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5 PADRES

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ENEMY LINES

A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP SAN DIEGO

I love what they're doing. Players are going to come there in the next few years and the team is going to be really tough.... Eric Hosmer is a baller. He wears his emotions on his sleeve, he plays the game hard. They couldn't have hung their hat on a better guy.... Bringing in Hosmer takes the pressure off Wil Myers. He helped start the rebuilding process, now just let him go out and ball.... They still don't have a rotation you can trust. They're looking for more command from Dinelson Lamet, but it's just an unknown. They'll need some of the vets to help out.... Manuel Margot is the prototypical leadoff hitter. He's a plus defender, he hits gap-to-gap, he's got some power, and he creates havoc on the bases.... Hunter Renfroe is a difference-maker with his power. He reminds me of Jethro Bodine from The Beverly Hillbillies.... The minor league system is ridiculously talented. Their top prospect, Fernando Tatis Jr. is a star in the making. When he matures, he'll be in the class of [Carlos] Correa and [Francisco] Lindor. Margot is ready. Franchy Cordero looks great.... Andy Green is a grinder, that's why he's able to relate to players.... It's a process—.500 is a realistic goal. It'll be fun watching this organization over the next three or four years.

THE PAYOFF PITCH

It's a development year in San Diego, as the team waits for top prospects MacKenzie Gore, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Luis Urias to work their way through the farm system. If you're looking for something fun to watch in the meantime, look out to centerfield, where Manuel Margot is probably making a play right now. Margot hit .263 with 13 homers and 17 steals as a rookie, but that was gravy on top of his fantastic range in center. Margot can fly, and that speed means outs. Range-based metrics pegged Margot as a top four centerfielder in the National League in 2017, despite playing just 123 games at that position. He's the best glove man on what will be a much-improved Padres defense this season.

OVER / UNDER

69.5

A team to buy, the Padres made clear upgrades (Eric Hosmer) and should see growth from Dinelson Lamet, Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe.

THE LINEUP

1. CENTERFIELD

Manuel Margot

.313 OBP/13 HR/20 SB

2. RIGHTFIELD

Wil Myers

.466 SLG/27 HR/21 SB

3. FIRST BASE

Eric Hosmer

.468 SLG/25 HR/6 SB

4. LEFTFIELD

José Pirela

.264 BA/11 HR/8 SB

5. THIRD BASE

Chase Headley

.251 BA/10 HR/6 SB

6. SECOND BASE

Carlos Asuaje

.246 BA/5 HR/4 SB

7. SHORTSTOP

Freddy Galvis

.253 BA/9 HR/12 SB

8. CATCHER

Austin Hedges

.404 SLG/16 HR/3 SB

THE STAFF

FANTASY BREAKOUT

1. RH STARTER

Dinelson Lamet

8 W/4.06 ERA/10.1 K9

In 2017, his debut season, he fanned 139 batters in 114 1/3 innings, with 54 walks. The stuff is there, the control isn't—yet.

2. LH STARTER

Clayton Richard

10 W/3.90 ERA/1.39 WHP

3. RH STARTER

Bryan Mitchell

6 W/4.13 ERA/1.39 WHP

4. RH STARTER

Luis Perdomo

8 W/4.29 ERA/1.44 WHP

CLOSER

Brad Hand

29 SV/3.32 ERA/10.5 K9

THE SKIPPER

Andy Green