San Diego Padres: Superduperutilityman

Sports Illustrated
While San Diego's lineup features All-Star Wil Myers at first base and touted prospects Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe in the outfield, one needn't look further than the rotation-which includes reclamation projects Trevor Cahill, Jhoulys Chacin, Clayton Richard and Jered Waver-to know that this rebuilding team is in for a lean season.

San Diego Padres: Superduperutilityman

While San Diego's lineup features All-Star Wil Myers at first base and touted prospects Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe in the outfield, one needn't look further than the rotation-which includes reclamation projects Trevor Cahill, Jhoulys Chacin, Clayton Richard and Jered Waver-to know that this rebuilding team is in for a lean season.

While San Diego's lineup features All-Star Wil Myers at first base and touted prospects Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe in the outfield, one needn't look further than the rotation-which includes reclamation projects Trevor Cahill, Jhoulys Chacin, Clayton Richard and Jered Waver-to know that this rebuilding team is in for a lean season. That at least gives the Padres room to experiment, and no project is more unique than their attempt to turn backup catcher/outfielder Christian Bethancourt, a .223/.253/.368 career hitter better known for his cannon-like throws, into a part-time relief pitcher. After turning heads with 95-mph heat in a pair of mop-up appearances last year, San Diego had the 25-year-old righty log innings in the Panama Winter League. Until a few days ago, his number of innings pitched this spring (7 1/3) exceeded his number of plate appearances (he’s now up to 12). Manager Andy Green sees Bethancourt as a reliever who can serve as a third catcher and pinch-hitter when he's not available to pitch.

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