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Baseball America: 2014 San Diego Padres Top 10 Prospects

Wonder if Bill James was jadingly pleased that Elias Borunda went 0-9 his final season at AAA…

TOP 10 PROSPECTS

1. Austin Hedges, c
2. Matt Wisler, rhp
3. Max Fried, lhp
4. Hunter Renfroe, of
5. Casey Kelly, rhp
6. Rymer Liriano, of
7. Jace Peterson, ss
8. Burch Smith, rhp
9. Keyvius Sampson, rhp
10. Joe Ross, rhp

Down on the farm, the Padres have one of the top catching prospects in the game (Austin Hedges), one of the top lefthanders (Max Fried) and one of the most unheralded righties (Matt Wisler). Hedges and Wisler lead the next wave of talent headed for San Diego after helping push Double-A San Antonio to the Texas League title. The Missions have won the TL three times in seven seasons as a Padres affiliate, including two out of the last three years.

The system doesn’t feature as much upper-level depth as it did two years ago, when Alonso, lefty Robbie Erlin, Grandal, Gyorko and Rizzo all qualified for this list. All but Gyorko, a 2010 second-rounder, had been acquired in a trio of 2010-11 trades in which the Padres parted with veterans Mike Adams, Adrian Gonzalez and Mat Latos. San Diego also acquired prospects Kelly, Reymond Fuentes and Wieland in those trades, but the rest of the current Top 30 consists of players signed or drafted by the Padres.

Repoz Posted: December 05, 2013 at 05:43 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. zonk Posted: December 05, 2013 at 08:38 AM (#4610985)
I think the Padres system would be my pick for baseball's most underrated... or maybe unheralded would be a better word. I think it's a nice mix of different player types, different types of acqusitions, etc.

I think it's a top 10 - probably top 5, but I suspect most folks asked to snap name/snap rank it would leave it out... I'm not sure if that's a function of it not having a flashy Profar or Taveras atop its list, the general "oh yeah, forgot about them" nature of the Padres generally, or what.
   2. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 05, 2013 at 10:27 AM (#4611056)
Padres wouldn't occur to me as a Top 5 list just because I'd think of, in no particular order

Cardinals -- Taveras, Martinez, Wacha, Wong
Pirates -- Polanco, Taillon, Meadows, Henson, Glasnow
Twins -- Buxton, Sano, Meyer
Astros -- Correa, Appel, Springer
Cubs -- Baez, Soler, Almora, Bryant

I'd think of the Royals, Red Sox, Rangers and Rays since they always seem to be good. Padres would be pretty far down the list of my guesses for a Top 5 system. I'd probably guess the Marlins, Mariners and Rockies before the Padres.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 05, 2013 at 10:38 AM (#4611069)
Royals system had a down year, I'd put the Pads over them for sure. I think the Padres are probably top ten or right on the cusp. Not a lot of elite talent (although I love Fried), but lots of great depth.
   4. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: December 05, 2013 at 10:46 AM (#4611083)
I always like the Padres system to the point of overrating them, so I shouldn't be trusted here, but I agree as well.
   5. Benji Posted: December 06, 2013 at 01:39 AM (#4611695)
If all you read was Met blogs, you would KNOW that they have by far the best farm system. Because Sandy and myriad "unidentified scouts" say so.
   6. Publius Publicola Posted: December 06, 2013 at 08:14 AM (#4611726)
What's up with Casey Kelly? I see he didn't pitch in 2013.

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