EVT Top-100 San Diego Padres Prospects

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80- Eric Yardley– RHP  08/18/1990
Highest Level: Major Leagues
2019 Stats: (0-2) 2.83 ERA/1.162 WHIP  63.2 IP/52 K

This right-handed side-armed pitcher has fought hard to make it to the major leagues. He was undrafted. Spent time in the Independent Leagues and spent many seasons riding buses. He is funky with his motion but will need to be exact against major league pitching. Especially the more he is seen. Yardley will not blow you away with his fastball. He, instead, relies on movement and his unusual motion.

79- Dauris Valdez– RHP  10/22/1995
Highest Level: Double-A Amarillo
2019 Stats: (2-0) 4.23 ERA/1.428 WHIP  55.1 IP/68 K

There is no problem with velocity when it comes to Valdez. He can reach triple-digit with his fastball, but more often than not, the pitch is out of the zone. Valdez can be dominating when he locates, but he struggles with location in the worst way. He needs work with his offspeed pitches as well. The 6-foot-8 Dominican will eventually make it to the major leagues simply because he throws so hard. Valdez has allowed 11 homers this season which is way more than previous seasons. His straight fastball is a bit of a concern for longterm success.

78- Dan Dallas– LHP  12/24/1997
Highest Level: Single-A Fort Wayne
2019 Stats: (2-2) 3.59 ERA/1.552 WHIP  47.2 IP/58 K

Left-handed pitcher Dan Dallas was drafted in the 7th round in 2016. He is a relief option, with a plus fastball and a decent motion. The 6-foot-2 pitcher will need to develop a better offspeed-arsenal to excel at higher levels. He is athletic and left-handed. Dallas could get far in the system as he is left-handed with a plus fastball.

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77- Manuel Partida– LHP  09/25/2000
Highest Level: DSL Padres
2019 Stats: Injured

Presently injured, his Mexican left-handed pitcher has some decent ability. He pitched well in the DSL in 2018 but has yet to make his debut in the States. The 18-year-old has plenty of time to develop and is just another name in this overcrowded system. Partida has a fastball that sits in the low ’90s with excellent movement. He also spots a quality change very well.

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76- Eduard Hidalgo- OF  05/25/2002
Highest Level: DSL Padres
2019 Stats: .738 OPS  (.252/.418/.319)  1 HR/11 RBIs  30 BB/31 K  9 SB

Left-handed hitting outfielder Eduard Hidalgo has plus on-base skills and outstanding speed. The Venezuelan native is only 5-foot-10 but is showing some power from his swing. He could eventually be a decent option in that regard. Defensively, he has shown plus range, but there are some concerns about the arm strength. There is a decent floor with this young outfielder.

75- Efrain Contreras– RHP  01/02/2000
Highest Level: Single-A Fort Wayne
2019 Stats: (6-6) 3.61 ERA/1.176 WHIP  109.2 IP/121 K

At 19, there is a lot to like about this young Mexican pitcher. He flies under the radar in terms of prospects go but has proven to be useful. He is not the biggest pitcher, but the 5-foot-11 right-handed hurler gets good arm action on his pitches. He struck out a decent amount this year in the Midwest League in a full season of work. Contreras quietly had a decent year and could eventually be an end of the rotation type starter for the Padres.

74- Brad Zunica– 1B  10/21/1995
Highest Level: Double-A Amarillo
2019 Stats: .744 OPS  (.230/.313/.431)  16 HR/53 RBIs   42 BB/115 K

This left-handed hitting first baseman has a very powerful bat. He can go yard from foul pole to foul pole. Zunica has a little issue with timing, but if he can figure that out- he can be a decent prospect. The big first baseman will walk but needs to refine his swing and make more consistent contact. He is a right-handed thrower who has a plus arm from the field. The 6-foot-6, Zunica pitched an inning for Amarillo this season and was clocked at 92 mph from the mound. The big left-handed bat will need protection this winter in the Rule 5 draft.

73- Dwanya Williams-Sutton– OF  07/10/1997
Highest Level: Single-A Fort Wayne
2019 Stats: .778 OPS (.236/.411/.367)  9 HR/52 RBIs  66 BB/99 K

Drafted in the 5th-round in 2018, Dwanya Williams-Sutton is starting to show power. The right-handed hitter has an excellent plate discipline and will take a walk. He was hit-by-pitch 32 times this season in the Midwest League and is a fierce competitor. Defensively, the 6-foot-2 outfielder has potential. He has worked hard to improve in the area.

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72- Robbie Podorsky– OF  01/27/1995
Highest Level: Single-A Lake Elsinore
2019 Stats: .722  (.289/.356/.366) 1 HR/12 RBIs  15 BB/19 K  12 SB

Drafted in the 15th round in 2017, Podorsky is an underdog. He is small in stature and not blessed with the best baseball skills. The right-handed hitter is extremely fast and a throwback to the old days of baseball. He is a scrappy leadoff-type hitter who bunts, walks and gets on base. The self-described “pest” is an adequate corner outfielder with the ability to play centerfield as well. He has very little power but has a compact swing. A shoulder injury sidelined him in 2019, but he could creep his name up this prospect list in time.

71- Jack Suwinski– OF  07/29/1998
Highest Level: Single-A Lake Elsinore
2019 Stats: .653 OPS  (.208/.303/.350) 12 HR/51 RBIs  56 BB/141 K

21-year-old Suwinski is still developing, and that is fine with the Padres. He repeated Fort Wayne twice and will probably do the same in 2020 with Lake Elsinore. There is power in the bat and a lot to like with his swing. He needs to find his timing, though. Suwinski has little speed and also struggles with plate discipline. The corner outfielder and left-handed hitter is still young and could blossom in time. If he can learn to hit his pitch, Suwinski has all the talent to be a decent left-handed bat in the upper minors and beyond.


9 thoughts on “EVT Top-100 San Diego Padres Prospects

  1. James,
    Great effort, as usual! You covered most of the position players of interest with the exception of Ethan Skender and Ripken Reyes, who had decent years. Long-time rated pitchers Michel Baez and Henry Henry were missing and I liked the stats I saw on Jesus Lugo, Ethan Elliott and Martin Carrasco.

    Lots of talent in the system with most just reaching or below AA.
    Look forward to Spring update!

    1. Baez is not considered a prospect anymore… Henry probably should have made the cut. Skender and Reyes were close… this system is so deep

  2. Thanks for the work James, I can imagine how hard it is to put together this list, but a couple of possible omissions, Tom Cosgrove, and Lake Bachar.

    1. Thank you. Appreciate the comment… the system is so deep. I agree. Both could have easily made the list. It is difficult to recognize them all.

  3. Great list James! Thank you for putting all the time in to make these exhaustive lists. Helps us Padre fans learn/know about more players than just the top 30 guys.

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