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What has to happen for us to be competitive in 2020?

Quote from MrPadre19 on December 29, 2019, 6:48 pm

Yep.....let Naylor hit .375 in AAA then trade him to the AL.

I like the kid....his intensity and enthusiasm......but he just doesn’t fit this team right now and his value is in a trade.

 

Or a NL team that needs a 1B on the cheap ... would not total discount that option.

I think after Pham/Davies/Pomz/Johnson/Profar/Cronesworth trade/FA signings... And Richards/Lamet starting (vs Captain Vicious /Strahm/Mitchell/Perdomo) From day one.. This teamnas is ..is .500+ 83-85 W's (health obviously a major factor)

 

As far as being legit WC contenders I think Mejia and Franchy hold the key internally .. Externally a SP and a Big Bat (at C/OF/or 2B) would make us so much better with Brew Crew retooling a bit I can see the WC spots coming down to Phillie/Reds/Stlouis/AZ/Mets and us..

I just don’t see France,Garcia and Cronenworth all making the 26 man roster.

 

Quote from fenn68 on December 29, 2019, 9:38 pm

Has everyone written off France as a RHH option to PH and 1B option v. LHP? Maybe only one reserve OF and 3 reserve INF?

Pham - Margot / Grisham (L) - Myers

Machado - Tatis - Profar (#) - Hosmer (L) ... Garcia (L) - France - Cronenworth (L)

Mejia (#) - Hedges

Hopefully the new regime keeps a more consistent line-up and Pham, Myers, Machado, Tatis, Profar, Hosmer get steady employment but even then their is a need to “rest” players during the season or cover a minor (non injury list) injury.

At least Cronenworth appears to have the chance to provide some legit SS back-up along with 2B and maybe in ST work in emergency OF/3B and a LH bat. France is the best RHH bench option and should cover 3B/1B. Garcia (L) has some INF and emergency OF to go with a decent experienced PH bat.

Better off with Naylor (L) and Cordero (L) in AAA getting reps and hopefully developing  rather than the 5th OF and a few PH shots. Have them on speed dial as call-up if needed. Think the entire proposed bench has minor league options ... maybe gathering the best bench players now makes more sense than having better young prospects languishing there.

I like the approach.

With the addition of Profar and Cronenworth and the versatility of France as you mentioned, not sure Garcia is needed anymore though. Profar and Garcia seem redundant.

Does Arias move to AAA?

Quote from onlypads on December 30, 2019, 4:52 am
Quote from fenn68 on December 29, 2019, 9:38 pm

Has everyone written off France as a RHH option to PH and 1B option v. LHP? Maybe only one reserve OF and 3 reserve INF?

Pham - Margot / Grisham (L) - Myers

Machado - Tatis - Profar (#) - Hosmer (L) ... Garcia (L) - France - Cronenworth (L)

Mejia (#) - Hedges

Hopefully the new regime keeps a more consistent line-up and Pham, Myers, Machado, Tatis, Profar, Hosmer get steady employment but even then their is a need to “rest” players during the season or cover a minor (non injury list) injury.

At least Cronenworth appears to have the chance to provide some legit SS back-up along with 2B and maybe in ST work in emergency OF/3B and a LH bat. France is the best RHH bench option and should cover 3B/1B. Garcia (L) has some INF and emergency OF to go with a decent experienced PH bat.

Better off with Naylor (L) and Cordero (L) in AAA getting reps and hopefully developing  rather than the 5th OF and a few PH shots. Have them on speed dial as call-up if needed. Think the entire proposed bench has minor league options ... maybe gathering the best bench players now makes more sense than having better young prospects languishing there.

I like the approach.

With the addition of Profar and Cronenworth and the versatility of France as you mentioned, not sure Garcia is needed anymore though. Profar and Garcia seem redundant.

Does Arias move to AAA?

Miller is probably the AAA SS (he still is a legit prospect for the middle INF given the quick ascent to AA last season). Arias in AA is fine to start 2020 ... remember Tatis made the jump bypassing AAA.

I agree with most that team's internal improvement/health has already improved them to .500 level... but to really "be competitive"

  1.  Tatis has to stay on field
  2.  Biggest addition would be a #1-2 capable high OBP hitter shifting Tatis & Machado to #3-4, Hosmer/Myers to #5, etc
  3.  MLB SP has to stay healthy especially first 2-3 months before Cavalry starts arriving from AA (they are inning limited too)
  4. Myers, Hosmer, & 2B have to improve collectively offensively.
Quote from MrPadre19 on December 30, 2019, 3:36 am

I just don’t see France,Garcia and Cronenworth all making the 26 man roster.

 

Agree.  Especially on a team where SS & 3B are going to start 155 games each.  Only way you go with only 1 INF or OF on bench would be if every position were locked down by an everyday regular AND 1 of the 3 INF/OF were OF/INF capable.  Our roster right now looks like CF & 2B are LH/RH platoons

Roster likely to change more, but as of today:   Primary starters:  Mejia, Garcia (vs RHP), Grisham CF (vs RHP)

Bench:  Hedges, Profar (S), France (first crack at 1B vs LHP?), Margot, Naylor (L)

(with Cronenworth...)  not sure Garcia is needed anymore though. Profar and Garcia seem redundant.

No, opposite sides of a platoon...  Profar <.200 vs RHP, >.300 vs LHP.  LH Garcia better vs RH...

Cronenworth could supplant Garcia though.  And will at least supplant Profar next year.

 

If the season was to start tomorrow,  I would approach the 26 man roster the following way to make us most competitive.

Vs RHSP - Machado, Tatis, Garcia, Hosmer, Pham, Grisham, and Myers.  Leaving France, Profar, and Margot on the bench.

Vs LSHP - Machado, Tatis, Profar, France, Pham, Margot, and Myers. Leaving a bench of Hosmer, Grisham, Garcia.

Catcher I think I might approach it this way, since Hedges kind of goes against normal platooning numbers and hits RHP slightly better, with more power, than LGP. Hedges starts on the days that Richards and Paddock start as long as SD is facing a RHSP. Then start Mejia when Luchessi, Lamet, and Davies is starting, and Mejia starts against all LHSPs.

SPs - Richards, Luchessi, Paddack, Davies, and Lamet. I would start them in this order, since it would change the look from day to day. Luchessi and Davies split up the hard throwing RHSPs. I think Richards is the Opening Day starter in respect to his MLB tenure and age. I think Paddack is probably as good or maybe even better, just my opinion of what happens.

Bull pen - Yates, Pomerantz, Munoz, Strahm, Castillo, Perdomo, Guerra, and Bednar. With Quantrill ready for needed innings behind either Lamet or Richards.

That gives SD 14 pitchers, but I think they get away with it listing Guerra as a two way player. If not, switch Cronenworth with either Bednar or Perdomo.

I think Morejon and Baez start in the MiLs to stretch out as starters, think AA better pitching environment. I think Naylor, Cronenworth, and Cordero all start in AAA, based on the rules for pitchers for Cronenworth.

If the season started today my 26 man would look like this;

5 OF Pham, Margot, Grisham, Myers, Cordero

2 C Mejia, Hedges

6 INF Machado, Tatis, Profar, Hosmer, Garcia, Quiroz

Starting rotation Paddack, Richards, Joey, Lamet, Davies

Bullpen Yates, Pomeranz, Strahm, Castillo, Munoz, Quantrill,  Bednar, Guerra