Chris Paddack has been the Padres' best pitcher this season.

Padres option Rookie of the Year candidate Chris Paddack to minors


Chris Paddack has been optioned to the minors.

The Padres' National League Rookie of the Year candidate will be sent down in an effort to limit his innings, the team announced.

Paddack is 4-4 with a 3.15 ERA this season with 72 strikeouts in 65 2/3 innings.

The 23-year-old has never thrown more than 90 innings in a season.

San Diego is 33-34 on the season and 11 1/2 games back of the Dodgers for first place in the NL West.

But, the team is five games back of the second wild-card spot, so the playoffs are by no means out of reach.

The Padres reportedly have interest in Indians starter Trevor Bauer, so they don't seem to be tanking just yet.

However, according to The Athletic, there are several executives who believe the team could go into sell mode and make some deals soon.

If that happens, closer Kirby Yates — who is a perfect 23 for 23 in save opportunities this season — could be on the block.

As for Paddack, odds are the team wants him to throw about 120 to 130 innings this season as it has increased his innings by about 45 each year since drafting him in 2015.

It should also be noted Paddack has struggled of late, allowing 16 earned runs in his last five starts in 25 innings (5.76 ERA) after surrendering a total of seven in his previous seven starts over the span of 40 2/3 innings (1.55 ERA).

 



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