San Diego Padres Top 100 Prospects
80- Jawuan Harris– OF 11/03/1996
Juwan Harris looks to be a solid defensive center fielder. He will need to put the ball in play more effectively in order to advance though. The 5-foot-9, right-handed hitter plays hard and has decent power for his size. He has great speed and a very good eye at the plate. He did strike out 50 times last year in Arizona (160 at-bats).
79- Jordy Barley– INF 12/03/1999
Right-handed-hitting infielder Jordy Barley was signed during that famous 2016 international signing period out of the Dominican Republic. He has flashed a decent power bat, but continues to struggle to make contact and hunting his pitch to hit. The 19-year-old has not made it out of Arizona yet in his professional career. He should play outside the desert in 2019 if he can make the proper adjustments with the bat. Barley has speed but fails to steal bases effectively.
78- Reinaldo Ilarraza– INF 01/12/1999
This switch-hitter has struggled with the bat in his time in full season ball. The Venezuelan native can play all over the infield and is decent with the glove. He swings the bat better from the left side of the plate, but is not productive enough to keep advancing. He needs to really develop a better approach at the plate.
77- Moises Lugo– RHP 01/20/1999
This Dominican pitcher had a great year in 2017 in the DSL, recording a 1.97 ERA and a 1.047 WHIP in 64 innings pitched. He was injured last year and barely pitched in the States, but could be someone to keep an eye on. He has a decent fastball and a can change speeds effectively.
76- Ramon Perez– LHP 07/02/1999
Perez is a talented pitcher from Cuba who put up a decent season last year in Tri-City. He recorded a 2.48 ERA and a 1.225 WHIP in 40 innings pitched in Washington. The left-hander mixes his pitches well and looks very promising as a starting pitcher.
75- Nick Gatewood– C/1B 07/17/1997
Nick Gatewood could be a steal for the Padres, as the left-handed hitter has shown a plus bat. He put up a .744 OPS last season with five homers in 240 at-bats. The catcher/first baseman might be best suited as a DH, but only time will tell. He can catch, and that holds value, but he needs work with his defense to advance in the minors as a catcher.
74- Wilmert Paula- INF
This left-handed-hitting shortstop has a very smooth swing, which he uses to slash balls from gap to gap. He was signed on July 2 out of the Dominican Republic at a very young age and could prove to be one of the better players selected for $300,000. He has not yet made his debut, but keep an eye on him. Defensively, he looks to be able to stick at the position as he has shown some skill there.
73- Jonny Homza– C 06/13/1999
Converted infielder Jonny Homza has taken well to catching. He added muscle and strength and should be ready to play full-season ball fairly soon. He has a quick, right-handed swing and decent power. The Alaskan native also shows a great eye at the plate. He recorded a .693 OPS in Arizona last year in 44 games. It may take him some more time to develop, but he has decent upside behind the plate.
72- Dauris Valdez– RHP 10/22/1995
This right-handed reliever has a mid to upper 90’s fastball that he can blow by hitters. He has improved command, but the pitch can be straight and he has to learn to hit the corners. His offspeed stuff is a work in progress. He struck out 91 batters last year in 63 innings pitched. He also walked 33 in that time. The 6-foot-8 reliever is yet another relief option for this team down the road.
71- Elliot Ashbeck– RHP 11/16/1993
Right-handed reliever Elliot Ashbeck had Tommy John surgery in 2017 and came back strong last season. He recorded a 2.44 ERA and a 0.899 WHIP in 35 games and 66 innings pitched for the Storm. He struggled a bit in a promotion to Double-A, but has decent upside as a relief option for the team. He throws strikes and has a great idea of how to pitch to spots.
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You guys post great articles about everything Padres. This one is no exception. I hit your website everyday looking to read something about a potential trade or yet another promising prospect who could be the next Padres game-changer. But in the back of my mind, I can’t help but reminisce about all of those promising Padres prospects of the past who either fizzled out before reaching the ‘Show’, or the ones who briefly reached the major leagues only to fade shortly thereafter. Since the consensus now is that we have the best farm system in baseball, does the player development department and talent evaluators have a system/program in place to actually develop these prospects to prepare them to not just make it to the major leagues, but actually teach them how to harness their talent and abilities and be contributors at the major league level? Talent alone will only get you so far.
At any rate, you have a very good website. Keep up the good work.
Finally somebody who ranks logan A and Patino higher then morejon & baez! Great read as always james. Very impressive. Really looking forward to seeing the kids grow more this year, excited about Espinosa on the come back….let’s hope he follows in the footsteps on paddack, its been a long time coming! This team is STACKED.
I believe Patino was signed in 2016.
You are correct. My bad