Padres Can “Exhale” with Acquisition of New Power Players

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  The Padres placed 3rd in their division with a record of 77-85. The team ended the season being 17 games back from first place, and having a 2 game losing streak. Padre fans start to wonder if their team will become a forgotten one, or if they rise to the top after the turbulence, reported si.com

The 2014 season was the worst season in Padres’ history. “I don’t think these guys lose confidence. You’ll find very few major league players lose confidence,” stated Padres’ manager, Bud Black. “That’s one of the reasons they got here, because they’re very confident men.”

Over the off-season, the Padres acquired 3 power hitting outfielders, Matt Kemp, Wil Meyers, and Justin Upton. They also acquired catcher, Derek Norris, and third baseman, Will Middlebrooks. According to baseball-reference.com, Matt Kemp quickly became the new face of the Padres as he held a .287 batting average, hitting 38 doubles, 3 triples, and 25 homeruns. This allowed him to hold a .506 slugging percentage.

Besides adding these five power players to their roster, the Padres also obtained right handed pitcher, James Shields from the Royals and Ian Kennedy from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Shields had a record of 14-8 in the 2014 season with a 3.21 ERA, baseball-reference.com reported. Kennedy had a record of 13-13 with a 3.63 ERA.

“Any time you have a chance to sort of regroup, take a step back, then go at it again, it helps,” Bud Black stated in a quote. He continued, “Last year, everything happened so quickly. Every game was vitally important. Now we get a chance to exhale.”