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Is Reymond Fuentes still a legit prospect? – Jonathan
Definitely. While Fuentes’ stock has definitely slipped, he still is loaded with enough tools to be an everyday center fielder on a contending team. It is becoming more apparent that the bat will never be anything special, but his speed definitely plays in games and – outside of this year – he has shown the ability to make consistent contact.
Unless you see a serious regression in tools, one year of production is not enough to condemn a player. That being said, Fuentes has a lot to prove as questions surrounding his effort are growing louder and louder.
What level will Joe Ross, Michael Kelly and Austin Hedges start at next season? – Antonio
Too early to definitively say at this point. Ross has enough stuff to compete in the Midwest League, but the Padres may elect to tinker with his delivery in the Instructional League which may have him set to begin the season in Arizona or Eugene. Gut says they challenge him in Fort Wayne barring unforeseen circumstances.
Kelly is much more of a project at this point with only one real pitch in his repertoire. The conservative play would be to start him in Arizona and promote Kelly if his performance validated, but at the moment I’ll say that he begins the year in Eugene with the Emeralds.
While 20 at bats with the AZL Padres is not a ton of experience, Hedges has at least shown that his bat isn’t completely overmatched by professional pitchers. I’d expect to see him in Fort Wayne to start 2012 barring an underwhelming spring that would send him to Eugene. Continue reading “Padres Prospet Mailbag: August Part 2” »