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  1. 1. CJ Abrams | SS
    CJ Abrams
    Born: Oct 3, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Roswell, Ga., 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Tyler Stubblefield.
    Minors: .296/.363/.420 | 2 HR | 13 SB | 162 AB

    Hitting: 70. Power: 50. Running: 80. Fielding: 60. Arm: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: The Padres considered Abrams the top prep shortstop in the 2019 draft and were thrilled he fell to them at the sixth overall pick. After signing for $5.2 million, Abrams hit .401 in the Rookie-level Arizona League to win the league's MVP award and received a promotion to low Class A Fort Wayne. He spent 2020 at the alternate training site and excelled against older competition before finishing the year with a dominant showing at instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Abrams has a rare blend of elite athleticism and a gifted feel for hitting. His flat, fluid swing consistently produces hard contact and allows him to drive the ball wherever it's pitched. Abrams has the direct stroke and bat speed to hit any fastball and the hand-eye coordination to barrel secondary pitches even when he's fooled or off-balance. He occasionally chases off the edges of the plate, but he rarely swings and misses in the strike zone. A potential .300 hitter, Abrams has the long, lean frame to add strength and reach 20-home run power at maturity. His elite speed makes him a premier stolen base threat. Abrams has rapidly improved defensively at shortstop. He makes highlight-reel plays with his wide range and reliable hands, though his short, low-slot throwing stroke and average arm strength fit better at second base. Evaluators believe Abrams could excel in center field as well.

    THE FUTURE: Abrams has the skills to be a dynamic talent atop the order. The Padres believe he'll move quickly in 2021.

  2. 2. Luis Campusano | C
    Luis Campusano
    Born: Sep 29, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 232
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Augusta, Ga., 2017 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Tyler Stubblefield.
    Minors: .295/.365/.541 | 15 HR | 1 SB | 292 AB

    Hitting: 55. Power: 60. Running: 30. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: Campusano suffered a concussion shortly after the Padres drafted him in 2017 and had a season-ending concussion in 2018, but he stayed healthy in 2019 and won the high Class A California League batting title (.325) and co-MVP award. He made his big league debut in 2020 and homered in his first game before missing the rest of the regular season with a left wrist sprain. In October, Campusano was arrested and charged with felony marijuana possession in Georgia.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Campusano is one of the strongest players in the Padres' system. He occasionally swung a 40-ounce bat in games in the minors and still demonstrated some of the best bat speed among his peers. Campusano pummels baseballs on a line from foul pole to foul pole and is progressively learning to elevate for home runs. He's aggressive and swings hard, but he stays within the strike zone to limit his strikeouts and draws plenty of walks. Campusano has a strong, flexible lower half behind the plate and lost 10-15 pounds to improve his quickness. He's an excellent blocker and has improved his receiving to average to go with above-average arm strength.

    THE FUTURE: Campusano's upcoming legal proceedings cloud his future. On talent, he could be an everyday catcher who hits in the middle of the order.

  3. 3. Robert Hassell | OF
    Robert Hassell
    Born: Aug 15, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Thompson's Sta., Tenn., 2020 (1).
    Signed By: Tyler Stubblefield.
    Minors: .302/.393/.470 | 11 HR | 34 SB | 443 AB

    Hitting: 60. Power: 50. Running: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: Hassell's precocious hitting ability first rose to national prominence when he played for Tennessee in the 2013 and 2014 Little League World Series. He later hit .514 to lead USA Baseball's 18U National Team to the silver medal at the 2019 World Cup, cementing his status as the top high school hitter in the 2020 class. The Padres made Hassell the first prep player drafted, No. 8 overall, and signed him for $4.3 million to forgo a Vanderbilt commitment. He reported to the alternate training site before finishing up with a strong showing at instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Hassell has a picturesque lefthanded swing geared for contact. It's an easy, loose, direct swing, and he has a preternatural ability to manipulate the barrel and cover all parts of the strike zone. Hassell has excellent strike-zone discipline and projects to be at least a plus hitter, but his lean, thin frame raises questions about his power potential. His long limbs and big hands provide hope he can add enough strength to reach 15-20 home runs. Hassell is an average runner down the line and ticks up to above-average in center field, where he glides naturally to the ball as an above-average defender. He touched 92 mph as a pitcher and has the arm strength for right field if needed.

