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TRACK RECORD: Gore led Whiteville (N.C.) High to three state championships in four years and went 11-0, 0.19 with 158 strikeouts and five walks in 74.1 innings to win BA's High School Player of the Year award as a senior. The Padres drafted him third overall and signed him for $6.7 million to forgo an East Carolina commitment. Gore's first full season was limited to 16 starts by blisters, but his true ability came out with full health in 2019. He posted a 1.02 ERA at high Class A Lake Elsinore, the lowest ERA by a starter with at least 70 innings in California League history, and earned an invitation to the Futures Game before a late-season promotion to Double-A Amarillo. Among pitchers who threw at least 100 innings in 2019, Gore led the minors in ERA (1.69) and WHIP (0.83). SCOUTING REPORT: Gore's supreme athleticism sets him apart from other pitchers. He brings his knee nearly to his chin out of the windup during a sky-high leg kick, then explodes down and out over the mound to generate tremendous reach and extension. Gore's fastball ranges from 91-96 mph and gets on hitters quickly because of his nearly seven feet of extension. The result is late, confused swings from batters who think they have his fastball timed up, only to have the ball nearly in the catcher's mitt by the time they swing. Gore's slider and curveball are each swing-and-miss weapons at their best, but they are rarely good together and alternate as his better breaking ball depending on the day. His slider comes at hitters from 83-87 mph with tight spin and late break, and he locates it to both sides of the plate to make it a plus offering. His 76-79 mph curveball also flashes plus with tight 1-to-7 snap, though it is less consistent than his slider. Gore's changeup is his most consistent secondary at 79-83 mph with sink at the bottom of the zone, but he doesn't use it very often. It's still a plus pitch when he does. Gore is a superb athlete who repeats his complicated delivery and has plus control. He is a fearless competitor who works quickly, attacks hitters and has an unshakable inner confidence. Gore's only negative is he struggles holding runners. His pickoff move lacks deception, and at times he rushes through his delivery and loses command when opponents run on him. THE FUTURE: Gore has the rare mix of stuff, athleticism, poise and control to be a true No. 1 starter. Few think he'll be worse than a No. 3.
TRACK RECORD: Patiño weighed 150 pounds when he signed with the Padres for $130,000 in 2016. He rapidly added weight and strength and gained 10-12 mph in two years, resulting in a swift ascent up the system. Patiño began 2019 as the youngest pitcher in the high Class A California League and posted a 2.69 ERA, earning a promotion to Double-A. SCOUTING REPORT: The 6-foot Patiño pitches much bigger than his size. His quick arm, powerful legs and twitchy athleticism yield a vicious 94-95 mph fastball that touches 99 and explodes with late life through the strike zone. He can elevate his fastball for swings and misses or dot it on the corners, leaving batters largely helpless against it. Patiño's 85-88 mph slider with late, biting tilt is another plus swing-and-miss offering, and he lands his average 82-84 mph curveball early in counts to give hitters a different look. Patiño's changeup is too firm at times, but it flashes plus with late drop when he dials it back to 85-87 mph. Patiño pitches with energy and exuberance, but he generally maintains his poise and above-average control in tight situations. THE FUTURE: Patiño's stuff is that of a potential No. 2 starter. He'll head back to Double-A to start 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Most teams considered Bobby Witt Jr. the top high school player in the 2019 draft class, but the Padres preferred Abrams. They eagerly drafted him sixth overall when he fell to them and signed him for $5.2 million to forgo an Alabama commitment. Abrams promptly hit .401 in the Rookie-level Arizona League, winning league MVP honors, and earned a promotion to low Class A Fort Wayne before he suffered a season-ending bone bruise in his left shoulder sliding into a base. SCOUTING REPORT: Abrams' lean, athletic frame jumps out, but his hand-eye coordination is what makes him special. He once went 113 consecutive at-bats without swinging and missing as a teenager and possesses a preternatural ability to find the barrel. Abrams takes easy, rhythmic swings with a direct path to the ball. He has a simple approach and makes adjustments, altogether projecting as a potential .300 hitter. Abrams' frame has plenty of room to add strength and grow into 20-plus home run power. An elite athlete who can do a windmill dunk, Abrams possesses nearly 80-grade speed and went 14-for-15 on stolen bases in his debut. He has the footwork, hands and athleticism to be a plus shortstop, with many scouts surmising he could be a plus defender at second base or in center field, too. THE FUTURE: Abrams has the skills and makeup to move quickly despite his youth. He will open 2020 back at Fort Wayne.
