The San Diego Padres have a stacked farm system, and there will surely be a prospect or two moved this winter.
With Rule-5 issues looming, there will be no other choice than to relocate players.
Here is a look at some of the prospects who could be dangled in trade talks. These players have value while at the same time, more established men are ahead of them on the depth charts. It is a numbers crunch at this point for A.J. Preller and his staff.
Minor League level
Allen has looked solid in his brief time with the Padres this past season. His defense is no longer an issue, and he has a mighty left-handed bat. With Austin Hedges and Francisco Mejia ahead of him on the roster, he will need a trade to get consistent at-bats moving forward. The Padres seem inclined to keep both Hedges and Mejia, and that leaves Allen as a severe threat to be dealt by the team. The Padres have Luis Torrens and Luis Campusano in the minors behind him in the depth charts, as well. A trade of a catcher seems very likely.
Topping out at 99 mph this season in Amarillo, Bolanos has undoubtedly emerged as a relevant prospect. He has a vast assortment of offspeed pitches and has slowly been more dependable with his control. If he can pound the strike zone and continue to show an upper 90’s fastball, there is no reason to believe he cannot be successful at the major league level. The depth on the team is what makes this Cuban pitcher available. He is ready for service time now, and the Padres are loaded with pitchers who are capable of starting a game.
The Padres have taken it slow with Morejon in terms of innings pitched. The team did rush his service time, though. Making his debut this season in San Diego, Morejon showed a high fastball and an understanding of how to pitch at a very young age. The 20-year-old Cuban was shut down a few times in the year and also started the 2019 season late. He is currently throwing in the AFL and looks to be healthy. With so much pitching in the Padres’ system, Morejon could find himself as a headliner in a trade package.
There is a lot to like about Owen Miller, who just quietly goes about his business. The right-handed hitter is very dependable with the bat and slashes the ball to all fields with a short, compact stroke. His power is developing, but he will likely never be a huge power threat. He can play all over the infield, but the Padres are loaded with infield talent at both the major league level and throughout the minor leagues. Miller is getting close to being ready and could be dangled as trade bait as long as he continues to progress in his game.
Spending time at second base has boosted his value slightly, but the power hitter is a prototypical slugging third baseman. With Manny Machado on the roster, Potts will play where he can moving forward. He barrels the ball up well but can get out of whack with his swing when he chases out of the zone. There is a lot to like about his upside, and he is still only 20 years of age. The Padres will continue to allow him to progress slowly. If he can put it all together, Hudson Potts has a great value to him.
There are plenty of tools with Michael Gettys, but he still cannot make consistent contact. He shows plus power and great defensive skill with the glove that should get him to the majors eventually. He quietly hit 31 homers this season in the PCL and stole 14 bases. The right-handed hitter also struck out 168 times and only walked 33 times in 507 at-bats. With Edward Olivares and Buddy Reed right behind him, he is turning out to be a decent trade chip. If a team can unlock his swing, he still has value in the game.
The Padres have a lot of talent at the shortstop position throughout the minor leagues. Then there is Fernando Tatis Jr., Luis Urias, and Manny Manchado at the Major League level, Arias will have a hard time sticking with San Diego, and for this reason, he will be probably be utilized as a trade chip. Defensively, Gabe Arias is extraordinary as he flashes a Gold Glove-caliber glove. The right-handed hitter is showing increased power but does have a strikeout issue that needs to be resolved. Arias is a decent prospect who will attract many teams.
The San Diego Padres have some right-handed options in the outfield currently, and that has kept Olivares in the minors so far. He is also inexperienced at the higher levels of the minor leagues, though he had a very productive 2019 season with the Amarillo Sod Poodles. The 23-year-old Venezuelan put up a .801 OPS in 127 games. He stole 35 bases and slugged 18 homers on the season, showing a great power-speed combination. Olivares is on the 40-man and very close to being Major League ready.