    THE FUTURE: Hassell's pure hitting ability gives him an excellent foundation. His physical development will determine if he reaches his All-Star potential.

  4. 4. MacKenzie Gore | LHP
    MacKenzie Gore
    Born: Feb 24, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 197
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Whiteville, N.C., 2017 (1st round).
    Signed By: Nick Brannon.
    Minors: 1-3 | 3.93 ERA | 61 SO | 28 BB | 51 IP

    Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Changeup: 60. Curveball: 55. Control: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: Gore led tiny Whiteville (N.C.) High to three state championships in four years and won BA's High School Player of the Year award in 2017. The Padres drafted him third overall and signed him for a franchise-record $6.7 million to forgo an East Carolina commitment. Gore's first full season was interrupted by recurring blisters that sent him to the injured list three times, but he flourished with full health in 2019. Gore posted the lowest ERA (1.69) and WHIP (0.83) of any pitcher in the minors who threw at least 100 innings despite spending the year at hitter-friendly high Class A Lake Elsinore and Double-A Amarillo, and he entered 2020 considered arguably the top pitching prospect in baseball. Gore looked sharp in spring training, but after the coronavirus pandemic shut camps down, he arrived at summer camp in July with his delivery out of sync. He spent the season at the alternate training site smoothing that out and improved toward the end of the year.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Gore is a tall, lanky lefthander whose elite athleticism is the foundation of his success. His delivery features a lot of moving parts, including a high leg kick where he brings his knee nearly to his collarbone, hands raised high above his head and a slight turn away from the batter, but he generally has the strength and body control to repeat his mechanics. Gore explodes out of his delivery with tremendous extension that helps his stuff play up. His fastball ranges from 91-96 mph and sits at 93-94. The pitch gets on hitters faster than they expect, resulting in a lot of late swings and misses in the strike zone. Gore's 83-87 mph slider with tight spin and late break is another plus pitch he can locate to both sides of the plate, but there are days his 76-79 mph curveball with late, 1-to-7 snap is his better breaking ball. He rarely has a feel for both of them in the same game and often has to pick one. Gore's 79-83 mph changeup features late sink at the bottom of the zone and is another plus pitch the few times he throws it. Gore throws everything for strikes with plus control when he's right, but his delivery fell out of rhythm over the summer. Different observers alternately saw problems with his direction to the plate, his upper and lower body being disconnected and inconsistent timing with his arm stroke and release point. The result was a velocity drop into the low 90s and sharply reduced command. Gore worked through the summer to get back in sync and began looking more like his best self by the end of the season. He still is working to get all four of his pitches working at the same time.

    THE FUTURE: Gore's ability to throw four quality pitches for strikes gives him front-of-the-rotation potential, but he's going to have to maintain his high-maintenance delivery. The Padres plan to take it slow and start him back at Double-A in 2021.

  5. 5. Adrian Morejon | LHP
    Adrian Morejon
    Born: Feb 27, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 224
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2016.
    Signed By: Chris Kemp/Trevor Schumm/Felix Feliz.

    Fastball: 60. Slider: 50 . Changeup: 60. Curveball: 60. Control: 45.

    TRACK RECORD: Morejon was the star pitcher on Cuba's junior national teams and signed with the Padres for a franchise-record $11 million in 2016. He battled a series of arm injuries after signing, including a season-ending shoulder injury after his major league debut in 2019, but he stayed healthy in 2020 and posted a 4.66 ERA as a long reliever and spot starter for the Padres.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Morejon has long had premium stuff from the left side. His fastball sits 94-96 mph as a starter and touches 99 in short bursts with remarkably little effort. He's begun repeating his release point on his 79-82 mph curveball to make it a consistent plus offering that sweeps across the plate and finishes with sharp, late drop at the bottom of the strike zone. Morejon has a traditional changeup with sink and run, but his diving, swing-and-miss knuckle-change is the better offspeed pitch and has taken a more prominent role in his arsenal. He also introduced a vertical slider in 2020 that shows promise but is the clear final pitch in his arsenal. Morejon pitched with more confidence and improved his strike-throwing in his second stint in the majors, but he's still working on fastball command. He frequently leaves his fastball up over the plate and gets hit hard. He also has never pitched more than 65.1 innings in a season.

    THE FUTURE: Morejon has potent stuff, but his durability and command are questions. He will try to win a rotation spot in 2021.

