The Padres recently cleared some of their farm to make room for Wil Myers, Justin Upton, and Matt Kemp. Despite this, they still have some pretty good prospects. Their system went from one of the top ones, to a mediocre one overall, but with their influx of outfielders, they could trade some extra guys for decent prospects down the road. Let’s take a look at their top 10. (A+ is the top grade one can get, C- the worst).
Note: I’m not including shortstop Trea Turner in the ranking, because by rule he’s a Padre, but we know in June that he’s going to Washington as part of the Wil Myers deal. His agent is currently fighting for a rule change that’ll let him go play for Washington on Opening Day. He would rank number two for San Diego.
1. C Austin Hedges– Hedges’ numbers don’t really pop out at you, and his 2014 was disappointing to say the least. The thing is, Hedges is a lot better than the numbers suggest. He’s truly a special talent and has a chance to become one of the better catchers in the NL. He will get at least one more season on developmental time, as the Padres acquired Derek Norris and Tim Fedorowicz to handle the duties in 2015. He has good power, but it may not be great in PETCO. Hedges has an above average bat, and his arm is amazing. Hedges defense could really set him apart, and anything with the bat is a bonus.
Grade: A Potential: All-Star catcher with great defense and an above average bat