FriarBall: 2008 Previews: First Base

Sunday, February 3, 2008

2008 Previews: First Base

If you go just by the "official" depth chart posted on, the question is not how much further will Adrian Gonzalez progress this year, but who will back him up if he should miss any significant time?

Gonzalez played in all but two games last year and played in 156 games in 2006, so health shouldn't be an issue but you never know. That said, things look good for Gonzalez to surpass most of his numbers from last year and despite being stuck in Petco, his power numbers continue to rise. He should be a legitimate bet to hit another 30 HR and knock in another 100 RBI at least this year.

Gonzalez is blossoming into something truly special and it should be fun to watch him take that next step this year. I am probably most excited to see what Gonzalez can do this season. This area will be a strength of the Padres this year.

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