  6. 6. Jackson Merrill | SS
    Jackson Merrill
    Born: Apr 19, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 195
    Minors: .280/.339/.383 | 0 HR | 5 SB | 107 AB

    Merrill is one of the bigger draft risers late in the process and in June was getting buzz from around the industry that he wouldn't get out of the second round. Now listed at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, Merrill has gone through a huge growth spurt over the last six months or so, adding a significant amount of strength that has changed his profile. He's now showing plus raw power and the teams high on him really like his lefthanded swing and feel for hitting. He has solid bat speed and a swing that's conducive to hitting the other way, and the defensive tools that should give him a chance to stick at shortstop. He's an average runner with solid hands and moves well enough to at least stick on the infield, with above-average arm strength. Like many players in the 2021 class, Merrill is a polarizing prospect with a wide range of opinions from the industry. More skeptical evaluators like him as a later Day Two pick and think he should go to school and prove his hitting ability, because he wasn't at many of the big summer showcase events last summer and his Maryland competition this spring wasn't great. Previously an Army commit, Merrill is now committed to Kentucky, but there's been enough heat on him that there's a real chance he doesn't make it to campus.

  7. 7. James Wood | OF
    James Wood
    Born: Sep 17, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 240
    Minors: .372/.465/.535 | 3 HR | 10 SB | 86 AB

    It would be difficult to find a player in the 2021 class with more overall upside than IMG Academy outfielder James Wood. The son of a college and professional basketball player, Wood has a unique collection of traits and tools packed into a massive, 6-foot-6, 230-pound frame. Like his father, Wood was also a talented basketball player but began focusing exclusively on baseball after transferring from Maryland to IMG. He has some of the best raw power in the class—which some scouts have given a future 70 grade—he moves exceptionally well for his size and has played an impressive center field, he can throw and he showed impressive bat-to-ball skills with a smooth and leveraged lefthanded swing last spring. However, for as good as Wood was a year ago, he struggled this spring while playing for perhaps the most scrutinized and heavily-scouted high school team in the nation. While Wood did show some swing-and-miss tendencies over the summer, he struck out at a significantly higher rate this spring which raised questions about how much the long-levered slugger would be able to make contact at the next level. Wood has used a very low handset in his setup at the plate, and when he's on time it hasn't been an issue with more than enough bat speed to get on plane and catch velocity out in front. However, Wood has recently tweaked his setup with a wider base and a higher handset to try and simplify the process and let himself simply react and use his hands naturally. It's most likely that Wood winds up in a corner outfield spot, simply because players of his size so rarely stick in center field at the big league level, but he does have the speed and route-running ability to handle the position. Wood might be a bit of a split-camp player at the top of the draft because some teams will shy away from his long levers and swing-and-miss tendencies, but for teams unafraid to take a shot on massive upside, his tool set easily fit in the first round. Wood is committed to Mississippi State.

  8. 8. Joshua Mears | OF
    Joshua Mears
    Born: Feb 21, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 230
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Federal Way, Wash., 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Justin Baughman.
    Minors: .244/.368/.529 | 17 HR | 10 SB | 242 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Mears stood out for his physicality at the 2018 Area Code Games and showed prolific power throughout high school. The Padres drafted him 48th overall in 2019 and signed him for $1 million. Mears impressed in his pro debut in the Rookie-level Arizona League, but he suffered a broken hamate bone in 2020 that kept him off the field until the end of instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Mears is built like a major league slugger at a chiseled 6-foot-3, 230 pounds. He destroys baseballs with plus-plus raw power and has already posted exit velocities as high as 117 mph-- which would have been fourth-highest in the major leagues in 2020. Mears' power is monstrous, but it's a question how much he'll get to it. He has rarely faced good velocity and his swing length and pitch recognition need improvement for him to be an average hitter. Mears is athletic for his size but projects to slow down as he gets older. He fits in right field with his above-average arm strength.

    THE FUTURE: Mears was committed to Purdue to study engineering and took college classes while still in high school. That intelligence and work ethic should help him get the most from his abilities.

