San Diego Padres Top 25
The 2016 season was not a good year for the San Diego Padres, the best part of the season was probably the fact that they secured the #3 overall pick for the 2017 draft. The Padres did not have high expectations entering the season and for good reason. The Padres play in the NL West, which has been dominated by the Dodgers and Giants over the past few years and not to mention that the Rockies have been improving as of late. The Padres finished the season 68-94, 23 games back of 1st place in the West. The Padres backed up from their attempt to compete in 2015 and traded away most of the veterans left from that offseason binge. A.J. Preller managed to get a pretty good haul for the veterans and revamped the farm system the best he could. Perhaps the best trade they made was trading Drew Pomeranz for top prospect Anderson Espinoza. The Padres saw some of the potential in their youth in September last season. Hunter Renfroe lit it up and put his name on the map and is expected to begin 2017 in the Majors. There were other youngsters who made a good first impression as well. The Padres will more than likely not be competing in 2017, but they should have some exciting, young players that will make their games watchable.