San Diego Padres: Predicting the First 4 Prospects to Earn a Promotion in 2013

Gary OusdahlCorrespondent IIApril 4, 2013

San Diego Padres: Predicting the First 4 Prospects to Earn a Promotion in 2013

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    Two games into the 2013 season and the Padres are already off to a shaky start and an 0-and-2 record.

    Our staff "aces," Edinson Volquez and Clayton Richard, have been absolutely shelled in their initial outings and our offense doesn't look to be fairing much better.

    So what should the Padres do to improve pitching and get more runs on the board?

    Sure they're only two games into the new season, but it's not too early to start thinking of a few minor leaguers that could be appropriate to call up to help this Padre team get back on course.

    Let's take a peek at some guys who could make an immediate impact with the team hopefully sooner than later.  

Robbie Erlin

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    The most pressing need and the most questionable area for the Padres right now is starting pitching.

    As a fan, I've never been so questioning about our current rotation; since the Padres didn't do much about adding to the staff during the offseason, they might as well turn to the system before our team ERA spirals out of control.

    One guy who I have always liked and felt should be given a fighting chance to earn a spot in the rotation is left-handed pitcher Robbie Erlin.

    He's not the most overpowering pitcher, but his command of the strike zone with his three major league-ready pitches makes him a valuable commodity to the Padres.

    I would expect to see Erlin starting games for the Padres in the very near future if the rotation continues to struggle early on.  

Brad Boxberger

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    Okay, Brad Boxberger didn't have the best spring training stats for the Padres this year, but why he's starting the season in the minors after pitching so well for the team in 2012 is beyond me.  

    No offense, Brad Brach, but Boxberger should have broken camp with the team this season.  Not to mention that Boxberger also had the better spring.  

    With an above-average fastball, a solid changeup, curve and good control, expect to see Boxberger get the call early on in the season should the bullpen struggle.  

Daniel Robertson

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    I've said it before and I'll say it again, Daniel Robertson will turn heads when he is brought up to the big club.

    Robertson has been the model of consistency throughout his minor league career.  He also has the ideal mixture of speed, defense and hitting that would fit in great at Petco Park.

    You probably won't see him hitting double digits in home runs, but he's a solid gap hitter who will hit plenty of doubles, steal a ton of bases and get on base consistently.  

    What are you waiting for, Byrnes?

    The platoon of Chris Denorfia and Max Venable in right needs to be shaken up. Bring up guys that have proven themselves in the minors and show the fans what they can do.

Kevin Quackenbush

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    Quackenbush, like Boxberger, is another guy who can help out the Padres bullpen if injuries or bad performances plague the team.  

    The 6'3", 220-pound righty has a plus fastball and a decent slider.  And as his changeup develops, I can only expect to see bigger and brighter things out of him in the near future.

    Does this mean he'll get the call-up anytime soon?  

    My guess is you probably won't see him anytime before the All-Star break, but his stuff is pretty wicked—and with a little bit more development, Quackenbush should be a mainstay in the Padres bullpen for many years to come.