  9. 9. Justin Lange | RHP
    Justin Lange
    Born: Sep 11, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Llano, Texas (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Kevin Ham.
    Minors: 0-3 | 6.95 ERA | 29 SO | 15 BB | 22 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Lange topped out in the low 90s during the Area Code Games entering his senior year of high school, but came back sitting 95-98 mph in the spring and rocketed up draft boards. The Padres drafted him 34th overall and signed him for $2 million to forgo a Dallas Baptist commitment. Lange joined the alternate training site after signing but was limited by shoulder fatigue in instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Lange has a projectable 6-foot-4 frame and is extraordinarily athletic. He originally committed to DBU as an infielder and is a plus-plus runner. Lange's fastball sits 94-95 mph, touches 98 with ease and has clipped 100 mph. He doesn't quite have command of it yet, but that should improve as he grows into his long limbs and gets stronger. Lange's secondaries are works in progress. He flashes an above-average slider at 86-89 mph but gets under the ball too often and has rarely used his mid-80s changeup. His control of his secondaries is behind his fastball control.

    THE FUTURE: Lange is a bit of a lottery ticket. His athleticism and velocity are a good foundation, and the Padres will see if his secondaries and control come along.

  10. 10. Victor Lizarraga | RHP
    Victor Lizarraga
    Born: Nov 30, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2021.
    Minors: 0-4 | 5.10 ERA | 35 SO | 15 BB | 30 IP

    Lizarraga is a projectable 17-year-old righthander with a three-pitch mix and a clean, repeatable delivery which should allow him to throw strikes. Scouts have noted that his fastball tends to flatten, however, which makes it more hittable than desired. He pairs the fastball with a mid-70s curveball and a solid changeup.

  11. 11. Reiss Knehr | RHP
    Reiss Knehr
    Born: Nov 3, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Fordham, 2018 (20th round).
    Signed By: Jake Koenig.
    Minors: 6-3 | 3.57 ERA | 66 SO | 31 BB | 76 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Knehr was a standout pitcher at Fordham and was the Rams' second baseman or designated hitter on days he didn't pitch. The Padres liked his athleticism and drafted him in the 20th round in 2018. Knehr struggled with an aggressive assignment to high Class A Lake Elsinore in his first full season, but he made adjustments and was the Padres' biggest breakout performer at instructional league in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Knehr's stuff has improved now that he is focused on pitching only. His fastball sat in the low 90s in college and now comfortably sits 93-96 mph. His slider has ticked up from a low-80s pitch to an average 84-87 mph offering with shape and depth, and he is increasingly showing a feel for upper-80s changeup. Knehr has a history of walks and his control is inconsistent, but he's gradually challenging hitters and throwing more strikes. He is a good athlete with a big, durable frame and a quick arm.

    THE FUTURE: Knehr's upward trend has the Padres excited. He may see Double-A in 2021.

  12. 12. Robert Gasser | LHP
    Robert Gasser
    Born: May 31, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Minors: 0-0 | 1.20 ERA | 14 SO | 2 BB | 15 IP

    Talk about a transformation. Gasser was draft-eligible in 2020, but even if the draft had been much longer than five rounds, no one was going to select an 88-91 mph lefty reliever who allowed two baserunners per inning and had an 11.57 ERA in four relief appearances. This year, he'll likely hear his name called before the end of the second round. Gasser was Houston's ace this year, putting himself on the radar by matching Ty Madden pitch for pitch in an early-season start. He went 6-6, 2.63 overall with 11.0 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9. Gasser spent his layoff in the weight room and on the field, long-tossing and lifting. It paid off as he showed up in 2021 throwing harder and with sharper secondaries. Gasser actually began his career at New Mexico, then transferred to Delta (Calif.) JC, where he went 14-0, 2.38. Along the way, he shortened his arm stroke. In 2021, that work paid off. Gasser sat 90-93 mph this year and could regularly reach back for 94-95 mph whenever he needed it. He's added a pause in his delivery that seems to mess with hitters' timing. His above-average slider improved as well. He can now bury it for swings and misses, but also can command it for strikes. He showed feel for spotting a mid-80s, below-average changeup, although that change lacks separation and late drop and fade to be a weapon. Gasser also has developed a big-breaking, mid-70s, fringe-average curveball that he uses almost entirely for early-count called strikes. Gasser projects as a back-of-the-rotation arm, but one with a high likelihood of success thanks to his work ethic and steady improvement.

