San Diego Padres Prospects – Top 80 Ranked


Ranking Top 80 Padres Prospects

My Top Prospect methodology was simple — I think. Try not to follow the hype too much and rumors from the various sites as much as possible — as teams’ valuation measurement vary, and while the rumors of helium prospect rise and fall throughout the industry appear to change daily, that’s not always the case for the teams coveting such prospects. There’s many many factors.

I note players throughout the year (much like I attempt to do for the MLB Draft), I believe would raise their value (or fall) — based on performances, tools, rank, competition, along with guys I just really liked. In addition, to always research as much video on each player (if possible). Platforms like Baseball America, Ben Badler, Perfect Game, Prospects Live, Baseball Cencus, and MLB.com have incredible coverage.

The aforementioned sites help as some provide a top 100-200 potential draft picks, or prospect rankings, individual continuous updated report cards to track. Thus, after I believe I have a decent grasp on a ‘ballpark’ placement for a player, those sites also help after making your separate selections. Did I rank this guy way too high (that can be said for tracking the draft too)? Has this kid fallen off from production or injury?

In addition to those platforms and accessible sources being invaluable, I’ve found over the years to follow your own evaluation over the hype of the rumor mill, or bullish opinions from others; as often the bandwagon perception of players will often be counterproductive if you have a decent feel for the game.

For example, oh, Keith Law didn’t like your guy, or John Manual loves a talent you see being a potential bullpen piece and not a starter — so let’s change your order? That’s when you lose any real feel for where the said prospects will often climb or fall in the prospect rankings.

Follow who you like and track their production, health, competition, and try and project their ceiling with their tools, body type and athleticism (or lack there of) and where you think they’d fit. Moreover, I believe it’s important to evaluate each player individually, without trying to draw a comparison to other prospects. Another key in my opinion attempting to be objective, but also avoiding some of the hype. Every player is different; tools, mechanics, athleticism, mentality, baseball acumen, ceiling, floor, competition, etc.

Attempting to remain open and objective to the myriad of outlets and information ad nauseam is difficult. If you love a player, rank him high on your evaluation of where you believe he should be. Base your slotting on some of the aforementioned reasoning; not because another prospect with a very different situation has similar appearing tools, projection or production in their respective leagues.

I try to stear clear of the excellent authoritative evaluation sites, such as, BaseballAmerica.com (even though I have a subscription now), or respected evaluators. However, with social media and the blogosphere instant news updates and reguritated information, it’s next to impossible not to retain some of that information in the process. On a side note, the guys from MLB.com, such as, Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis, an up-and-coming (to some of you) prospect rat, Emily Waldon, from The Athletic (among others) — do a great job year round of covering these talented kids, and their information seems endless.

I would give all the guys at Baseball America, Prospects Live, Baseball Census, and individual evaluators a follow. They all have something to offer, and also seem like really good people. Rare in a business full of strong opinionated egos and God complexes.

I will spare background here on the players, statistics — as most of you have heard about so many of these players at length. But I’d recommend the other sites for a more extensive look at their former schools, programs, levels, attributes, tools, ceiling and floors, full scouting reports, and current backgrounds and statistical analysis.

  1. Fernando Tatis Jr.
  2. MacKenzie Gore
  3. Francisco Mejía
  4. Chris Paddack
  5. Luis Urías
  6. Luis Patiño
  7. Adrian Morejon
  8. Xavier Edwards
  9. Michel Baez
  10. Hudson Potts
  11. Logan Allen
  12. Tirso Ornelas
  13. Ryan Weathers
  14. Cal Quantrill
  15. Buddy Reed
  16. Josh Naylor
  17. Esteury Ruiz
  18. Anderson Espinoza
  19. Luis Campusano
  20. Edward Olivares
  21. Jeisson Rosario
  22. Austin Allen
  23. Owen Miller
  24. Gabriel Arias
  25. Reggie Lawson
  26. Osvaldo Hernandez
  27. Andres Muñoz
  28. Grant Little
  29. Esteban Quiroz
  30. Olivier Basabe
  31. Blake Hunt
  32. Tucupita Marcano
  33. Eguy Rosario
  34. Joey Cantillo
  35. Pedro Avila
  36. Ty France
  37. Jordy Barley
  38. Jorge Oña
  39. Michael Gettys
  40. Omar Cruz
  41. Hansel Rodriguez
  42. Jason Vosler
  43. Robbie Podorsky
  44. Luis Almanzar
  45. Justin Lopez
  46. Kelvin Melean
  47. Lee Solomon
  48. Gerardo Reyes
  49. Mathew Batten
  50. Nick Gatewood
  51. Yeison Santana
  52. Ramon Perez
  53. Efrain Contreras
  54. Henry Henry
  55. Jawuan Harris
  56. Dylan Coleman
  57. Mason Thompson
  58. Manuel Partida
  59. Frank Lopez
  60. Ronald Bolanos
  61. Sam Keating
  62. Sean Guilbe
  63. Reinaldo Ilarraza
  64. Lake Bachar
  65. Cole Bellinger
  66. Jack Suwinski
  67. Ruddy Giron
  68. David Bednar
  69. Christian Heredia
  70. Edgar Martinez
  71. Miguel Rondon
  72. Dan Dallas
  73. Agustin Ruiz
  74. Ignacio Feliz
  75. Vladimir Echavarria
  76. Tom Cosgrove
  77. Nick Margevicius
  78. Diomar Lopez
  79. Mason House
  80. Alison Quintero

Prospects like Eric Lauer, Joey Luchessi, Miguel Diaz, Jose Castillo, Franchy Cordero, Franmil Reyes, Luis Torrens, among others were not considered here, as many have graduated from their prospect status (in my eyes, albeit others to a smaller sample size).

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