Monday, September 26, 2011

Padres Prospects Update

On my last look at the Padres farm system, I may have left off several players that at the time were not prospects, not signed yet, or I just did not consider them prospects at the time.

Here are some additional Padres prospects to keep an eye on:


Robbie Erlin P - A great pick up for the Padres. He doesn't walk anyone and has an advanced feel for the game for a 20 year old. Could make a nice 2/3 caliber starting pitcher soon.

Jospeph Wieland P - Will likely be linked to Erlin for a long time. Another good pick up and a player with advanced feel and amazing control. A solid bet to be a middle of the rotation pitcher in the big leagues.


Nick Schmidt P - Every once in a while a forgotten prospect re-emerges and makes a name for himself. I imagine there is a lot of internal debate on whether or not to find a 40 man roster spot for Schmidt, so they don't potentially lose him to the rule V draft.

Andrew Werner P - Dominated A ball as a 24 year old. Viewed as organizational filler, but stranger things can happen. AA should tell us more.


Mark Hardy P - Like Werner, we need to see more at an advanced level. 23 and dominating A ball is a good start though.

Kevin Quackenbush P - Has completely dominated at each stop. This recent draftee could find himself fastracked like Spence was.

Connor Powers 1B - Had a breakout year in Fort Wayne. Stuck behind a bunch of 1B with similar abilities.

Rico Noel CF - With Maybin and Tekotte, it's hard to imagine Noel will ever get a real shot with the Padres. He showed improvement this year and can steal bases.


Matt Andriese P - Vey good debut out of the Northwest League.

Matthew Stites P - I think the Padres did well to draft him where they did. Could make a decent middle reliever some day for the Padres.

Austin Hedges C - Could be the steal of the draft. He is Major League ready defensively. I think he will move faster than others believe.

Duanel Jones 3B - Raw power and a project with upside.

Jace Peterson SS - Slow start, but I think he will have a breakout year in 2012.

Alberth Martinez OF - Another latin find for the Padres. Great American debut this year.

Rookie -

Joseph Ross P- I hear he has great mechanics.

Rodney Daal C - A young raw project.

Yoan Alcantra OF - Has a long ways to go, but like Martinez off to a great American start.

There are several other possible prospects I have not mentioned, most of whom just need to prove they can perform above rookie ball.

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