San Diego Padres 60-Man Roster Prospect Analysis
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|Fernando Tatis Jr.||SS|
|Robert Hassell III||OF|
The Padres loaded up on prospects as much as any other team. They included 14 of their top 16 prospects in their initial player pool. The only two exceptions are RHPs Andres Munoz and Reggie Lawson, who had Tommy John surgery this spring. The prospect crop is led by LHP MacKenzie Gore (No. 1 prospect) and RHP Luis Patino (No. 2), arguably the top 1-2 pitching prospect duo in baseball, and includes SS CJ Abrams (No. 3), OF Taylor Trammell (No. 4) and C Luis Campusano (No. 5). The Padres also did something unique and included OF Robert Hassell, the only high school first-rounder from this year's draft added to a 60-player pool so far.
Not many. The Padres included all of their key major leaguers, potential contributors in the upper levels and top prospects at all levels. Aside from Munoz and Lawson, the top prospects not added were 3B Hudson Potts (No. 16) and C Blake Hunt (No. 19). But with only 52 players announced, the Padres still have room to add them and others at a later date, as well.
The Padres balanced long-term development with their desire to win this year. They managed to put together the major league roster they wanted with the requisite depth, while also not sacrificing the long-term development of any of their top prospects. Abrams, Hassell and others in the lower levels won't leave the Alternate Training Site, but they'll get valuable reps against older players.