2016: 68-94, last place in National League West
TEAM MVP: 1B Wil Myers without question. He hit .257 on the season with 28 homers and 94 RBIs in both his first full season in the major leagues and his first season at first (made only three errors). Myers is the first player in Padres history to have a season with 25 or more doubles (29), homers (28) and steals (28). He finished with a .335 on-base percentage and a .459 slugging percentage for a .794 OPS and a 3.2 WAR. Myers set single-season Petco Park records with a .306 average, 18 homers, 93 hits and 58 RBIs, but hit only .210 on the road with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs. He has to narrow the home-road gap in the future. But he was named the starting designated hitter on the 2016 National League All-Star Team.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: RHP Tyson Ross never pitched for the Padres after suffering a mysterious shoulder injury on Opening Day. After winning 23 games and averaging 196 innings with a 3.03 earned run average over the previous two seasons, Ross was done after 5 1/3 innings this season. What was originally described as shoulder inflammation became a question. Offseason surgery is a possibility after three comeback attempts all failed during the 2016 season.
TOP PROSPECT: OF Hunter Renfroe has the potential to be “an incredibly dynamic player” if he learns to stay away from pitches outside the strike zone, Padres manager Andy Green said. Renfroe, 24, was selected the Pacific Coast League MVP after hitting .306/.336/.557 with 30 homers and 105 RBIs in 133 Triple-A games this season. In 11 late-season games for the Padres, he batted .371/.389/.800 with four homers and 14 RBIs. He became the first player to homer onto the roof of the Western Metal Supply Co. building beyond left field at Petco Park.
–C Derek Norris, 27, is likely out as the Padres catcher after hitting .186 with 14 homers and 42 RBIs in 458 plate appearances in 2016. The Padres had tried to trade Norris before the Aug. 1 deadline. There is a question as to Norris’ value in a trade — particularly with teams knowing that the Padres will likely go with Austin Hedges as the regular catcher in 2017 with Christian Bethancourt probably the backup. Norris is only the second Padre to hit under the Mendoza line in a season with more than 400 plate appearances.
–2B Ryan Schimpf is one of the Padres’ more intriguing players going into the offseason. Schimpf, who had never appeared in a major league game when the Padres promoted him from Triple-A El Paso on June 14. In 272 at-bats with the Padres, the left-handed-hitting Schimpf had 20 homers and 51 RBIs while hitting only .217 with 102 strikeouts. But his on-base percentage was .340 with a .540 slugging percentage with a .881 slugging percentage. Not the smoothest second baseman and has looked better at third, where the Padres have Yangervis Solarte. The Padres are wondering if the power is real — and even if it is can they carry a slugger who strikes out in 37 1/2 percent of his at-bats?
–C Christian Bethancourt faces an interesting offseason. The Padres want to look at the 25-year-old as a hybrid backup catcher, outfielder and an eighth reliever in the bullpen. He made two relief appearances during the 2016 season and flashed a 96-mph fastball. “His pitches move,” said Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley. “He’s just not throwing. I like his pitches.” The Padres also like Bethancourt’s bat.
–RHP Luis Perdomo, 23, moved from Class A to the major leagues with the Padres as a Rule 5 draft pick. Then he moved from the bullpen to the rotation while developing a sinker. Luis Perdomo led the Padres with 20 starts and finished with a 9-10 record with a 5.71 earned run average. Perdomo was 6-6 in the second half with a 4.30 earned run average in 13 starts. He might be the only starter with a spot secured in the 2017 rotation.
–LHP Brad Hand led the major leagues with 82 appearances this season. He was 4-4 with a 2.92 earned run average with 111 strikeouts in 89 1/3 innings. He was selected the Padres Pitcher of the Year. The 82 appearances are one short of the Padres record of 83 set by LHP Craig Lefferts in 1986.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “He’s going to get his walks not by being passive but by scaring people out of the strike zone with his power. We want him to stay in the zone. Defensively, there’s room for improvement. He’s going to rely heavily on his arm, but I think there are things he can do fundamentally better as he moves forward. He’s embraced it. That’s what you want to hear.” — Manager Andy Green, on rookie OF Hunter Renfroe.