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Homegrown Team: San Diego Padres

Posted on: November 24, 2011 2:15 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2011 1:38 pm
 


By C. Trent Rosecrans


What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no waivers, no minor- or major-league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. 

On one end of this spectrum is the team with baseball's highest payroll, the Yankees, and now we'll look at the other end, the San Diego Padres. The Padres have just $16.9 allocated toward its 2012 payroll at the end of the 2011 season, versus the Yankees' $171.5 million. The Padres weren't just at the opposite end of the payroll spectrum as the Yankees, they're also in the other league, the opposite coast and on the other end of the standings, finsihing last in the NL West with a 71-91 record.

Lineup

1. Chase Headley, LF
2. Jason Bartlett, SS
3. David Freese, 3B
4. Derrek Lee, 1B
5. Kyle Blanks, RF
6. Will Venable, CF
7. Nick Hundley, C
8. Logan Forsyth, 2B

Starting Rotation

1. Jake Peavy
2. Mat Latos
3. Tim Stauffer
4. Wade LeBlanc
5. Cory Luebke

Bullpen

Closer - Shawn Camp
Set up - Brandon Gomes, Cesar Ramos, Ryan Webb, Josh Spence, Ernesto Frieri
Long - David Pauley, Anthony Bass

Notable Bench Players

Xavier Nady, George Kottaras

What's Good?

The bullpen may not have a guy that comes in and records a ton of saves, but there are some decent arms to get between the starters to the closer. The rotation isn't terrible -- it's not great, but it's not terrible, and pitching at Petco just about any rotation is going to be at least OK.

What's Not?

Like the real Padres, that lineup isn't going to put up a whole lot of runs. The Padres haven't had an easy time figuring out how to score runs at Petco, no matter where the players come from. Lee would have helped much more in the past than in 2011, and playing at Petco wouldn't have helped him, either. While Bartlett and Lee are good defenders, the rest of this group could struggle, especially with Headley back in the outfield and Veneble in center.  

Comparison to real 2011

Finishing 71-91, the Padres weren't great, but they were probably better than this product. The rotation would hinge on Peavy's health. Peavy managed 18 starts for the White Sox, going 7-7 with a 4.92 ERA. There's no telling what his record would be with the Padres, considering the team's offensive woes, but his ERA would have been lower. Overall, this team isn't scaring anyone and while the record may be different with this team, its place in the standings would likely be the same.

Up next: Minnesota Twins

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Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 12:42 pm
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Since: Nov 26, 2011
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Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 7:54 am
 

Homegrown Team: San Diego Padres

I can't wait until there is real news on actual real teams, and not this hypothetical nonsense which somehow has lead to comments about WWII, which had nothing to do about sports.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Homegrown Team: San Diego Padres

He just did the Yanks and they suck.  Or are more middle of the pack.

http://eye-on-baseball.blogs.cbsspo



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468353

I like this series.  It is fun and gives some fans with very strong opinions about these issues a little knowledge.


Yeah because the lineup of Cano Jeter Gardner Tabata Montero Austin Jackson and Melky else  is just bad and the rotation of Kennedy Nova Hughes (with Hughes healthy) Wang Karstens and the bullpen anchored by Mo with names like Robertson Axford Joba and Coke yeah they just stink... this lteam is better then the Twins who pride themselves on their farm.... (of course I'll get reamed for this) but if we are going to go on about here and now Morneau isn't what he used to be and their rotation still stinks... and as far as offensively... Yankees with Cano Montero have the power and Jeter who can get hits and Melky with a blend of power and speed and Gardner and Tabata as their speed guys... not as bad as noted by you or author....



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 6:18 pm
 

Homegrown Team: San Diego Padres

with homegrown talent, im taking the indians and rays in the al to fight it out...



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: November 25, 2011 4:49 pm
 

Homegrown Team: San Diego Padres

rays are going to be fun... dec. 8




Since: Dec 9, 2009
Posted on: November 25, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Homegrown Team: San Diego Padres

I would like to see Tampa Bay. It's teams like that with so many 1 round draft picks over the years that would look great.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Homegrown Team: San Diego Padres

I think them the Yankees and possibly the Sox are up there... I mean Pedroia Lester Youk Masterson Hanley (Whoa) Bucholz Papplebon Bard... and that is off the top of my head..
He just did the Yanks and they suck.  Or are more middle of the pack.

http://eye-on-baseball.blogs.cbsspo

rts.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22297882/33

468353

I like this series.  It is fun and gives some fans with very strong opinions about these issues a little knowledge.



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:29 am
 

Homegrown Team: San Diego Padres

Ha ha ... discussing the San Diego draft history in conjunction with Hitler's war strategy ... it's interesting.
I'm a big Zhukov fan, though ... and I think he's the Soviet "cleanup hitter."

My point was that Rosecrans managed to find a loophole on the success of the team ... the all-unforgiving "depends on his health" caveat.

Every single team in this hypothetical series has that to work with, esp. pitching.

I can't wait for somebody to bring up the Brock-for-Broglio trade again.




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Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:11 am
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