Chase Headley Is Poised To Have a Breakout Season

Jarred PowellCorrespondent IApril 5, 2010

PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 08:  Chase Headley #7 of the San Diego Padres runs the bases after hitting a homerun during a Spring Training game against the Colorado Rockies on March 8, 2010 at Peoria Stadium in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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Spring training is where a player in a certain sport gets back to playing shape. When preseason games are being played, the players only play half of the games. Chase Headley looks almost in midseason shape. He led the majors this spring with 21 runs batted in. 

“It’s more a credit to how guys have gotten on and how we’ve run the bases. I like the way the lineup shapes up, top to bottom,” said Headley, who batted .298 for the spring.

He is the leading candidate to have a breakout season for the San Diego Padres. His bat can help give Adrian Gonzalez the needed support to make the team a contender in the National League West. 

He will start the season at third baseman and batting fifth in the line-up. 

Last season, he hit .262 with 31 doubles, 12 home runs, 64 runs batted in with a .342 on-base percentage. 

With three prospects playing third base, Headley will have pressure to produce or he could be moving to a different team.