San Diego Padres Top 100 Prospects
60- Brett Kennedy– RHP 08/04/1994
This right-handed pitcher, drafted in the 11th round of the 2015 draft out of Fordham, made his major league debut last year. He was 1-2 in six games for the Padres and recorded a 6.75 ERA with a 1.800 WHIP. He will look to compete this spring for a rotation spot, but will likely begin the year in the minors.
59- Matt Batten– INF 06/22/1995
This scrappy little infielder had a very impressive 2018 season. He was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2017 draft out of Quinnipiac College and has done nothing but impress since becoming a professional. Batten made it all the way to Double-A last season, where he put up a .705 OPS in 63 games for the Missions. He can play all over the infield and is a nice utility option eventually for the team.
58- Olivier Basabe– INF 07/15/1997
This Venezuelan born infielder has some decent upside. He tore up Tri-City last season, recording a .851 OPS in 40 games there. He did not have as much luck in the Midwest League, where he put up a .644 OPS in 17 games for the TinCaps. He can play second base, third base, and left field.
57- Joey Cantillo– LHP 12/18/1999
This left-hander had an impressive year in 2018 as he recorded a 2.76 ERA and a 1.061 WHIP in 49 innings pitched. He walked only 15 in that time while striking out 63 batters. He does not overpower hitters, but hits his spots very effectively and mixes in a decent offspeed pitch. There is much to like about this young southpaw with a deceptive delivery.
56- Dan Dallas– LHP 12/24/1997
This left-hander was drafted in 2016 out of high school in New York and it took him a little bit of time to develop. He excelled in 2018 in a relief role with the TinCaps, where he recorded a 2.27 ERA and a 1.065 WHIP in 35 innings pitched. He struck out 56 in that time and failed to allow a single home run. There is some decent upside here.
55- Esteban Quiroz– INF 02/17/1992
The Padres acquired this infielder this winter from the Boston Red Sox. He is a lifelong Mexican League player who has put up impressive numbers the last few years. He recorded a 1.011 OPS in 24 games last year at the Double-A level, where he hit seven homers and drove in 24 runs. He is presently in Mexico and performing well there. He looks to be a second base option only at this point.
54- Hansel Rodriguez– RHP 02/27/1997
Acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays a few seasons ago for Melvin Upton, this right-handed reliever has seen his stock rise and fall. He was injured to start 2018, but ended the year effectively and should be a decent option in 2019 for Lake Elsinore or Amarillo.
53- Yeison Santana– SS 12/07/2000
In the DSL Santana had a productive year in 2018. The right-handed hitter walked more (33) than he struck out (30) in 132 at-bats in the D.R. The eye at the plate is encouraging, but he only hit .258 and failed to record a home run. There is much to be excited about for this 18-year-old as he begins his journey in the States in 2019.
52- Henry Henry– RHP 12/17/1998
This hard thrower has a very nice arm. He gets excellent movement on his fastball and has a serviceable slider and change combination to go with it. He had a little bit of a rough time in 2018 as he recorded a 4.54 ERA in 77 innings between Fort Wayne and Tri-City. He could eventually be a relief option for the team, but for now he is a rotation member in the lower minors.
51- Eguy Rosario– INF 08/25/1999
This scrappy little 19-year-old has a decent bat. He is an aggressive swinger, but is not a huge power threat. He made it all the way to Double-A last year, filling in for an injured player late in the season. The right-handed hitter received 457 at-bats last year in the California League where he put up a .670 OPS. He played mostly second base, but did get some time at third base as well. ‘Eggy” is a character in the clubhouse and provides excellent minor league depth for the Padres.
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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