TRACK RECORD: The Padres eyed Trammell with their second-round pick in the 2016 draft, but the Reds beat them to it and grabbed him in the supplemental first round. After Trammell won MVP of the 2018 Futures Game and starred again at the 2019 edition, the Padres acquired him from Cincinnati in a three-team trade that sent Franmil Reyes and Logan Allen to the Indians. Trammell scuffled after joining Double-A Amarillo, but he ended on a high note when he hit the go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning of the deciding game of the Texas League finals. SCOUTING REPORT: Trammell won Georgia's high school football player of the year award as a senior and brings that athleticism to the diamond. He is a plus runner who makes game-changing plays on the bases and plays with a high motor. Trammell is a patient hitter adept at working counts, but his swing is often not on time. The Padres made adjustments to his load and posture and saw results in the Texas League playoffs, when he hit three home runs and posted a .998 OPS. Trammell isn't a natural center fielder despite his speed, and his below-average arm makes him best suited for left field. THE FUTURE: Trammell's athleticism and patience give him a strong foundation. How well he maintains his swing improvements will determine his future.
TRACK RECORD: Campusano failed to make USA Baseball's 18U national team in high school and used it as motivation to get in better shape. He slimmed down, added muscle and became the first catcher selected in the 2017 draft when the Padres took him 39th overall. Campusano's first two seasons were interrupted by concussions, but he stayed healthy in 2019 at high Class A Lake Elsinore and won the California League batting title (.325) and co-MVP award. SCOUTING REPORT: Campusano is one of the strongest players in the Padres system. He sometimes swings a 40-ounce bat in games and still manages to get the barrel through the zone. Campusano swings hard and punishes pitches over the plate while rarely straying outside the strike zone. He mostly smokes hard line drives, but he is progressively learning to elevate and put the ball over the fence to project as an above-average hitter with above-average power. Campusano's strong, flexible lower half makes him an agile blocker, and he turned his framing from a negative into a positive in 2019. His effort level wavers depending on the caliber of pitcher he's catching and his plus arm strength is often negated by a tendency to unnecessarily throw from his knees. THE FUTURE: Campusano has defensive work ahead, but his bat is special. He'll move to Double-A Amarillo in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Morejon pitched Cuba to the gold medal at the 2014 15U World Cup with a complete game victory over the U.S. The Padres signed him two years later for $11 million, a franchise record for an amateur player. Morejon struggled with injuries every year since signing, but he still jumped from Double-A to the majors last year as a 20-year-old. He got hit hard in five appearances before suffering a season-ending left shoulder impingement. SCOUTING REPORT: Morejon tantalizes with premium raw stuff. His fastball sits 94-96 and touches 98 mph with startlingly little effort, and when his arm slot is right he snaps off plus low-80s curveballs that draw swings and misses below the strike zone. His traditional changeup flashes plus with fade, and he has a knuckle-change that acts like a splitter. Morejon's issue is he often spins out of his rotational delivery, leaving his fastball over the plate and pulling his secondaries out of the strike zone. His delivery also puts tremendous strain on his shoulder and upper arm and is the root of his injury problems. He has yet to pitch more than 65.1 innings in a season. THE FUTURE: Morejon has plenty of stuff, but his below-average command and durability make it questionable he will ever reach his mid-rotation ceiling.
