Join Today! Become A Baseball America Insider
Use the options to filter your search.
Track Record: Fernando Tatis had a quality decade-long career, but his son Fernando Jr. projects to be even better. The younger Tatis was lightly regarded as an international amateur in the Dominican Republic and wasn't even invited to MLB's international showcase when he was 16. The White Sox went against the consensus and signed him for $700,000. Shortly after signing, Tatis grew two inches and filled out, developing newfound leverage and power. The Padres scouted Tatis heavily and, before he ever played a pro game, acquired him and righthander Erik Johnson from the White Sox for James Shields in June 2016. Almost immediately, Tatis blossomed into one of baseball's top prospects. A unique blend of power, speed and athleticism, Tatis became the first 18-year-old to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in the Midwest League. He was on pace for another 20-20 season at Double-A San Antonio in 2018, but he suffered a broken left thumb on a headfirst slide in late July and had season-ending surgery. Scouting Report: Strong and lithe in his long, athletic physique, Tatis has a chance to be a rare everyday shortstop who is a true power-speed threat. Tatis has a loose, rhythmic swing with a lot of moving parts that sometimes get out of whack, but when everything is in sync, he is an offensive force. Tatis tracks pitches deep and powers his barrel through the zone, driving the ball with excellent extension and leverage. Balls explode off his bat from gap-to-gap, and he shows off his plus-plus raw power with towering pullside home runs. Tatis has bouts of over-aggressiveness that lead to elevated strikeout totals, but he generally self-corrects. An above-average hitter with plus power and possibly more, Tatis enhances his offensive game with his speed. While he previously stole bags with average speed and advanced instincts, he improved his body composition and is now a plus runner who reaches plus-plus underway. That improved fitness also led to quicker reactions and more range at shortstop, silencing concerns about him moving off the position. With plus-plus arm strength, reliable hands and now wide lateral range, Tatis could be an above-average or plus defender at short. The Future: Tatis has the talent to be a perennial all-star shortstop and the personality to be the face of the Padres franchise. He'll begin 2019 at Triple-A El Paso and has a chance to make his ML debut at 20 years old.
Track Record: Gore allowed just 16 earned runs in four years at Whiteville (N.C.) High and won BA's High School Player of the Year award in 2017. The Padres drafted him third overall and signed him for $6.7 million, the largest draft bonus in franchise history. Gore received rave reviews in his first spring training, but blister issues sent him to the disabled list twice at low Class A Fort Wayne and led to an underwhelming 2018 season. After Gore's blisters returned a third time, the Padres shut him down in late August. Scouting Report: When healthy, Gore checks every box as a lean, premium athlete with a loose arm, sky-high leg kick and four pitches that flash plus. His fastball sits 93-94 mph, touches 96, and gets on hitters quickly with his long extension. Gore's blisters sapped the command of his heater, but they most seriously affected his breaking balls. At their best his curveball sits 77-80 mph with sharp 1-to-7 snap and his slider works 84-86 mph with tight, late break, but his inability to grip them resulted in both playing down to average with inconsistent velocity and location. His upper 80s changeup is his fourth pitch but still shows plus with sink at the bottom of the zone.The Future: Gore's recurring blisters are prevented him from pitching his best. He'll try to show he's past them in 2019.
Track Record: The Padres purchased Urias' rights from Mexico City for $100,000 when he was 16 in a deal facilitated by club owner Alfredo Harp Helu, a minority stakeholder in the Padres. Urias wasted no time validating the deal. He won the California League batting title and MVP award as a 19 year old, represented Mexico in the World Baseball Classic the following spring and led the Texas League in on-base percentage in his age-20 season. Last year Urias hit a team-best .298 at Triple-A El Paso, started the Futures Game, and made his major league debut at 21. Scouting Report: Urias has the gifts of a potential .300 hitter. Short but mighty, the 5-foot-9 Urias takes advantage of his compact strike zone with a quick, level swing that produces hard line drives to all fields. He has an elite eye and rarely chases, forcing pitchers to come to him and punishing hittable pitches when they do. Urias' build and swing aren't conducive to home runs, but with his quick bat he can square up a fastball and drive it out when he finds a ball where he wants it. Defensively, Urias is an above-average second baseman with sure hands, clean footwork and an impressive vertical leap to go with an above-average arm. He can fill in as an average shortstop, although his range there is stretched. The Future: Urias' pure stroke and elite eye give him a chance to contend for batting titles at his peak. He'll be the Padres everyday second baseman in 2019.