  13. 13. Kevin Kopps | RHP
    Kevin Kopps
    Born: Mar 2, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200
    Minors: 1-0 | 0.61 ERA | 22 SO | 6 BB | 15 IP

    Kopps has carried a starter's workload as a moment-of-truth reliever for the nation's No. 1 team. In the NCAA regionals, Kopps threw 13.1 scoreless innings and 185 pitches in four days to get two wins and a save in three appearances. After NCAA regionals he led the nation with a 0.68 ERA. Kopps has one plus pitch, but it's an exceptional offering. Even college hitters that know he's going to throw his plus-plus mid-80s slider/cutter can't lay off of it. He can throw it for strikes, where its late movement still makes it tough to hit. And when he gets to two strikes, he can lower his target and watch hitters swing over an almost unhittable slider in the dirt. Kopps throws his below-average 88-92 mph fastball just 24% of the time overall and just 17% of the time when he's in a two-strike count. He will mix in a below-average slow (mid 70s) curveball and he's toyed with a fringe-average changeup that is effective because of the surprise factor. This is Kopps' fifth season at Arkansas (he redshirted one year and then received a medical redshirt as he recovered from Tommy John surgery). He is already 24 years old. A team picking him will expect him to move quite quickly, but considering his workload this spring, any pro team signing him will have to consider shutting him down until 2022 because of his heavy usage. He should move quickly, but there are some doubts that his dominance will translate effectively to pro ball.

  14. 14. Euribiel Angeles | 2B
    Euribiel Angeles
    Born: May 11, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 175
    Minors: .329/.392/.445 | 4 HR | 19 SB | 434 AB

    The strong, righthanded-hitting infielder signed for $300,000 while the Padres were in an international penalty period. His short, compact swing led the system with a .349 batting average through July 20 after he jumped from the Dominican Summer League to Low-A Lake Elsinore. A high baseball IQ is one reason the Padres believe he'll continue to meet challenges as he climbs the system.

  15. 15. Reggie Lawson | RHP
    Reggie Lawson
    Born: Aug 2, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 214
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Victorville, Calif., 2016 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Jeff Stevens.
    Minors: 0-2 | 9.45 ERA | 9 SO | 6 BB | 7 IP

    TRACK RECORD: A touted amateur drafted in the supplemental second round in 2016, Lawson interspersed flashes of brilliance with rough outings before missing most of 2019 with an elbow strain. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection and returned to make three dominant appearances in the Arizona Fall League, but the PRP didn't hold and he had Tommy John surgery in March 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Lawson looks like a pitcher straight out of central casting with a strong, well-proportioned frame and a loose, athletic delivery. He tops his three-pitch mix with a 93-96 mph fastball with late life he holds deep into games. His 76-80 mph curveball has steadily added power and bite to get swings and misses and his mid-80s changeup flashes above-average with sink at the bottom of the zone. Lawson's stuff is loud, but his secondaries and his control vary widely, leading to dominant outings mixed with disastrous ones. He's at his best in big games.

    THE FUTURE: Lawson has the ingredients of a mid-rotation starter, but he has to get healthy and find consistency. He may return in mid-2021 depending on his rehab progress.

  16. 16. Victor Acosta | SS
    Victor Acosta
    Born: Jun 10, 2004
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2021.

    TRACK RECORD: The Padres signed one of the best true shortstops in the class with Victor Acosta from the Dominican Republic.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Acosta is 5-foot-11, 165 pounds and moves around gracefully at shortstop, where he's light on his feet with soft hands and a plus arm. He reads the ball well off the bat with a nose for the ball, showing quick actions but with the ability to slow the game down and play under control, showing all the attributes to develop into a plus defender. A slightly above-average runner, Acosta is a switch-hitter with quick hands at the plate. He has a slasher type stroke that early on was more advanced from the left side, though his righthanded swing has caught up to the point where some scouts think that he has more impact now. Acosta isn't that big but he does have some sneaky power for his size to drive the ball out occasionally during BP thanks to his bat speed. He trained with Hector Evertz.

    THE FUTURE: Still 16 years old, Acosta is years away and will likely make his initial debut in the Dominican Summer League.

  17. 17. Samuel Zavala | OF
    Samuel Zavala
    Born: Jul 15, 2004
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2021.