TRACK RECORD: The Padres purchased Muñoz's rights for $700,000 from the Mexican League's Mexico City franchise when he was 16. He rapidly added velocity as he filled out and touched 100 mph for the first time the following season. He reached 103 as a closer at Double-A in 2018 and made his major league debut at age 20 last year, where he struck out 30 of the 97 batters he faced. SCOUTING REPORT: Munoz is the embodiment of a power reliever. His fastball sits 99-100 mph and touches 103, and it plays up with explosive late life. He can elevate his fastball for swings and misses or spot it on the corners, making it a true 80-grade pitch. Munoz is still working to find consistency with his average slider. At it's best it features short, late life at 86-87 mph and rolls off the barrel of righthanded hitters. Munoz's high-effort delivery makes it difficult for him to stay on line to the plate and results in below-average control. He's also pitched more than 30 innings only once in four seasons and has already had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his elbow. THE FUTURE: Muñoz has closer stuff, but his health and control are question marks. He'll open 2020 back in the Padres' bullpen.
TRACK RECORD: Baez briefly pitched in Cuba's major league before leaving the island and signing with the Padres for $3 million in December 2016. After working as a starter in the low minors, Baez made 15 relief appearances at Double-A Amarillo before receiving his first major league callup in July. He settled into the Padres bullpen and held opponents scoreless in 19 of his 24 appearances. SCOUTING REPORT: The 6-foot-8 Baez is an imposing presence who repeats his delivery better than most pitchers his size. His plus fastball sits 94-96 mph and touches 99, though inconsistent mechanics cause his velocity to fluctuate. Baez's above-average mid-80s changeup plays well off his fastball and has become his primary swing-and-miss pitch, drawing whiffs nearly a third of the time he throws it. Baez's slider and curveball both stalled in their development as fringy to below-average pitches and make him a better fit in the bullpen, where his fringe-average control is less of an issue. Baez has also missed the start of every season with either a back or shoulder injury. THE FUTURE: The Padres haven't given up on Baez as a starter, but his pitch mix, control and health all point to a future in relief.
TRACK RECORD: Arias ranked as one of the top prospects in the 2016 international class and signed with the Padres for $1.9 million out of Venezuela. He shined defensively but scuffled offensively his first two and half years as a pro, but he flashed his vast potential with a .344/.376/.533 slash line in the second half of 2019 at high Class A Lake Elsinore. SCOUTING REPORT: Arias is a long, lean athlete with tremendous raw ability. He is a gifted defensive shortstop who plays under control, smoothly ranges in all directions, has reliable hands and owns plus-plus arm that allows him to make jaw dropping throws. Evaluators use words like “special”, “elite” and “unbelievable” to describe his shortstop defense. Arias has a smooth swing that stays through the ball, and his long levers and wiry strength give him surprising plus raw power. Arias' problem is his breaking ball recognition is exceedingly poor and has resulted in a nearly 30 percent career strikeout rate. Arias hits breaking balls in the zone, but flails at ones below the zone. Once he minimized his movements at the plate, he recognized pitches better and took off in the second half. THE FUTURE: How well Arias improves his plate discipline will determine if he hits enough to play everyday. He'll be just 20 years old at Double-A Amarillo next year.
TRACK RECORD: Weathers is the son of longtime big league reliever David Weathers and led Loretto (Tenn.) High to state championship games in both basketball and baseball as a senior. The Padres drafted him seventh overall in 2018 and signed him for $5.23 million. Weathers started his first full season strong at low Class A Fort Wayne, but he went on the injured list for arm fatigue in mid-May and didn't have the same stuff when he returned. SCOUTING REPORT: At his best, Weathers demonstrates an advanced feel for pitching with a three-pitch mix. He pounds the lower third of the strike zone with a 90-93 mph fastball to both sides of the plate and keeps hitters off balance with a potentially plus mid-80s changeup with heavy fade. His low-80s slider flashes average with good shape and break, and he ties it all together with plus control and an advanced feel for sequencing. Weathers' fastball often sat 87-89 mph after his injured list stint, however, and his conditioning became a concern after he gained 20 pounds. THE FUTURE: The Padres openly acknowledge Weathers needs to get in better shape to reach his mid-rotation ceiling. They have challenged him to do so in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Cantillo drew limited interest after sitting 83-88 mph in high school, but he intrigued the Padres by touching 91 mph in a pre-draft workout. They drafted him in the 16th round and signed him for $302,500—fifth-round money—to keep him from a Kentucky commitment. Cantillo spent most of his first two seasons in Rookie ball before the Padres unleashed him in 2019. He led the low Class A Midwest League in ERA until an August promotion and led the organization with 144 strikeouts. SCOUTING REPORT: Cantillo has a long, angular body at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and keeps growing into more velocity. His fastball now sits 88-91 mph and touches 94. Cantillo's devastating upper-70s changeup at the bottom of the zone is a borderline plus-plus offering with the added separation from his fastball, while his low-70s, downer curveball shows good shape and spin and could become average. Cantillo is a smart worker who attacks the strike zone and understands how to mix his pitches. THE FUTURE: Cantillo put himself on the map as a potential back-of-the-rotation starter. He will begin 2020 at high Class A Lake Elsinore.
