Fantasy Baseball 2013: San Diego Padres Fantasy Standouts
With spring-training games in full force, if you're like me, you've probably mock drafted, analyzed and are close to prepared for your 2013 fantasy draft.
Trout, Braun, Cabrera, Pujols—who to take first?
One thing's for sure; the Padres have a few noteworthy names to consider when drafting your team this year.
Here's a look at a few of them...
The obvious top pick for the Padres—third baseman Chase Headley.
Headley had an awesome season in 2012, winning both Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards, had a .286/.376/.498 slash line, 31 home runs, 17 stolen bases led the league in RBI (115) and was National League Player of the Month in both August and September.
Though his Gold Glove won't put many points on the board, his bat should put up some decent numbers in 2013.
Will he repeat or increase his numbers from last season? Probably not.
But you can count on him putting up solid numbers for your team.
If he can stay healthy, Carlos Quentin could prove to be the biggest under-the-radar pick on the Padres lineup.
While Quentin has suffered from injuries nearly his entire major league career, in just about a half season last year, he hit .261 with 21 doubles, 16 home runs and 46 RBI in just 284 at-bats. He also had an .877 OPS—the second-highest of his career.
While his average may not impress, he should definitely drive in his fair share of runners hitting behind Chase Headley and can certainly hit the long ball. That is, if he can just stay healthy.
The San Diego bullpen features one of the most underrated closers in Huston Street.
If Street can stay healthy, he's a lock to close 35-40 games with a low ERA—even with the new field dimensions at Petco Park.
And though his season was cut short in 2012, he still managed a 1.85 ERA, a 0.72 WHIP and had 23 saves in 40 games.
You may not see him put up Craig Kimbrel numbers, but he could be a solid late-round addition to your team.
Assuming Everth Cabrera outright wins the starting shortstop job this spring, the 2012 National League stolen base leader can be a good pick late in your draft.
At this point, I don't see how he can't win the job unless PED allegations come up during spring training.
The stolen base leader also had 19 doubles, but only a .246 batting average in 398 at-bats.
If he can only learn to hit for average, Cabrera can be a huge sleeper pick in your draft and provide a high run and stolen base total for your team.
Sleeper Pick: Jedd Gyorko
You guessed it...
If Jedd Gyorko hits the way he did in the minors, he will certainly be the sleeper pick of the draft and will certainly be in competition for the National League Rookie of the Year Award
Gyorko has the resume and the bat to win the starting second base job this season with the Padres.
His first hit of the spring was a grand slam in the first inning of the first game, and he hit another shot today that was a no-doubter right off the bat. Gyoko could turn some heads in the National League West and become the best final pick you made in your fantasy lineup this year.