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San Diego Padres Top 20 prospects for 2017: Mid-Season review

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Checking in on the San Diego Padres system

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We continue our mid-season organization reviews with a look at the San Diego Padres Top 20 Prospects from the beginning of 2017. The index for other team reviews can be found here.




This list was originally published February 3rd, 2017.

1) Anderson Espinosa, RHP, Grade B+/A-: Age 19, signed by Red Sox out of Venezuela for $1,800,000 in 2014, traded to Padres for Drew Pomeranz last summer; has missed all of 2017 with elbow problems eventually resulting in Tommy John surgery last month.

2) Manuel Margot, OF, Grade B+: Age 22, signed by Red Sox in 2011, traded to Padres in Craig Kimbrel deal; holding his job in the majors this year with .278/.316/.424 line, 11 steals, solid defense, should continue to improve steadily.

3) Hunter Renfroe, OF, Grade B+/B: Age 25, first round pick in 2013 out of Mississippi State; hitting .233/.285/.467 with 20 homers, 22 walks, 106 strikeouts in 360 major league at-bats; this is pretty much exactly as expected.

4) Cal Quantrill, RHP, Grade B/B+: Age 22, first round pick out of Stanford in 2016 despite making comeback from Tommy John surgery, performing well enough with 3.74 ERA in 91 innings between High-A and Double-A, 89/28 K/BB, 101 hits; a bit erratic, some games he gets hit hard but he’s been dominant at times as well.

5) Adrian Morejon, LHP, Grade B/B-: Age 18, Cuban lefty signed for $11,000,000 plus another $11,000,000 in penalties, very strong so far, 3.35 ERA in 40 innings between Northwest League and Low-A, excellent 37/3 K/BB; it is early but so far he’s living up to the hype.

6) Jacob Nix, RHP, Grade B/B-: Age 21, third round pick in 2015 from IMG Academy; 4.32 ERA in 67 innings in High-A, 51/10 K/BB, 78 hits; some dominant outings and always shows good control but sometimes surprisingly hittable for a pitcher with very solid stuff and command.

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7) Luis Urias, INF, Grade B/B-: Age 20, signed out of Mexico in 2013; hitting .318/.415/.407 in Double-A with 53 walks, 46 strikeouts in 349 at-bats; best-suited for second base in my view but high OBP/high average bat with gap power and youth is a fine combo.

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8) Dinelson Lamet, RHP, Grade B/B-: Age 25, signed out of Dominican Republic in 2014; 5.62 ERA in 58 major league innings, 75/22 K/BB, 50 hits; very high strikeout rate a big positive, could use more consistent command but the high ERA is misleading.

9) Eric Lauer, LHP, Grade B/B-: Age 22, first round pick out of Kent State in 2016; excellent in High-A (2.79, 84/19 K/BB in 68 innings) but some rough patches in Double-A (5.73 ERA in 33 innings, 24/13 K/BB, 37 hits) but good starts, too; I trust his ability to make adjustments as needed.

10) Chris Paddack, RHP, Grade B-: Age 21, drafted by Marlins in eighth round from high school in Texas, traded to Padres last summer for Fernando Rodney; blew out elbow and had Tommy John surgery, still on recovery/rehab.

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11) Josh Naylor, 1B, Grade B-: Age 20, first round pick by Marlins in 2015 from high school in Canada, traded to Padres in Andrew Cashner deal; hitting .294/.362/.445 in 357 at-bats between High-A and Double-A, 10 homers, 37 walks, 62 strikeouts; making progress taping his power more consistently.

12) Michael Gettys, OF, Grade B-: Age 21, second round pick in 2014; hitting .263/.336/.429 with 11 homers, 17 steals, 33 walks, 142 strikeouts in 350 at-bats; always one of the toolsiest guys on the field with power/speed combo but approach remains very raw.

13) Logan Allen, LHP, Grade C+/B-: Age 20, fifth round pick in 2015 by Red Sox from IMG Academy; traded to Padres in Kimbrel deal; 2.55 ERA in 102 innings, 114/37 K/BB, 84 hits combined between Low-A and High-A, Midwest League observers were highly impressed with him before his promotion. Don’t overlook him.

14) Fernando Tatis Jr, SS, Grade C+/B-: Age 18, signed by White Sox out of Dominican Republic in 2015 for $700,000, son of Fernando Tatis; traded to Padres in James Shields deal; glowing reports and impressive performance in Low-A, hitting .266/.364/.488 with 17 homers, 27 steals, 56 walks, 113 strikeouts in 383 at-bats; power, speed, patience, and at least some chance to stay at shortstop although third is most likely destination long-term, elite prospect, now very strong B+ or A-.