TRACK RECORD: Miller hit at least .325 every season at Illinois State and signed with the Padres for $500,000 as a third-round pick in 2018. After notching 100 hits in 75 games after signing, Miller spent his first full season at Double-A Amarillo in 2019 and led the Texas League with 147 hits. SCOUTING REPORT: Miller is a pure hitter with a long track record of performance. He squares balls up with a balanced, controlled swing and drives pitches from line-to-line. He hits velocity, recognizes breaking pitches and has an innate feel for finding the barrel. Miller's flat stroke is more geared for line drives, but he has average pullside power and elevates enough to project 12-15 homers a year. Miller is a sneaky athlete with above-average speed and reliable hands. He primarily played shortstop for Amarillo, but his lateral agility and fringe-average arm are better suited for second base. THE FUTURE: Miller's pure hitting ability is among the best in the Padres organization. He'll begin 2020 at Triple-A El Paso and has a chance to make his major league debut during the year.
TRACK RECORD: Bolaños initially developed as an outfielder in Cuba's junior leagues but converted to pitching and took to it quickly. He earned a spot on Cuba's 18U national team in 2014 and led the team with 15 strikeouts over nine scoreless innings at the Pan American Championships. The Padres signed him for $2.25 million in Aug. 2016. Bolaños struggled with his control his first two years in the U.S., but he improved his strike-throwing in 2019 and jumped from high Class A all the way to the majors. SCOUTING REPORT: Bolaños is a power-armed righthander with a heavy fastball that sits 94-96 mph, but he has tremendous feel to manipulate the baseball. He'll throttle his fastball anywhere from 89-98 mph and add cut, sink or rise to it, keeping hitters wildly off-balance and unsure what they'll see pitch-to- pitch. Bolaños fastball operates like multiple different pitches, but he also has an above-average, high-spin curveball in the mid-70s he lands for strikes and an average mid-80s slider with an above-average spin rate. Bolaños has a lot of moving parts to his delivery and has yet to fully harness his lively stuff, resulting in fringe-average control. THE FUTURE: Bolaños needs to improve his control to remain a starter, but he has a solid fallback as a power-armed reliever.
