70- Blinger Perez Age-19.2 52 games/179 at bats (.268/.362/.369) .731 OPS (24 BB/35 K)
This backstop caught my eye with an impressive DSL performance this summer. He also gained acknowledgement from the Padres, as they promoted him to Arizona, where he got some at bats in the States. The Venezuelan native hit .202 as a 17-year-old in 2016 in the DSL, but managed to improve in 2017. It has yet to be determined if he remains behind the dish, as he has seen action at first base as well. He has a decent approach and makes contact most of the time. In his 263 career minor league at bats, Blinger has K’d 53 times, while walking 37 times. He will probably start the 2018 season in the AZL.
69- Colby Blueberg Age-24.5 (7-2) 2.85 ERA/1.250 WHIP 60 IP/25 B/ 74 K
He is a bit older in term of prospects, but the right-handed thrower has done well for the Padres since being drafted in the 24th round of the 2014 draft. He owns a career 2.21 ERA in that span and has gone 16-6 in 215 innings (all relief). The short in stature (6′ 0″) pitcher has struck out 238 in that time, while walking 75. He features a mid-90’s heater that has helped him record 44 career minor league saves. Blueberg will probably start in San Antonio and has an outside chance at a showing for the Padres in 2018 if he continues to progress.
68- David Bednar Age-23 (1-4) 2.64 ERA/1.060 WHIP 61 IP/20 BB/ 81 K
This right-handed pitcher was drafted in the 35th round of the 2016 draft from Lafayette College and has been a pleasant surprise. He owns a career 2.53 ERA in his two minor league seasons and has thrown 68 games (all in relief) for the Padres. He made it all the way to Lake Elsinore this season, where he was 0-3 with a 3.58 ERA in 27 innings pitched. The hard thrower has struck out 121 batters in his 92 career innings while only walking 24. He presently throws in the mid 90’s with a decent slider.
67- Jean Cosme Age- 21.5 (0-3) 7.43 ERA/2.043 WHIP 23 IP/12 BB/ 17 K
Obtained from the Orioles for Odrisamer Despaigne, this right-handed pitcher has some real potential. He had an impressive 2016 season, when he went 8-8 with a 3.22 ERA in 106 innings pitched. He battled arm troubles in 2017, so the season was pretty much a waste. Look for the young man to get back on track this season as he hopes to further advance in the Padres’ system. He should climb this list in time.
66- Alison Quintero Age-17.5 15 games/46 at bats (.114/.278/.261) .539 OPS (6 BB/15 K)
Drafted in the 2016 international spending spree, this young backstop comes with a reputation of being a decent receiver. The Venezuelan native is short and stocky and has the looks of a solid catcher. He has a developing right-handed swing, but still has trouble with off-speed pitches. He played the whole season in the DSL and might have to repeat the level again, but he is a decent option for the team down the road.
65- Tre Carter Age- 20.6 68 games/261 at bats (.230/.303/.372) .675 OPS (27 BB/95 K)
The athletic outfielder was drafted by the club in the 11th round of the 2016 draft out of high school. He is a left-handed hitter and right-handed thrower, with the ability to play center field long-term. He needs to develop a little plate discipline to further his growth, but he is already showing some promise with the bat as far as power is concerned. He led the Northwest League in triples with 11 in 2017, as he has excellent speed.
64- Moises Lugo Age-18.8 (2-2) 1.97 ERA/1.047 WHIP 64 IP/17 BB/54 K
The Padres DSL team produced this young man. He is raw, but put up great numbers in the league at the age of 18. The right-handed pitcher is a strike thrower with a power arm. His size is decent (6′ 1″ 185 lbs), but he has plenty of time to get bigger and stronger. Lugo will move to the States this spring and could be a fast riser in the system.
63- Jose Castillo Age-21.8 (4-2) 2.88 ERA/1.278 WHIP 56 IP/26 BB/ 59 K
Left-handed pitchers are valuable, and this young man could potentially be a decent prospect one day. He has good size (6′ 4″) and repeats his mechanics well, but needs to refine his secondary and be more aggressive. He has a decent enough fastball to attack hitters. Castillo is purely a relief option, but he could throw for the Padres some day. I fully expect him to climb this list in the next 12-18 months.
62- Gerardo Reyes Age- 24.5 (3-3) 2.63 ERA/1.378 WHIP 61 IP/31 BB/65 K
This hard throwing right-hander has been really effective out of the bullpen. He has a high 90’s fastball with a decent slider. Even though he is small in stature, he really generates some velocity from his heater. He was successful last year in Lake Elsinore, which is a hitter league, and even recorded five saves for the Storm. He should probably start in San Antonio, and will be a call-up in the next 12 months if he is able to rectify some minor control issues.
61- Robbie Podorsky Age- 22.8 48 games/194 at bats (.325/.397/.428) .825 OPS (16 BB/15 K)
When the Padres selected this young man in June, there were not many who were aware of who he was. You have to commend the Padres’ staff for drafting this talented, young outfielder from McNee State with the team’s 25th-round selection. Podorsky started his pro career with the AZL, where he hit .400 in 45 at bats. He was promoted to Tri-City and he continued to rake, putting up a .765 OPS in 149 at bats. The right-handed hitter does not have much power, but has excellent speed (19 bases). He has the ability to play center and looks like a leadoff-type hitter. He generally puts the ball in play with a short stroke.
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