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Age in 2018: 31
Last season, center fielder Cameron Maybin would have been a clear-cut choice for the Padres, but a disastrous 2012 season leaves his future in doubt.
Instead, I expect one of the two hitters the team got from the Reds for Mat Latos last offseason—catcher Yasmani Grandal and first baseman Yonder Alonso—to emerge as the team's star.
Alonso get the nod here, as Grandal will serve a 50-game PED suspension to kick off this season, and he still has some distance to go in developing to his full potential.
As the everyday first baseman last season, Alonso hit .273 BA, 9 HR, and 62 RBI. Perhaps the most telling stat was his 39 doubles, as one would imagine that at least a handful of those will turn into home runs in the years to come. He won't be a top-tier first baseman, but a .300 BA, 25 HR, 100 RBI season is certainly within reach.