Track Record: Signed by the Indians for $350,000, Mejia rose to prominence in 2016 when he engineered a 50-game hit streak at the Class A levels, the longest in the modern era of the minor leagues. In desperate need of bullpen help, the Indians traded Mejia to the Padres for Brad Hand and Adam Cimber at the 2018 trade deadline. Mejia made his first Padres start on Sept. 6 at Cincinnati and homered in his first two at-bats. Scouting Report: The switch-hitting Mejia possesses elite-hand eye coordination that allows him to project as a plus hitter. He squares balls up in all parts of the strike zone and sometimes even outside of it, producing hard contact gap-to-gap. Mejia gets to his double-digit home run power more righthanded than left, but his premium bat speed makes him a threat from both sides. Mejia's issue is he swings at everything. His ultra aggressiveness led to an 29 strikeout rate and weak contact against pitcher's pitches, an unsustainable approach he'll need to corral. Mejia has a bazaooka for a right arm and the athleticism to be a solid-average catcher, but he often lacks focus, resulting in numerous passed balls. In part because of his lack of reliability, the Indians experimented with Mejia at third base and left field.The Future: Mejia will start in a timeshare with Austin Hedges behind the plate. Whether he eventually supplants Hedges will depend on how much his plate discipline and defensive focus improve.
Track Record: Morejon pitched Cuba to the gold medal at the 2014 15-and-under World Cup in Mexico City, winning MVP with a complete-game victory over the United States in the championship game. Two years later, the Padres signed Morejon for $11 million the day after MLB declared him a free agent. Morejon embarked on his first full season in 2018 with high Class A Lake Elsinore and earned plaudits as the California League's No. 1 pitching prospect, but flexor soreness followed by triceps discomfort limited him to just two starts after the all-star break. Scouting Report: As expected when he signed, Morejon has grown into his frame and added significant velocity. Now a sturdy 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Morejon sits 93-96 mph on his fastball and touches 98 with impressive ease. At one point he had trouble commanding his high-spin curveball, but in mid-May he found the right arm stroke and release point and began breaking it off as a second plus pitch, drawing chases below the zone. His traditional changeup with fade flashes plus and is better than his knuckle-change, but both are weapons. Morejon's control is his weak point, leaving his fastball up and losing his curveball feel on occasion.The Future: Morejon draws comparisons to Carlos Rodon as a big-bodied lefty with potent stuff. Like Rodon, Morejon has struggled to stay healthy. He'll try to reach 70 innings for the first time in 2019.
Track Record: The Padres' 2016 summer sell-off kicked into high gear when they traded Fernando Rodney to the Marlins for Paddack in June. Paddack succumbed to Tommy John surgery three starts into his Padres career and missed the next 22 months, but he returned with a vengeance in 2018. The big Texan delivered a 2.10 ERA between high Class A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio, with a jaw-dropping 120 strikeouts and eight walks in 90 innings. Scouting Report: Paddack earned the nickname "The Executioner"at Lake Elsinore for his ruthless precision in eliminating opponents. He sits 91-94 mph and reaches 97 on his lively fastball with carry, dialing it up and down with pristine command in all four quadrants of the strike zone. He pairs his plus fastball with an 82-84 mph changeup that is one of the best in the minors. He sells it with identical arm speed before it falls off the table with late depth at the bottom of the strike zone, getting both swings and misses and called strikes on both sides of the plate. Paddack's fastball, changeup and control are all plus or better, but his loopy 72-76 mph curveball is firmly below-average. He uses it less than 10 percent of the time, knowing it's extremely hittable the few times it lands in the strike zone.The Future: The list of successful big league righthanders without a breaking ball is a short one. Paddack will debut in 2019 and try to show he's an exception.
