2021 Spring Training: San Diego Padres Going for It All

The San Diego Padres rocked the baseball world last season. They were known as the “Slam Diego” Padres. San Diego is going to be the most fun team to watch in the MLB this upcoming regular season, despite being in a very small market.

The Padres have one of the best farm systems in all of baseball and San Diego has made tons of moves over the past several years. Jayce Tingler will be entering his second season as the San Diego Padres manager.

A.J. Preller is the current general manager for the San Diego Padres. He has done a tremendous job with San Diego up to this point and has been with them since 2014.

They are looking to compete with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the National League West crown this season. San Diego doesn’t have to worry much about the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, or San Francisco Giants in the National League West this upcoming regular season.

Los Angeles will be one of the favorites to win the World Series again this season, but people will also be placing bets on San Diego to potentially win the World Series as well here.

Starting Pitching

Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, Dinelson Lamet, Joe Musgrove, and Chris Paddack will be the starting pitchers. Mike Clevinger is currently on the 60-day disabled list.

Darvish played with the Chicago Cubs last season and he was one of the best pitchers in baseball last season. Snell played with the Tampa Bay Rays last season. He lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series last season. Blake Snell was yanked from game 6 in the sixth-inning after mowing down batters and having a 1-0 lead and manager Kevin Cash regretted the move.

Clevinger will be back at some point this season. He was acquired in a trade a couple of years ago from the Cleveland Indians.

Paddack also has the potential to be one of the best pitchers in all of baseball and starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore is still waiting in the wings in the farm system for the San Diego Padres.

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Drew Pomeranz (projected closer), Emilio Pagan (second closer), Matt Strahm, Mark Melancon, and Pierce Johnson will be the projected bullpen for the San Diego Padres.

Around the Diamond

(C) Austin Nola, (1B) Eric Hosmer, (2B) Jake Cronenworth, (3B) Manny Machado, (SS) Fernando Tatis Jr., (LF) Tommy Pham, (CF) Trent Grisham, and (RF) Wil Myers.

Jurickson Profar will be the designated hitter when the San Diego Padres play in American League ballparks. Brian O’Grady will be a key backup outfielder.

Hosmer is going to be one of the best first baseman in the MLB this season.

Tatis Jr. signed a 14-year deal worth $340 million in the offseason as a contract extension. He is one of the most electrifying players in all of baseball. Fernando Tatis Jr.’s future looks bright in the MLB.

Machado has the potential to hit 30-45 home runs again this season. He is the heartbeat of the San Diego Padres. Manny Machado is one of the most talented players in the MLB.

Myers is also another power hitter in the lineup. He has a chance to have a very strong season also. Wil Myers is also a threat to hit the ball out of the ballpark anytime he steps up to the plate.

Key Dates

Sunday, February 28th: Spilt squad opening spring training games against the Seattle Mariners.

Thursday, April 1st: Opening day at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Friday, April 9th: Road opener against the Texas Rangers.

Do you think the San Diego Padres will make a deep playoff run this season or no? Leave a comment below.

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