    TRACK RECORD: Zavala was one of the better pure hitters in the international class. He's still 16 until July 15, making him one of the younger players in the class, but his baseball IQ is advanced for his age, especially at the plate.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Zavala has a loose, rhythmic stroke from the left side with good sequence. Zavala has a knack for barreling the ball against live pitching, driving the ball well the opposite way already. As he's gotten stronger, he's added more power with the loft in his swing to tap into in games. If everything clicks for Zavala, he could end up with above-average hit and power tools, which would fit well in either corner spot. The Padres have challenged Zavala to work at his speed, though, and he's an average runner now, so he should get reps in center field as well as the corners. He moves around well in the outfield and has good instincts with a 55 arm that could become plus as he gets stronger.
    < br />THE FUTURE: While he probably goes to a corner long term, the attributes are in place for him to develop into an above-average defender there. Zavala will make his pro debut in 2021 in the Dominican Summer League.

  18. 18. Efrain Contreras | RHP
    Efrain Contreras
    Born: Jan 2, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: Mexico, 2017.
    Signed By: Emmanuel Rangel/Bill McLaughlin.

    TRACK RECORD: The Padres purchased Contreras' rights for $50,000 from the Mexican League's Veracruz franchise in 2017. He jumped on radars when he finished eighth in the low Class A Midwest League in strikeouts in his full-season debut in 2019 and took a leap in 2020, where he earned raves as the Padres' top pitcher in instructional league. He left one of his final instructs starts with an elbow injury, however, and had Tommy John surgery in November.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Contreras long showed the ability to throw three pitches for strikes and has steadily improved his fastball velocity. Strong in his square, stocky build, Contreras' fastball now sits 92-93 mph and touches 95 with carry up in the zone. His combination of velocity, life and pinpoint command makes his fastball a swing-and-miss weapon, and he confidently challenges hitters with a hint of bravado. Contreras drops his sharp, downer curveball in the strike zone in any count and shows the makings of an above-average low-80s changeup with deception and fade. He fills up the strike zone with plus control and works quickly with a composed, business-like demeanor.

    THE FUTURE: The Padres felt confident Contreras would pitch in the majors and be a potential back-of-the-rotation starter based on what he showed in instructional league. He'll be out all of 2021 recovering and is set to return in 2022.

  19. 19. Eguy Rosario | 2B/SS
    Eguy Rosario
    Born: Aug 25, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 150
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: Felix Feliz/Trevor Schumm/Chris Kemp.
    Minors: .281/.360/.455 | 12 HR | 30 SB | 420 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Rosario signed with the Padres for $300,000 on his 16th birthday and quickly made his way to High-A Lake Elsinore, where he ranked among the California League leaders in hits (129), doubles (25) and triples (8) in 2019 as the league's sixth-youngest player on Opening Day. He was brought to instructional league in 2020 and spent the winter in the Venezuelan League, where he hit .327/.393/.429.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Rosario is nicknamed “Eggy” because his short, stout build resembles an egg, but he packs surprising power and speed for his size. Rosario swings hard and drives the ball with a short, quick swing. He catches up to velocity and has improved at using the whole field, although he will occasionally lose his approach. He's at his best when he focuses on driving the ball on the line up the middle. Rosario has above-average speed on the bases, but he lacks lateral agility in the field. He is best at second base and has worked to improve at third base, where his plus arm is an asset.

    THE FUTURE: Evaluators view Rosario as a potential up-and-down utility option. He has a chance to be more if he continues to hit.

  20. 20. Ethan Elliott | LHP
    Ethan Elliott
    Born: Apr 28, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 180
    Minors: 2-2 | 3.06 ERA | 87 SO | 19 BB | 71 IP

    At 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, Elliott's abnormal extension from a three-quarters slot allows his 86-90 mph fastball to play well above its radar gun readings. He struck out 71 in 58 innings (2.95 ERA) at High-A Fort Wayne before a midseason promotion.

