What have we learned about these guys?
Burch Smith: Started the year in AA and got away with pure fastball. It seems to me that he isn't ready. Still learning how to pitch. Should start the year in El Paso, bring him up at the end of the year in 2014 and I think he has the potential to turn things around and be a pitcher like Cashner has.
Robbie Erlin: I think he's shown he's ready. Got more confidence as he pitched in the majors. He can be a number 5 starter so we don't have to sign the likes of Dan Haren for 12 million dollars.
Tommy Medica: Until the National League has the DH the Padres need someone who can spell Carlos Q in left field. To me Medica, Guzman and Blanks kinda all do the same thing. They are LF-1B-DH-pinch hitter guys. With a five man bench I don't know if they can keep two out of the three or only one. I like what I saw of Medica even though it was a small sample. Defensively, he looked comfortable at first base and seemed good at picking low throws out of the dirt. He displayed good bat speed through the zone and hence, power, which the Padres desperately need. He drove in runs and more importantly to me hit well at the end of his stint. A lot of times young guys come up and hit well early, but then clubs get scouting reports on them and they tail off. No so Medica. Than 14 pitch at bat against the Giants was very impressive. I know they like Guzman as a pinch hitter and spot starter. I like Kyle Blanks skill set but, like Logan Forsythe, it just seems like he's hurt all the time. I know that we still have spring training, but theoretically if I had to make a decision right now I would go with Medica. I know he has been hurt also, but that was catching. I think the Padres do not need Tommy catching with Grandal and Hedges in the wings. What do you think?