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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

    BA Grade: 65/High

    Track Record: Abrams long stood out as one of the best and most athletic players for his age in high school and made a big impression when he took over center field for USA Baseball’s 18U National Team and made the position look easy despite never playing it before. He followed with a sensational senior spring, and the Padres were thrilled when he fell to them at the sixth overall pick in 2019. They lured him away from an Alabama commitment with a $5.2 million signing bonus, and by the end of that first pro summer, Abrams had won the Rookie-level Arizona League’s MVP award after batting .401 and earned a promotion to Low-A Fort Wayne. That assignment, however, was halted after just two games due to a shoulder injury. Abrams spent 2020 at the Padres’ alternate training site and made his full-season debut at Double-A San Antonio in 2021, where he got off to a hot start before fracturing his left tibia and spraining his left MCL in a collision with second baseman Eguy Rosario in late June, ending his season. Abrams recovered in time to get back on the field in instructional league but bruised his left shoulder while sliding into a base, an injury that prevented him from participating in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: When he is on the field, Abrams stands out for all the right reasons. He has a flat, fluid swing and elite hand-eye coordination—thanks in large part to the various contraptions his dad devised during his youth—that allow him to hit any type of pitch no matter where it’s located. He expanded the strike zone a bit much in his first stint at San Antonio, which is not all that surprising given that he was essentially jumping from rookie ball all the way to Double-A. At his best, he has a keen eye for the zone and takes borderline pitches like a seasoned veteran. Abrams’ frame is long and lean, but he’s no slap hitter. He makes loud contact off the barrel and can drive the ball out to all fields. It’s not out of the question for him to develop 20-home run power as he matures. Abrams’ 80-grade speed allows him to regularly beat out infield singles and will make him an elite base-stealing threat once he learns pitchers’ tendencies. Defensively, Abrams has plus range at shortstop. He doesn’t always show off his above-average arm, but he has a plus internal clock and tends to save his bullets for when they’re needed. He has gotten more reliable at making the routine plays and will make the occasional highlight-reel play. While it’s easy to compare Abrams to the last shortstop to rise quickly through the Padres’ system, the similarities are few. Where Fernando Tatis Jr. seems to play with his hair on fire, Abrams is a low-motor player whose actions often appear effortless. Tatis’ presence means Abrams is likely destined for a position change. He has the athleticism and aptitude to make the transition to second base or center field when the time comes.

    The Future: For all his talent, Abrams has just 348 plate appearances in three seasons and needs at-bats. If he can stay healthy, he should become a dynamic table-setter in front of Tatis and Manny Machado in the Padres’ lineup.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 70. Power: 50. Run: 80. Fielding: 60. Arm: 55.

  2. 2. 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

    BA Grade: 60/High

    Track Record: Hassell starred in the Little League World Series and led USA Baseball’s 18U national team to a silver medal at the 2019 World Cup with a .514 batting average. The Padres drafted him eighth overall in 2020 and signed him away from a Vanderbilt commitment for $4.3 million. Hassell reported to the alternate training site after signing and got at-bats in big league spring training games in 2021 before making his official pro debut. He lived up to his reputation as a premium hitter by batting .323/.415/.482 at Low-A Lake Elsinore and received a late promotion to High-A Fort Wayne.

    Scouting Report: Hassell’s loose, all-fields swing is already perfectly geared for contact. He’s a consensus plus hitter who controls the strike zone, covers the entire plate and hangs in well against lefties in a way that is rare for a young lefthanded hitter. With a thin, 6-foot-2, 182-pound frame, Hassell has endured questions about his power potential for years, but he is learning to backspin the ball and pull the appropriate pitches. Until his average power manifests in games more consistently, the Padres are content to hit him atop the order, where he’s an on-base machine and a stolen base threat with his above-average speed. Hassell is a natural center fielder who is light on his feet and has the above-average arm strength to play any outfield position. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and isn’t afraid to voice it.

