Bits: Thoughts on Headley, Padres offense 

April, 18, 2013
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The San Diego Padres organization as a whole had a pretty decent Wednesday, as third baseman Chase Headley came off the disabled list after recovering from a small fracture in his left thumb, and the team blasted three home runs off the usually invincible Clayton Kershaw. Headley hit third in Wednesday's surprising 7-2 win at Dodger Stadium, though the news of his return was muted a bit by center fielder Cameron Maybin taking his place on the shelf with a right wrist impingement.

Maybin was already among the most-dropped players in ESPN standard formats, which makes sense since he was hitting a paltry .091 (three hits in 33 at-bats), with nary an attempted stolen base. The reason for his DL stint might explain his slow start, but then again, maybe we've already seen his best. Maybin's ride to fantasy relevance seemed to take a while and involved three organizations. Perhaps he peaked in 2011 when he stole 40 bases and scored 82 runs. Last season he slipped back to fantasy free agent status when he hit .243 and ran less. Maybin clearly has tools; he's fast enough to steal many bases, defends well and seemed a good candidate to finally reach double digits in home runs with the adjustment of the fences at Petco Park, but now there seems to be little reason to believe in him, even when his wrist is healthy. Only 26, Maybin is a career .248 hitter and hasn't developed the power once expected of him.

But let's focus on the good: Headley is back. He singled and walked in four at-bats Wednesday against tough customer Kershaw, and just about every night will be easier than that. I'll take the under on the switch-hitter slugging another 31 home runs and knocking in 115 runs, just because the performance was so shocking last season and it's hard to believe he won't regress some. Plus, he hit 19 homers in the final eight weeks, which is ridiculous, considering Headley hit 27 home runs total in the three seasons prior to 2012. I think he can steal 20 bases and hit closer to .300, but I'll go with a 23-homer, 85-RBI, 17-steal season. It's still going to make him, I believe, one of the top five third basemen from here on out.

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