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We at Razzball realize that exporting our views across the country has damaging consequences on the blogosphere. To help make amends, we are reaching out to leading team blogs and featuring their locally blogged answers to pressing 2014 fantasy baseball questions regarding their team. We feel this approach will be fresher, more sustainable, and require less energy consumption (for us anyway). The 2014 Padres Fantasy Baseball Preview comes courtesy of Darklighter from Gaslamp Ball.

1) Cameron Maybin was derailed by injuries to his wrist and knee in 2013. The Padres showed faith in the young centerfielder with a 5-year contract back in 2012. If healthy, what can fantasy players expect out of a full season of at-bats from Maybin, who turns just 27 this April?

You couldn’t have started with an easier question? Maybin might be the single biggest question mark on the Padres’ roster right now. He really struggled in the first half of 2012, but salvaged the season with a solid second half. After missing almost all of last season, bad Cameron Maybin seems more likely to show up than good Cameron Maybin. His defense was great regardless, and I’d expect him to flash some leather again this year despite the knee troubles. His bat means he’ll likely go pretty late in your draft, but I think there’s enough upside with his defense alone to make him worth the pickup. If he gets his bat going, too? You’ll look brilliant.

2) In his rookie season, Jedd Gyorko was second only to Robinson Cano among second basemen with 23 home runs. Even more impressive was that 13 of his homers came at PetCo. Grey has tagged him as a sleeper this year. What should fantasy owners expect from Gyorko in his sophomore season now that he has flashed some of his power?

His first career triple. No, seriously, I think what everyone would like to see out of Gyorko this season is some improved plate discipline. He struck out a lot, but barely walked. Laying off some bad pitches might mean fewer homers in the short term, but in the long run, it’s what he needs to do to be truly exceptional.

3) Andrew Cashner joined the Padres’ rotation in 2013 and pitched quite well. With a K/9 of 6.6, a BB/9 under 3, and a GB% over 50%, he looks like a nice option for my fantasy rotation this year. Do you see him taking another step forward in 2014?

Absolutely. What everybody talked about when Cashner debuted with the Padres was his fastball. And why wouldn’t they? He can throw heaters in the triple digits! But what I think shows that Cashner knows what he’s doing is that he reined it in when he moved from the bullpen to the rotation. He’s moderated himself well enough to pitch deep into the game on a regular basis. The shining example of this is obviously his September 16th start against the Pirates. With only 97 pitches, he flirted with a perfect game, retiring the minimum 27 batters in his complete game shutout. No Padre has ever thrown a no-hitter, but it’s looking like Cashner might be the one. You definitely want him on your team.

4) Everth Cabrera stole 37 bags in just 95 games before his suspension last year. He’s yet to play more than 115 games in the majors. Let’s set the over/under at 55 steals for 2014. What’s your bet and why?

I’ll take the over, hands down. Cabrera led the league in steals in 2012, taking 44 bags in just 115 games. That could have been a fluke, but when you put it next to his performance last season, it’s clear that he’s one of the most talented runners in the game right now. Barring injury, I’d expect him to play 150+ games and steal 60 bases.

5) The Carlos Quentin/Zack Greinke brawl from last April was a classic. Outside of Quentin, which current Padre would you not want to mess with and why?

Kyle Blanks. I know he looks like a gentle giant, and his injury history suggests that he might be a bit fragile, but have you seen him run? Take a look at the inside the park homer he hit in 2009. When the 88 Train is coming down the tracks, the best thing to do is get out of the way.

26 Responses

  1. Jay

    Jay says:
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    Best day ever!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Jay: I thought that was Rex Manning day? Empire Records theme from Sky today. Feel free to ignore him.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Sky: Say no more, mon amour…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ask Siri if yesterday was a holiday

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Unfortch, I have an older model. It’s an iPotato.

  2. Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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    Nice Q and A.

    I’m probably not going to pick-up Maybin for his defense alone in fantasy baseball.

    I’ll give your interviewee the benefit of the doubt, maybe he meant to say speed?