    The Future: Hassell is on the fast track and could reach Double-A as a 20-year-old in 2022. He’s an all-star in the making if he unlocks his 15-20 homer potential.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 45. Speed: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.

  3. 3. 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

    BA Grade: 55/Medium

    Track Record: The first catcher selected in the 2017 draft, Campusano overcame a pair of early concussions to win co-MVP honors in the High-A California League in 2019. A year later, Campusano hit his way from the alternate training site to the majors and homered in his debut, but a wrist injury quickly ended that stint. Austin Nola’s broken finger pushed Campusano onto the Opening Day roster in 2021, but struggles at the became a drain on his playing time and ultimately pushed him back to Triple-A El Paso. He had 15 homers and a .906 OPS in 81 games for the Chihuahuas before an oblique injury ended his season.

    Scouting Report: Campusano’s bat remains his calling card. He is an immensely strong hitter who makes loud contact from foul pole to foul pole and projects as a middle-of-the-order threat who hits for both average and power. He has demonstrated excellent strike-zone control at his best, although he’s been too aggressive during his time in the majors. Defensively, Campusano is an athletic backstop who’s improved his blocking significantly since joining the system. Improving his framing has long been a point of emphasis, but Padres officials were pleased with the strides he made last year. He has above-average arm strength, although accuracy remains inconsistent. Something of an introvert, Campusano has to work to assert himself in game-planning alongside fellow pitchers. Maturity questions also persist following a 2020 arrest for felony marijuana possession, although prosecutors ultimately dropped the charges.

    The Future: With Nola under team control through 2025, Campusano has time on his side to develop into the Padres’ long-term answer at catcher. He’ll try to force his way into the team’s plans in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 55. Speed: 30. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

  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

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: The top pitching prospect in the game heading into 2020, Gore has seen his stock fall as far as anyone’s since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. His mechanics fell out of sync at the alternate training site in 2020 and he looked like a shell of himself in 2021 at Triple-A El Paso, where he posted a 5.85 ERA in six starts before being demoted to extended spring training. Gore spent two months at the Padres’ complex in Peoria, Ariz. addressing his mechanical deficiencies and finished the season on an upswing, but he was still hit and miss in the Arizona Fall League with a 6.35 ERA in three starts.

    Scouting Report: A plus fastball has always allowed Gore’s secondaries to play up. Without that pitch in prime shape, his game fell apart. His arm was late, his elbow was dipping below his shoulder upon release, his velocity was down and his secondaries—a mid-80s slider, a 1-to-7 curveball and a sinking changeup, all of which have flashed plus—backed up. Gore resurfaced in mid August with the athleticism and quickness back in his signature leg kick and quieted some of the upper body movement in his windup. The result was his fastball again sitting in the mid 90s and touching 98, which in turn helped his secondaries. Gore’s command remains inconsistent and he still battles his mechanics at times, but his misses off the plate were much smaller after he returned.

    The Future: The Padres still believe Gore is a potential front-of-the-rotation starter, but he’ll have to improve his command to approach that ceiling. He was added to the 40-man roster in November and is in position to make his big league debut in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Curveball: 55. Changeup: 55. Control: 45.

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

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Wood grew up in Maryland before moving to Florida to hone his baseball skills at IMG Academy. Elevated strikeout totals as a senior sank his draft stock, but the Padres still viewed him as one of the biggest upside plays in the draft. They selected him in the second round, No. 62 overall, and gave him a $2.6 million signing bonus—nearly double the recommended slot amount— to lure him away from a Mississippi State commitment. Wood rewarded their faith with a standout showing in the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League in his pro debut, batting .372/.465/.535 and showing a dynamic combination of power and athleticism.

