2018 San Diego Padres Top 10 Prospects

Padres Top 10 Prospects
1. Fernando Tatis Jr., SS
2. MacKenzie Gore, LHP
3. Michel Baez, RHP
4. Cal Quantrill, RHP
5. Adrian Morejon, LHP
6. Luis Urias, 2B/SS
7. Anderson Espinoza, RHP
8. Logan Allen, LHP
9. Joey Lucchesi, LHP
10. Gabriel Arias, SS

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For each organization, we identify the 10 prospects with the highest ceilings, with consideration given to the likelihood of reaching those ceilings.

To qualify as a prospect, a position player cannot exceed 130 big league at-bats, while a pitcher cannot exceed 50 innings or 30 relief appearances. These thresholds mirror major league rookie qualifications, albeit without regard for major league service time.

Notable Graduations: OF Manuel Margot (2), OF Hunter Renfroe (3) and RHP Dinelson Lamet (9).

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SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Strengths: Pitching, pitching and more pitching. It's hard to find another system with the sheer number of major league-caliber arms as the Padres have, especially considering their balance of lefties and righties, starters and relievers, and guys in the higher and lower levels. Even if the Padres' very top pitching prospects get hurt or their development goes sideways, they have enough pitchers that would be top prospects in most other systems to make up for it.

Weaknesses: Power doesn't come easy in Petco Park, and the Padres have a concerning lack of it in their system. Josh Naylor and Jorge Ona continue to struggle to get to their power in games, and the Padres have noticeable needs in the corners moving forward, most notably at third base and left field. Adding impact power bats that can move quickly would supplement the system nicely and complement the stable of arms.

 

BEST TOOLS

🔸Best Hitter for Average: Luis Urias.
🔸Best Power Hitter: Fernando Tatis Jr.
🔸Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Luis Urias.
🔸Fastest Baserunner: Robbie Podorsky.
🔸Best Athlete: Jeisson Rosario.
🔸Best Fastball: Michel Baez.
🔸Best Curveball: Pedro Avila.
🔸Best Slider: MacKenzie Gore.
🔸Best Changeup: Cal Quantrill.
🔸Best Control: MacKenzie Gore.
🔸Best Defensive Catcher: Luis Campusano.
🔸Best Defensive INF: Justin Lopez.
🔸Best INF Arm: Javier Guerra.
🔸Best Defensive OF: Michael Gettys.
🔸Best OF Arm: Michael Gettys.

 

PROJECTED 2021 LINEUP

(Listed with 2021 season age)

🔸C Austin Hedges (28)
🔸1B Wil Myers (30)
🔸2B Luis Urias (24)
🔸3B Yangervis Solarte (33)
🔸SS Fernando Tatis Jr. (22)
🔸LF Jose Pirela (31)
🔸CF Manuel Margot (26)
🔸RF Hunter Renfroe (29)
🔸SP MacKenzie Gore (22)
🔸SP Michel Baez (25)
🔸SP Cal Quantrill (26)
🔸SP Dinelson Lamet (28)
🔸SP Adrian Morejon (22)
🔸CL Anderson Espinoza (23)

 

TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: 3B Chase Headley (Yankees) | WAR: 26.8
🔸2009: 1B Kyle Blanks (Mexican League) | WAR: 4.0
🔸2010: OF Donavan Tate (DNP) | WAR: N/A
🔸2011: RHP Casey Kelly (Giants) | WAR: N/A
🔸2012: 1B Anthony Rizzo (Cubs) | WAR: 26.1
🔸2013: RHP Casey Kelly (Giants) | WAR: N/A
🔸2014: C Austin Hedges (Padres) | WAR: 0.2
🔸2015: RHP Matt Wisler (Braves) | WAR: 0.2
🔸2016: SS Javier Guerra (Padres) | WAR: N/A
🔸2017: RHP Anderson Espinoza (Padres) | Top 10

 

TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: 1B Allan Dykstra (DNP) | WAR: N/A
🔸2009: OF Donavan Tate (DNP) | WAR: N/A
🔸2010: RHP Karsten Whitson (DNS/DNP) | WAR: N/A
🔸2011: 2B Cory Spangenberg (Padres) | WAR: 2.6
🔸2012: LHP Max Fried (Braves) | WAR: N/A
🔸2013: OF Hunter Renfroe (Padres) | WAR: 1.2
🔸2014: SS Trea Turner (Nationals) | WAR: 6.4
🔸2015: RHP Austin Smith (Padres) | WAR: N/A
🔸2016: RHP Cal Quantrill (Padres) | Top 10
🔸2017: LHP MacKenzie Gore (Padres) | Top 10


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