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San Diego Padres Top 10 Prospects for 2014

Written By on 20th December, 2013


The Padres system remained one of the strongest in the game in 2013, even with graduations and a couple major injuries. The emphasis on tools and raw arms continues to pay off as the Friars saw another set of their prospects take huge leaps forward this season.  - AS

San Diego Padres Top 10 Prospects for 2014

1Max FriedLHPArguably the top left handed pitcher currently in development, Fried features a three pitch arsenal that project to be solid MLB offerings. While his Fastball and Curve ball get the headlines, a contact told me to not sleep on his changeup. His higher than anticipated walk rate was more a product of passiveness than command related. A number one starter upside with a high floor. - CB VIDEO VIDEO
2Austin HedgesCHedges is the total package you look for in a prospect catcher. As an amateur he was regarded as having a fantastic glove. What surprised was when he showed up to pro ball with a much more advanced than expected bat - and that despite challenging assignments. Hedges projects as an impact defender and a dangerous hitter. - AS VIDEO
3Hunter RenfroeOFRenfroe stood out as one of the best college position players in a weak class. His game is a prototypical right field profile. Big arm. Big power. Lot of swing and miss. - AS
4Matt WislerRHPA talented Midwest prep righty, Wisler slipped in the Draft because of signability concerns. San Diego gambled, signed him and it has paid off. Wisler features a big fastball and good feel for pitching. Wisler has front of the rotation potential if he can clean up his secondaries more and polish his game. - AS
5Joe RossRHPThe projectable right-hander's results haven't caught up to his raw stuff, but this BB staff favorite looks poised for a breakout year. - AS VIDEO
6Keyvius SampsonRHPWith the development of a slider to virtually supplant his loopy curve, Keyvius Sampson now has three quality pitches (FB/CH/SL). It was a major step forward in his development, and he now has a good chance to succeed as a starting pitcher in the majors. -JR
7Zach EflinRHPA pitcher with a plus changeup and an ability to throw a fastball (a sinking one at that) in the low 90s is a rare commodity for a prospect in the lower minors. It is something that Zach Eflin possesses. Eflin is a consistent breaking pitch away from truly enjoying a breakout. In game action, his slurve was a bit under par. - CB VIDEO
8Jace PetersonSSWhile Peterson probably doesn't project as a shortstop long-term, he's still got some defensive value and could probably do well at third base if his bat finally starts to come around. He's always lined the ball well, but getting loft and home run power out of his swing has always been an issue. As a 23-year-old who's yet to get past high-A, Peterson is running out of time to prove himself - CD
9Casey KellyRHPKelly finally started to show baseball what he was capable of before succumbing to Tommy John surgery last Spring. The former shortstop's athletic ability will hopefully help him return to form quickly. There was always some thought Kelly would be a late bloomer and that still remains the case. - AS
10Rymer LirianoOFLiriano missed all of 2013 with Tommy John surgery. It was a disappointing development as Liriano needs repetitions to continue learning how to tap into his raw tools. If everything comes together, he fits in the true RF mold. -JR VIDEO

Other Padres Prospects of Note

Franchy CorderoSSBig, toolsy short stops are all the rage. Franchy Cordero fits the mold with his array of good tools. He already shows surprising pop which should only continue to develop as he fills out his frame. A move to third base could be in store for him down the road if he fills out too well and sees a diminution of his range. -JR
Burch SmithRHPSmith got a taste of the majors in 2013. He's got a big fastball but the rest of his game has to keep improving if he's going to be a rotation piece. - AS VIDEO
Dustin Peterson3B/SSThe younger brother of fellow 2013 draftee DJ Peterson, Dustin offers similar offensive upside. His electric bat speed and good raw power make it easy to dream, but his hit tool lags behind and his aggressive approach will have to be tempered. He played SS in high school but moved to 3B immediately as a professional - 2B is also a possibility. -JR
Reymond FuentesOFThe speedy, defensive wizard finally showed some offensive life in 2013. Being the cousin of Carlos Beltran and an integral piece in the Adrian Gonzalez trade, some unrealistic expectations were heaped onto Reymond Fuentes. It's very unlikely he develops the kind of bat to be an marquee player - the power just isn't present. That doesn't mean all is lost; his defensive prowess in center field will take pressure off of his bat. If Fuentes can get on base enough to let him utilize his speed, he should have a major league home (perhaps in the starting lineup somewhere). -JR VIDEO
Travis JankowskiOFThe athletic center fielder from Stony Brook continues to impress as a pro. Jankowski is hitting and controlling the strike zone well. His speed continues to play up in the field and on the basepaths (71 stolen bases). - AS VIDEO
Jose UrenaOFThe other big 18 year old prospect from the AZL Padres is Jose Urena. He stands out for his plus power (with the projectable frame to add more) and arm strength. Urena has some feel for the strike zone, but pitch recognition is, understandably, an area where he needs to improve. -JR

San Diego Padres Notable 2013 Draft Picks

113Hunter RenfroeOFMississippi State
250Dustin PetersonSS/3BGilbert HS (AZ)
2s69Jordan ParoubeckOFSerra HS (CA)
386Bryan VerbitskyRHPHofstra
4118Mason SmithOFRocky Mountain HS (ID)
5148Josh VanMeterSSNorwell HS (IN)
6178Trevor GottRHPKentucky
7208Jake Bauers1BMarina HS (CA)
8238Adrian De HortaRHPSouth Hills HS (CA)
25748Tony RizzottiRHPTulane

Draft Recap: This year the Padres deviated slightly from their recent drafts when they took a college position player in Hunter Renfroe with the 13th pick. The last time they went college position player with their first pick was Wake Forest 1B Allan Dystra in 2008. Renfroe does fit the M.O. to some degree with his raw tools. In many ways, he was just too good a value to pass on at 13 overall. Beyond Renfroe San Diego had a really strong draft again. РAS

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3 Comments on "San Diego Padres Top 10 Prospects for 2014"

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    Melotticus December 21, 2013 at 11:28 pm -

    Curious what you guys thought about the studs on their AZL squad led by Franchy Cordero and Adrian De Horta.

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      Jeff Reese January 2, 2014 at 9:10 pm -

      Al and I both had Franchy in our top 10s, but he fell to 11th when we averaged the lists. Like the upside quite a bit, but he’s obviously far away.

      De Horta certainly looks interesting too. He was on the radar, but not as close to making the top 10 as Franchy.

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    Fants December 23, 2013 at 5:06 pm -

    What about Franchy Cordero ?