Track Record: Patino weighed 150 pounds and sat 84-87 mph during a bullpen session at a Colombian showcase in 2016, but Padres international director Chris Kemp liked the converted shortstop's loose arm and athleticism and signed him for $130,000 on July 2. Patino filled out and made rapid velocity gains even faster than imagined. Up to 192 pounds and throwing in the mid-90s, Patino made his full-season debut in 2018 with low Class A Fort Wayne and became the talk of the Midwest League. He posted a 2.16 ERA in 17 starts, touching 99 mph as an 18-year-old. Scouting Report: Patino is slightly undersized, but his stuff is huge. Loose and athletic with a chest-high leg kick, Patino sits 94-95 mph on his explosive fastball and touches 98-99. His 84-87 mph hard slider is the best in the organization, giving him two plus, power pitches he deploys aggressively. Patino is a plus athlete who repeats his delivery and alters his leg kick to further disrupt hitters timing, all while keeping above-average control of his power stuff. Patino is still finding feel for his softer offerings. His 78-80 mph curveball flashes plus but is inconsistent, and the unreliability of his mid-80s changeup led lefties to torch him for a .345/.421/.457 line.The Future: Patino's arm and athleticism excite, but there's a long way to go. He was shut down after 83.1 innings and needs to prove his durability, and he still has to find a pitch for lefties.
Track Record: The Padres targeted Allen in the 2015 draft and got him in a trade five months later, acquiring him from the Red Sox as one of four prospects for Craig Kimbrel. After a slow burn his first two seasons with the Padres, Allen catapulted in 2018. He logged a 2.54 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A as a 21-year-old, winning Texas League pitcher of the year and leading the system in wins (14) and strikeouts (154). Scouting Report: Though not as flashy as others, the steady Allen is more accomplished than any pitcher in the Padres system. All four of his pitches are competitive major league offerings, and he possesses a warrior mentality with an advanced feel for attacking hitters. Allen comes right at opponents with a 90-93 mph fastball, commanding it to both sides of the plate. His changeup is a plus pitch that dives late for swings and misses over the top. Allen's third pitch is an average slider that has some cut action, and when it's not working he can flip in an effective curveball. Allen throws everything for strikes and became more durable as he improved his pitch efficiency, completing six innings in 16 of 19 starts in 2018.The Future: Allen's four-pitch mix and durability have him set to log innings at the back of a rotation at the very least. His ML debut should come in 2019.
Track Record: Naylor became the highest-drafted Canadian position player ever when the Marlins took him 12th overall in 2015. One year later, they traded him to the Padres in the deal for Andrew Cashner. After teasing with uncanny hand-eye coordination and huge raw power, Naylor turned his tools into production in 2018. He set career-highs in batting average (.297), home runs (17), RBIs (74) and OPS (.830) at Double-A San Antonio, overcoming challenging hitting conditions. Scouting Report: Naylor has heavyset frame at 5-foot-11, 250 pounds with a protruding belly, but he crushes baseballs. Naylor uses his powerful legs and thick trunk to generate huge torque and bat speed, turning around elite velocity with thunderous collisions on contact. While Naylor always had strong strike-zone discipline, he began picking out better pitches to drive in 2018 and saw career-highs in every power category while maintaining nearly as many walks (63) as strikeouts (69). Evaluators see a potential plus hitter with plus power, but no one is sure where Naylor will play. He's decent at his natural first base, but with Eric Hosmer there, the Padres began playing Naylor in left field in 2018. While Naylor is sneaky athletic with short-area quickness and surprising speed, he's still a below-average defender learning to play under control.The Future: Naylor spent the offseason doing intense beach workouts in California. Like Kyle Schwarber, Naylor will have to slim down to make left field work.
Track Record: Quantrill starred on Canada's junior national teams and looked like a future No. 1 overall pick his freshman year at Stanford, but he had Tommy John surgery three starts into his sophomore year and missed all of his junior year too. The Padres still took him seventh overall in 2016 and gave him a full slot bonus of just under $4 million. Quantrill built back up over three pro seasons and logged 148 innings in 2018, overcoming a rocky stint at Double-A to finish strong in Triple-A. Scouting Report: Quantrill, the son of former All-Star reliever Paul, flashes plus stuff but has yet to find consistency post-surgery. At his best Quantrill sits 93-95 with downhill angle on his fastball, with a plus changeup and a slider that has improved to average and become a swing-and-miss pitch. Other times he'll work in the low 90s with decreased changeup feel and poor command, surrendering hits en masse. Quantrill is fiercely competitive and sometimes gets frustrated with himself, affecting his ability to execute. His main issue has been locating inside, with lefties in particular punishing him for a .305/.376/.468 line in 2018.The Future: Quantrill still flashes mid-rotation potential with three quality pitches. Improving his command, composure and consistency will be key before his major league debut in 2019.
