When Yonder Alonso went down on Thursday night, I immediately thought about whom the San Diego Padres could use at first base. Chris Dickerson in the minor leagues is a possibility, perhaps even Brett Wallace could get a call up. Wallace was a former can’t miss prospect for the Houston Astros, who did miss. He missed a lot.
To be very honest with you, my instant thought is who can A.J. Preller get to play first base for the Padres? I know that Yonder is still not officially out for the year but would Preller go after a first baseman? Joey Votto? Prince Fielder? Miguel Cabrera? Ok, Ok, I am getting silly now. Sorry, but A.J. Preller and the Padres have me thinking that the sky is the limit.
The answer for who’s on first for the immediate future, is Wil Myers. He is scheduled to start at first for the Padres Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Myers once again proves his versatility and enthusiasm for the game. He, to me is the Padres MVP thus far this season. Yes Justin Upton has been ripping the cover off the ball, but Myers ability to bat leadoff and play center field has been quite rewarding for the Padres.
Myers leads all of major league baseball with 25 runs scored and his defense has been decent. I know his advanced defensive metrics numbers are below average, but he has done better than I expected. Kudos to him for making an effort to play wherever the team needs him. At the age of 24, he has shown maturity that will guide him into a great career when all is said and done.
No word as of yet on Yonder Alonso and his sore shoulder. He must not have hurt it too bad, as the Padres are hesitating on making a roster move for him. The team did however ship Nick Vincent bask to El Paso in favor of Shawn Kelley. Most Padres fans cringe at the thought of Kelley being back with the team, but his salary dictates he must be on the major league roster. His $2.835 million dollar salary is hefty and he will be given every opportunity to come back into form.
So let us see what Myers brings to the table at first base. He played there briefly in spring training for the Padres, so the position is not that unusual for him. He is a great athlete and is proving that every time I see him play the game of baseball. Hopefully the injury to Yonder Alonso is not serious as he was having a great year.
*** Yonder Alonso will be placed on the Disabled List and Abraham Almonte will be called up from AAA El Paso. Myers looks to be getting the majority of the time at first base while Alonso is out