  21. 21. Brandon Valenzuela | C
    Brandon Valenzuela
    Born: Oct 2, 2000
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 230
    Drafted/Signed: Mexico, 2017.
    Signed By: Bill McLaughlin/Trevor Schumm/Chris Kemp.
    Minors: .299/.393/.429 | 7 HR | 4 SB | 378 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The Padres scouted Mexico heavily during the 2017-18 international signing period and purchased Valenzuela's rights for $100,000 from the Mexico City Red Devils. The switch-hitting catcher grew three inches after signing and impressed with more walks (34) than strikeouts (32) in the Rookie-level Arizona League. He earned plaudits during 2020 instructional league for his ability to catch older, more advanced pitchers.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Valenzuela is a physical backstop with premium defensive ability for his age. He's an excellent framer who takes low pitches and turns them into strikes, records pop times in the 1.9s with his above-average arm and is often the smartest player on the field. He remembers hitters' tendencies and expertly guides his pitchers through difficult situations. Valenzuela has a simple swing from both sides of the plate. His bat speed is limited, but he doesn't chase outside the strike zone and draws enough walks to be an offensive contributor. His strength gives him a chance to reach double-digit home runs at maturity.

    THE FUTURE: Valenzuela has the look and defensive attributes of a future major league catcher. He'll move to full-season ball in 2021.

  22. 22. Jonny Homza | C
    Jonny Homza
    Born: Jun 13, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 185
    Minors: .218/.329/.349 | 6 HR | 8 SB | 312 AB

    The converted third baseman was drafted in the fifth round out of South Anchorage (Alaska) High in 2017, the same year the Padres selected Joey Cantillo out of Hawaii. Homza had an .829 OPS through July 20 in what was his first full-season assignment.

  23. 23. Max Ferguson | 2B
    Max Ferguson
    Born: Aug 23, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180
    Minors: .212/.382/.297 | 0 HR | 15 SB | 118 AB

    Ferguson helped lead The Bolles School in Jacksonville to back-to-back state championships in high school and entered this spring as an industry favorite with a chance to go among the first 50 picks in the draft. After a season in which he hit .264/.387/.485 with a 23% strikeout rate that might be on the optimistic end of potential outcomes for him. Scouts really liked Ferguson's swing entering the year, but thought it backed up a bit this spring as he started to leak out over his front side more frequently. Entering the year, scouts saw a player with an average hit tool and good bat-to-ball traits, but he was clearly trying to hit for more power this spring and that approach led to less contact, albeit with a career-high 12 home runs—though almost all of those homers went to the pull side. Teams will probably want him to get back to a more contact-oriented approach with a wood bat at the next level, control the zone more efficiently and get on base to use his legs. Ferguson is a good athlete and a plus runner who has always stolen bases at a high success rate, and this spring went 15-for-19 (79%) in stolen base attempts. He's played second base for Tennessee and has more than enough speed and athleticism to handle the position, but some scouts would like to see him in center field thanks to his running ability and the fact that he doesn't always look natural with his defensive actions on the dirt.

  24. 24. Tirso Ornelas | OF
    Tirso Ornelas
    Born: Mar 11, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Mexico, 2016.
    Signed By: Chris Kemp/Bill McLaughlin.
    Minors: .248/.344/.389 | 7 HR | 3 SB | 383 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The Padres purchased Ornelas' rights from the Mexican League for $1.5 million and pushed him quickly up their system. He stumbled at high Class A Lake Elsinore in 2019, batting .220 with one home run and while being demoted at midseason. Ornelas showed signs of breaking out with a new swing at the end of the year and carried it forward in the Mexican Winter League in 2020, but his time there was cut short when he broke his forearm diving for a ball in the outfield.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Ornelas is a physical lefthanded hitter with exceptional strike-zone recognition and above-average raw power. His swing got long, slow and steep during his 2019 struggles, so the Padres reset his hand position to get him quicker to the ball. Ornelas is not particularly twitchy so he needs to keep his swing short. He swings at the right pitches and has the strength to drive the ball when he stays on plane and finds the barrel. Ornelas moves well for his size and is playable in right field. His arm strength previously flashed above-average but has regressed.

    THE FUTURE: Ornelas' swing improvements were a promising first step. They need to hold for him to rise in 2021.

  25. 25. Brayan Medina | RHP
    Brayan Medina
    Born: Oct 6, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Luis Prieto/Chris Kemp.
    Minors: 0-1 | 18.00 ERA | 7 SO | 3 BB | 5 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Medina separated himself as Venezuela's top pitcher in the 2019 international class and signed with the Padres for $700,00 on July 2. His expected pro debut in 2020 was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, but he took the mound at instructional league and impressed as one of the youngest players on the Padres roster.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Medina already boasts loud stuff at 18 years old and has the athleticism, arm speed and physicality to continue adding velocity. His fastball comfortably sits 92-94 mph, touches 95, and some observers think he'll throw 100 mph in the future as he fills out and gets stronger. Medina's slider shows excellent spin characteristics and flashes above-average with sharp bite, and he also shows feel for a changeup with late fade. Medina has an energetic delivery and will overthrow and lose the strike zone at times, but he's a plus athlete who should make adjustments as he matures.

