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.
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Updated: July 2012
*Yasmani Grandal, Yonder Alonso, Alexi Amarista, Anthony Bass and Joe Wieland were not eligible for this list due to their big league status*
1) Rymer Liriano – With the graduations of Grandal and Alonso, Liriano is able to reclaim his spot as the Padres’ top prospect. A surprising midseason promotion to Double A offered a new challenge for the 21 year old who still has 20/20 potential with plus defense in right field. ETA: Late 2013
2) Keyvius Sampson – Although his stat line looks less than dominant, Sampson has had a huge year for the progression of his career. The Padres elected to skip the 21-year-old Florida native over High A as a way to jump start his advancement through the organization after he came to camp this Spring with an improved curveball. ETA: Late 2013
3) Jedd Gyorko – Gyorko has seen his stock rise as much as any Padres prospect this season after putting up huge numbers in San Antonio and Tucson, and a call up appears more imminent than ever. Still, baring a trade or injury Gyorko is unlikely to see action until later in the season even with his newfound versatility as a serviceable second baseman. ETA: 2012
4) Max Fried – Fried is making his first appearance in the Padres’ Top 25 after being selected eighth overall in the 2012 MLB Draft. Fried is scheduled to throw about 20 innings this season in the Arizona League before his preparation for 2013 will begin. The 18-year-old lefty offers top-of-the-rotation upside and may be benefiting in these rankings from limited play thus far. ETA: Late 2015
5) Austin Hedges – It’s tough to say enough about how impressive Hedges’ 2012 campaign has been thus far as he’s managed to keep a respectable batting average, show an excellent approach and hit for a surprising amount of power in his first full season of professional baseball while playing elite defense behind the plate. Hedges’ bat is much more advanced than most scouts had come to believe which could shorten his development time in a big way. ETA: Late 2014 Continue reading “Top 25 Padres Prospects – Midseason 2012” »