Austin Allen – C
Austin Allen is a very interesting prediction for the backup catcher role in 2021. He is currently tearing it up right now in Lake Elsinore and waiting on a promotion. Allen will be 27 years old in 2021 and should have been the backup to Hedges for a year or two already. He has been in the Padres’ top-30 prospects for a few years now and has struggled at times on the defensive end.Hopefully that can change and he can be up for the backup catcher role. Allen would also serve as the backup first baseman, since none of the other bench players have the ability to play the position.
Cory Spangenberg – INF/OF
Cory Spangenberg would be a perfect bench player because of his great versatility. He has spent time all over the diamond and that is just what you want in a bench player. Spangenberg would be one of the team veterans and would actually be the team’s longest-tenured player. Spangenberg, if still with the club, would contribute as much as manager Phil Nevin would allow, and I think that would be quite a lot.
Allen Cordoba – SS/LF
Allen Cordoba was selected in the rule-5 draft, meaning he will have to spend the entire 2017 season with the big league club, and it seems like he will do just that. Once he spends the entire 2017 season in MLB, I see him being sent down to AA San Antonio in 2018. He might make his way back up to the majors that year, or maybe 2019, but I don’t see him spending too much time down in the minors. Cordoba has a very nice bat, and has shown that this year. At one point he was hitting over .300, but has since seen that drop to below .230, which still is not horrible for someone who previously hasn’t played above rookie ball. Cordoba seems like a solid pick to be on the 2021 San Diego bench.
Franchy Cordero – CF
Fracnhy Cordero burst onto the scene earlier this year when he got called up, and very quickly became the primary center fielder. He has since been sent down, but he has shown promise. Franchy was on the outside looking in before this year when he played so well. He might have put himself in the Padres’ plans purely based off his performance in about 25 games or so. I can definitely see Cordero having a limited role in the 2021 team.
Jorge Ona – LF
Jorge Ona is a very talented young prospect who could be even better than what I project him as. If Adam Jones or Hunter Renfroe start to slump, Ona could take their spot. He may even surpass one of them. He has a very good bat and is a solid fielder. He doesn’t project to be spectacular at anything, but his most impressive tool is his power. Ona will be a very exciting player that Padre fans need to keep an eye on, especially for the 2021 team.
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