When the San Diego Padres overhauled their team this off-season a total of 17 minor league and major league players were moved. To acquire the likes of Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Derek Norris, Wil Myers, Craig Kimbrel and Shawn Kelly, the Padres dealt some very promising young players.
This article will take a look at each players numbers so far this season and what their future may hold. The players have played two full months of ball for their new organizations. Some are having a great year so far, while others are struggling badly for their new team. A couple of them are in the big leagues now and a couple haven’t even played a game yet for their new organizations due to injuries.
It is very early and it will take many years of evaluations in order to determine the true value of each of the minor league players dealt. The young players were traded by the Padres to improve their big league team now. That has happened, and the team is full of competent talent on its roster for the first time in a few seasons.
The city of San Diego is excited about the Padres and if it meant losing some minor league talent then, so be it. The energy and buzz around the city is real and the Padres organization has won the season no matter how it ends.
Joe Ross RHP
The younger brother of Tyson Ross was a Padres #1 draft pick in the June 2011 draft. The 22-year-old right handed pitcher has a very high upside. At 6 foot, four inches, Ross has excellent size and a fine arsenal of pitches.
In nine games thus far this year in AA ball, Ross has a 2-2 record with an ERA of 2.81 and a WHIP of 1.130. He has pitched in 51 innings, and struck out 54 batters, while walking 12. Ross will be making his major league debut Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays. He makes the rare jump from AA to the major leagues. The Padres will surely be interested in watching the young pitcher.
Ross could easily turn into a top of the rotation starter. In fact with the Washington Nationals likely to lose Doug Fister and Jordan Zimmerman via free agency, Ross has an outside chance to earn a rotation spot next year for the Nationals.
Trea Turner SS
The trade of Trea Turner is not official because he has only been with the Padres organization for 11 months. It will be official very soon and the best minor league shortstop in the Padres organization, will be a Washington National. That is the price you pay for Wil Myers.
The 21-year old Turner is currently hitting .324 in 48 games and 182 at bats in AA San Antonio. He has displayed some surprising power with five home runs and knocked in 27 runs. Turner has also stolen nine bases for the Padres AA team. He has struck out 40 times in his 182 at bats, which is slightly concerning.
The Washington Nationals really came out big on the Wil Myers trade. The dealt an impressive young outfield named Steven Souza, but landing Ross and Turner for him was a great haul for the team. Ian Desmond is a free agent at the end of the year and Turner might be an heir apparent to him at shortstop for the Nationals.
Matt Wisler RHP
In the beginning of spring training there was discussion if Matt Wisler would open the season in the Padres rotation. He was sent down to the minor league camp after a few appearances and then on Easter Sunday Wisler was packaged to the Atlanta Braves for their All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel.
Wisler was considered one of the Padres top three prospects. He has an unusual three-quarters delivery with four decent pitches. Wisler is currently pitching in Gwinnett Illinois for the AAA Braves. He has started 10 games and has a 3-3 record with a 3.58 ERA. In 55 innings Wisler has struck out 46 batters and walked 11.
It is only a matter of time before Wisler makes his major league debut with the Braves. He has made it through every minor league stop and should have a decent major league career. He will probably top out as a #2 or #3 starter. At the age of 23, Wisler has a bright future in the game of baseball.
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