TRACK RECORD: Lawson projected to go in the first round of the 2016 draft before an oblique injury limited him to six starts his senior year. He fell to the supplemental second round, where the Padres grabbed him and signed him for an over-slot $1.9 million. After tantalizing with flashes of brilliance his first three seasons, an elbow strain limited Lawson to six starts at Double-A Amarillo in 2019. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection and returned to pitch in the Arizona Fall League, where he threw 11 dominant innings with one run allowed and 14 strikeouts. SCOUTING REPORT: Lawson is built like a scout's dream at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds with a loose, athletic delivery and a strong, well-proportioned frame. His fastball sits 93-96 mph and maintains its velocity deep into outings, and his previously loopy curveball has added power to sit 76-80 mph and flash as an average pitch. His developing changeup continues to progress and flashes above-average in the mid-80s with sink at the bottom of the zone. A hard landing in his delivery has caused Lawson below-average control his whole career and led to wildly inconsistent performances. He is a fierce competitor who performs best when the stakes are highest. THE FUTURE: Lawson needs to improve his health, control and consistency, but he has the ingredients of a promising starter. He will return to Double-A Amarillo in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Cronenworth started, relieved and played first base and second base at Michigan. The Rays drafted him as a second baseman, but quickly discovered he could play shortstop as well. He hit his way to the International League batting crown in 2019 and also made six starts on the mound as an "opener." The Padres acquired him with Tommy Pham for Hunter Renfroe and Xavier Edwards after the season. SCOUTING REPORT: Cronenworth is a heady player who gets the most out of his average tools. He learned to be more aggressive in 2019, and added strength helped him turn from a singles hitter into one who drives doubles and the sporadic home run. He's an above-average runner who can swipe a bag. Cronenworth is an average shortstop with modest range, reliable hands and good anticipation. His arm is more above-average than plus in the field, but he reaches 96 mph on the mound and flashes an aboveaverage slider and usable cutter. His high walk rate in 2019 can be blamed on rust. THE FUTURE: Cronenworth has a chance to break camp with the Padres. He projects as a super-sub with two-way ability as a low-leverage reliever.
TRACK RECORD: The Padres went above industry consensus to draft Potts 24th overall in 2016. He cruised through the low minors but hit a wall at Double-A Amarillo in 2019. Potts finished the season with a .290 on-base percentage, fourth-lowest of any qualified hitter in the Texas League. SCOUTING REPORT: Potts is a physical specimen with plus raw power. He hits towering home runs to left and can drive the ball to right with authority, but he is still immature in his approach. Potts swings without having a plan, and he vacillates between being short and long to the ball. He generally stays within the strike zone, but he swings and misses in the zone at an alarming rate. A high school shortstop, Potts has grown into a reliable defender at third base with sure hands and an above-average, accurate arm. THE FUTURE: Potts' power still has teams interested in him as a trade candidate. Finding a consistent swing and approach are his top priorities for 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Olivares signed with the Blue Jays for just $1,000 out of Venezuela in 2014. He began drawing attention playing alongside Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at low Class A Lansing in 2017, and the Padres acquired him after the season for Yangervis Solarte. After progressively improving throughout 2018, Olivares broke out in with Double-A Amarillo in 2019. He led Texas League in total bases (221) and runs scored (85), ranked second in RBIs (77) and finished third in stolen bases (35). SCOUTING REPORT: An athletic righthanded hitter, Olivares has a compact swing and teases above-average power. His pitch selection has long been below-average, but it is improving and was the catalyst behind his big season. Olivares is an above-average runner with long strides in both center and right field, but late jumps and bad routes previously made him a well below-average defender. He made great strides to improve both in 2019, although he's still a tick below average. He has an above-average arm. THE FUTURE: Most scouts peg Olivares as a future reserve outfielder, but he's trending upward to possibly become more. He'll head to Triple-A El Paso in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Marcano signed with the Padres for $320,000 during their 2016 international signing spree and quickly surpassed players who signed for more. He held his own as one of the youngest players in the low Class A Midwest League in 2019 and earned a promotion to high Class A Lake Elsinore for the California League playoffs, where he hit .370. SCOUTING REPORT: Marcano is the son of former Venezuelan baseball star Raul Marcano and plays beyond his years. He has an extraordinarily lean frame that lacks power, but he knows his game and doesn't try to do too much. He keeps his barrel in the zone with his smooth lefthanded swing, rarely chases with a disciplined approach and uses the whole field. He is a prolific bunter with a keen sense for the right time to lay one down. Marcano is a plus runner who plays with energy, although he makes poor decisions on the basepaths. He is an adequate defender at second base, third base and shortstop with an average, accurate arm. THE FUTURE: The Padres envision Marcano growing into a multi-positional, everyday player like Marwin Gonzalez. He needs to make significant strength gains, but is only 20 years old and has time to do so.
