Predicting the 2021 World Series Champion San Diego Padres

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Starting Rotation

Before I list the five starting pitchers for the 2021 World Series team, I’d like to give my reasoning as to why you won’t see a few guys that might be on said team.

Adrian MorejonAdrian Morejon won’t be on this five-man rotation because he is simply too young and too inexperienced to be on a playoff roster just yet. I do envision the young lefty reaching the big leagues in 2021 but only for a short time. I believe Morejon will be a September call-up or maybe even a mid-season call-up. He will just narrowly miss the postseason roster.

Anderson Espinoza – We have not gotten to see as much of Anderson Espinoza as we’d like to since he was traded to the Padres from the Red Sox last trade deadline. Much to do with injuries. Espinoza was sidelined this entire year thanks to an injured elbow that he had Tommy John surgery on just a couple of weeks ago. I think injuries will plague Espinoza for his entire career and he will have a tough time reaching the big leagues because of that. I may be wrong (I hope I am).

Luis Perdomo – In Luis Perdomo‘s case, I see him simply being forced out of his roster spot because of the competition that other young prospects have created. It is possible that Perdomo spends 2021 up and down from El Paso or maybe he gets traded some time along the next four years. It was very tough creating this 25-man roster, and he was just another victim of the fierce competition that the Padres can potentially have in just a few short years.

Now on to the starting rotation for 2021.

1. Cal Quantrill – RHP

Cal Quantrill is someone who I like very much, and that is why I made him the ace of this staff. As of now, Quantrill throws a low to mid-90’s fastball with a lot of command. He also has a changeup that scouts say is one of the best in minor league baseball. With three to four more years of experience and teaching from Darren Balsley, Quantrill can only get better. I see the former Stanford Cardinal getting much better. By the year 2021 he has the potential to be a perennial all-star and even a Cy Young candidate. Hopefully Cal Quantrill can lead this staff and this team to a few pennants and World Series wins.

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2. Madison Bumgarner – LHP

The Padres will make a big splash in the 2020 free agent market and sign former Giant Madison Bumgarner. A.J. Preller will see that he needs some playoff experience on his roster and he will snag one of the best playoff pitchers this sport has ever seen. Bumgarner will come and join Quantrill to make the best one/two punch in MLB. He and Cal will be mowing down hitters, and both be competing for the Cy Young. In 2021 Bumgarner will be in his age 31 season, so he will still be in his prime. He’ll maybe lose a few ticks on his fastball, but overall I see him being the same Madison Bumgarner, if not better, than we saw day in and day out. Madison Bumgarner will continue his marvelous career and add a ring or two to his already heavy hand.

3. Eric Lauer – LHP

Eric Lauer is one of the more experienced prospects in the Padres’ farm system. He has dominated hitters for years. In fact, he had an ERA of 0.69 while playing college ball at Kent State. I see him continuing that dominance all the way up to the major league level. Not quite that dominant, but he could be a very good number-three pitcher in a very good pitching staff. Lauer has already shot up the Padres’ minor league system just like he said he would do back when he first got drafted in 2016. He is currently in San Antonio playing for the Missions and is performing quite well. He has seen a slight increase in ERA and other statistics with the move up to AA, but that is expected. He is still young as he still has to get acclimated to his new surroundings. After he does that, he will more than likely get back to his solid performances he put together in Lake Elsinore. By 2021, he has the potential to be one of the best mid-rotation starters in MLB.

4. Michel Baez – RHP

This young Cuban prospect burst on to the scene this year when he made his professional debut and started mowing down hitters in both Arizona and Fort Wayne. He also is expected to be promoted up to single A Lake Elsinore since he has been dominant in both leagues. Baez stands at 6 foot 8 and weighs a solid 220 pounds. At that stature, he may be moved into the bullpen, but I can see him staying as a starting pitcher and pitching every fifth day for the San Diego Padres. He consistently hits mid to upper 90’s on his fastball, even touching triple digits at times. With that fastball, and many other advanced pitches, hitters are batting a measly .145 against him. Michel Baez has the potential to become a very good pitcher and I see him quickly reaching the majors.

5. Mackenzie Gore – LHP

I wanted to make Mackenzie Gore the number-four starter, but that would make three straight left-handers, starting with Bumgarner. So that makes Mackenzie Gore one of the best five starters in all of baseball. In 2021, Mackenzie Gore should be up in the majors and he should be able to make the playoff roster. I think once he does make the roster, he will make the most of the opportunity and prove that he belongs in the big leagues. He has a four-pitch mix and all of his pitches are very consistent and very good. His best pitch is probably his fastball that has jumped up in velocity since last spring, hitting 94 miles per hour. Even in the postseason, Gore might be moved into a bullpen role and the Padres might go to a four-man rotation, but I believe Gore will be good enough to make that playoff roster and contribute in that playoff run.

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Campbell is a senior in High School. He has been a San Diego sports fan all his life and forever will be. Fan of the Padres, Chargers (undecided), Aztecs, Lightning, Bayern Munich, USMNT, and the future San Diego MLS club. He hopes to spread his knowledge and love for San Diego sports to as many people he can.


This article has 12 Comments

  1. Phil Nevin, Castellanos?…those are some weird assumptions, imo..

    I don’t see the problem, some fans are having with Andy Green. I really don’t. And Nevin was already interviewed by Preller and Fowler…and he didn’t make the cut. So why are we backtracking to Phil Nevin for manager?

    Nick Castellanos…trust me, you and everybody else can do better than him.

    Actually, instead of projecting Myers and Renfroe as mainstays, I don’t think it’d be a surprise to see either one of them, traded before the Padres win a WS.

    1. At the time this article was published, Green had not gotten his extension, Wil Myers wasn’t hitting as bad as he is now (he has been doing ok the past week or two), and Renfroe was still up in the majors hitting homers.

  2. Well time will tell but I truly believe the Padres need to go after a veteran HR/RBI/BAvg. 3b…Castellanos is ok, but a M. Machado would fit more nicely as a bat and RBI man! FA in 2019. Would go nicely w/ veterans Myers, Margot, Hedges, Renfroe! Don’t agree w/ Bumgarner….Adam Jones would be nice, but I think they could do better in house or another FA? Jones would be at end of career!

  3. No criticism from me, my Ouiji board is in the shop. Not sure I see us wasting the capital for Bumgarner. Adam Jones or someone similar certainly makes sense. I’ll be disappointed if Andy Green isn’t managing this squad in 2021. I agree with JoJo, I think Morejon and Gore will get here at about the same time, and I believe that will happen in 2020. Pretty damned exciting to look four years off, and truly believe it to be possible. Thanks for all you folks do here. It’ll get me through the winter here in NorCal with all of the Giants fans.

  4. Jordan Barley/Luis Almanzar will be the short stop
    Tatis will play 3rd
    Naylor will play 1st
    Myers LF
    Ruiz 2nd Base
    Chris Paddack for Bumgarner
    Renfore/Ona in RF
    Morejon and Gore will probably come up together
    Baez could be the closer
    If Espinoza is in play, Lauer is bull pen or trade bait.
    Hudson Potts, Mason House, and Jesisson Rosario might be knocking on the door as well.
    should be interesting only time will tell

  5. Adam Jones quite frankly doesn’t move the needle. We will need to spend bit on a free agent or two, but it needs to be spent for a bat, not Bumgarner who will be past his prime.

  6. Some odd free agent acquisitions. I agree that Lamet will be in the pen. Also, I think my biggest change is that Jorge Oña will be the starting left fielder. I would also put Josh Naylor on the bench over Spangenberg.

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