    Scouting Report: The son of former college basketball standout Kenny Wood, Wood is a uniquely gifted and coordinated athlete for a 6-foot-7 teenager. He generates easy plus-plus raw power from a swing that isn’t as long as you’d expect from a big man. He is still prone to striking out, but after the Padres widened his stance and asked him to stand more upright in the box, his bat path flattened out and his swings and misses went down substantially. He has a chance to be an average hitter who gets to his power in games as long as he maintains his adjustments. Wood is a surprisingly smooth runner in center field. He’ll remain there as long as he proves he can handle the position, but he’ll likely end up in right field, where he projects to be an average defender with an average arm.

    The Future: Wood will head to Low-A Lake Elsinore in 2022. He has 30-35 home run potential and has a chance to be a prototypical middle-of-the-order threat.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 65. Speed: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

  6. 6. 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.

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: The Padres’ biggest prize from their 2016-17 international spending spree, Morejon became a prospect to watch on Cuba’s junior national team and signed with the Padres for a franchise-record $11 million. Various injuries have since limited him to 196.1 innings over five years as a pro, including an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery last April after he opened the year in the Padres’ starting rotation.

    Scouting Report: Morejon has premium stuff from the left side that includes a 94-96 mph fastball that can touch 99 with ease, albeit with scattershot command. Morejon pairs that offering with a sweeping, 79-82 mph curveball, two variations of a changeup—a traditional one with sink and run and a diving knuckle-change that gets swings and misses—an emerging slider and a sinker he began throwing in 2021. Morejon has spent most of his big league time in the Padres bullpen, which might be his ultimate landing spot if he can’t shake the durability concerns that have dogged him since he signed. He has now spent time on the injured list with injuries to his forearm, triceps, elbow and shoulder at various points and has yet to pitch more than 65 innings in a season.

    The Future: Morejon will be slow-played as he returns from surgery and is tentatively slated to return to the mound in the second half of the 2022 season. The Padres continue to dream of developing him as a starter, but that goal is a long way off.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 45. Curveball: 60. Changeup: 55. Control: 40.

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

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Merrill didn’t attend many of the top showcase events during the summer of 2020 and was subsequently viewed as a popup prospect when he emerged last spring. The Padres, however, were on Merrill well before he tied a school record with 13 homers and were happy to select him 27th overall. Merrill signed for a below-slot $1.8 million to forgo a Kentucky commitment and held his own during his pro debut in the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League until a minor hip flexor injury ended his season. He returned healthy in time to participate in instructional league.

    Scouting Report: Merrill had a huge growth spurt and added nearly 30 pounds in the months leading up to the draft. The added strength gave him plus raw power, which is now his main selling point. Merrill’s solid bat speed and feel for hitting intrigued the Padres over multiple workouts, where they tested him against the type of high-velocity pitching he did not see regularly in Maryland’s prep circuit. He is still rather raw against spin and will need to learn to turn on pitches to unlock his power potential, but he has the raw ingredients to hit for both average and power. Merrill could very well outgrow shortstop, but he has the average speed, soft hands and above-average arm strength to at least start his career at the position.

    The Future: Merrill will make his full-season debut at Low-A Elsinore in 2022. At worst, the Padres see him developing into a multi-positional, lefthanded hitter in the mold of D-backs utilityman Josh Rojas.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 55. Speed: 50. Fielding: 45. Arm: 55.

  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

    BA Grade: 50/Very High

    Track Record: A relative unknown until a breakout senior year of high school, Mears went viral during 2021 spring training with a 117 mph home run off Rockies reliever Carlos Estevez in a Cactus League game. While he was overmatched for much of his stay in big league camp, Mears’ power continued to play at Low-A Lake Elsinore for his first full professional season, at least when he was in the lineup. Mears missed time with a shoulder injury, a concussion and also spent time on the Covid-19 injured list. Even his push to make up for lost time at instructional league was halted when he fouled a bunt attempt off his face and broke his nose.