15) Mason Thompson, RHP, Grade C+/B-: Age 18, drafted in third round in 2016 from high school in Texas, could have gone in first round but was recovering from Tommy John surgery; 4.67 ERA in 27 innings in Low-A, 28/12 K/BB, 23 hits; just placed on disabled list with vague “shoulder problem,” which is (potentially) scarier than Tommy John.

16) Jorge Ona, OF, Grade C+/B-: Age 20, Cuban, signed for $7,000,000 last summer; compact and strong frame at 6-0, 200; hitting .291/.364/.419 with 30 walks, 92 strikeouts in 327 at-bats in Low-A; Midwest League sources like hitting potential but want to see more game power; young enough to develop a lot of it.

17) Carlos Asuaje, INF, Grade C+: Age 25, 11th round pick by Boston in 2013 from Nova Southeastern University in Florida; traded to Padres in Kimbrel farm restock; hitting .305/.369/.398 in 118 major league at-bats; consistently outplays his tools I don’t see any real reason why that will change, though don’t expect .300 all the time.

18) Miguel Diaz, RHP, Grade C+: Age 22, signed by the Milwaukee Brewers out of the Dominican Republic in 2011, picked by Twins in 2016 Rule 5 draft then traded to Padres; 6.82 ERA in 32 MLB innings with 25/18 K/BB, now on disabled list with “strained forearm”

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19) Phil Maton, RHP, Grade C+: Age 24, 20th round pick in 2015 from Louisiana Tech; 2.82 ERA in 22 major league innings, 25/2 K/BB, excellent so far and will take larger bullpen role if this continues; minor league track record implies that it will.

20) Jose Rondon, SS, Grade C+: Age 23, signed by Angels out of Venezuela in 2011, traded to Padres in Huston Street deal; hitting .289/.339/.418 in 273 at-bats between Double-A and Triple-A; now on disabled list with undisclosed injury.


Austin Allen, C: Hitting .296/.362/.518 in High-A, defense has improved.
Luis Almanzar, SS: Hitting .226/.306/.311 in the Northwest League, age 17.
Pedro Avila, RHP: 4.19 ERA in 97 innings between Low-A and High-A with strong 118/27 K/BB.
Gabriel Arias, SS: Hitting .278/.323/.343 in rookie ball.
Lake Bachar, RHP: Didn’t come out of extended spring until late June but pitching well, 23/8 K/BB, 1.59 ERA in 17 innings between rookie ball and Low-A.
Chris Baker, SS: Hitting .232/.288/.348 in High-A, sleeper prospect still sleeping.
Franchy Cordero, OF: .313/.361/.581 in Triple-A, .228/.276/.424 in the majors, still young at 22.

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Allen Cordoba, INF: Rule 5 pick jumping to MLB from rookie ball, hot early but has cooled off, hitting .221/.291/.320.
Enyel De Los Santos, RHP: 4.27 ERA in 116 innings in Double-A, 106/37 K/BB.
Javier Guerra, SS: Hitting .231/.276/.365 between High-A and Double-A.
Brett Kennedy, RHP: 3.42 ERA in 113 innings in Double-A, 114/29 K/BB; another sleeper,
Reggie Lawson, RHP: 6.00 ERA in 51 innings in Low-A, 61/28 K/BB, whiffs show promise.
Walker Lockett, RHP: 4.39 ERA in 59 innings in Triple-A, 33/13 K/BB, on DL since June 2nd.
Joey Lucchesi, LHP: 2.47 ERA in 109 innings between High-A and Double-A, 119/26 K/BB, another sleeper.
Hudson Potts, 3B: .224/.264/.368 with 11 homers, 114 whiffs, 17 walks in 375 at-bats in Low-A.
Jeisson Rosario, OF: Hitting .298/.405/.375 in rookie ball, read detailed report here.
Luis Torrens, C: Rule 5 guy, hitting .184/.259/.235 in majors.
Jose Torres, LHP: 5.04 ERA in 50 major league innings, 48/13 K/BB.
Nick Torres, OF: Hitting .264/.306/.377 with eight homers, 19 walks, 90 whiffs in 348 at-bats in Double-A.

Lots to talk about in the Padres system. I will be in the comments section for discussion.