High Prospects Collection
Under is an evaluation of the prospects within the farm system of the San Diego Padres. Scouting reviews had been compiled with data supplied by trade sources in addition to my very own observations. That is the third yr we’re delineating between two anticipated aid roles, the abbreviations for which you’ll see within the “place” column under: MIRP for multi-inning aid pitchers, and SIRP for single-inning aid pitchers. The ETAs listed typically correspond to the yr a participant must be added to the 40-man roster to keep away from being made eligible for the Rule 5 draft. Handbook changes are made the place they appear applicable, however I take advantage of that as a rule of thumb.
All the ranked prospects under additionally seem on The Board, a useful resource the location provides that includes sortable scouting data for each group. It has extra particulars (and up to date TrackMan information from varied sources) than this text and integrates each crew’s checklist so readers can evaluate prospects throughout farm programs. It may be discovered here.
Different Prospects of Observe
Grouped by sort and listed so as of choice inside every class.
Linares, 20, was a two-year DSL man who was despatched to Lake Elsinore not lengthy after the Complicated League season began. He regarded excellent throughout prolonged spring coaching, exhibiting really feel for the barrel and a satisfactory look behind the dish. He has 40-grade bat pace however is in any other case a fairly well-rounded younger catcher. King, whose dad performed defensive finish for the Seahawks, was a $500,000 highschool signee in 2022. He’s extraordinarily bodily and has gotten significantly better on protection over the last yr, however he’s nonetheless a long-term dev mission in mainly each approach. Fernandez, 24, is a multi-positional participant with a protracted bat-to-ball observe report. He’s not nice at any of the positions he performs (C/1B/3B, a little bit of second base final yr). Ocopio is a big-framed DSL catcher with a robust early-career bat-to-ball efficiency. Carrillo is a extra mature catcher who’s crushing the DSL proper now and must be despatched to Arizona to be examined.
This whole group is comprised of undersized center infielders, lots of whom switch-hit, and all of whom have superior really feel for contact. They’re additionally all fairly small. Camou is on the complicated in Arizona whereas the remainder are within the DSL.
Particularly for those who already care about Padres prospects, you could be questioning about a number of the names from this group. Cedeño is a little bit infielder with sneaky pop for his measurement. I concern he’s a second base-only defender with out sufficient hit device to profile as an on a regular basis man. Except they will play one other place, guys like this have a tendency to finish up on Domingo Leyba’s path. The identical is basically true of Rojas, who signed for $1.3 million in 2022. I’m undecided he’s going to remain on the grime. For him, Montesino and Mears, the offensive bar they’ll have to clear is kind of excessive.
Rascon is a 6-foot-5 lefty with a low-90s fastball, a mean slider, and a changeup that flashes. He could possibly be a sturdy spot starter. A 2019 minor league rule 5 choose by Boston (from Toronto), Espada was signed as a minor league free agent within the offseason. He has a vertical fastball/curveball cut up and a few of his breakers are actually nasty. His changeup can miss a bat, too. None of his pitches have constant end, which makes Espada’s fastball particularly weak at 40-grade velo. Waldron is a knuckleballing depth arm who made his big league debut recently. Robinson is a low-slot righty sitting 94. Loewen is sitting 95 and has an 87 mph slider; he was promoted to Fort Wayne on the finish of June. He’s a possible reliever who’s an awesome distance from Petco.
The Padres system is extraordinarily prime heavy, with a four-player tier of potential stars up prime after which a large drop off quickly after. The Padres’ deadline posture as large time consumers every of the final a number of years has undoubtedly price them good prospects as they’ve aggressively pursued a hoop, which is pretty much as good a motive to have a barely depleted farm system as any. The Padres have tended to maintain their system flush with sufficient premium prospects to maintain this method. They aren’t excellent, however they have an inclination to select and signal actually good gamers. Final yr, I wrote that their system was down in comparison with prior years they usually had been nonetheless capable of commerce for Juan Soto. At times, the Padres are a little over-aggressive on the trade market and it ends up costing them the occasional Matt Brash or Emmanuel Clase sort of participant in a smaller deal. The sheer variety of graduated large leaguers in different orgs who had been initially signed by the Padres proves each factors. There are at present 15 prospects in different programs who had been initially signed by San Diego. On common since 2020, seven gamers initially signed by the Padres have performed sufficient large league baseball to lose rookie standing, together with Brash, Clase, Jack Suwinski, Andrés Muñoz, and David Bednar.
San Diego is completely satisfied to draft pitchers who fall solely because of harm, with Dylan Lesko and Henry Williams the newest examples; Cal Quantrill and Mason Thompson could be described this manner too. As at all times, on-mound demeanor and worn-on-the-sleeve competitiveness appear to be separators for the Padres, although no quantity of chest-pounding will assist a few of these guys’ fastballs play. On the place participant facet, a little bit pod of compact, hitterish infielders has popped up at San Diego’s lowest ranges. This can be a prospect phylum I are inclined to affiliate extra with groups that take an analytically-oriented method within the worldwide market, like Cleveland and Milwaukee. I don’t assume I’d name this a pattern but, and it might simply be the kind of participant they pivoted to with a view to fill out a signing class behind Ethan Salas.
The Padres professional division nonetheless deploys a number of scouts on the complicated degree regardless that the crew was anticipated to contend this season and be consumers on the deadline. This isn’t true of all contenders, a few of which take a extra dynamic method and throttle down complicated protection after they’re much less prone to commerce for prospects. The Braves are instance of this. Within the occasion they fail to get rolling in July and resolve to make some sellers’ offers, the Padres are in place to take gamers from the decrease minors.