Over the years we have seen tons of top 10 prospect lists, some top 20s and of course the annual Baseball America top 30.
Now, the San Diego Padres are deep, deep, deep. Their organization is deeper than James Earl Jones.
Check out what James E. Clark has done by listing the top 100 Padres prospects. At No. 1 is Fernando Tatis, Jr. followed by Cal Quantrill at No. 3 and 1B Josh Naylor at No. 9.
Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) pitched for the Ontario Terrriers and then Stanford University, while Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) was an Ontario Blue Jay. He was drafted 12th over-all and then dealt to San Diego.
On to Clark’s reports ...
By James E. Clark
East Village Times
1. Fernando Tatis Jr.
Age 18.8 131 games/ 486 at bats (.278/.379/.498) .877 OPS (77 BB/141 K)
At the age of 18, Tatis has emerged as a force. It is simply amazing that the Padres were able to pry him away from the White Sox for the services of James Shields. He has all five tools and is clearly capable of playing shortstop. There is some refinement needed to play the position at the major league level, but if all else fails, he will hit enough to be a more than competent third baseman. The right-handed-hitting Tatis is already on the fast track to the major leagues. He wants to play in Petco in 2018, and I would not doubt if that happens at some point in the coming season. He is currently in the Dominican Winter League, advancing his skill set.
3. Cal Quantrill
Age- 22.7 (7-10) 3.80 ERA/1.47 WHIP 116 IP/40 BB/110 K
Health was a key for this young man and he successfully made it through the 2017 season without any issues to his surgically repaired elbow. Quantrill was able to utilize his off-speed pitches, and though he did have a few rough moments, he really impressed the Padres’ front office. Quantrill will be brought along slowly in the spring as the team still wants to be cautious with the young right-hander. 2018 could be a big year for him, but the team will not rush him.
9. Josh Naylor.
Age- 20.3 114 games/439 at bats (.280/.346/.415) .761 OPS (43 BB/84 K)
The powerful, left-handed Canadian is on a fast-track to the majors. He is still only 20, but has shown a ton of maturity at the plate in his brief tenure in the Padre’ organization. He is known for his power, but has had trouble showing it at the plate recently in game action. Naylor only hit 10 homers in total for the year in 2017, and only two of them came in San Antonio. Given his age, the Padres do not seem too concerned about it. They always say that power is the last thing to develop in a good hitter. Naylor certainly qualifies as a good hitter. Only time will tell. Defensively, he gets a horrible rap. He is an average defender with decent foot speed. The 20 grade from MLB Pipeline is a disgrace for his speed.