10- Ryan Weathers– LHP 12/17/1999
The #1 pick for the team in 2018 was this left-handed hurler out of high school. He has a plus curve and change and knows how to pitch to both sides of the plate. His velocity tops out at 94-95, but it looks faster than the radar gun indicates. With great control and a pedigree of success, Weathers should be a solid mid-rotation option at the very least when it is all said and done. He is very athletic and should be a quick riser in the system.
9- Michel Baez– RHP 01/21/1996
He took a bit of a step sideways last season due to some nagging injuries with his back. The 98 mph fastball we saw in 2017 never returned, but we did see him hitting 95 and 96 on a consistent basis late in the year. He looked very good pitching in the Don Welke classic in late September at Petco Park. Baez has a very repeatable motion despite being 6-foot-8, and that is a good thing. There is plenty to be excited about in regard to his future as his arm has ace-like potential. At the very least he should be a very effective high-leverage reliever.
8- Adrian Morejon– LHP 02/27/1999
This Cuban left-handed pitcher has a very high ceiling, but fans have yet to see a full season from him. He is still very young, and the Padres have wisely taken it easy with any nagging injuries that have sidelined Morejon. Armed with a mid 90’s fastball and an assortment of breaking pitches, he has the ability to be special. He threw in Lake Elsinore for the entire 2018 season and could be on the move to Texas for the coming season.
7- Logan Allen– LHP 05/23/1997
The last of the Kimbrel haul to reach the major leagues will be this left-handed pitcher. He may turn out to be the best, as he has done nothing but get better since putting on a Padres uniform. His velocity has jumped up and he is no longer considered a mid-rotation starter. If he can continue to develop at this rate, the brother of Philip will be in the major leagues before too long. The Allen family gives Logan so much strength that there is no doubt in my mind he will succeed in the game of baseball.
6- Luis Patino– RHP 10/26/1999
He has come on in amazing fashion since being signed by the team in July of 2016 for only $300,000. The Padres might have found and secured one of the best players from that international market because they did their homework. The converted infielder has a plus arm with an edge on the mound. He carries himself well and took it upon himself to learn English. He is pretty fluent in the language and attacks hitters with that tenacity on the mound. Patino is something special and could really blossom on 2019.
5- Chris Paddack– RHP 01/08/1996
The right-handed Texan has built up quite the reputation in the past 12 months. He dominated 2018, going 7-3 with a 2.10 ERA. The impressive part of his season was that he walked only eight batters in 90 innings between Lake Elsinore and San Antonio while striking out 120. He will make his debut in 2019 and should be effective from the very start. Paddack has the ability to be a true ace if everything breaks correctly for the Padres.
4- Luis Urias– INF 06/03/1997
Luis Urias showed a ton of heart in San Diego last season and will clearly be a fan favorite. A hamstring injury robbed him of some plate appearances in 2018, but he showed enough to easily be the starting second baseman moving forward. He has surprising pop, but will never be a huge power threat. Urias can and will barrel up baseballs with a short compact swing from the right side. He has a high floor and should be at least a viable major leaguer.
3- MacKenzie Gore– LHP 02/24/1999
Finger issues stunted the growth on his 2018 season, but Gore still showed plenty of promise when he was out there. He has three to four plus pitches and a funky, repeatable motion. The 2019 season should be huge for Gore as he finally gets an opportunity to pitch consistently without injury issues. He has a good chance to advance quickly through the system as his stuff plays at the higher levels of pro ball already.
2- Francisco Mejia– C 10/27/1995
The free-swinging catcher has plenty of upside. Mejia showed a lot of promise last season when he spent September with the major league team. There are some defensive concerns with framing and setting up at the plate, but he has one of the strongest arms in the game. The smaller-in-stature catcher will probably never be a defensive-minded catcher, but his forte is clearly with his bat. The switch-hitter has the ability to be special if he can only improve on his plate discipline.
1- Fernando Tatis Jr.– INF 01/02/1999
There is absolutely no doubt that Fernando Tatis Jr. is the most prized prospect the Padres have had in a very long time. He is special. He has above average tools in every aspect of the game and is not even 20 years old. There is little doubt that Tatis will be in the major leagues at some point in the 2019 season. If not for a thumb injury suffered in San Antonio, he may have gotten a taste of major league hitting last season. He owns a career .845 OPS in 274 minor league games and is presently playing well in the Dominican winter league.