. Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3b
2. Cesar Carillo, rhp Good Prospects
3. Cedric Hunter, cf
4. Matt Antonelli, 3b Average Prospects
5. Nick Hundley, c
6. Chase Headley, 3b
7. Paul McAnulty, 1b/3b/of
8. Will Venable, lf
9. Kyler Burke, rf
10. Chad Huffman, lf