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Fantasy baseball player profiles: San Diego Padres

Fantasy baseball player profiles: San Diego Padres

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1 Nick Hundley, C, San Diego Padres
2 Yorvit Torrealba, C, San Diego Padres
3 Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, San Diego Padres
4 Chase Headley, 3B/OF, San Diego Padres
5 Everth Cabrera, SS, San Diego Padres
6 Scott Hairston, OF, San Diego Padres
7 Tony Gwynn Jr., OF, San Diego Padres
8 Will Venable, OF, San Diego Padres
9 Kyle Blanks, OF, San Diego Padres
10 Jon Garland, SP, San Diego Padres
11 Kevin Correia, SP, San Diego Padres
12 Chris Young, SP, San Diego Padres
13 Mat Latos, SP, San Diego Padres
14 Mike M. Adams, RP, San Diego Padres
15 Luke Gregerson, RP, San Diego Padres
16 Heath Bell, RP, San Diego Padres

Nick Hundley, C, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
33928779391.227.282.369.651

Line-drive and walk growth helped him, but still has long way to go in terms of BA. Power is Nick Hundley's safest trait. Veteran Yorvit Torrealba could steal ample time. NL-only ... only.


Yorvit Torrealba, C, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Backup who employs stretches of utility. Batting eye bounced back, but line-drive and BABIP explosions certain to come back down, which probably means more power. Rent Yorvit Torrealba during the season if needed.


Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5687216420981.289.347.461.808

Adrian Gonzalez overcame late-season Albert Pujols treatment even when his HR/FB neutralized down the stretch. Problem here: Lack of real support means he'll probably have a full season of more trotting to first. Rebounded flyball percentage and a two-year stretch of elite HR/FB support his chance to approach 40 dingers again, and he's still a top-10 first baseman. However, he has a giant drop-off cloud hanging over him.


Chase Headley, 3B/OF, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
54775143187810.261.355.433.788

Moving back to his natural position might help Chase Headley. Decreasing line-drive rate doesn't help someone who's already average-tortured. However, his walk rate and batting eye improved - so did his flyballs. Drastic splits that favor road games might make him a part-time play, but aerial increase means a few more might leave the yard. He's a decent deep flier pick who has double-digit-steals capability.


Everth Cabrera, SS, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5378014154148.263.333.354.687

The Pads jumped the former Rule 5 pick to the bigs, and Everth Cabrera paid off with speed, his best asset. But what else can he offer? It's unsafe to think he'll keep the job full-time, especially with his undeveloped offensive skills; he's still young. Pads have insurance in Jerry Hairston Jr. Even if you're steals-desperate, overpaying for unpolished thief will hurt your potential, even from a deep mixed middie spot.


Scott Hairston, OF, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
14620337233.226.268.438.706

Normally a platoon-split commodity, the righty-hitting Scott Hairston clubbed most of his homers against his handedness. The BA divergence will keep him as a complement to Tony Gwynn Jr., but if the unstable Gwynn becomes replaceable, the Pads have seen what Hairston can do. A handy part-timer for NL drafters.


Tony Gwynn Jr., OF, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
192214601310.240.281.302.583

Tony Gwynn Jr., expected to platoon with Scott Hairston, has seen his steals growth affixed to an increase in playing time - a great sign for NL-only outfield seekers. That's his most certain contribution, so plan accordingly if you need to use him.


Will Venable, OF, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
51473129185822.251.304.440.744

Will Venable needs more exposure to left-handers, which give him trouble. Showed positive signs last season (AB/HR), but much of that came during a hot streak. Poor batting eye tempers hope for growth in strike-zone control for the near future. Keep tabs in deep mixed; he's an OK stab as a No. 5 NL outfielder.


Kyle Blanks, OF, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
14717375191.252.323.401.724

Kyle Blanks wasted no time proving power is his skills baseline. Walk rate is high, but unfortunately batting eye is not. His flyballs might not be that productive at PETCO Park long term, but he hit more out at home last year. Bench material in deep leagues due to his not-yet-developed plate discipline, with upside due to pop.


Jon Garland, SP, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Jon Garland eats innings through groundballs. Adding a cutter helped. His skills show no sign of growing despite his new pitch, though. His value comes from wins, which the Pads aren't keen on. NL drafters should keep him on their end-game list.


Kevin Correia, SP, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
901701978542904.501.41

Improved balance from adjusted mechanics helped jack up Kevin Correia's groundball rate and increase his strand rate. Flyballs have dropped in three straight years. Pitches to contact but is in one of the best parks for that. A suitable midrange NL-only hurler. Just don't count on 12 wins again.


Chris Young, SP, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
2030291413214.201.40

More injuries contributed to tanked velocity. Reports are good from Spring Training, and his K's should return to respectability if Chris Young can return to the field. Health risk will keep him in late rounds, which might be the perfect time to pounce in deeps as a last pick.


Mat Latos, SP, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
12018617070491683.391.18

Rotation spot likely. Was fast-tracked and jumped over Triple-A before debut stint last year. Pads shut him down late in the season to preserve him. Displayed promising dominance considering his hurried program. Flyball rate disconcerting even with him pitching at PETCO Park. Typical rookie bumps, including control, shouldn't discourage you from making him an upside pick in the late stanzas of deep mixed.


Mike M. Adams, RP, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
2141361618363.511.32

Too bad Mike M. Adams can't stay healthy. Since he added a cutter in '08, he has been lights out with outstanding jumps in dominance. His low strand rate from last year says even lower ratios possible, but that isn't likely. A LIMA rental in deeps. 


Luke Gregerson, RP, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
4365592319583.181.20

Luke Gregerson's closer-type skills became prominent part of 'pen last season. Possibility of a Heath Bell trade makes Gregerson an intriguing speculation. At base level, Gregerson is a valuable LIMA reliever in mixed leagues.


Heath Bell, RP, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3265602620693.601.23

In first year as closer Heath Bell increased dominance while improving his control. The righty also knocked his grounders back up. Bell's homer rate jumped in the second half. The other detriment to his roto value: trade winds involving his name. This might even cause him to fall. Draft him as a No. 1 closer.