MadFriars.com Top 20 Padres Prospects of 2010
James Darnell
James Darnell
Denis Savage
Posted Mar 1, 2010


With Jason McLeod assuming control of the Padres’ scouting and minor league development, after a successful tenure with the Boston Red Sox in a similar capacity, he will inherit a system that has substantially improved each year since the last change in 2005.

Without question the Padres’ organization is deeper with quality players and for the first time in years many home grown players such as Mat Latos and Kyle Blanks have the San Diego fan base excited for what could be next.

The 2009 draft saw a marked change in the team’s draft philosophy as more high reward/high risk draft picks were taken in early rounds with the selections of high school players Donavan Tate, Everett Williams and Keyvius Sampson. Part of the reasons for the philosophical remodeling was the change in ownership, but the system was also deeper which enabled the organization to take on more risk.

This year the best Padres’ prospects are at a minimum a year away and the most likely players to make an appearance in San Diego could be either infielders Lance Zawadzki and Logan Forsythe or pitchers Cory Luebke and Aaron Poreda.

A quick note on the rankings; no player that missed most, if not all, of 2009 or is projected to miss all of 2010 was eligible to be ranked.

The best way to read this ranking, or really any article on this subject, is try to find what the players do well and what they need to improve upon; which can cause them to rise or fall in the future. As anyone who has followed the Padres’ organization is aware, this could be a very different list next year.

1. Simon Castro
Position: Starting Pitcher/RHP
Height/Weight: 6-5/215
Age: 22
Bats/Throws: R/R
How Acquired: Signed out of the Dominican Republic

TeamW-L ERA IP K/BB HITS EARNED RUNS
FW 10-6 3.33 140.1 157/37 118 52

Castro at Instructs in Peoria, Arizona.
2009 Highlights: After Mat Latos, Castro was the best pure pitching prospect in the Padres’ system last season. The big Dominican has an electric arm that features a big two-seam fastball and his four-seamer touches 94 to 96. He has a much better idea of where it was going than when he began with the organization three years ago. The big jump for him at each level has been the improvement with his fastball command and development of his changeup.

Negatives: Castro needs to continue to refine his changeup, which will give him a consistent third pitch. He has begun to use it more but still needs to continue to improve his pitch sequencing.

Projection: High - The Padres believe as Castro continues to refine his mechanics his velocity could increase to the point where he will sit in the mid-90’s.

MadFriars.com Assessment: As good as Castro was this year, he is not as far along in his development as Mat Latos and will take some more time to reach the majors. The California League is brutal on pitchers, but Castro has top of the rotation potential and the stuff, particularly with his two-seamer, to challenge any hitter. He’s improved by leaps and bounds every season and this year could be the an even bigger breakthrough.

2 . Jaff Decker
Position: LF/RF
Height/Weight: 5-10/205
Age: 20
Bats/Throws: L/L
How Acquired: Supplemental first-round, 2008

Team AVG OBP SLG PA BB/K Hits XBH HR
FW .299 .442 .514 443 85/92 107 43 16

Decker at Instructs in Peoria, Arizona.
2009 Highlights: Decker finished first in on-base and second in slugging percentage in the Midwest League and was arguably the best player on a team that won 101 games and the championship. An underrated fielder, he held his own in left field and has the arm to play right.

Negatives: Many scouts have expressed doubts about not only Decker’s ability to become more athletic but also his ability to maintain his body structure. There are also concerns that a slightly complex swing will catch up to him.

Projection: Medium - Skill wise he is a nearly finished product, the big question is how much he will or won’t develop his body.

MadFriars.com Assessment: Throughout his life, people have always doubted that Decker is the same player that put up all those numbers, and each time he has responded by being among the best everywhere he has played. In the thin air and hard infields of the California League, he may put up some staggering offensive numbers, particularly in a park like the Diamond that favors left-handed hitters. Decker is a truly advanced hitter that is a much better all-around player than given credit for.

3. James Darnell
Position: Third Base
Height/Weight: 6-2/200
Age: 23
Bats/Throws: R/R
How Acquired: Second-round, 2008

Team AVG OBP SLG PA BB/K Hits XBH HR
FW .329 .468 .518 279 57/51 73 26 7
LE .294 .377 .553 265 30/38 69 33 13

Darnell at Instructs in Peoria, Arizona.
2009 Highlights: Another product of the very strong 2008 draft, Darnell destroyed the Midwest and Cal Leagues with a combined 59 extra base hits and a .459 on-base percentage. Athleticism, burgeoning power, and plate discipline fuse together to make a big talent. The question is will he be able to stay at third base. If not, he has the arm for right.

Negatives:.His defense, particularly the accuracy of his arm, is the big negative many see within his game.

Projection: High - Darnell has a line drive swing that added a touch of lift this season, giving him true plus power potential as he continues to refine the nuances of his swing. If he can find the right position in the field, Darnell has a true impact bat. He has plus tools across the board and could move positions without any affect to his value.

