A look at the outfield depth in the San Diego Padres’ farm system.
The San Diego Padres added two outfielders this winter in Trent Grisham and Tommy Pham.
Wil Myers, Franchy Cordero, Manuel Margot, and Josh Naylor still figure in the picture to some degree, so the area is pretty crowded at the moment. Only time will tell who will start the 2020 season on the major league roster.
Down on the farm, the Padres have a few prospects who could make their presence known in the coming season. This unit as a whole is pretty deep and could eventually pay dividends for the Padres.
Cream of the Crop
Taylor Trammell– .689 OPS (.234/.340/.349) Double-A Amarillo
The 22-year-old has a very high ceiling and flashes the potential to be very good. The left-handed hitter is extremely patient at the plate and will work a walk. The power is not overwhelming, but he does have the ability to hit the ball over the fence. With world-class speed, he is a joy to watch on the baseball field. There are minor concerns with arm strength that may limit him from advancing as a centerfielder. Trammel is a four-plus tool talent who could make it to Petco Park in 2020.
Edward Olivares– .801 OPS (.283/.349/.453) Double-A Amarillo
Acquired from the Blue Jays a few years back for Yangervis Solarte, Olivares has blossomed with the Padres. The soon-to-be 24-year-old added muscle to his frame, and power came with the addition. The right-handed hitter sprays the ball all over the field with an unorthodox swing. The native of Venezuela has excellent speed, stealing 35 bags last year in Amarillo. With natural baseball instincts, he is capable of playing centerfield.
Jorge Ona– .957 OPS (.348/.417/.539) Double-A Amarillo
A shoulder injury ended his 2019 season in May. Before the injury, Ona was arguably the best hitter in the system for the Padres, showing an improved swing. The 23-year-old is built like a tank and has plus power from the right side. The Cuban native swings a plus bat, but there are some concerns with the glove. He can play an adequate left field, but is not overly quick and shows some issues tracking flyballs.
Hudson Head– .800 OPS (.283/.383/.417) AZL Padres
Taken in the third round this past June, Head is a first-round talent. The left-handed swing is pretty where he slashes balls from gap to gap with ease. Power should come in time, and this young Texan has a chance to be a five-tool player when it is all said and done. The 18-year-old runs well but is not a speed burner. Defensively, he may stick in centerfield as he shows great natural skills at the position. Head should start the 2020 season in Fort Wayne.
Jeisson Rosario– .686 OPS (.242/.372/.314) Single-A Lake Elsinore
Getting on base is what Rosario does best as he has recorded a .376 OPS in 289 games at the minor league level. The left-handed swing lacks power, but the eye is incredible from this young outfielder. The Dominican native has speed but has yet to become a huge stolen base threat. Rosario does a standing backflip in the outfield after victories and is an incredible athlete. The 20-year-old is a natural centerfielder where he shows great skill.
Tirso Ornelas– .581 OPS (.217/.303/.279) Single-A Lake Elsinore
The left-handed swing on this outfield is beautiful, but he has yet to put it all together. Ornelas has plus size but is not showing much power. He worked hard this offseason to add muscle and could have a breakout year for the Padres in 2020. The Mexican native has good reactions and decent speed for his size. The soon-to-be 20-year-old has played centerfield in the past, but he will be a corner outfielder moving forward.
Joshua Mears– .794 OPS (.253/.354/.440) AZL Padres
This talented right-handed hitter is a bit of a wildcard as he has a tremendous ceiling and a little bit of a floor. Swing changes have benefited this soon to be 19-year-old as the Padres wasted no time in fixing a few flaws. The power potential is real, and he is showing a decent eye at the plate. There is some speed to his game despite his big frame. The outfield defense will never be his strong suit, but he should prove to be serviceable there with some hard work.
Junior Perez– .861 OPS (.268/.349/.512) AZL Padres
At the age of 18, there is a ton of upside with this young hitter. There is power to his right-handed swing, and he will take a walk. His numbers increased across the board in his second year in the system. Perez has plus speed on the basepaths and will steal a bag. His defensive abilities are also above average, and that leads to a young player with five-tool potential. 2020 could be a breakout year for this young Dominican. Expect him to start the year in Fort Wayne.
Agustin Ruiz– .654 OPS (.239/.320/.334) Single-A Fort Wayne
There is a lot to like about this outfielder’s swing, but he has yet to unlock his abilities. The left-handed swing is capable of power, but he has yet to show much in the minor leagues. The 20-year-old shows a good eye at the plate and could eventually hit for a decent average. On defense, the Mexican outfielder is reliable. He gets good jumps on the baseball and features a decent throwing arm.
Ismael Mena- Yet to make pro debut
Signed this international signing period, Mena has a lot of upside in the game of baseball. The left-handed swing is sweet, and it brings comparisons to fellow Dominican Gregory Polanco. Mena has a lot of speed to his game and is considered a legit power-speed threat. The 17-year-old can play all three outfield positions where he shows a strong arm, but where he will ultimately play is still up in the air.
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