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San Diego Padres Top 20 Prospects for 2008

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Thomas Merton, a favorite padre of mine

San Diego Padres Top 20 Prospects for 2008

All grades are EXTREMELY PRELIMINARY and subject to change.

  1. Chase Headley, 3B, Grade B+ (should this be A-?)
  2. Matt Antonelli, 2B, Grade B+
  3. Matt Latos, RHP, Grade B
  4. Wade LeBlanc, LHP, Grade B
  5. Will Inman, RHP, Grade B
  6. Kellen Kulbacki, OF, Grade B
  7. Cedric Hunter, OF, Grade B- (I still like his chances)
  8. Kyle Blanks, 1B, Grade B-
  9. Chad Huffman, OF, Grade B-
  10. Nick Hundley, C, Grade C+
  11. Drew Miller, RHP, Grade C+ (great arm, could be higher)
  12. Steve Garrison, LHP, Grade C+
  13. Josh Geer, RHP, Grade C+
  14. Mitch Canham, C, Grade C+
  15. Cory Luekbe, LHP, Grade C+
  16. Jeremy Hefner, RHP, Grade C+ (really like this guy)
  17. Carlos Guevara, RHP, Grade C+ (excellent Rule 5 pick)
  18. Michael Gardner, RHP, Grade C+ (excellent Rule 5 pick)
  19. Corey Kluber, RHP, Grade C+
  20. Ernest Frieri, RHP, Grade C+
Other C+ guys include Drew Cumberland, Luis Durango, Drew Freese, Danny Payne, Nick Schmidt, and very good LOOGY Joe Thatcher. All interchangeable with the C+ guys above. And there are some Cs I like. . .Cesar Carrillo pending his elbow recovery. Cesar Ramos and Will Venable may contribute. Watch a draft sleeper named Wynn Pelzer, has a very live arm.

Of course, full statistics and reports on over 1,000 other players will be in the 2008 Baseball Prospect Book, now available for pre-order. Ships the first Monday in February!