Though I loathe the phrase, the San Diego Padres really are in a “rebuilding phase.” They failed to make a huge splash this offseason, despite rumors they would land either a star pitcher or outfielder. Thus, San Diego fans, you’re predestined for another lackluster year, yet be optimistic towards the future.
Unless the Padres can pull of the much talked about miracle season rivaling the 2012 Oakland A’s or Baltimore Orioles, the Padres will most likely finish fourth or fifth in the NL West. I can’t see the SF Giants or Dodgers relinquishing their one to two strangleholds on the division, and I think it’s extremely optimistic to assume they’ll finish higher than the Diamondbacks or Rockies. Sorry fellow Padre fans.
However, what can we as fans look forward to?
Well, the future looks pretty good actually. MinorLeagueBall.com just ranked the Padres farm system sixth in the league in their annual rankings.
Unless otherwise noted, all statistics come from Baseball-Reference.