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San Diego Padres Farm Report

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

The San Diego Padres have been bottom dwellers in the National League West ever since they made it to the playoffs in 2006. They have been drafting very high in recent years and the Padres are stock piling in the farm because of it. San Diego has eight prospects in the MLB.com Top 100 Prospects List. That is the most of any team in baseball.

At some point, all of these prospects will pan out and the San Diego Padres will become a very good baseball team again. If the baseball season ended right now, they would have the fourth pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. San Diego could have another top five pick by the end of the season.

They have the worst record in the National League at 42-68 and the San Diego Padres are 18.5 games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the National League West. Who are some of San Diego's top prospects?

The Padres top prospect is shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and he is the second best prospect in baseball. Tatis Jr. has range at shortstop and he is a very good hitter and steals bases. Fernando Tatis Jr. will be an everyday player when he reaches the majors and Tatis Jr. will provide a spark to the Padres. He is out for the rest of the season because of a left thumb injury and Tatis Jr. got surgery on it. He is only 19 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2019. Tatis Jr. will be invited to spring training most likely, but he will probably start the 2019 season in the minors. In 88 games with the San Antonio Missions in Double-A, his batting average was .286 with 16 home runs and 43 RBI's, along with 16 stolen bases. Fernando Tatis's Jr. on-base percentage was .355.

The San Diego Padres second best prospect is left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore and he is the 11th best prospect in baseball. Gore was the third overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft and he is just 19 years old. Gore was the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year in 2017. He throws a fastball in the mid 90's and Gore has a solid curveball. Gore also throws a slider and a changeup and if those pitches continue to improve, he will progress through the minors in a hurry. MacKenzie Gore is projected to be in the majors in 2020. San Diego doesn't have a true front line starter and he can become the Padres future number one starter. Gore is currently playing for the Fort Wayne TinCaps in Single-A. His record is 1-5 with a 4.19 ERA. In 43 innings pitched, he gave up 39 hits and 25 runs. He has walked 14 batters and has struck out 56.

San Diego's third best prospect is catcher Francisco Mejia and he is the 21st best prospect in baseball. He was originally in the Cleveland Indians farm system and Mejia was traded a couple of weeks ago and that trade sent Brad Hand and another reliever to Cleveland. Francisco Mejia is 22 years old and he is currently playing for the El Paso Chihuahuas in Triple-A. Mejia played with Triple-A Columbus Clippers before hand. He could be a possible September call up for the Padres. His batting average in the minors is .282 with seven home runs and 47 RBI's. Francisco Mejia's on-base percentage is .333. He will be the everyday starting catcher for the Padres one day. Austin Hedges is the current San Diego Padres and he is only 25 years old.

Their fourth best prospect second baseman/shortstop Luis Urias and he is the 23rd best prospect in baseball. Because Tatis Jr. will be the starting shortstop in the future, Urias will probably be the second baseman of the future. He is projected to reach the majors in 2018. Urias could be also a September call up. He is 21 years old and is currently playing in Triple-A. His batting average is .265 with seven home runs and 36 RBI's, along with two stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .378.

The Padres fifth best prospect is right-handed pitcher Chris Paddack and he is the 50th best prospect in baseball. Paddack was originally drafted by the Miami Marlins in the eighth-round in the 2015 MLB Draft. He hasn't been rushed through the minors and it has been good for his development. Paddack is 22 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2020. He could be a very good starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres. Chris Paddack has a good arsenal of pitches. He is currently playing in Double-A. His record is 7-2 with a 1.91 ERA. In 80 innings pitched, Chris Paddack has given up 54 hits and 17 runs. He has walked seven batters and has struck out 110.

The San Diego Padres sixth best prospect is left-handed pitcher Adrian Morejon and he is the 51st best prospect in baseball. Morejon is developing in the minors rapidly. He is in High-A with the Lake Elsinore Storm. Adrian Morejon is only 19 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2019. He throws a fastball in the mid 90's and Morejon throws a rare knuckle changeup that throws off batters. His record in the minors this season is 4-5 with a 3.50 ERA. In 64.1 innings pitched, he has given up 58 hits and 29 runs. Adrian Morejon has walked 22 batters and has struck out 73. He has the potential to be one of the top starters in the San Diego Padres rotation.

San Diego's seventh best prospect is right-handed pitcher Michael Baez and he is the 63rd best prospect in baseball. Baez could be a part of the Padres one day, but he some work to do. Michael Baez has a lot of upside, but if he doesn't become a starter, Baez could be a very good reliever. He is currently playing in High-A. Michael Baez throws in the high 90's and he has two breaking pitches. Baez is 22 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2019. His record in the minors this season is 3-7 with a 2.90 ERA. In 80.2 innings pitched, he has given up 71 hits and 30 runs. Michael Baez has walked 31 batters and has struck out 84.

Their eighth best prospect in left-handed pitcher Logan Allen and he is the 89th best prospect in baseball. Allen was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the eighth-round of the 2015 MLB Draft. He won't blow you away with his fastball, but his location is what makes him tough to hit. Allen is also has very good secondary pitches. He is 21 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2019. Logan Allen is currently in Double-A. His upside is either the fourth or fifth starter because of how potentially deep the San Diego Padres rotation can be in a couple of years. Allen's record is 10-5 with a 2.62 ERA. In 117 innings pitched, he has given up 83 hits and 38 runs. Logan Allen has walked 36 batters and has struck out 122.

For more information on the San Diego Padres prospects, visit MLB.com and click on the players tab and search top prospects.

This article was originally published on @gk18