TRACK RECORD: Hunt played at national power Mater Dei (Calif.) HS and vaulted into first-day draft consideration with a standout showing at the Boras Classic in 2017. The Padres drafted him 69th overall and signed him for $1.6 million to forgo a Pepperdine commitment. Hunt made his full-season debut with low Class A Fort Wayne in 2019 and impressed as one of the Midwest League's top defensive catchers. He finished third among league catchers with a .990 fielding percentage and threw out 33 percent of runners. SCOUTING REPORT: Hunt is a physical, righthanded hitter with excellent natural timing in the batter's box. He stays within the strike zone, rarely swings and misses and hits the ball to all fields. He has above-average pullside power and is learning to translate it into games. Hunt's swing gets long at times, but he puts together quality at-bats and hits the ball hard. Hunt's plus arm is his best defensive tool and he gets out of the crouch well for a big catcher. He's an advanced receiver with a knack for framing and moves well laterally in blocking, projecting as an above-average-to-plus defender overall. THE FUTURE: Hunt is frequently requested by opposing teams in trade discussions. The Padres think he's a potential everyday backstop and are keen to hold onto him.
TRACK RECORD: Head entered 2019 virtually unknown as a draft prospect, in part because his dual role as a high school quarterback kept him off baseball's showcase circuit. He hit .615 with 13 home runs and 54 RBIs for San Antonio's Churchill High to become one of the draft's biggest risers, and the Padres drafted him in the third round and signed him for $3 million—a record bonus for the third round. SCOUTING REPORT: Head has a tall, lean, wiry body with quick-twitch actions. His bat speed is already among the fastest in the Padres organization, and he's a plus runner with the athleticism and quickness to stay in center field. Head plays with an aggressive football mentality and sometimes swings too hard or takes too aggressive a route in the outfield. When he slows down, he shows a sound swing with surprising plus raw power for his frame. He is supremely confident and has an above-average, accurate arm. THE FUTURE: Head needs experience to fine-tune his plate discipline and outfield routes, but he has the ability to be an impact player on both sides of the ball. He'll head to low Class A Fort Wayne in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Preciado led Panama to a silver medal at the 2018 U15 World Cup and made the all-tournament team. He cemented himself as Panama's top prospect in the 2019 international class and signed with the Padres for $1.3 million on July 2. SCOUTING REPORT: Preciado intrigues with a projectable 6-foot-4 frame and natural bat-to-ball skills. A switch-hitter, he is stronger from the right side but shows the ability to find the barrel from both sides with a rhythmic, controlled swing. Preciado's power is only starting to emerge, and his frame provides hope he can grow into 20-plus home run power as he matures physically. Signed as a shortstop, Preciado isn't much of a runner and may move to third base as he fills out, where his above-average, accurate arm will play. His father Victor spent two years in the Yankees system as a first baseman and corner outfielder, and Reggie shows outstanding game awareness and aptitude. THE FUTURE: Preciado became a favorite of the Padres' player development staff during fall instructional league. He doesn't turn 17 until May, but the Padres believe he'll move quicker than most his age.
TRACK RECORD: Mears long stood out for his physicality and put himself on draft radars with a strong performance at the 2018 Area Code Games. He carried that momentum through his senior season and was drafted by the Padres in the second round, No. 48 overall. He signed for $1 million to forgo a Purdue commitment and impressed in his pro debut in the Rookie-level Arizona League. SCOUTING REPORT: Mears is already built like a major league slugger at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds. Big, strong, and physical, Mears possesses plus-plus raw power to all fields and gets to it easily with a fast, compact swing for his size. Mears rarely saw premium velocity growing up in the Pacific Northwest and struggled to catch up to it early in his pro debut, but he adjusted to gear up for fastballs and hit .313 with a .937 OPS over the final month of the season. He hit one ball 117 mph off the bat, the same maximum exit velocity as Nelson Cruz in 2019. Mears is a prototypical right fielder with below-average speed and a plus arm. He has sneaky athleticism but has work to do to become an average defender. THE FUTURE: Mears is a bright individual who took college courses while still in high school. His physicality, strong work ethic and intelligence make for a promising foundation.
