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60- Danny Tovar  Age-18.9  51 games/158 at bats (.266/.383/.367) .750 OPS  (24 BB/41K)

The Venezuelan outfielder has played in the DSL for the past two seasons, but should make his appearance in the States this coming year. The left-handed hitter has a developing stroke. He is quick to the ball and has shown some plate discipline early in his career. He can play center, but looks to be more of a corner outfielder in the long run.

59- Reinaldo Illarraza  Age- 18.7  126 games/480 at bats (.229/.295/.298) .593 OPS (40 BB/102 K)

Illarraza played in Fort Wayne all year and performed admirably for his age. The teenager did struggle slightly with the bat, but logged innings at second and shortstop for the TinCaps in 2017. The switch hitter had equal splits from both sides of the plate. His speed is an asset, as he stole 26 bases in 2017. Illarraza got an early look at Single-A pitching and that will surely benefit him in the long run.

58- Johnny Homza  Age-18.3  52 games/184 at bats (.228/.304/.299) .603 OPS (16 BB/54 K)

The Padres are currently converting Alaskan prep Johnny Homza into a catcher. He has an excellent arm and has reportedly taken well to the move. Blake Hunt and Luis Campusano are both working with him on his craft. We will have to see where this goes. The young man has a plus hit tool. He barrels up baseballs continually despite a lack of real power. He is still 18, so there is the thought that the power will come in time.

57- Ramon Perez  Age- 18.2  (2-2) 2.66 ERA/1.382 WHIP  50 IP/33 BB/48 K

Little known left-handed pitcher Ramon Perez was signed from Cuba in 2016 and could be a decent prospect one day. He has some control issues presently, but has a polished repertoire. He throws a sinker fastball, topping out at about 92, but has shown nice movement with the pitch. He spins a couple of breaking pitches up there, but needs to learn better control of the pitches to advance.

56- Michell Miliano  Age- 17.8  (1-3) 6.60 ERA/1.667 WHIP  15 IP/8 BB/18 K

The San Diego Padres have many young arms, and Michell Miliano is one to remember. He has not put it all together yet, but has all the intangibles to succeed. He has decent size (6′ 3″ and 185 lbs) but still lacks development in his body and mechanics. The right-handed pitcher is a hard thrower and should be able to throw in Tri-City or Fort Wayne at some time in 2018.

55- Martin Carrasco  Age- 17.9  (1-4) 2.64 ERA/0.978 WHIP  61 IP/7 BB/31 K

The Tijuana native has been very impressive since the team invested in him during their 2016-17 international spending spree. He is just about to turn 18, and should be given a shot to earn a spot in the Tri-City rotation next summer. With a decent spring, he has a chance to earn a look prior to that, but the team will not rush him. Carrasco does not throw hard, but does have a great idea of how to pitch. He usually pitches to contact as he pounds the strike zone with pitches continually.

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54- Jerry Keel  Age- 24  (7-8) 2.41 ERA/1.137 WHIP  126 IP/32 BB/ 124 K

For the second consecutive year, Keel spent time in Fort Wayne, Lake Elsinore, and San Antonio during the season. He made improvements over his 2016 season, especially in the highest level, where he was 1-2 with a 1.02 ERA in 17 innings and two starts for the Missions. The left-handed pitcher has started in roughly half of his minor league appearances. He has the ability to start, but might ultimately be viewed as a left-handed specialist or set-up man.

53- Starlin Cordero  Age- 19.3  (1-0) 4.97 ERA/1.974 WHIP  12 IP/15 BB/14 K

This young man is a hard thrower. He is blessed with a triple-digit fastball, but has horrible control issues presently. At the age of 19, the Padres will be patient with this young man. He is 6′ 7″ and 220 lbs, so he has the size to be a reliable pitcher. The Dominican native will need to have a great spring in order to have a chance to begin the year in Fort Wayne.

52- Osvaldo Hernandez Age- 19.1  (3-6) 5.02 ERA/1.385 WHIP  52 IP/14 BB/67 K

The Padres gave this young man $2.25 million dollars last year as he possesses a great arm. He throws into the mid 90’s with his fastball and also has a curve that he spins well. He is able to keep hitters off-balance with his curve and also throws a slider and a change. He has always been a strikeout pitcher and looks to grow within the system. He should be able to remain a starter as he has decent control and an above-average feel for pitching. He is small in stature, but gets a lot from his motion.

51- Ty France  Age- 23.3  127 games/474 at bats (.278/.353/.373) .726 OPS (29 BB/84 K)

This SDSU product had a wonderful 2017 season which saw him promoted to Double-A from Lake Elsinore. France is a ball player. He does not do any one thing spectacularly, but he does have skill in all facets of the game. He enjoys grinding out at bats, and has surprising pop that could develop in time. France played both first and third, where he showed decent footwork and a solid arm.


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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