      • The Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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        Mike: A players defense is important. It translates to PT and ABs…

        Maybin is always on my watch list…

        He is one of those players that have been around so long when the magic 27 YO year comes along you forget them

        http://www.scoutingbook.com/27/

        Above is 2013 years list there… Proving – the magic doesn’t always strike. But, it certainly did in a few cases… And so many have been around for quite awhile, it is always quite surprising to me to see they are still that young… I’m old.

        I could see Gyorko being gone even in the 6th round in ESPN – Maybe even 5th in RazzBall – if someone has the hots for him and there is plenty of reason to have the hots for him. He is a certainly a sub 100 player in Razz leagues as he is a Lidless Fav.
        He won’t be on my team for certain because of this…

        • Mike

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          @The Ghost of the Disappeared: agree with you on the defense, Ghost…same boat for Bourjos (see SAGNOF link above). I’m believing less and less in the age 27 thing, but regardless Maybin is still young and entering his prime years. It’s possible he is swinging too far the other direction in terms of perceived value. I still like him, just not investing in anything outside of speed as far as my roto cats go.

          I’m really not sure what to make of Gyorko. 6th feels high, but then again how many second basemen are going to have 25 homer potential?

          Thanks for reading.

    • @Jeff in Southern Indiana: Sorry, fantasy’s not exactly my wheelhouse, so I’m working from a bit of a blind spot. Speed is certainly a big part of Maybin’s game, and he’s very good on the basepaths, too.

  3. Brandon Ragaller says:
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    What are your thoughts on both Josh Johnson and Ian Kennedy having bounce back years in NL only leagues? I like them both for WHIP and ERA’s under 1.3 and 4.00 respectively. Do you?

  4. peter says:
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    Padres keeper question: we’re switching over to Keeper format (10-team, 5×5, ESPN, can keep through 2015 draft), so just keeping one (and wasn’t planning on doing so before last year’s draft):

    Cashner at $5
    Gyorko at $2

    How the question fits into my overall draft strategy:
    I have Cashner slotted in an upside third pitcher tier with Grey/Corbin/Cole, that I’m hoping to hit at $12, max.
    I would hope to get Gyorko for $9 or so, and and if I missed, would pay more for a tier of Altuve/Hill/Zobrist (I think young-guy prices will be inflated this year, as we’re all hyper-conscious of this being our first keeper auction).

    Who to keep? Who has better upside for 2015?

    Bonus Padres: could also keep Cabrera at $5.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @peter: I think you gotta go Gyorko there. At $2, he’s the best value.

      • peter says:
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        @Mike: Thanks!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @peter: no problem

  5. Pochucker says:
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    If my memory serves me right (and I am an old fart) didnt Randy Jones pitch a no-hitter for the Padres?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Pochucker: I cheated and looked it up, but no. Looks like Steve Arlin came the closest with 2 outs and 2 strikes in the ninth in ’72. Chris Young and Andy Ashby also took no-nos into the ninth according to what I found. Kind of nutty…

    • @Pochucker: Sadly, no. The Padres have come extremely close several times, but have never had better than a one-hitter.

  6. gloccamorra says:
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    Yeah, the Padres were jinxed by their first manager Preston Gomez when they had their first chance for a no hitter. The Padres were down 2-1 in the bottom of the 8th when he pulled his starter who had given up 2 runs in the first without a hit and no hits up through the 8th. Gomez said he was trying to win a ball game, but he pinch-hit for the pitcher with two out and nobody on. He saved the pitcher from throwing a no hitter while losing the game, but jinxed the team.

    The Padres also have had nobody hit for the cycle. The closest was Tony Gwynn whose first 3 ABs produced a triple, double and home run. The manager pulled him to rest his sore knee before he could add a single.

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @gloccamorra: yeah, those stupid managers caring about trying to win the most games they can, instead of fill up local fans bucket list for kitsch stats. I’m sure everybody would’ve been much happier had Gwynn gotten a cycle, but missed the next 10 games or more with reinjured knee (these fans may in fact have been happier, i’m not sure)

    • BEASTDOG says:
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      @gloccamorra: Yeah it was Clay Kirby…pinchhitter was Cito Gaston.

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