Now, granted, I don’t actually live in San Diego, so watching isn’t an option for me. But I’ve stopped following the games as closely and the Padre I’m most likely to talk about is Stephen Strasburg (fingers crossed). But that could change.
Accelerating their youth movement, the Padres Monday will install prospect Matt Antonelli as their regular second baseman and promote pitcher Wade LeBlanc into a rotation that will expand to six starters.
“I’m excited to see these young guys,” General Manager Kevin Towers said.
Me too, Kev. Me too.
While he came into the season ranked second in the organization by Baseball America, Antonelli’s had a rough year, posting an O.P.S. of just .641 in Triple-A. However, his walk rate has been good and his B.A.B.I.P. has been incredibly low. In August, he posted an O.P.S. of .864, which is more than 200 points higher than his season mark.
While anything’s possible, the Padres aren’t making the playoffs. And it will probably be a chore trying to follow them the rest of the way out, at least as much as it has been for the rest of the season. But with the Padres taking a look to the future, LeBlanc and Antonelli will be joining Will Venable, Chase Headley, and Nick Hundley in San Diego, there’s still room for excitement.
Experience it, please.