Matt Eddy is an Associate Editor at Baseball America who has covered the Padres’ minor league system since the 2006 off season. He was kind enough to chat with us about BA’s recently released Padres Top 10 Prospect list. You can also see full writeups on the Padres’ Top 30 prospects in BA’s Prospect Handbook. Be sure to follow Matt on Twitter.
Where would the prospects acquired in the Mat Latos trade rank in the Padres’ farm system?
The Mat Latos trade with the Reds changed the Padres prospect landscape. San Diego can plug in first baseman Yonder Alonso at first base right away, and he fits with the organization’s emphasis on on-base skills and a line-to-line hitting approach—particularly when it comes to lefty bats like Alonso. He would challenge Anthony Rizzo for top prospect in the system honors.
Catcher Yasmani Grandal will spend the bulk of 2012 in Triple-A if all goes according to plan, though he could share time with either Nick Hundley or John Baker in 2013. Catchers who provide offensive value are so rare that Grandal might slot in at No. 5 on our list, after Cory Spangenberg and ahead of Austin Hedges.
Right-handed reliever Brad Boxberger probably would not crack the Top 10, though like Alonso he is big league-ready.
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