A cut candidate before Matt Antonelli went on the disabled list, Barfield didn't look comfortable in the box all spring and carried over the play into the regular season, struggling before he also went on the disabled list.
Despite getting promoted to Portland to take the spot of Wade LeBlanc, Culp has dropped a few pegs. A winner everywhere he has gone, there has been doubt about his ability to compete at the highest level since he is a groundball pitcher that works to contact. He must prove the naysayers wrong.
The move from catcher was a blow to Canham's overall worth. His leadership will never be questioned but does he have enough bat for first base or the outfield. He still projects to hit for average and his worth may have been tied closely to the catcher position. His work ethic could prove us wrong.
Chalk has been a victim of playing time in a crowded San Antonio outfield. Sawyer Carroll, Cedric Hunter and Kellen Kulbacki are ahead of him on the depth chart. How Chalk responds to irregular playing time when he saw action in just about every game last year is a question mark.
A terrific arm he may have, but Pelzer has gotten off to a troublesome start. He had the shortest start of his career and is 0-2. Don't, however, expect Pelzer to stay on this list long. He simply has too much talent.
In a season that has already put 10 games in the books, Carvajal is not separating himself from the pack. Given regular playing time, the outfielder has responded with just two hits. It may not be long before the outfield depth catches up with him, as his projection has not turned into production.
Few other players needed the fast start that Dykstra does. After suffering through a tough season in 2009 – one that he battled through and showed a tremendous work ethic despite the poor average – Dykstra could have used a quick start to show the work he did was not in vain. He has one extra-base hit and has not found his rhythm.
The California League is a challenge for any pitcher, and Fetter has tasted that. It is his command early on that has left more to be desired. He has uncharacteristically walked hitters and fallen behind counts. For someone that prides himself on fastball command, that can't happen. He also has learned he must mix his pitches or hitters will sit on the one.
The guy who stole 12 bases last year in limited games has not been seen, as Davis has struggled to reach base with consistency. Because of his age, Davis needs to hit for average with a strong on-base percentage so he can challenge those ahead of him.
Coming back to Fort Wayne after dominating Kannapolis was a move based on the strength of the South Atlantic League versus the Midwest League. The Padres believe the Midwest League is much tougher – so far they have proven correct with Carter struggling.
The lone free agent sign to make a full season roster has had a difficult transition into profession ball. The right-hander has not struck out a man while seeing someone cross home each time he has been on the mound. His leash may be shorter than those whom the team has a vested interest in.
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