The San Diego Padres have one of the top farm systems in the MLB after spending years in the cellar accumulating high draft capital. Because of this, they are now one of the baseball's most exciting up-and-coming franchises, and they could make some serious noise as soon as 2020.
We’ve already seen shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and starting pitcher Chris Paddack light the league on fire in their rookie campaigns. So now the question is, which Padres prospects are next on the horizon to do some damage in the MLB if they get called up in 2020?
1. MacKenzie Gore
If you’re wondering if there’s a gold level prospect on this list, there is, and his name is MacKenzie Gore. Starting pitching has been a constant thorn in the Padres' side the last five years or so, but this dominant lefty should help rectify that problem. The third overall pick in the 2017 draft, Gore stands at 6’3”, 195 pounds, and is the top-ranked prospect in San Diego’s system according to MLB Pipeline. Although he has yet to pitch at the Triple-A level, Gore has blazed through all other competition and is expected to join the big league club at some point this season. Gore throws four pitches, highlighted by a fastball that tops around 96 MPH and a lethal curveball/changeup.
2. Taylor Trammell
The Padres acquired their top outfield prospect, Taylor Trammell, as part of the Trevor Bauer three-team trade last season. The former Cincinnati Reds draft pick is only 22 years old and known for his elite athleticism and speed. He had a little bit of an issue hitting for contact in 2019, which may have been part of the reason Cincy sold on him, but his on-base percentage remained high even throughout the struggles, thanks to an impressive 13.0 percent walk rate. His power numbers also took a slight hit last year, so Trammell may have to work out some kinks before factoring in the majors, but he should still see some time in San Diego in 2020.
3. Adrian Morejon
Technically Adrian Morejon already made his big league debut in 2019, but it was brief and perhaps rushed stint. He got knocked around in two starts and a few outings. The left-handed pitcher is about to turn 21 in a few days, so with his potential still intact, the Padres will hold out hope that Morejon has a better come-up this season. After spending time in Cuban amateur leagues, Morejon is mature for his age both physically and mentally. He complements a plus fastball (96 MPH with potential for growth) with a tricky knuckle-change and a more standard changeup as well, giving the Padres another high-potential pitching prospect to take a hard look at in 2020.
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