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100- Jack Suwinski  Age-19.3  125 games/462 at bats  (.227/.319/.348)  .667 OPS  (55 BB/139 K)

The Padres selected this outfielder from an Illinois high school with the team’s 15th-round pick in the 2016 draft. The left-handed hitter played the whole season in Fort Wayne and put up respectable numbers for an 18-year-old. He was able to draw walks, but had trouble making contact consistently. He has average foot speed and arm strength, but is a very gritty player.

99- Kyle Lloyd  Age-27  (8-9) 5.01 ERA/1.412 WHIP  147 IP/51 BB/145 K

This soft-tossing pitcher got his feet wet with the Padres in 2018, making one start for the team. He allowed four earned runs in four innings and really was not very impressive. Lloyd has the ability to miss bats, but can get hit hard if his control is not on par. There is really nothing to see here.

98- Tucupita Marcano  Age- 18.2  49 games/170 at bats (.206/.337/.335) .589 OPS (34 BB/15 K)

This Venezuelan native is interesting as he makes contact regularly and often. The left-handed hitter has a quick, short swing and decent speed. He projects as a second baseman, but has the ability to play shortstop. Marcano has little power presently, as he slaps the ball more often than not. He walked 34 times in 170 at bats, as opposed to striking out only 15 times. It was in the DSL league, but numbers like that are worth monitoring.

97- Jarryd Dale  Age-17.2  DNP

The Padres selected this young man during the 2017 international signing period out of Australia. He is very young and really raw, but could turn into a viable prospect in time. His father, Phil, is an Australian Baseball legend who coached in the Cincinnati Reds’ and Atlanta Braves’ systems. Jarryd’s older brother is currently in the Royals’ system. He has intangibles. The right-handed hitter has some pop and a fairly decent swing. He is a little bit of a free swinger and could use some patience with his approach. He could play either second or short in the future. That remains to be seen.

96- Cole Bellinger  Age- 18.1  (0-0) 0.68 ERA/0.9775  13 IP/5 BB/15 K

The brother of Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger was selected by the Padres in the 15th round out of high school in Arizona. He is a right-handed pitcher with a decent arm. He is not a real hard thrower at the moment, as he tops out at 91-92 mph. He has an effective overhand curve and a serviceable change. He is a work in progress, but has pedigree. The Padres will likely have him start the 2018 season in the AZL or maybe Tri-City if he impresses in the spring.

95- Michael Kelly  Age-25  (10-4)  4.19 ERA/1.350 WHIP  126 IP/56 BB/128 K (*Was released in early December)

This right-handed pitcher turned it on in 2016 after being sub-par for most of his minor league career. He was drafted by the Padres in the first round of the 2011 draft, but was shelled in his first four seasons of minor league baseball to the tune of a plus 6.00 ERA in over 250 innings pitched. He saved some face with a great 2016 campaign in San Antonio, where he went 2-2 in nine starts with a 2.90 ERA. He pitched well in San Antonio again in 2017, but was hit hard in El Paso (6.64 ERA). He is nothing more than a fringe prospect at this point.

94- Adrian De Horta  Age- 22.5 (3-1) 4.43 ERA/1.338 WHIP  65 IP/27 BB/69 K

This young pitcher has taken some time to develop, but showed some signs in 2017 that perhaps he is about to break out. He was selected by the Padres in the 8th round of the 2013 draft out of a high school in California. The power throwing right-hander has steadily improved his WHIP and walk ratio every year. He has problems locating pitches from time to time, but should be fine moving forward. It still remains to be seen if he will be a member of the rotation or bullpen moving forward.

(Fernando Perez) Credit: MiLB

93- Fernando Perez  Age-24 110 games/397 at bats (.244/.295/.398) .693 OPS (26 BB/101 K)

Otay High School product, Fernando Perez, has a decent bat, but needs to develop better plate discipline. He refuses to walk and does not hit enough to continue this approach. He has power from the left side of the plate, but virtually no speed. He can play first, second, and third, but is not a superior defender. He started 2017 in San Antonio, but was demoted once Josh Naylor was promoted to the Texas League. Perez hit .212 for the Missions in 212 at bats.

92- T.J. Weir  Age- 26.1  (6-2) 2.09 ERA/1.06 WHIP  77.1 IP/20 BB/79 K

This right-handed pitcher out of Ball State, drafted in 2014, had a very successful 2017 season. Weir started two games for the Missions, but he mostly pitched out of the pen, throwing 34 games in relief for San Antonio. He started the year in Lake Elsinore and went 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA in 10 games before his promotion. The smaller-in-stature Weir (6′ 0″), gets the most out of his motion and possesses a very decent fastball.

91- G.K. Young  Age-23  91 games/324 at bats (.241/.304/.401) .705 OPS (29 BB/104 K)

The converted catcher is going to stick at first base for the time being. He also pitched in six games for the TinCaps, so he is a bit of an enigma. Young went six innings, on six different occasions, allowing three earned runs on five hits. He walked four batters, hit two, and struck out a pair. He has always had a rocket arm, but his catching skill was limited beyond that. Offensively, Young has legit power as he has hit 15 homers in his pro career. Young is an interesting story, as his left-handed bat is useful and his right-handed arm is golden. Could the team turn him into a pitcher full-time some day?


6 thoughts on “San Diego Padres Top-100 Prospects

  1. Enjoyed reading this list, James. Thanks.

    One thing that impressed me about Hudson Potts’ time with the TinCaps this past season was his level-headed maturity and business-like approach to the game. For a player his age, his mental approach to the game seemed strong.

  2. I appreciate the consistent revamp of the top 100 list James.

    The Padres finally have a young farm system to be excited about. I believe it speaks to Preller and his staffs ability to evaluate talent.

  3. Blueberg does nothing but perform
    3 all star appearances
    1 mvp
    Also # 1 college lowest era record for the university of Nevada

    This kid needs to be rewarded???????

  4. Another 100 deep list, incredible James! Could you imagine what this farm system would look like if Espinoza and Paddack had not gotten hurt and continued on their respective trajectories? Any word on Wen-Hua Sung, the Korean pitcher the Padres signed during the ’16 spending spree? Thank you for all the time and hard work you put into this list James, for us Padre fans waiting for 2020 and beyond, it is great to see these names who hopefully make the Padres contenders some day.

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