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RF Will Venable
Biggest Surprise: RF Will Venable
A fringe starter at best entering the season, Will Venable hit a subpar .224/.268/.423 in the first half. However, for lack of a better option, he retained his starting job in the second half.
It was a good thing the San Diego Padres stuck with him.
His numbers improved to .315/.357/.549 with 11 home runs and 13 steals after the All-Star break, and he emerged as the Padres' top offensive threat. That earned him a modest two-year, $8.5 million extension in early September, and he'll look to duplicate that success over a full season in 2014.
Biggest Disappointment: 3B Chase Headley
Speaking of big second-half production, Padres fans won't soon forget the second half that Chase Headley put together in 2012.
After a modest first half on par with his career numbers, Headley exploded for a .308/.386/.592 line with 23 home runs and 73 RBI after the All-Star break.
A hot commodity on the trade market last offseason, the Padres opted to hold on to him, and in hindsight, that looks to have been the wrong move. A disappointing 2013 significantly lowered his stock, and now the free-agent-to-be enters a contract year.
The Padres are no doubt hoping he can regain some of his value between Opening Day and the July 31 trade deadline.