After the enormous season Chase Headley had for the San Diego Padres in 2012 most figured him to be one of the most sought after players in MLB. That might have been true for a long time this season but as September creeps closer it is becoming clear that Headley’s 2013 isn’t going to be anywhere close to his 2012 season. The question then has to be asked if Headley is really capable of repeating his 2012 stats. The fact of the matter is he might not be.
The batting average last season was .286 to this year’s .240. His runs scored have dropped from 95 to 48 and home runs from 31 all the way down to 8. The largest difference beyond any doubt is in the RBI column however which is one of the biggest columns of all. In 2012 he drove in 115 runs for the season and this season he only has 36 to this point in the season. Some of that could be the guys around him but when you look at previous seasons you can see that it might not be a coincidence that he isn’t repeating 2012.
In fact the oddity might wind up being the 2012 season and what we saw before and what we’re seeing this year might be more to the point of truth of what he can consistently produce. The Padres have to be asking themselves if they have missed the window to get a big return for Headley. I highly doubt he will possibly be as highly sought as he was before this downer 2013. As suddenly as the 2012 breakout season came it has fled into the past. Maybe that was his career year after all.