Force-Ranking The Padres Roster

As much as I’d love for it to be, writing for Padres Public isn’t my main occupation. It really isn’t an occupation at all. By night I’m Nate from The Vocal Minority but by day and occasionally night I’m Nathan, retail manager. I wear an apron with a name badge and everything. This is what happens when you drop out of college.

One of the things we do as managers that separates us from the rest of the apron-wearers is have meetings. In these meetings we discuss store performance, plans for the next several weeks, and personnel. There’s usually a significant amount of griping. It’s a great time.

One thing we do that I actually enjoy is force-rank our staff. I like ranking things. I do it in my head all the time. We take each member of the staff and talk about their strengths and weaknesses and then put them in order from most awesome to least awesome. It gives us a good idea of who we should be focusing on for developmental feedback, and also lets us know who might be ready to take on more responsibility.

So because I’m obsessive, I took this and applied it to the Padres roster. I took the current 25 man roster plus players on the 15 day disabled list, thought about it for way less than I should have, and put them in order from 1 to 29. What’s my criteria? A combination of offensive and defensive performance, health, reliability, versatility, and my own personal biases. Like I said, I didn’t spend that much time thinking about it.

Quick notes on my rankings: 9 out of my top 10 are position players. The pitching on this team is bad, and it should feel bad. Newbies Pedro Ciriaco and Jaff Decker seem like warm bodies on the roster only until Yonder Alonso and Jedd Gyorko return, and warm bodies rank only ahead of cold bodies. Nick Hundley and Yasmani Grandal ranked together? Yeah, I wasn’t sure what to do with either on them, so I kind of combined them.

Got gripes about the list? Want to force-rank the Padres yourself? Take it up with management in the comments section.

  1. Everth Cabrera
  2. Chase Headley
  3. Kyle Blanks
  4. Chris Denorfia
  5. Jedd Gyorko
  6. Eric Stults
  7. Logan Forsythe
  8. Carlos Quentin
  9. Will Venable
  10. Yasmani Grandal
  11. Nick Hundley
  12. Yonder Alonso
  13. Alexi Amarista
  14. Andrew Cashner
  15. Jason Marquis
  16. Luke Gregerson
  17. Edinson Volquez
  18. Nick Vincent
  19. Tim Stauffer
  20. Tyson Ross
  21. Cameron Maybin
  22. Joe Thatcher
  23. Jesus Guzman
  24. Huston Street
  25. Dale Thayer
  26. Mark Kotsay
  27. Pedro Ciriaco
  28. Jaff Decker
  29. Clayton Richard

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  • Cashner 14th?!!! Gahhhhhh!!!!!

    • Nathan Veale

      I have him as the 2nd highest ranked starting pitcher. The offense is so much better than the pitching. Cashner gives up too many hits and doesn’t strike out enough batters.

  • SDPads1

    Looks pretty good to me. I will now be force-ranking the members of Padres Public, thanks for the idea.

    • Nathan Veale

      Oh yeah, that needs to happen. post it here!

  • SanDiegoJosh

    2 thoughts. Amarista ahead of Cashner is simply inaccurate. And man, you do not like Huston Street.

    • Nathan Veale

      Huston Street doesn’t like you, based on his performance.

  • J.C. Ortiz

    Nick Hundley at 11….

    • Nathan Veale

      I punted on him and Grandal. I’m going to defend it by claiming intangibles.

  • Geoff Hancock

    Though it would pain me it’s tough right now having Chase Headley as high as 2 and ahead of Blanks, Norf, Gyorko and (dare I say) Venable. I imagine Chase gets the nod for health, defense and reliability?

    • Nathan Veale

      defense, history of production, and personal bias.

  • JORO

    I think I’d have ranked Clayton Richard in the top ten a year or two ago and now he’s just a cold body? How did this happen to a once perfectly average starting pitcher?

    • Nathan Veale

      My theory is that he never regained his fastball velocity after his 2011 injury.

  • Pete

    I’ll take thatchers career over Vincent, Ross stauffer and maybin