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MadFriars' Top 20 for 2011

MadFriars' Top 20 for 2011

In 2010 the San Diego Padres won 90 games and were eliminated from the playoffs on the final day of the season after residing in first place for most of the year. The team won with a mixture of solid pitching, defense and an offense that played station-to-station baseball taking full advantage of the offensively challenging environment of PETCO Park.

The impact of their development system began to pay dividends as Mat Latos, a draft-and-follow pick in the 2006 draft, emerged as the ace, and Wade LeBlanc and Tim Stauffer helped to round out the rotation. Third baseman Chase Headley, outfielder Will Venable and catcher Nick Hundley were all part of an everyday offense and the depth of the Padres' minor league system allowed the team to make mid... Recommended Stories

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