5) Jose Rondon – SS
Date of Birth: 03/03/1994
Height/Weight: 6’1’’/ 160 pounds
Acquired: Trade with Los Angeles Angels in 2014
Acquired from the Los Angeles Angels as part of a trade deadline deal for Huston Street, Jose Rondon was the most gifted infielder in the San Diego Padres system, at least until the arrival of shortstop Javier Guerra from Boston. Rondon split time between High A ball and Double A for the Padres in 2015, finishing with a strong slash line of .300/.360/.414 in High A and a poor slash line of .190/.219/.230 in just over 100 plate appearances at the Double A level. While Rondon’s performance in Double A was disappointing in hindsight, he is well advanced for his age and still has several years of development time before he should be ready for the big leagues.
Rondon is widely regarded more for his floor than his ceiling, given his lack of flash and overall strong game. Rondon is rather small, but still has time to fill out more as he advances through the Padres minor league system. Rondon is pretty consistent all around, lacking any glaring weaknesses except perhaps for his power, which may come with increased size. Rondon plays a strong defensive shortstop with a good arm and good instincts all around. He is not the best runner, but makes up for that with his athletic movements at shortstop. At the plate, Rondon can make consistent line drive contact and has quick wrists, but there are still a wide range of possible outcomes with regards to Rondon in the long term. However, he still has several years to show what he is made of to Padres scouts and team officials.
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