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Prospect Profiles: San Diego Padres
- Updated: March 10, 2017
The San Diego Padres were one of the worst teams in the MLB last year. They also managed to trade off anyone who was set to make money this year, in jettisoning players such as Colin Rea, Alexi Amerista…etc.They boast a farm system on the rise after all their trades, getting back Anderson Espinoza, and Josh Naylor from the Red Sox and Marlins. With another season ahead of the Padres where they will be near the bottom of the standings the fans look forward to seeing some of their prospects come up through the system.
Anderson Espinoza RHP
The main piece of the Drew Pomeranz trade at the all star break, Espinoza is just 19 years old with a fastball that consistently sits in the 94-97 MPH range, but can touch triple digits. He features a strong fastball, as well as a curveball and change up that both rate as plus pitches.
Espinoza has easy flowing mechanics that allow him to fill the strike zone with ease. As long as Espinoza can remain healthy he has a chance to progress up through the Padres system. In 108 IP in Low-A, Espinoza posted a 4.49 ERA and a 100/35 K/BB ratio.
While his numbers look a little rough, Espinoza should fill out his frame and be able to withstand full season baseball.
Manuel Margot OF
Margot came over to the Padres as part of the Craig Kimbrel trade in 2015. He has a chance to compete for the starting CF job out of spring training. Reached AAA last year, slashing a line of .304/.351/.426 with 30 steals and 6 home runs in 517 at bats.
Margot has a plus arm, as well as plus-plus speed and range making him a great defender for center field. He has a good bat and is able to control the zone, despite his low walk total. His gap to gap line drive approach combined with his speed should translate to doubles and triples.
Hunter Renfroe OF
The Padres first round pick 2013, Renfroe has shown the ability to hit for power. While Renfroe strikes out at a high rate due to his aggressive approach at the plate, he has a chance to hit for 30 home runs annually.
Renfroe profiles as a strong right fielder with average speed and range, his arm has led him to 43 assists since 2014. Getting a taste of the big leagues last season, Renfroe hit .371/.389/.800 in 35 at bats. He won’t be a .300 hitter, but should slot in around .270 with power and the ability to drive the ball to all fields. Should break camp as the teams everyday RF
Cal Quantrill RHP
The son of former major leaguer Paul Quantrill, Cal played his college ball at Stanford, and missed his sophomore season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He would still be picked number 8 overall in the last draft by the Padres after throwing bull pens for them at Petco Park.
He features a fastball that sits in the mid 90’s and he can locate with ease. His change up is also considered by scouts to be one of the best in the minor leagues. The third pitch in his mix is a slider, that profiles as major league average, but could be more dynamic to help with the swing and miss. Quantrill could be faced with innings restrictions for the first two seasons as he tries to distance him self from Tommy John, but should shoot up through the minor leagues.
ETA: Late 2018
Adrian Morejon LHP
Morejon was the number 2 ranked international prospect during the 2016-2017 international signing period by MLB.com’s Pipeline. The 17 year old has yet to pitch as a professional, but features a fastball that can touch 96. as well as a plus change up and curveball all of which he can throw for consistent strikes. Many scouts believe that Morejon has the ability to become a front end starter, but will depend on how he can build up his strength and if he can hold up over a long season.
Jacob Nix RHP
A third round pick in 2015, after cleaning up his mechanics he had his best season in 2016. Nix posted a 3.93 ERA with a 90/20 K/BB in Low A. Throws both his fastball and curve for strikes, should be a solid number 3.
The 19 year old hit .333/.404/.446 in 475 at bats split between High A and 3 games of Triple AAA. Lacks power but has good knowledge and can hit for high average at all levels. Profiles more as a third base or second base rather than shortstop.