San Diego Padres Top 100 Prospects

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10- Ryan Weathers–  LHP  12/17/1999

The #1 pick for the team in 2018 was this left-handed hurler out of high school. He has a plus curve and change and knows how to pitch to both sides of the plate. His velocity tops out at 94-95, but it looks faster than the radar gun indicates. With great control and a pedigree of success, Weathers should be a solid mid-rotation option at the very least when it is all said and done. He is very athletic and should be a quick riser in the system.

9- Michel Baez–  RHP  01/21/1996

He took a bit of a step sideways last season due to some nagging injuries with his back. The 98 mph fastball we saw in 2017 never returned, but we did see him hitting 95 and 96 on a consistent basis late in the year. He looked very good pitching in the Don Welke classic in late September at Petco Park. Baez has a very repeatable motion despite being 6-foot-8, and that is a good thing. There is plenty to be excited about in regard to his future as his arm has ace-like potential. At the very least he should be a very effective high-leverage reliever.

8- Adrian Morejon–  LHP  02/27/1999

This Cuban left-handed pitcher has a very high ceiling, but fans have yet to see a full season from him. He is still very young, and the Padres have wisely taken it easy with any nagging injuries that have sidelined Morejon. Armed with a mid 90’s fastball and an assortment of breaking pitches, he has the ability to be special. He threw in Lake Elsinore for the entire 2018 season and could be on the move to Texas for the coming season.

7- Logan Allen–  LHP  05/23/1997

The last of the Kimbrel haul to reach the major leagues will be this left-handed pitcher. He may turn out to be the best, as he has done nothing but get better since putting on a Padres uniform. His velocity has jumped up and he is no longer considered a mid-rotation starter. If he can continue to develop at this rate, the brother of Philip will be in the major leagues before too long. The Allen family gives Logan so much strength that there is no doubt in my mind he will succeed in the game of baseball.

(Luis Patino) Credit: MiLB

6- Luis Patino–  RHP  10/26/1999

He has come on in amazing fashion since being signed by the team in July of 2016 for only $300,000. The Padres might have found and secured one of the best players from that international market because they did their homework. The converted infielder has a plus arm with an edge on the mound. He carries himself well and took it upon himself to learn English. He is pretty fluent in the language and attacks hitters with that tenacity on the mound. Patino is something special and could really blossom on 2019.

5- Chris Paddack–  RHP  01/08/1996

The right-handed Texan has built up quite the reputation in the past 12 months. He dominated 2018, going 7-3 with a 2.10 ERA. The impressive part of his season was that he walked only eight batters in 90 innings between Lake Elsinore and San Antonio while striking out 120. He will make his debut in 2019 and should be effective from the very start. Paddack has the ability to be a true ace if everything breaks correctly for the Padres.

4- Luis Urias–  INF  06/03/1997

Luis Urias showed a ton of heart in San Diego last season and will clearly be a fan favorite. A hamstring injury robbed him of some plate appearances in 2018, but he showed enough to easily be the starting second baseman moving forward. He has surprising pop, but will never be a huge power threat. Urias can and will barrel up baseballs with a short compact swing from the right side. He has a high floor and should be at least a viable major leaguer.

(MacKenzie Gore) Photo by Ken Bugajski / EVTimes.

3- MacKenzie Gore–  LHP  02/24/1999

Finger issues stunted the growth on his 2018 season, but Gore still showed plenty of promise when he was out there. He has three to four plus pitches and a funky, repeatable motion. The 2019 season should be huge for Gore as he finally gets an opportunity to pitch consistently without injury issues. He has a good chance to advance quickly through the system as his stuff plays at the higher levels of pro ball already.

2- Francisco Mejia–  C   10/27/1995

The free-swinging catcher has plenty of upside. Mejia showed a lot of promise last season when he spent September with the major league team. There are some defensive concerns with framing and setting up at the plate, but he has one of the strongest arms in the game. The smaller-in-stature catcher will probably never be a defensive-minded catcher, but his forte is clearly with his bat. The switch-hitter has the ability to be special if he can only improve on his plate discipline.

1- Fernando Tatis Jr.–  INF   01/02/1999

There is absolutely no doubt that Fernando Tatis Jr. is the most prized prospect the Padres have had in a very long time. He is special. He has above average tools in every aspect of the game and is not even 20 years old. There is little doubt that Tatis will be in the major leagues at some point in the 2019 season. If not for a thumb injury suffered in San Antonio, he may have gotten a taste of major league hitting last season. He owns a career .845 OPS in 274 minor league games and is presently playing well in the Dominican winter league.

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4 thoughts on “San Diego Padres Top 100 Prospects

  1. Hi,

    You guys post great articles about everything Padres. This one is no exception. I hit your website everyday looking to read something about a potential trade or yet another promising prospect who could be the next Padres game-changer. But in the back of my mind, I can’t help but reminisce about all of those promising Padres prospects of the past who either fizzled out before reaching the ‘Show’, or the ones who briefly reached the major leagues only to fade shortly thereafter. Since the consensus now is that we have the best farm system in baseball, does the player development department and talent evaluators have a system/program in place to actually develop these prospects to prepare them to not just make it to the major leagues, but actually teach them how to harness their talent and abilities and be contributors at the major league level? Talent alone will only get you so far.

    At any rate, you have a very good website. Keep up the good work.

    Regards,

    Jon

  2. Finally somebody who ranks logan A and Patino higher then morejon & baez! Great read as always james. Very impressive. Really looking forward to seeing the kids grow more this year, excited about Espinosa on the come back….let’s hope he follows in the footsteps on paddack, its been a long time coming! This team is STACKED.

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