    THE FUTURE: Medina's arm strength and athleticism hold a lot of promise. He is set to make his professional debut in 2021.

  26. 26. Adrian Martinez | RHP
    Adrian Martinez
    Born: Dec 10, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 215
    Minors: 8-5 | 3.38 ERA | 122 SO | 41 BB | 125 IP

    He pairs a 94-97 mph fastball with one of the better changeups in the system and a developing slider. He cut his hit rate to 7.7 per nine innings through 13 appearances at Double-A.

  27. 27. Matt Waldron | RHP
    Matt Waldron
    Born: Sep 26, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Minors: 3-8 | 4.25 ERA | 103 SO | 35 BB | 104 IP

    A throwback the Padres' way in the Mike Clevinger trade, the former 18th-rounder's addition of an 80-84 mph knuckleball, which he throws more than 80% of the time, has reimagined what was rather a vanilla pitch mix for the righthander—an 89-93 mph fastball, a slider and a changeup.

  28. 28. Michel Baez | RHP
    Michel Baez
    Born: Jan 21, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 237
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2016.
    Signed By: Trevor Schumm/Jake Koenig.

    Fastball: 60. Slider: 30. Changeup: 55. Curveball: 30. Control: 45.

    TRACK RECORD: Baez briefly pitched in Cuba's major league, Serie Nacional, as an 18-year-old before leaving the island. He signed with the Padres for $3 million in December 2016. Baez worked as a starter in the low minors, but he broke into the majors as a reliever with the Padres in 2019. Expected to take on a bigger bullpen role in 2020, Baez instead regressed and spent most of the season at the alternate training site.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Baez is physically enormous at nearly 6-foot-8, which is both a blessing and a curse. He generates easy 94-97 mph fastballs with his natural strength but struggles to keep his big body and long limbs in sync, resulting in inconsistent mechanics and wide fluctuations in his velocity and his control. Baez's breaking balls stalled in their development and remain well below-average pitches, leaving him to rely almost entirely on his fastball and above-average 86-88 mph changeup. He's also had minor back or shoulder injuries every year since he signed.

    THE FUTURE: The Padres haven't given up on Baez as a starter, but his breaking balls and control need to come a long way for him to stick in the rotation. If they don't, his fastball-changeup combination gives him a chance to stick as a reliever.

  29. 29. Jorge Ona | OF
    Jorge Ona
    Born: Dec 31, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 235
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2016.
    Signed By: Felix Feliz/Trevor Schumm/Chris Kemp.
    Minors: .235/.350/.353 | 0 HR | 0 SB | 17 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Ona was arguably Cuba's best hitter for his age as an amateur and signed with the Padres for $7 million in 2016. He battled a host of injuries after signing and had season-ending right shoulder surgery in May 2019, but he returned healthy in 2020 and starred at the alternate training site. The Padres called him up in September and gave him four starts at designated hitter.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Ona is a thick, bulky hitter with massive raw power. His brute strength and solid bat speed produce towering drives to all fields, especially the opposite way to right-center. Ona's swing was previously stiff and prevented him from making enough contact, but his swing looked much looser post-surgery. He showed the ability to wait back on breaking balls and handle varied stuff, although he's still extremely aggressive and has big holes in his swing, particularly against elevated fastballs or anything inside. Ona's bulk makes him a below-average defender with below-average speed in the outfield. He flashed above-average arm strength before surgery.

    THE FUTURE: Ona has a better chance to reach his power with his looser swing. His outlook for playing time will improve if the National League permanently adopts the DH.

  30. 30. Steven Wilson | RHP
    Steven Wilson
    Born: Aug 24, 1994
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 185
    Signed By: Tim Reynolds.
    Minors: 4-0 | 3.21 ERA | 71 SO | 14 BB | 42 IP

    Wilson shook off an arm injury and is back throwing 94-98 mph with a low-to-mid 80s slider he commands well. He is in position to make his major league debut as soon as he's needed.

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