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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What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional?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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Comments

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:05 am
 

Homegrown Team: San Diego Padres

"yet still well behind the russians. if you subtract american and britian from WWII the germans would still fall well behind the russians."

Spoken like a true russophile, but very debatable.  Had Germany not invaded France in 1940, and later Czecholslovakia in March of 1941 they would have started operation Barbarossa in March instead of June and instead of winter stalling the German advance all the major cities in Russia would have fallen.  Even with that error, had Hitler not separated his forces it is probable the initial attack would have knocked Russia out of the war prior to the end of 1941.  I would agree that once the initial attack stalled the German advance was unlikely to succeed, however what impact forces in Africa and Western Europe would have had in the Spring of 1942, had they been available, is debatable.

Nice to see that the Padres arent only bad because of their payroll, they also cant draft.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 5:22 am
 

Homegrown Team: San Diego Padres

Don't forget to add Josh Hamilton to that Rays lineup...even if he didn't play a game for them.



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 4:14 am
 

Homegrown Team: San Diego Padres

If you subtracted the U.S. Navy from World War II, it's a sure bet the Japanese might have finished higher in the standings.
yet still well behind the russians. if you subtract american and britian from WWII the germans would still fall well behind the russians. 



Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2011 11:23 pm
 

Homegrown Team: San Diego Padres

Just wait until you see the Jays lineup, it will make any Jays fan sick that so few are still with the team. From Michael Young to Brandon League, Shawn Marcum, Aaron Hill, there are just too many to mention. Wonder why the Jays havent seen the playoffs since they won in 1993? Too cheap to pay any of these guys.



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 10:46 pm
 

Homegrown Team: San Diego Padres

I'd take the Jays' starters, too, but my point was that the Royals have a hell of a lineup there. And Greinke isn't Halladay, but he's still of hell of a pitcher.




Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2011 10:39 pm
 

Homegrown Team: San Diego Padres

Personally i'd take the Jays top 3 starters over KC. Halladay, Carpenter and Romero.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Homegrown Team: San Diego Padres

The Rangers should end up dominating this hypothetical series.

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... as much as the Yankees and Sox get bashed their lineups are very good "home" grown... so the "dominating" isn't gonna be done by any real team... maybe the Rays... seeing they get all kinds of picks and all kind of chances... Jennings Crawford Kazmir Shields Price Jorge Cantu who came up as a 2B and was a 25 HR threat at that position...  BJ Upton who played SS as well as OF Longoria... so honestly as much as you think the Rangers would "dominate" the Rays would but based on trades they get for draft picks and based on the lesser picks the Yanks and Sox do very well... but the Rangers are very good as well...



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Homegrown Team: San Diego Padres

Or the Royals: Rotation would be weak at the back end, but you'd have Grienke, Hochevar, and Duffy. The lineup would have Gordon in left, Butler/Damon at DH, Moustakas at 3B, Beltran in Center or Right, Hosmer at first, Giavotella or Aviles or Mark Ellis at second, DeJesus/Maier in center or right. Bullpen has Crow, Howell, Greg Holland, Louis Coleman.



Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2011 7:47 pm
 

Homegrown Team: San Diego Padres

The Rangers should end up dominating this hypothetical series.



Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 7:39 pm
 

Homegrown Team: San Diego Padres

Calm down JohnU...that's why it's all a HYPOTHETICAL.


I for one think this is an interesting little exercise.  Put simply, I'd rather read this than any news about the NBA Lockout. 


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