A Bill Center article in this morning’s San Diego Union-Tribune suggests that Terrmel Sledge could lead off for the Padres in 2007. Quoth manager Bud Black:
We’ve talked about the possibility of Terrmel in that role and when you look at the statistics, there are indications he can do it.
Black doesn’t explicitly mention what those “statistics” might be, but Sledge, who batted leadoff while at Long Beach State, seems to understand:
I’ve always prided myself in getting on base. I’ve always tried to keep my on-base percentage around .400.
With the understanding that a lot can change between now and April, here is what the projected lineup looks like:
- Terrmel Sledge, LF
- Marcus Giles, 2B
- Brian Giles, RF
- Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
- Mike Cameron, CF
- Kevin Kouzmanoff/Russell Branyan, 3B
- Josh Bard, C
- Khalil Greene, SS