Track Record: Baez briefly played professionally in Cuba's Serie Nacional and signed with the Padres for $3 million in Dec. 2016. He thrilled in his U.S. debut in 2017 but took a step back in 2018 after missing the start of the season with a back injury. Scouting Report: Baez is physically huge at 6-foot-8, 220 pounds. Previously an advantage, his size became a hindrance in 2018 as he struggled to repeat his delivery or stay on line to the plate. With inconsistent direction, mechanics and arm speed, Baez's fastball ranged anywhere from 90-98 mph, though it was more regularly in the 94-mph range. He struggles to locate his fastball to his gloveside, but he can elevate for swings and misses. Baez's lack of direction hurts the consistency of his 82-86 mph slider and 73-77 mph curveball, which have both flashed above-average but often play below that. While neither of his breaking balls have become regular weapons, he does have better command of an above-average 85-86 changeup.The Future: Baez still flashes solid stuff, but not consistently enough to confidently project as a starter anymore. He'll try to regain his previous form with Double-A Amarillo.
Track Record: Espinoza ranked as the top pitching prospect in the 2014 international class and signed with the Red Sox for $1.8 million. The Padres acquired him for Drew Pomeranz at the 2016 All-Star break. After flashing brilliance in his first Padres appearances, Espinoza missed all of 2017 and 2018 with forearm soreness followed by Tommy John surgery. Scouting Report: Prior to surgery, Espinoza teased as an electric righthander in the mold of the late Yordano Ventura. Espinoza has an athletic delivery and a lightning-quick arm, firing 95-98 fastballs with late tail to both sides of the plate. His mid-80s changeup gives him another plus or better pitch, and his upper 70s curveball with 11-to-5 shape was rapidly improving and flashing plus as well. But after two seasons away and multiple missed recovery targets--Espinoza did not pitch in instructional league as had been planned--whether that stuff still exists is an open question.The Future: Espinoza began to throw bullpens around Thanksgiving, giving the Padres cautious optimism that he will return to games in 2019. He will be rolled out slowly and targeted for 90 innings.
Track Record: Weathers is the son of 19-year big league pitcher David Weathers, and he led Loretto (Tenn.) HS to its first state championship in basketball as a senior. When he held 90s velocity into the ninth inning of the Tennessee Class A state championship baseball game, the Padres decided he was their man. They drafted Weathers seventh overall and signed him for $5,226,500 to pass up Vanderbilt. Weathers moved quickly, making three starts at low Class A just three months out of high school. Scouting Report: Weathers impresses more with his poise and feel than any one offering. He pitches inside with a 90-94 mph four-seam fastball and outside with a 90-93 mph two-seamer, mixing them equally and working both sides of the plate. His mid-70s curveball lands for strikes as an average to above-average pitch, and his changeup flashes plus with heavy fade and mirrors his two-seamer. Weathers works quickly, throws strikes with above-average control and stays poised when things don't go his way, showing impressive maturity for a teen.The Future: The Padres think Weathers has the intangibles to move fast despite being a high school pick. He'll see high Class A Lake Elsinore in 2019.
Track Record: The Astros drafted Nix in the fifth round out of Los Alamitos (Calif.) High in 2014, but their failure to sign Brady Aiken cost them the bonus pool money necessary to sign Nix. Nix spent a year at postgrad IMG Academy before the Padres drafted him in the third round. A groin strain delayed Nix's start to 2018, and he missed two additional weeks with an infected abscess on his rear. But he pitched well when healthy at Triple-A and made his major league debut Aug. 10. Scouting Report: Nix has yet to pitch more than 100 innings in any season, but he's been effective when healthy. Big and physical at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Nix throws three pitches for strikes: a 93-95 mph fastball, a 76-78 mph curveball that flashes plus but is inconsistent and an average low 80s changeup. Nix throws strikes, but he lacks deception and none of his offerings are swing-and-miss pitches, so he relies on balls in play being turned into outs. His command wavers, leading to a volatile mix of strong outings with clunkers when he catches too much of the plate.The Future: Nix's three pitch-mix and physicality are that of a solid starter. He'll have to improve his command to reach that potential.
