Jun 25, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Diego Padres third baseman Will Middlebrooks (11) scores a run ahead of San Francisco Giants starting pitcherChris Heston
(53) during the seventh inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Will Middlebrooks – 3B
Here is a youngster who just got lost in the shuffle. Will Middlebrooks was an up-and-coming prospect with the Boston Red Sox. His career began with a bang in 2012, when he hit .288 with 15 home runs in 75 games as a rookie. He then hit 17 more home runs the following year, but saw his average plummet to .227. He played in 63 games in 2014, and then was traded to the San Diego Padres.
The Padres saw him as a replacement for Chase Headley, but with all of the new faces in that clubhouse, who really knew who, right?
Middlebrooks is decent defensively at third, and also has a little experience at short. He would be more of a depth piece, and bat off the bench.
But he was once seen as a major prospect, and that wasn’t very long ago. Tough to give up on someone like that too early. He won’t be a free agent until 2019. He will most likely be looking for $2 million.