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San Diego Padres Prospects Update: Standouts and Names to Remember

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Padres Minor League Update

Padres Prospects

Bleacher Report’s updated rankings of all 30 MLB farm systems has the Padres ranked ninth, but the team could see a move upwards if their prospects continue to perform as they have been.

Mackenzie Gore, a left-handed pitcher drafted out of high school with the third pick in the most recent draft has had great returns so far. Though a very, very small sample size, the 18-year old has yet to allow a run in his first three starts for the Padres rookie ball team in the Arizona League. In those three games, the left-hander has 13 strikeouts in just 8.2 innings pitched.

Another standout of the Padres’ minor league system is Cal Quantrill, the team’s 2016 first-round pick. Quantrill, a right-handed pitcher out of Stanford, has delivered unspectacular results but is showing progress towards an eventual call-up to the major league team. This season, pitching for the Padres’ High-A and Double-A teams, Quantrill has pitched to a 7-7 record with a 3.79 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 97.1 innings pitched.

A Padres prospect to remember for years in the future is Michael Baez. A right-handed pitcher signed out of Cuba for $3 million in last December has delivered on the substantial investment the Padres made in him. After one start for the rookie league team, Baez was promoted to Single-A. So far he has been nothing short of phenomenal. The 21-year old is 4-0 with a 0.91 ERA and 47 strikeouts in just 29.2 innings. Though Baez will have to prove that he can continue to be successful at higher levels in the minors, his performance so far has been impressive.

Prospects to Keep an Eye On

Though the previous three pitchers have had positive seasons in the minors, there are other prospects progressing for the Padres that came into the season with much smaller expectations.

Austin Allen, a catcher for the High-A Advanced Lake Elsinore Storm in the Padres system, is one of the Padres prospects that are showing improvements on his road to the MLB. Drafted in the fourth round of the 2015 draft, Allen was seen as an offense first catching prospect. Teams were hoping that his defense would follow with more practice. This sentiment is still present for Allen this year, as his offensive numbers, .295/.364/.513 with 18 home runs and 70 RBIs are spectacular for a catching prospect. Although, his defense is still being worked on and may necessitate a switch of positions. At 6’4″ and 225 pounds, Allen could move to first base sooner rather than later if his bat profiles as major league ready in the years to come.

A second name to keep an eye on is Esteury Ruiz. The second-baseman came to San Diego from Kansas City in the Brandon Mauer and Trevor Cahill trade in July of this season. Since arriving from the Royals, Ruiz has been playing on the same team as Mackenzie Gore for the Padres’ rookie level minor league team. After finishing out July for the Padres team, and adding in his stats from his time with the Royals, Ruiz ended up leading the Arizona League in hits, total bases, and triples for the month. In recognition of his performance, Ruiz won the Arizona League Player of the Month.

San Diego Padres Prospects Update: Standouts and Names to Remember