Taking a look at the teenage talent within the San Diego Padres system.
It is no secret that the San Diego Padres have a deep system.
The franchise is presently moving some prospects in trades as they improve the major league team. Their top farm team status may be in jeopardy. But do not worry, there are literally 40-50 teenagers in the system who are close to or have already achieved significant prospect status.
The Padres are loaded with teenage talent.
Have a look for yourself.
Reginald Preciado– (INF) Born: 05/16/2003
The talented infielder from Panama has excellent size (6-foot-4) and is showing a plus bat at a very young age. He is consistently barreling up fastballs in the backfields, where he shows excellent extension and developing power. He is a solid defender who has a real shot at staying at the shortstop position moving forward.
Luis Gutierrez- (LHP) Born: 07/31/2003
Armed with two definite offspeed pitches (changeup and curve), this young pitcher has time to develop into a very nice find for the Padres. He shows plus control presently, and though he will not light up radar guns, there is time for him to add velocity. His mechanics are very clean, and he repeats his motion easily.
Zayed Salinas– (LHP/OF) Born: 2003
At 16, Salinas’ future has yet to be determined, though most indicate he will surely pitch at the higher levels of the minors. He has a terrific fastball that is toughing 90 mph on the radar gun. The left-handed swinger is smooth with a balanced stroke. There is some talk of him possibly playing both ways. We will see how that develops in time.
Others signed 07/02/2019, who are 16 or 17 years of age. Little to no information is known about these youngsters.
Jose Cordero, OF, Dominican Republic — $625,000
Oswaldo Linares, C, Venezuela — $550,000
Carlos Rodriguez, C, Venezuela — $550,000
Ismael Mena– (OF) Born: 11/30/2002
This left-handed-hitting outfielder draws comparisons to Gregory Polanco with his style of play. He has a solid swing with plus speed that will transition well to the upper minors and beyond. He is a solid outfielder with a plus arm and excellent ability.
Eurbiel Angeles- (INF) Born: 05/11/2002
Showing great bat to ball skill at a young age is this young Dominican. The right-handed hitter has plus speed, but not very much power. He will probably be a utility option for the franchise as he can play all over the infield. There is still room for him to grow and possibly develop average power.
Brayan Medina– (RHP) Born: 10/06/2002
The power-pitching right-hander is already throwing in the mid-90s with his fastball. He has very good size (long and lean body) and decent mechanics and could eventually be a top prospect within the system. He also throws a decent changeup along with a slider that is showing promise.
Reginald Dowston– (OF) Born: 06/28/2002
Right-handed power-hitter Reginald Dowston slugged six homers and drove in 27 runs in the DSL for the Padres last year. He also struck out 67 times in 156 at-bats. There is some upside here, but he will need to shorten up the swing to be considered a serious prospect. Dowston brings speed to the table and is a developing defender.
Eduard Hidalgo– (OF) Born: 05/25/2002
The left-handed-hitting Hidalgo is a prospect worth keeping an eye on in the system. He has a pretty swing and is showing a decent approach at the plate at a young age. The outfielder put up a .418 on-base percentage last year in the DSL in 38 games. Hidalgo can play all three outfield spots as he has plus speed but might be better suited for a corner outfield spot when it is all said and done.
Albert Fabian- (1B/OF) Born: 12/21/2001
This left-handed hitter has a smooth swing and put up a .743 OPS in 41 games in the DSL last season. His .361 on-base percentage was a positive sign for this young Dominican. He can play first base and corner outfield where he looks to be productive.
Josttin Diaz- (INF) Born: 05/18/2002
Flexibility is an attribute for this young Dominican. He can play all over the infield, though shortstop may be a stretch. He is a switch-hitter with decent size (6-foot-0) and average speed. There is some power, but he has a long way to go with his swing.
Neifi Antunez (INF/OF) Born: 04/21/2002
There is little power in his bat, but he does have some contact skills with his right-handed swing. The Venezuelan can play all over the diamond, which is extremely useful to the Padres. He put up a .398 on-base percentage last season in the DSL in 29 games. His .738 OPS should dictate he get a look in Arizona this summer.
Nerwilian Cedeno– (INF) Born: 03/16/2002
This switch-hitter only hit .193 last year in 47 games and 166 at-bats. The Venezuelan did, however, record a .352 on-base percentage as he walked 40 times. There are some positives to his swing, but he does need to make better contact, especially if he is going to show little to no power.
Alex Ramirez- (C) Born: 01/06/2002
5-foot-9 right-handed swinging Alex Ramirez is making a name for himself in a system full of catching depth. He has power in his swing as he blasted four homers and drove in 21 runs in 41 games and 150 at-bats last season in the DSL. He has an aggressive swing, which will need to be refined a bit.
Jessel Soto- (RHP) Born: 01/20/2002
This young pitcher from Venezuela has excellent size at 6-foot-4. He is still growing into his lean body and will need time to develop. Soto did record a 2.12 ERA in 29.2 innings pitched for the DSL Padres this past season.
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