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PIMWA: Padre I'm Most Worried About, April '17

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Most would agree that ‘tis not the season to be focused on the Padres’ place in the standings. Our hopes lie in future success, and so we turn our attention to the individual performances that might portend that elusive championship glory. So while a struggling Jhoulys Chacin or Hector Sanchez might make us sad, those aren’t really the Baby Pads upon whom we’re pinning our dreams. The young ‘uns have been fun to watch overall, but as a Padre fan, I’m naturally inclined to worry.

Given that, one month into Tankathon, I’m naming Travis Jankowski the PIMWA (Padre I’m Most Worried About). The speedster we lovingly call "Freddy" was never touted as a future All-Star. But he was the Padres 7th ranked prospect a couple years ago, putting up good numbers in both AA San Antonio and AAA El Paso. He approached 400 AB’s for the big club last year, swiping 30 bags, buoyed by a respectable OBP. And it was really fun watching him play in the outfield with those flowing locks. It seemed realistic to expect Janko to provide a bridge to even younger up-and-comers, and perhaps solidify himself as a valuable 4th OF for years to come.

However the highlight of Travis’ April 2017 may have been an April Fool's joke he played on Padre fans. He hit just 7 singles and a double in 50 AB’s, with only 2 steals and nary an RBI. And now he may have to rehabilitate his busted wheel for some time before getting a chance to rehabilitate his statline. It doesn’t seem Travis’ job is in danger for at least the remainder of this season, due to the roster situation. But early struggles and a tough-luck injury have really set him back and may have the Padres rethinking their depth chart by winter.

(Bonus worry-- farmhand edition: Javier Guerra. Yikes!)

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