Track Record: The Padres drafted Potts 24th overall in 2016 and signed him for an under-slot $1 million signing bonus, allowing them to save money for later picks Reggie Lawson and Mason Thompson. Potts made the discount look good with 39 homers in his first two full seasons, including a 2018 in which he led the high Class A California League in doubles (35) and total bases (202) before being promoted to Double-A as a 19-year-old. Scouting Report: Potts is a teenager built like a man with a physical, well-proportioned body that allows him to produce plus power. Potts hits velocity and uses the whole field well, turning on pitches inside for home runs to left and driving fastballs on the outer half to right for doubles. Potts knows the strike zone and rarely chases, but he swings and misses inside the zone troublingly often. His contact percentage in the zone was 77 percent in 2018, shy of the ML average 85 percent, and makes him a projected below-average hitter. A converted shortstop, Potts made great strides defensively in his second year playing third base, showing smooth hands and an above-average arm.The Future: Potts draws comparisons to Trevor Plouffe as a potential low-average, solid-power third baseman who starts in his best years. He'll be just 20 at Double-A in 2019 and has time to outperform that projection.
Track Record: Allen's bat made him the top Division II player drafted in 2015. He hit better than .280 with 22 home runs for the second straight season in 2018, this time at offense-stifling Double-A San Antonio, and had the most home runs of any catcher in the minor leagues. As important, Allen got leaner and lighter--to a career-low 220 pounds-- which allowed him to get out of the crouch quicker and increase his caught-stealing rate from 21 percent to 36 percent. Scouting Report: Allen is country strong and gets to his plus lefthanded power regularly. He frequently sends balls 400-plus feet out to right field, and can power out the occasional opposite-field homer as well. While he's always been a good fastball hitter, Allen fine-tuned his eye and started to recognize offspeed pitches better in 2018, proving he can hit upper-level pitching and showing himself to be an above-average hitter. Allen's weight loss made him a bit more mobile defensively behind the plate, but he's still not especially athletic or flexible and is serviceable at best at catcher. He started 19 games at first base at San Antonio, his first extended exposure to the position.The Future: The Padres envision Allen providing impact power as a platoon catcher/first baseman. He was placed on the 40-man roster and may make his ML debut in 2019.
Track Record: The Padres made Munoz their top international signing in 2015 for $700,000. A quick-armed teenager who sat 88-92 mph when he signed at age 16, Munoz jumped up to 95 mph at 17, began touching 100 at 18 and then established himself as one of the hardest-throwing pitchers in the sport by 19. A platelet-rich plasma injection delayed Munoz's start, but he went out to Double-A in June and saved seven games in eight tries, averaging nearly 100 mph on his fastball and frequently reaching 103. Scouting Report: Munoz's fastball leaves batters quivering and scouts salivating. It is a true 80-grade pitch with elite velocity and riding life, getting swings and misses even when hitters know it's coming. Munoz expertly climbs the ladder with his fastball, and gets whiffs from both lefties and righties. Munoz's lone secondary pitch is a mid-80s slider that flashes average but is inconsistent, though it plays up with batters geared for his fastball. Munoz's velocity is exciting, but his health and below-average control are concerning. He's yet to pitch more than 26 innings in a season, and his 4.7 walks-per-nine in 2018 were a career-best. The Future: Munoz has closer potential, but he has to stay healthy and tighten his control. If he does, his major league debut could come in 2019 at age 20.
Track Record: Lawson closed out Team USA's gold-medal victory over Japan at the 2015 18U World Cup in dominant fashion to generate first-round buzz, but an oblique strain limited him to just six starts during his senior year of high school and dropped him down into the supplemental second round. The Padres drafted Lawson 71st overall and signed him for $1.9 million. Lawson battled inconsistent stuff and control his first two years before breaking out for his best season in 2018 at high Class A Lake Elsinore. Scouting Report: Previously raw and lanky, Lawson bulked up to add strength and coordination and saw his stuff tick up. Now a physical, muscular 6-foot-4, Lawson works 93-96 mph on his fastball and holds his velocity. He pounds the zone to both sides of the plate at his best, and he made mechanical improvements to leave his heater up less frequently. Lawson began throwing his changeup more in 2018 and flashed a plus offering with sink in the mid-80s, although it's still inconsistent. His below-average curveball lacked power, so rather than continue attempting to hone that, he learned a slider in instructional league and introduced it as a swing-and-miss pitch at 83-84 mph in the Don Welke On Deck Classic at Petco Park.The Future: Lawson flashes rotation upside and keeps trending up. He'll move to Double-A in 2019 and attempt to improve his strikethrowing.
