San Diego Padres Spring Training: 5 Players Who are Sure to Shine

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San Diego Padres Spring Training: 5 Players Who are Sure to Shine

San Diego Padres Spring Training
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Spring Training is without a doubt one of the most exciting time periods in the entire MLB season. That is doubly true for a team like the San Diego Padres who feel like they could have been much better one season ago. They are very likely right about that. After all, it’s hard to ignore the numerous injuries and suspensions that plagued their 2013 season.

The only problem with the Padres getting better of course is the simple fact that every other team in the NL West also got better. It’s possible that the Colorado Rockies might be only as good as they were last season but most probably every team in the division will be much improved. What does that mean for the improved Padres? It means they will have to improve more than the other teams.

In order to make that a reality they will need some big performances from players during the regular season. For many players the great seasons really begin with a good Spring Training season. Here are five players that the Padres can probably count on to have a great spring and hopefully some of them will carry that over into a good regular season as well.

Whether or not the Padres succeed this year might not fully depend on what happens this spring. It is likely however that a bad spring would be somewhat troubling after feeling they have improved a great deal. If you have a different view on this subject or just want to add to it, feel free to add a comment in the comments section below.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – Matt Wisler

Matt Wisler Spring Training
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Wisler has a chance at the final starting rotation spot or maybe even a slightly different role if he does everything right this spring. I think he will seize the opportunity and at least give the Padres management a hard decision to make.

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4 – Seth Smith

Seth Smith Spring Training
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Depending on what happens with the other outfielders on this team during the Spring Training games, Smith could well earn more than normal playing time for a fourth outfielder. He has all kinds of tools that can help this offense when he has things going well for him. Unless the other guys blow opposing pitching away all season long, Smith is going to earn a good deal of playing time.

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3 – Jedd Gyorko

Jedd Gyorko Spring Training
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The Padres have a lot of potential and one of those areas in the middle infield. Gyorko and his shortstop counterpart are one of the more exciting all around tandems in MLB right now. Considering their talent and age, they should be there for years to come. Gyorko is certain to have a great season and a great spring before that.

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2 – Everth Cabrera

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Cabrera certainly ended his season on a downer since he was suspended for suspicion of having his name scribbled on a piece of paper. How could he? Look for Cabrera to be itching to put that embarrassment behind him starting with a dynamite spring.

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1 – Austin Hedges

Austin Hedges Spring Training
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The Padres have decent to above average catchers right now but those guys should not get comfy in their spots. Hedges is high up on the top catching prospects in the game and is certainly someone who could shine very brightly this spring. He’ll serve notice with his play that his time as catcher might indeed be on the way sooner than anyone thinks.

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