San Diego Padres preview: Don’t expect much this year

The Padres are still in the midst of rebuilding the team. Photo: Edinson Volquez hurls one over the plate AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez

LOS ANGELES, March 27, 2013 — The rebuilding San Diego Padres finished 2012 with a 76-86 record. This season won’t be much different as they are still rebuilding and looking to the future.

Power hitting second base prospect Jedd Gyorko will get his first taste of the majors this year. It will be interesting to see if Carlos Quentin can stay healthy. His knee is already starting to act up this spring. Chase Headley will be out for at least the first month of the season.

Edinson Volquez and Clayton Richard will lead an unimpressive rotation for the Padres. The best thing the Padres have going for them is the Colorado Rockies.

Projected payroll:

Padres warming up AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

$64,396,000

Notable Players Out: LHP Andrew Werner

Notable Players In:  RHP Tyson Ross

Prospect Watch: OF Ryner Liriano and RHP Adys Portillo

Highlight Hitter: LF Carlos Quentin (ZiPS 2013 Projections: .259/.355/.479 19 HR/57 R/65 RBI

Highlight Pitcher: RHP Edinson Volquez  (ZiPS 8-9, 4.08 ERA, 8.46 K/9, 154.3 IP)

Projected Lineup: C Nick Hundley, 1B Yonder Alonso, 2B Jedd Gyorko, 3B Logan Forsythe, SS Everth Cabrera, LF Carlos Quentin, CF Cameron Maybin, RF Will Venable

Projected Rotation: RHP Edinson Volquez, LHP Clayton Richard, RHP Jason Marquis, LHP Eric Stults, RHP Tyson Ross

Projected Closer: RHP Huston Street

Manager: Bud Black

Projected 2013 Finish in NL West: 1. TBA  2. TBA  3. TBA  4. San Diego 5. Colorado Rockies

Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music.  Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball


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Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR.

 

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