The San Diego Padres lineup is surprisingly weak though the organization has been around for 51 years. They have two great bats in the lineup in Tony Gwynn and Dave Winfield but the rest leaves a lot to be desired. They’re likely to be the only lineup across all 30 teams to have a rookie and don’t have much talent elsewhere. Perhaps to most impressive name on this list besides the two superstars is their manager, Bruce Bochy.
1. Tony Gwynn, RF (L)
2. Gene Richards, LF (L)
3. Dave Winfield, CF (R)
4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B (L)
5. Chase Headley, 3B (S)
6. Fernando Tatis Jr., SS (R)
7. Bip Roberts, 2B (S)
7. Gene Tenace, C (R)
9. Jake Peavy, P (R)
Manager: Bruce Bochy
1977-80: 233 Runs, 68 HR, 239 RBI, 17 SB, .237 BA/.403 OBP/.422 SLG
Originally drafted by Oakland, Gene Tenace came to the Padres already on the decline of his career. He had a great eye at the plate and power though wasn’t the best hitter for average. While he only played a few seasons for San Diego, Tenance was a stable defensive backstop and provided a steady presence in the lineup. While he didn’t do much for the Padres, Tenance did retire with 4 World Series rings and was awarded World Series MVP in 1972.
Honorable Mentions: Terry Kennedy, Benito Santiago
2006-10: 464 Runs, 161 HR, 501 RBI, 1 SB, .288 BA/.374 OBP/.514 SLG
Before joining Boston and Los Angeles in their playoff runs in the early 2010s, Adrian Gonzalez was one of the best Padres players in their team history. He had great power from the left hand side of the box and was selected to 3 All Star games during his eight year run with the team. Defense wasn’t a problem either as Gonzalez captured back-to-back Gold Gloves and always rated as an above average first baseman. He provides power to the Padres lineup in the middle of the lineup.
Honorable Mentions: Phil Nevin, Ryan Klesko, Fred McGriff
1986-91: 378 Runs, 20 HR, 169 RBI, 148 SB, .270 BA/.338 OBP/.421 SLG
This is where the positions start getting a bit thin. The Padres have yet to have a good second baseman throughout their franchise as they missed their best chance in the late 1980s. In 1985, Roberto Alomar signed as an amateur free agent with the San Diego who flipped him, along with Joe Carter, to Toronto. While that deal played huge dividends for the Blue Jays who saw Alomar become a Hall of Famer and Carter become a World Series hero, San Diego finished worse than they had before the trade. Bip Roberts is the pick at second and provides some speed and contact ability. He doesn’t have a lot of pop in the bat but hit contact ability and defense will keep him in the lineup.
Honorable Mentions: Roberto Alomar, Mark Loretta
Fernando Tatis Jr.
2019: 61 Runs, 22 HR, 53 RBI, 16 SB, .317 BA/.379 OBP/.590 SLG
This is a very controversial pick though and I wouldn’t blame anyone for disagreeing with me. The Padres best all time option is Garry Templeton who amassed a 10.1 career WAR with the Padres in ten seasons. He would seem like the obvious pick here but never really did anything special that this San Diego lineups needs to win. Instead, we’ll go with 2019 breakout star and likely the 2nd place in the NL Rookie of the Year voting, Fernando Tatis Jr. He already has a career 4.2 WAR despite missing the rest of the season and looks to be the future of the Padres organization. The shortstop has great numbers in his first year and obvious potential pick for the future.
Honorable Mentions:Garry Templeton, Ozzie Smith, Khalil Greene
2007-14, 18: 879 Runs, 87 HR, 405 RBI, 73 SB, .263 BA/.344 OBP/.405 SLG
Before leaving San Diego and struggling with the Yankees, Chase Headley had a career season in 2012 and was an anchor for some bad Padres teams. The switch hitting third baseman was a steady bat in the middle of the lineup and an average glove at the hot corner. His versatility from both sides of the plate makes him an attractive bat for the lineup though his success at the major league level was inconsistent and ultimately, unsustainable.
Honorable Mentions: Ken Caminiti
1977-83: 484 Runs, 26 HR, 251 RBI, 242 SB, .291 BA/.357 OBP/.387 SLG
While Gene Richards’ career was short lived, he proved to be a fairly efficient player for San Diego and should have no problem hitting near the top of the lineup. He had a knack for hitting and consistently stole 20 or more bases for the club.He ranked as an average defender out in left field though definitely capable of handling the position. The Padres team will be relying on Richards to hit right behind Gwynn to add another steals threat atop the order.
Honorable Mentions: Nate Colbert, Carmelo Martinez
1973-80: 599 Runs, 154 HR, 626 RBI, 133 SB, .284 BA/.357 OBP/.464 SLG
While he was mainly a right fielder and at times in left field, Dave Winfield will be slotted in center for San Diego. During his time there, Winfield became one of their best all around bats in the lineup. He could hit for average, power, and steal double digit bags per season. He’s without a doubt one of the most versatile players in the lineup and fits right into the middle of the order. He was a four time All Star and won back-to-back Gold Gloves before leaving the Padres to play for the Yankees. There, he would continue his impressive career and finished with 12 All Star appearances in his lifetime.
Honorable Mentions: Kevin McReynolds, Will Venable
1982-01: 1,383 Runs, 135 HR, 1,138 RBI, 319 SB, .338 BA/.388 OBP/.459 SLG
By far the most storied player in Padres history, Tony Gwynn will be the lock for patrolling right field. He spent the entirety of his 20 year career with San Diego and was one of their best ever players. He had great steal numbers throughout his tenure and was a great hitting machine. He led the league in hits in seven seasons and batting average eight times. While he might not be a huge power threat or source of RBIs, Gwynn is sure to provide a great on base percentage and should fit nicely atop the lineup.
Honorable Mentions: Brian Giles, Chris Denorfia
2002-09: 92-68 Record, 3.29 ERA, 9.0 K/9, 2.9 BB/9
While Trevor Hoffman is the most storied San Diego pitcher, the pick here is former starter Jake Peavy. The pitcher had a breakout season in 2007 and captured the Cy Young award that season. However, his success as a Padre would be short lived as he would go 10-11 the following year and traded during the 2009 campaign. At his best, Peavy was a very reliable pitcher that could hit the 200 inning threshold every season. He had good strikeout numbers though was sometimes vulnerable to the home run ball.
Honorable Mentions: Trevor Hoffman, Andy Ashby, Andy Benes
Bruce Bochy is the man for the job here though his legacy is more linked to the San Francisco Giants franchise. However, they already have another man at the helm which greatly benefits the Padres in this case. The future Hall of Fame manager is currently in his final season at the helm for the Giants and has one of the most amazing managerial pedigrees ever. He currently ranks 11th in career wins though he’s got a chance to crack the top 10 by season’s end. With San Diego, he won Manager of the Year in 1996 and the best season of Padres baseball in 1998.
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