Track Record: The Padres made Campusano the first catcher selected in the 2017 draft when they took him 39th overall. He went out to low Class A Fort Wayne and made the Midwest League all-star game in a promising start to his first full season, but a foul tip off his mask resulted in a season-ending concussion in late July, his second concussion in as many years. Scouting Report: Campusano's defense is ahead of his offense, but he's well-rounded and capable at both. He projects to be above-average to plus defender behind the plate, with advanced natural instincts and feel for managing a game. Campusano receives quietly, is a solid blocker and has plus arm strength he likes to show off, sometimes throwing runners out from his knees. Campusano's swing is a brute strength swing that results in a lot of hard hit ground balls, and the Padres believe double-digit home runs will come as he learns to elevate. He shows a feel for contact and doesn't strike out much, a promising foundation to be an average hitter or better. Campusano's talent is evident, but his standoffish attitude towards media, management and even teammates perturbs many.The Future: Campusano has the skills to be an everyday catcher, but his concussions are concerning and his makeup needs to improve. He'll move to high Class A Lake Elsinore in 2019.
Track Record: The Padres continued their relationship with the Mexican League's Mexico City franchise by purchasing Ornelas' rights for $1.5 million in 2016. He immediately opened eyes when he arrived at the Padres' complex and continued to impress as the second-youngest player on Opening Day in the Midwest League in 2018. Physical and patient, Ornelas showed an advanced approach and growing power before a bone bruise in his right hand ended his season in late July. Scouting Report: At times Ornelas looks like the best hitting prospect in the Padres system. Physically imposing at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds with big power from the left side, Ornelas takes a steady approach, sees the ball well and takes his walks while limiting his strikeouts. Ornelas' swing is powerful and pretty, but he's still young and fine-tuning it. He'll be too steep in his entry into the zone at times, resulting in weak popups to left. When he's right, he powers balls out to right field and teases 25-plus home run potential. Ornelas has improved to an average runner and catches what he gets to in right field, but he will have to watch his size to avoid a move to first base.The Future: Ornelas' bat is going to be his carrying card. Staying healthy and getting his swing more consistent are the goals for 2019.
Track Record: Scouts considered Edwards arguably the most skilled player in the 2018 draft class, but he fell out of the first round because he's listed at 5-foot-10, 155 pounds and is really closer to 5-7. The Padres didn't expect Edwards to still be available at pick No. 38 and were ecstatic when he was, quickly selecting him and signing him for $1.3 million to forgo a Vanderbilt commitment. Edwards lived up early to his pre-draft raves, batting .346/.453/.409 with 22 steals in 45 games after signing while advancing to short-season Tri-City. Scouting Report: The switch-hitting Edwards fits the bill of an old-school leadoff hitter. A quick, twitchy athlete, Edwards has an advanced eye and quick, simple stroke from both sides that sprays the ball to all fields on a line. He rarely strikes out and is happy to take a walk. Once Edwards gets on base, he is a base-stealing terror with his plus-plus speed and advanced feel for baserunning. Edwards' quickness and advanced feel translate to the middle infield, where he is a plus defender at shortstop with slick hands and range. His fringe-average arm is his one drawback and may eventually force him to second base.The Future: Edwards' advanced skills and feel have thus far rendered his size irrelevant. He'll aim to continue that in full-season ball in 2019.
Track Record: Rosario ranked as one of the top players in the 2016 international class and signed with the Padres for $1.85 million out of the Dominican Republic. He made his full-season debut in 2018 and shined as low Class A Fort Wayne's leadoff hitter and center fielder. Scouting Report: Rosario is a uniquely gifted athlete who can throw with both arms, do a standing backflip and run down almost any ball in center field. He is a plus runner with excellent closing speed and a true plus defensive center fielder with an average arm that keeps baserunners honest. Rosario has excellent plate discipline and bat to ball skills, although he's mostly a slap hitter to the opposite field and doesn't project to hit for much power. Rosario previously would get overly frustrated at times, but he matured and had no such issues in 2018.The Future: Rosario has the tools to hit at the top or bottom of an order while playing a strong center field, but he needs to add strength. He'll move to high Class A Lake Elsinore in 2019.