TRACK RECORD: Guerra ranked among the top shortstop prospects in baseball when the Padres acquired him from the Red Sox as part of the Craig Kimbrel trade in Nov. 2015. Abysmal pitch recognition led to a 33 percent strikeout rate and spiraling confidence after the trade, and the Padres converted Guerra to a pitcher during 2019 spring training. Guerra sat 96-100 mph in his first bullpen session and maintained that velocity when he reported to high Class A Lake Elsinore in June. He bounded up to Double-A Amarillo in August and received a big league callup Sept. 1, less than six months after he began pitching. SCOUTING REPORT: Guerra's wiry athleticism and plus-plus arm from shortstop translated seamlessly to the mound. His fastball sits 96-100 with late armside life through the strike zone, and he already shows feel for an above-average 87-89 mph slider. Guerra throws his fastball over the plate but doesn't have command yet and was punished for it in the majors. He is still learning to land his slider in the strike zone. Guerra struggled mentally during his struggles as a position player. Once he began pitching, club officials noted he started smiling again. THE FUTURE: The Padres hope Guerra will develop average command and control in time. If he does, he has the stuff to be a closer.
TRACK RECORD: Rosario ranked as one of the top prospects in the 2016 international class and signed with the Padres for $1.85 million. He held his own at first after the Padres pushed him aggressively, but a hamstring injury hampered him in 2019 and led to an underwhelming year at high Class A Lake Elsinore. SCOUTING REPORT: Rosario is a special athlete who can do a standing backflip and throw with both arms. He's a plus runner in the outfield with excellent closing speed and frequently makes highlight-reel catches. He is a consensus above-average defender in center field, with an average arm strong enough to keep baserunners honest. Rosario has a discerning eye and finished fifth in the California League with a .372 on-base percentage, but not much happens when he swings. He crouches low in his stance and gets his body contorted, resulting in poor contact on the ground and minimal impact off the bat. He flashes above-average power in batting practice, but never gets close to it in games. Though he's a plus runner in the outfield, Rosario shows average speed on the bases and runs less often than he should. THE FUTURE: Fixing his swing will be Rosario's top priority in 2020. He is set to repeat Lake Elsinore.
TRACK RECORD: The Padres purchased Ornelas' rights from the Mexican League for $1.5 million during their 2016 international signing spree. They aggressively pushed him to high Class A Lake Elsinore in 2019, but Ornelas fell flat. His swing became so long and slow the Padres demoted him to the Rookielevel Arizona League for a complete swing construction midseason, and he finished the year batting .220 with one home run. SCOUTING REPORT: Ornelas is a hulking lefthanded slugger with an advanced eye at the plate. He stays within the strike zone and swings at strikes, but his swing needs work. Ornelas is often too steep entering the zone and lacks twitch, so he's often late as well. When he levels out his swing and is on time he drives the ball gap-to-gap and teases plus raw power. Ornelas moves well for a big man and has a chance to become an average defensive right fielder, although his fringe-average arm needs to improve. THE FUTURE: Ornelas' youth and strength provide reasons for optimism, but his bat speed and swing length keep trending the wrong direction. He is slated to repeat Lake Elsinore in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Oña hit .636 with four home runs in eight games for Cuba at the 2014 18U Pan American Championships. He left the island in 2015 and landed a $7 million signing bonus from the Padres in 2016. Oña struggled with the transition to the U.S and underwhelmed his first two seasons, but he found his stride at Double-A Amarillo in 2019 before suffering a season-ending torn labrum. SCOUTING REPORT: Oña is a thick, muscular specimen with massive raw power. He punishes balls and hits towering drives that demoralize opposing pitchers. His plus raw power plays to all fields, and he is particularly adept at driving the ball the other way. Oña is an aggressive hitter who hunts fastballs and swings at the first one around the strike zone. That freewheeling approach limits him to a potential fringe-average hitter, and his bulky body results in stiff actions in his swing despite above-average bat speed. Oña's below-average running speed and limited range make him a liability in the outfield, although he has flashed above-average arm strength when healthy. THE FUTURE: The Padres put Oña on the 40-man roster despite his abbreviated season. Whether he makes enough contact to access his power will determine his future.
