Evaluating young players and prospects within the system will be critical for the San Diego Padres as they will make some moves this winter.
There is no doubt that the San Diego Padres will make adjustments very soon.
With 51 men currently on the 40-man roster, the team needs to make cuts.
The Padres will purge themselves of some players on the roster by simply designating them for assignment. There will be more than just a few DFA’s as the Padres settle their squad after the completion of the 2019 World Series. You can expect at least 8-10 men released by the team to one extent or another.
Just releasing players is one way of lessening your roster, but the Padres could also pull off a few trades in the coming month. The team can package prospects together in groups for relevant major league talent. Grouping young players like this is very likely to happen. A.J. Preller might also choose to include prospects in a proposed deal with a player whose salary he is not pleased with presently. Wil Myers comes to mind in this regard.
No matter how you look at it, the Padres will need to move some of their young players. The baseball operations department needs to know who of their prospects is available via trade. There needs to be an adequate self-evaluation as the Padres cannot afford to deal the next Corey Kluber or Trea Turner. If a drafted Padres’ prospect has success in the major leagues, it must be achieved while playing for San Diego.
The team has several first and second-year starting pitchers that deserve playing time, and there are even more in the minors on the horizon. Say what you want about the Padres’ ability to get immediate results from these young pitchers, but the team did have several options in the staff throughout the season. The player development department is doing an adequate job of getting these pitchers to advance to the majors. Now it is time to choose which ones are keepers and which ones can be made available via trade.
Self-evaluation or knowing your players will be huge for the San Diego Padres in the coming months and years. A.J, Preller has done well in stock-piling all this relevant young talent. However, having a great farm system does not guarantee a World Series trophy. Major league players are required for success, and those players must have excellent skills. The San Diego Padres are close to being very competitive, but the next series of moves must be made correctly. Sel-evaluation will be the key to it all.