San Diego has been a team at the bottom of the league for several years now, and the prospects have been piling up. You have Fernando Tatis Jr, Mackenzie Gore, Francisco Mejia, Luis Urias, and Chris Paddack. They already have some younger names like Franmil Reyes and Manuel Margot in the lineup. The offensive side might not be that bad, but the projected starting rotation is not something that fans are looking forward to. Gore is a younger arm, and still a year away, so the 2019 season seems out of the question for him. With more than a strikeout per inning stuff, there is a lot of hype around him. Paddack is in the same boat, with an ETA of 2020, so the rotation is not going to have a big shift in youth just yet, we are about a year away from that. Tatis is the interesting name, but there are some roadblocks for this season. Urias is already in the majors, and will be an infielder likely starting most games, although San Diego might be jumbling around their rotation and roster quite often. 2020 seems like a more logical season for the Padres to get their youth up.
The Eric Hosmer deal was surprising, and he was a bit overpaid for what he brings at the position. When we see guys like Matt Adams and Kendrys Morales performing for much left, you have to wonder why they paid this type of cash for Hosmer. He is never going to be a big home run hitter, and never topped 30 in his career, but put together a strong averaged and always generated across the board. Hosmer hit just .253 last season, and saw a 6% jump in his strikeout rate as well. Some of his peripheral stats can be chalked up to the players around him, but overall his number will need to improve. Of course Hosmer soaking up millions and some San Diego sun without the pressure, things could definitely be worse for him. If some players pick up their play around him, don’t be surprised to see numbers improve for Hosmer for as well.
The bottom barrel rotation has been frustrating from a rebuild standpoint the last few seasons, and there are a few names with some potential. Luis Perdomo has boasted a high groundball rate and done well against right-handed hitters, but lefties have given him trouble. Joey Lucchesi is the highlight name with some strikeout upside for San Diego, and we saw a bit of upside out of him last season when he was healthy. Robbie Erlin made some changes in 2018 that could give him an edge heading into 2019, but he is not a name that stands out to many.