Over the past five years, few organizations have bartered their minor league system for Major League upgrades better than the Padres. While I wouldn’t put anything past them, their system has been gutted to the point that I don’t see them being able to acquire premium Major League talent (think Juan Soto) until they re-stock.
I’ve always liked Eguy Rosario, and he got a chance to show his wares in San Diego this season in a late-season call-up. The upside is a full-time regular if he’s given the opportunity to play. Jackson Merrill looked good in the fall league, and Sam Zavala has the tools to be an impact player one day. Although he’s only 17, there is a long way to go. Finally, the Padres are expected to sign Ethan Salas in early 2023. He’s projected to be one of the top players in the class with impact potential.
If you like young players, you’ve come to the right place.
Prospect Quick Shot
- Top Prospect: Jackson Merrill
- Biggest Mover: Sam Zavala
- Emerging Prospect: Ethan Salas