Burning Fantasy Baseball Questions: San Diego Padres

by Tim Heaney on January 22, 2013 @ 09:22:10 PDT

 

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Speaking of the rotation ... um, what is it?

Besides the less appealing Richard and Edinson Volquez ... we probably won't know until April.

San Diego Padres SP Casey Kelly
Keep an eye on Kelly

Volquez's K/9 gives a "come hither" motion when you're trying to find a mixed flier, but not even the extra work he did last preseason helped cure his walk-plagued approach. If you can be patient enough to wade through his sloppy starts - there'll be many - maybe he's worth that final slot.

Jason Marquis and Eric Stults are innings eaters. Meh. There are plenty more exciting options knocking on the door.

Andrew Cashner (thumb) probably won't start the season on time, and Tommy John patients Cory Luebke and Joe Wieland won't be back until the summer, at earliest. Prospects Robbie Erlin - solid path thanks to his control - and Casey Kelly - a ton more upside thanks to his refining, nasty stuff - will probably arrive this year. Any of these five is worth a fantasy trial as long as they have a job.

Anthony Bass may fall back into the rotation, and he was quite useful for a stretch last year, so add him to that list. Tyson Ross is a talented project. They may re-sign the rehabbing Tim Stauffer (elbow), but he probably needs an extended spring.

Whew. There's ample fluctuation and plenty of reasons to leave them for drafts. If you're in NLs, go for the prospects ahead of the placeholders, and pay attention to reports.

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