Track Record: Miller hit .345 over three years as Illinois State's starting shortstop and was drafted in the third round by the Padres, signing for $500,000. Known as an advanced hitter and reliable defender, Miller shot up the minors faster than anyone else in the 2018 draft and finished the year in Double-A San Antonio's starting shortstop in the Texas League playoffs. Scouting Report: Miller has always hit and projects to continue to hit. He stays balanced, has a simple, repeatable swing, controls the strike-zone and consistently finds the barrel, driving balls on a line with his considerable upper-body strength. Miller has a flat stroke more geared for line drives to the gaps, but his approach, strength and bat-to-ball skills are enough to project 10-15 home runs as he matures to go with a .270 or better average. Miller is a sneaky good athlete with above-average speed. He has reliable hands and solid lateral range at shortstop, although his fringy arm strength may force a move to the right side of the diamond. The Future: Scouts who covered both Miller and Paul DeJong at Illinois State think Miller was the better hitter, and he has an actual shortstop pedigree. A 2019 ML debut is not out of the question.
Track Record: The 6-foot-7 Wingenter sat 88-92 mph in high school when he was drafted in the 38th round by the Mariners, bumped up to 92-94 in college at Auburn and shot up even more after the Padres drafted him and moved him to the bullpen. He touched 100 mph for the first time at Double-A San Antonio in 2017 and reached the majors in 2018. Scouting Report: The massive Wingenter has the stuff of a late-inning dynamo. His fastball sits 97-98 and touches 100 while coming downhill at hitters from his towering release point. Wingenter's heater is difficult to touch when he spots it, but his long limbs detract from his control and lead to walks and occasional mistake pitches. Wingenter controls his mid-80s slider better than his fastball, making it an above-average pitch with power and depth. The Future: Wingenter's size and stuff make him a late-relief option and a potential closer if he can improve his control. He'll open 2019 in the Padres bullpen.
Track Record: A hockey, soccer and baseball standout in high school, Reed was drafted in the 35th round by Rangers but opted to attend Florida, where he started all three years in the Gators outfield. The Padres drafted Reed in the second round in 2016 and signed him for $1.075 million. Reed struggled to hit in college and his first two pro seasons, but he overhauled his stance and broke out in 2018. After getting into a low crouch and choking up to emphasize contact, Reed hit .324 at high Class A Lake Elsinore, made the Futures Game and hit .333 in the Arizona Fall League. Scouting Report: Reed is an electrifying athlete capable of changing a game in a variety of ways. He's a plus-plus runner who stole 51 bases despite raw instincts, is a Gold Glove-caliber defender in center field and his arm is a cannon. But even with his revamped offensive setup, evaluators are skeptical Reed will hit. The switch-hitter struggles to catch up to good velocity and doesn't recognize breaking pitches, and he has a huge hole on the inner half that was exploited in Double-A. Reed plays hard but loses focus at times, resulting in outs on the bases.The Future: Reed's tools are huge, but few believe he'll hit enough to be more than a backup. He'll start 2019 back at Double-A.
Track Record: Ruiz signed with the Royals for $100,000 in 2015 and got the Padres attention two years later in the Rookie-level Arizona League, crushing the circuit on his way to winning the league MVP award. The Padres acquired him in the middle of the season in a trade for Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter. Ruiz followed up with 12 home runs and 49 stolen bases at low Class A Fort Wayne in 2018, but that came with a concerning 29 percent strikeout rate. Scouting Report: Ruiz physically resembles Alfonso Soriano with his crouched stance, long body and whippy swing, but he's not that level of player. Ruiz is a plus runner and smart basestealer, and he showed above-average power at times. Ruiz's shortcoming is he is overly aggressive, swinging through fastballs up and breaking balls down. He doesn't adjust his approach with two strikes and his swing is long, preventing from projecting as more than a fringe-average hitter. Ruiz has the athleticism to play second base, but his hard hands and poor throwing accuracy portend a move to the outfield. The Future: Ruiz's power-speed combo is exciting, but he has to improve his approach. He'll try to make the necessary strides at high Class A Lake Elsinore in 2019.