TRACK RECORD: Mena established himself early as one of the best athletes and fastest runners in the 2019 international class. He signed with the Padres for $2.2 million on July 2, the largest signing bonus the club awarded in the period. SCOUTING REPORT: A wiry 6-foot-3 center fielder, Mena defends his position well with plus-plus speed and excellent range. He picks balls up off the bat, gets excellent jumps and takes advanced, efficient routes for a 16-year-old. His above-average arm rounds out his potential to a plus or better defensive center fielder. At the plate, Mena stays behind the ball from the left side and consistently puts it in play to take advantage of his speed. His power is mostly to the gaps now, but he has the projectable frame and leverage in his swing to dream on 15-20 home run power as he gets stronger. THE FUTURE: Mena has a lot of room to grow into his body. His athleticism, defense and contact skills are a promising starter's kit for a potential everyday center fielder.
TRACK RECORD: The Padres signed Rosario for $300,000 on his 16th birthday and pushed him quickly, sending him to high Class A Lake Elsinore as an 18-year-old in 2018. He repeated the California League in 2019 and was still the league's sixth-youngest player on Opening Day. He finished sixth in the league in hits (129), tied for ninth in doubles (25) and sixth in triples (8). SCOUTING REPORT: Rosario is nicknamed “Eggy” because of his egg-shaped build. He's round, stout and thick, but he's sneaky-quick and packs a punch. Rosario uses his thick forearms to generate surprising impact with his short, quick swing. He catches up to velocity and has matured in his approach to use the whole field. Rosario flashes above-average raw power, but he's at his best when he focuses on hitting line drives up the middle. Rosario is an above-average runner on the bases, but his agility is limited in the field. He's naturally a second baseman and his plus arm fits at third base. His hands, footwork and short-area quickness have room to grow. Rosario a feisty, fiery presence who energizes his team and irritates opponents. THE FUTURE: Both the Padres and opposing clubs view Rosario as a potential utilityman. He'll head to Double-A Amarillo in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Bachar played football exclusively his first two years at Division III Wisconsin- Whitewater and was an all-conference kicker/punter. He went out for baseball as a junior in 2015 and played both sports before focusing solely on baseball as a senior. Bachar touched 95 mph that season, and his fresh, live arm led the Padres to draft him in the fifth round and sign him for $350,000. SCOUTING REPORT: Bachar bounced between starting and relieving his first three seasons, but he found his role as a starter with Double-A Amarillo in 2019. He finished fifth in the Texas League in strikeouts (126) and sixth in ERA (3.98). Bachar's fastball averages 92-93 mph on his fastball, but his real weapons are his breaking pitches. He generates above-average spin rates on both his slider and curveball, with his slider flashing above-average and his downer curveball flashing average. He's a good athlete and fierce competitor whose control is getting better the more he pitches and has a chance to become average. THE FUTURE: Evaluators are intrigued by the possibility of Bachar's stuff ticking up with a move to the bullpen. He'll open the season at Triple-A El Paso with his big league debut in reach.
TRACK RECORD: Drafted by the Phillies in the 35th round out of high school, Wilson redshirted his first year at Santa Clara and then received a medical redshirt after Tommy John surgery wiped out his redshirt senior season. Granted a sixth year of eligibility, Wilson became the Broncos' Friday night starter in 2018 and was drafted by the Padres in the eighth round, signing for $5,000. Wilson moved to the bullpen after signing and jumped straight from high Class A Lake Elsinore to Triple-A El Paso in his first full season.SCOUTING REPORT: Wilson's explosive stuff and steady demeanor impressed the Padres and gave them comfort to move him quickly. His fastball sits 94-97 with late movement off of barrels that one coach likened to having “a magnet to it.” It's a plus fastball with its velocity and movement, and Wilson has excellent command of his 82-85 mph slider to give him another solid offering. Wilson's stuff plays against both lefties and righties. His control is scattered at times, but he stays calm, pitches intelligently and avoids big innings.THE FUTURE: Wilson is a bullpen option for the Padres in 2020. His debut should come as soon as injuries hit.
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