EVT Top-100 San Diego Padres Prospects

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50- Bryan Medina- RHP  10/06/2002
Highest Level: Has yet to make debut
2019 Stats: Has yet to make debut

The 16-year-old Medina hails from Valencia, Venezuela and has been called one of the best pitching prospect out of Venezuela. His best pitch is easily his fastball which has topped out at 97 MPH. His command of the fastball is great while he gets considerable sink on the pitch. Medina also throws a changeup and slider that are still developing but, if he improves on them, they could make for an impressive three-pitch arsenal for the 6-foot-2 Venezuelan.

49- Luis Gutierrez- LHP  07/31/2003
Highest Level: Has yet to make debut
2019 Stats: Has yet to make debut

His arsenal includes a fastball that sits at 87-90 mph, a 12-6 curveball that could become plus with future tinkering, and a changeup that sits in the low ’80s that, while it does get a little firm at times, has good cutting action. He repeats his mechanics well. A high strike-thrower, Gutierez will be an intriguing prospect to keep an eye on due to his boundless potential.

48- Mason Fox- RHP  01/07/1997
Highest Level: Single-A Lake Elsinore
2019 Stats: (3-0) 0.55 ERA/0.98 WHIP  32 IP/56 K  4 saves

This 21st-round pick in 2018 has been very impressive for the franchise in 2019. He has 78 career strikeouts in 49.2 innings pitched. He attacks hitters and was used in save situations while with the TinCaps. Fox was recalled to Lake Elsinore, where he has continued to be impressive. The 22-year-old could be a decent option for the Padres eventually in the bullpen.

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47- Steven Wilson– RHP  08/24/1994
Highest Level: Triple-A El Paso
2019 Stats: (3-3) 2.67 ERA/1.109 WHIP  64 IP/85 K

Wilson was drafted in the 8th-round in 2018, and this 25-year-old has taken off in 2019. The hurler has made it to Triple-A and could be seen very soon in Padres uniform. The bullpen specialist has no career saves in the minor leagues as he usually pitches in the middle innings. He throws strikes and gets outs, and that is useful. There is not much flashy about this right-hander who just simply gets the job done.

46- Wilmert Paula- INF  09/30/2001
Highest Level: DSL Padres
2019 Stats: .694 OPS (.230/.328/.365) 3 HR/21 RBIs  24 BB/62 K

17-year-old Wilmert Paula is an exciting young player. The left-handed hitter has plus power and speed but is struggling to make contact consistently. He has very good size (6-foot-1) and should be able to make the proper adjustments. Currently in the D.R, this young player should begin 2020 in Peoria. He can play all around the infield and can also play corner outfield if needed as well.

45- Aaron Leasher– LHP  04/28/1996
Highest Level: Double-A Amarillo
2019 Stats: (10-7) 3.60 ERA/1.267 WHIP  122.1 IP/114 K

He had a very productive year in Lake Elsinore this season where he has toed the rubber every fifth day for the team. Leasher has developed the reputation of being an innings eater early in his career. The lefty has a low to mid 90’s fastball that he generally keep down in the zone. The 6th-round pick from 2017 should probably start the season in Amarillo next season. If he keeps progressing, he is very close to getting a taste of major league life.

44- Grant Little– OF  07/08/1997
Highest Level: Single-A Fort Wayne
2019 Stats: .653 OPS (.256/.338/.315)  0 HR/21 RBIs  29 BB/44 K

The Padres used a second-round pick on Little, and he has been a bit of a disappointment. He had a productive junior season in college hitting 12 homers, enticing the Padres to take a chance on him. The 22-year-old right-handed hitter has still not hit a longball as professional, and he has amassed over 400 at-bats in the past two seasons. The Texas-Tech product does make contact and puts the ball in play recording a .343 career OBP in the minors. He is a capable centerfielder with decent range, but the lack of power is concerning especially given the fact he isn’t a speed burned either. Little could repeat the level in Fort Wayne or start in Lake Elsinore for the 2020 season.

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43- Gerardo Reyes– RHP  05/13/1993
Highest Level: Major Leagues
2019 Stats: (ML) (4-0) 11.25 ERA/1.750 WHIP  16 IP/23 K

Mexican relief pitcher Gerardo Reyes has a power fastball that tops out at 98-99 mph. He made his major league debut this year but was unable to consistently through his offspeed pitches and was often wild in the strike zone. Though he throws from a funky three-quarters motion, Reyes cannot throw his straight fastball right down the heart of the plate. If he locates better and refines the offspeed stuff, he could be a useful reliever in the major leagues.

42- Logan Driscoll–  C  11/03/1997
Highest Level: Short Season Tri-City
2019 Stats: .797 OPS (.268/.340/.458)  3 HR/20 RBIs  15 BB/23 K

Taken out of George Mason University with the 73rd overall pick in June, Driscoll adds to the Padres catching depth. The left-handed hitter makes good contact and shows plus on-base skills. He hit over .300 in each of his three seasons in college. He is not a powerful bat but runs very well for a catcher. Defensively, he shows a plus arm and average receiving skills. He will need to refine his catching abilities to stick at the position at the higher levels.

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41- Gabe Mosser– RHP  06/08/1996
Highest Level: Single-A Lake Elsinore
2019 Stats: (7-5) 4.17 ERA/1.343 WHIP  108 IP/110 K

Promoted to Lake Elsinore late in the year, this right-handed pitcher has struggled a bit. He usually throws plenty of strikes but had issues with Cal League hitters. Mosser is not a hard-thrower, so he needs control to his game. He spots his fastball well when on and has a plus ability to change speeds effectively. The 23-year-old will likely repeat Lake Elsinore in 2020.


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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