Padres and Platoons

How hard is it to find eight guys who can play 150+ games, hit both RHP and LHP reasonably well AND field their position?

Very, VERY hard.

Enter "the platoon." The goal is to maximize a player's value by increasing the percentage of playing time that he gets in favorable situations. Some players who might benefit are:

-Reliable defenders who struggle against only RHP or LHP. (Ex. Gyorko as a Padre: decent glove; good vs LHP; below average vs. RHP)

-Exceptional defenders, who only hit well enough against either RHP or LHP to warrant a start. (Ex. 2016 Jankowski: elite defense; OK vs RHP; terrible vs LHP)

-Players who are weak in the field, but mash either RHP or LHP so that they can out-hit their defense in certain matchups. (Ex. Renfroe: poor defender; elite vs. LHP; underwhelming vs RHP)

So, which positions, and which players, are candidates for a platoon this season?

The Padres are pretty much set at five positions: Catcher (Hedges), First Base (Hosmer), Shortstop (Galvis), Center Field (Margot), and Right Field (Myers).

That leaves second base, third base, and left field as possible platoon options.

At second, former first-rounder Cory Spangenberg, gritty Carlos Asuaje, 2017-breakout Jose Pirela and stud prospect Luis Urias are all getting reps.

At third, it looks like veteran Chase Headley, Christian Villanueva and Spangenberg are all in the hunt.

In left field, it's a crowded competition featuring Jose Pirela, former top prospect Hunter Renfroe, oft-injured Alex Dickerson, and speedsters Travis Jankowski and Franchy Cordero.

Check back tomorrow for a detailed look at the second base situation.

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