    Scouting Report: Checking in at a chiseled 6-foot-3, 242 pounds, Mears has 80-grade raw power and hits titanic home runs with remarkably little effort. The question is whether he will make enough contact to get to his power. Mears struck out in 39% of his plate appearances at Lake Elsinore with a lot of swings and misses in the strike zone, although he doesn’t chase much and draws enough walks to be valuable even as a low-average hitter. Mears has surprising speed for a big man, prompting the Padres to give him exploratory looks in center field last year. His long-term landing spot is likely right field, where he projects to be an average defender with an average arm.

    The Future: Mears has the build, bat speed and plus-plus raw power that are easy to dream on. He’ll head to High-A Fort Wayne in 2022 to see if he can stay healthy and get to his power in games against better pitching.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 30. Power: 70. Speed: 45. Fielding: 45. Arm: 50.

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

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: A lefty with an 88-91 mph fastball in Houston’s bullpen in 2020, Gasser hit the weights hard during the coronavirus shutdown and returned in 2021 throwing harder to emerge as the Cougars’ staff ace. He logged a 2.63 ERA with 105 strikeouts in 85.2 innings to transform himself from a draft afterthought into a fast-riser, and the Padres drafted him 71st overall and signed him for $884,200. Gasser quickly moved to Low-A Lake Elsinore after signing and hit the ground running with a 1.20 ERA in 15 innings pitched.

    Scouting Report: Gasser’s weight room gains improved his entire arsenal. His fastball now sits 90-93 mph with late run and can bump up to 95 when needed. His newly-sharpened slider is now an above-average pitch he can bury for swings and misses and he spots his average changeup well to give him a third quality offering. He is also developing a curveball, but it’s more of a show-me pitch at this point. Gasser’s best attribute is his plus control. He’s able to spot his four-seam fastball up in the zone and can put his secondary pitches where he needs to get swings and misses. His stuff further plays up with a pause in his delivery he devised to throw off hitters’ timing.

    The Future: Without overwhelming velocity or an imposing stature, Gasser could be a No. 4 or No. 5 starter. Because he’s a polished lefty with pitchability, he’s also a fair bet to reach that ceiling. He is set to open the 2022 season at High-A Fort Wayne and could pitch his way to Double-A San Antonio.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Slider: 55. Curveball: 30. Changeup: 50. Control: 60.

  10. 10. Euribiel Angeles | SS/2B
    Euribiel Angeles
    Born: May 11, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 175
    Signed By: Alvin Duran/Jake Koenig/Chris Kemp.
    Minors: .329/.392/.445 | 4 HR | 19 SB | 434 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Because the Padres spent more than $80 million during the 2016-17 international signing period, they were barred from spending more than $300,000 on any prospect the following two years. Among the gems they uncovered at that price was Angeles, who showcased his above-average bat-to-ball skills and raw power with a two-homer game in a tryout for the Padres. Angeles hit .301 in his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League and, despite losing 2020 to the coronavirus pandemic, didn’t miss a beat in his stateside debut in 2021. He hit .343 to win the Low-A West batting title at Lake Elsinore and received a late-season promotion to High-A Fort Wayne.

    Scouting Report: Angeles is a natural-born hitter. He has the quick hands to turn around any fastball, stays back on breaking balls and frequently finds the center of the barrel to spray balls from gap to gap. Angeles can make contact with any type of pitch in any part of the strike zone, but in part because he knows he can hit almost anything, he is extremely aggressive and will swing at pitches he can’t drive. The Padres believe Angeles will hit the ball with more authority as he cuts down his chase rate, although his swing path will always make him more of a line-drive hitter. Angeles has fringy speed but is an efficient base-stealer with his advanced instincts. He’s an instinctive, reliable defender at shortstop, but his speed and average arm make second base his best position long-term.

    The Future: Angeles could develop into an everyday second baseman if he tightens his plate discipline. If not, a utility infielder capable of playing third base, second base and shortstop is a reasonable outcome.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 30. Speed: 45. Fielding: 55. Arm: 50.

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