Track Record: Raul Marcano hailed from Tucupita, Venezuela and was one of the country's biggest baseball stars in the 1990s. He had a son in 1999 and named him after his hometown. Tucupita Marcano became a prospect of his own and signed with the Padres for $320,000 in 2016. He moved stateside in 2018 and emerged as one of the best pure hitters in the Padres system, batting .366 with more than twice as many walks (34) as strikeouts (15). Scouting Report: Marcano is a wiry 6 feet, 165 pounds with a compact lefthanded swing that produces lots of contact. He keeps his hands in near his belly and his barrel remains in the zone an incredibly long time, allowing him to stay on balls and drive them wherever they're pitched. Marcano posts more walks than strikeouts with an advanced approach, is an adept bunter and hits velocity from line-to-line, projecting as a potential plus hitter. Marcano's body and swing don't allow for much power projection, although he's strong in his frame. Marcano is a plus runner and a fundamentally sound defender in the middle infield, although his inconsistent arm ranges from below-average to above-average and makes him a better fit at second base than shortstop. The Future: Marcano has a good foundation, but he will need to add strength to impact the ball at higher levels. He'll begin 2019 at low Class A Fort Wayne.
Track Record: France hit .336 with a .905 OPS in three years at San Diego State, twice earning All-America honors, but an injury his junior year led to a draft-day slide. The Padres snagged France in the 34th round and signed him for $100,000. Using his draft-day fall as motivation, France has continued to mash as a pro. He led the Padres system in total bases (236), runs (84) and RBIs (96) and tied for the lead in home runs (22) while moving from Double-A to Triple-A in 2018. Scouting Report: France's best attribute is his feel to hit. He handles velocity, has excellent barrel awareness and uses the whole field. He lines his base hits into right-center and pulls balls to left for his home runs, jumping from five homers in 2017 to 22 last year after making setup and swing adjustments. He's especially clutch in high-leverage situations. France enhances his on-base ability with a unique gift for getting hit-by-pitches. He's been hit 72 times in three full seasons. France is an average athlete and fringy defender at third base, but he's playable and can flip over to first base as needed. The Future: France is often compared to Ty Wigginton, another late-round pick with San Diego ties who hit his way to the majors. After being added to the 40-man roster in the offseason, France's big league debut is on the horizon in 2019.
Track Record: Avila signed with the Nationals for $50,000 in 2014 and was traded to the Padres for Derek Norris two years later. After leading Padres minor leaguers in strikeouts in 2017, Avila finished second in the high Class A California League with 142 strikeouts in 2018. Scouting Report: Avila is undersized but throws three quality pitches for strikes. His fastball sits 91-93 mph and touches 95, and his above-average 74-77 mph curveball is one of the top breaking balls in the system. His 82-85 mph changeup also improved to above-average, deceiving hitters out of the hand with similar arm speed before dropping late. Avila falls in love with his secondaries too much at times and loses his command in the zone, but those are fixable with maturity. Avila is a bit chubby, but he's a good athlete who repeats his delivery and keeps the ball around the strike zone. The Future: Avila projects as a fifth starter or swingman for most evaluators. He'll move to Double-A Amarillo in 2019.
Track Record: The Padres signed Arias for $1.9 million out of Venezuela in 2016 and moved him quickly, sending him to low Class A Fort Wayne and the Australian Winter League when he was just 17. Arias returned to Fort Wayne in 2018 expecting big things, but longstanding issues with his swing resulted in a disappointing .240/.302/.352 slash line with a 30 percent strikeout rate. Scouting Report: Arias entices with big tools and an alluring body. He projects as a plus defensive shortstop who moves smoothly in all directions and has a plus-plus arm. He shows flashes of plus power and can get it to all fields, but he's never been a natural hitter and falls into bad swing habits. He starts with a bat wrap and gets around the ball, and he rarely gets his hands through the zone on time. He hasn't shown the ability to adjust his approach, repeating the same mistakes over and over. The Future: Arias' defense and hints of power keep evaluators interested, but there is a lot to fix offensively. He'll be just 19 years old in 2019 and has time.
In order to access this exclusive content you must have a Baseball America Account.
Login or sign up