A: Mike Adams, Heath Bell, Aaron Harang, Chase Headley, Tim Stauffer. Hard to rank Bell anything below A as the lone Padre All-Star in 2011. He's had a lot of tightrope saves this season, but the bottom line is he's blown only opportunity to save a game in 2011 - and that one is the only one he's blown in 12 months. Mike Adams remains unhittable in 2011. Harang has reinvented himself as top-shelf pitcher, and leads the team in wins. Headley has broken out this season, he's the best hitter on the team by OPS+. Stauffer has become the Padres ace, and picked off where he left off in 2010.
B: Cameron Maybin, Ryan Ludwick, Chris Denorfia, Cory Luebke, Dustin Moseley, Luke Gregerson. Broken out thus:
- B+: Maybin, Denorfia, Luebke
- B: Moseley, Gergerson, Ludwick
C: Ernesto Frieri, Mat Latos, Chad Qualls, Josh Spence, Rob Johnson, Nick Hundley, Kyle Phillips, Anthony Rizzo. Broken out thus:
- C+: Latos, Qualls, Spence, Phillips
- C: Rizzo, Johnson
- C-: Hundley
D: Jason Bartlett, Orlando Hudson, Alberto Gonzalez, Will Venable, Brad Hawpe. Bartlett - very little production at the plate, too many errors. Hudson - very little production at the plate, too many injuries. Al. Gonzalez swings at too many bad pitches. Venable was so bad he got sent down for a time. Hawpe strikes out too much.
Incomplete: Anthony Bass, Luis Martinez, Jesus Guzman. Not enough playing time.
Tonight the Padres play the first of 70 remaining games in 2011. At 40-52, their odds of making the playoffs are virtually nil. There will be changes coming to the roster, and we'll chronicle them here. Podcast tonight if you have time after the game.