This is a list of the best prospects in the Padres’ organization. To be eligible for this list a player must still posses their rookie status. Prospects are ranked both by their ultimate potential and the likelihood that they will reach that potential. The easiest way to understand the rankings is to consider what order players would be selected in if the entire organization were eligible for a draft. Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) for each prospect is when they would reach the majors if they are able to reach their potential.
Updated: February 2012
1) Yasmani Grandal – In his first full season as a professional, Grandal firmly established himself as a legitimate two-way catcher. He has taken some heat for his receiving skills, but Grandal has enough athleticism and plus arm strength to at least be average defensively down the road. Combine that with a legitimate middle-of-the-order bat and you’ve got the most intriguing player in a deep Padres system. ETA: Late 2012
2) Yonder Alonso – Alonso earns the nod over players with higher ceilings below him because of his mix of upside and low bust potential. With a patient approach and the ability to use all fields Alonso doesn’t quite fit the mold of the traditional first-base masher but should provide the Padres with above average production at the position for years to come. ETA: 2012 Opening Day Continue reading “Top 25 Padres Prospects – Preseason 2012” »