MadFriars.com Assessment: He should begin the year in San Antonio, the toughest place to hit in the organization - and really just about anywhere in the minors - particularly for right-handed hitters. If he can find a position in the field, he has a true impact bat with plus tools across the board that make him valuable at a variety of positions.

4. Cory Luebke
Position: Starting Pitcher/LHP
Height/Weight: 6-4/200
Age: 25
Bats/Throws: L/L
How Acquired: First-round, 2007

Team W-L ERA IP K/BB HITS EARNED RUNS
LE 8-2 2.34 88.1 80/17 73 23
SA 3-2 3.70 41.1 32/15 38 17

Luebke at Instructs in Peoria, Arizona.
2009 Highlights: A big step forward for the lefty that rebounded from a disappointing 2008 campaign. Luebke dominated the Cal League and was the starting pitcher for the Cal-Carolina League All-Star game after undergoing a total revamp of his delivery. While he wasn’t as effective in the Texas League, his 3.70 ERA was inflated by two bad outings in nine starts.

Negatives: Luebke doesn’t have a true plus pitch but his success at future levels will be determined by his ability to improve his secondary pitches as much as his fastball developed this year.

Projection: Medium - Luebke relies on a good two-seam fast ball that comes in around 88-92, mixed in with a slider and improving change. He now has a better downhill plane to finish pitches which enhanced his ability to work low in the zone. He doesn’t have a true plus pitch but mixes his fastball effectively enough along with his secondary pitches to be an effective starter in the big leagues. He profiles as a middle of the rotation starter.

MadFriars.com Assessment: He should return to San Antonio to begin the year and with better mechanics and growing confidence may have a shot to be in San Diego by mid-season.

5. Logan Forsythe
Position: Third Base
Height/Weight: 6-0/205
Age: 23
Bats/Throws: R/R
How Acquired: First-round, 2008

Team AVG OBP SLG PA BB/K Hits XBH HR
LE .322 .472 .504 297 61/48 76 24 8
SA .279 .384 .377 285 41/63 68 15 3

Forsythe at Instructs in Peoria, Arizona.
2009 Highlights: After stroking the ball extremely well in the Instructional League, Forsythe followed with an outstanding year in High-A Lake Elsinore. Promoted in mid-season, his power slowed down in the Texas League, particularly at home, hitting .246/.324/.323.

Negatives: Many question if Forsythe has enough power to stay at third and are unsure if he has the range to play second, where he played some in college. Additionally, he would be best served if he was occasionally more aggressive early in the count, particularly with runners in scoring position.

Projection: Medium - He does not have the power of Darnell but profiles as a high average hitter that could do plenty of damage at the plate. A solid all-around player, the only real question about him is if he can hit enough at the hot corner, especially with the competition the organization has at that position. He is by far the best defensive third baseman in the organization.

MadFriars.com Assessment: With Darnell behind him, it’s likely he will begin the season in Portland. A solid all-around player, the only real question is if he can hit enough at third, especially with the competition in front and behind him.

6. Edinson Rincon
Position: Third Base
Height/Weight: 6-1/195
Age: 19
Bats/Throws: R/R
How Acquired: Signed out of Dominican Republic

Team AVG OBP SLG PA BB/K Hits XBH HR
EUG .300 .415 .468 313 46/60 80 28 7

Rincon at Instructs in Peoria, Arizona.
2009 Highlights: Rincon may have the highest ceiling of all the third base prospects and more than held his own in what is traditionally a college heavy league. Blessed with an impressive physique, everyone is excited about his potential, despite faltering slightly at the end of the year. The big question is will it be at third base?

Negatives: The big downside on him was 22 errors in 70 games – 44 in the field – and there are some concerns about how thick his body may eventually become.

Projection: High - The most impressive aspect of his game is patience, which is not often seen in a young Latin American player and should allow him to develop more power as he refines his approach at the plate. The only real question will be where he plays.

MadFriars.com Assessment: The cold weather and the uneven infields of the Midwest League will be a challenge for the young Dominican, particularly if the Padres keep him in the infield. He’s a long-term project, and although the defense causes some questions about where he will eventually end up, the offensive potential is bright.

7. Lance Zawadzki
Position: Shortstop/Second base/Third Base
Height/Weight: 5-11/190
Age: 25
Bats/Throws: S/R
How Acquired: Fourth-round, 2007

Team AVG OBP SLG PA BB/K Hits XBH HR
LE .276 .360 .552 163 18/29 40 18 10
SA .289 .372 .416 390 44/74 100 29 5

Zawadzki at Instructs in Peoria, Arizona.
2009 Highlights: Zawadzki took a big step forward, flashing the five-tool talent that the switch-hitter possesses. Eighteen extra-base hits in 36 games caught everyone’s attention in the Cal League before being promoted to San Antonio, where he finished among the team leaders in extra-base hits and on-base percentage. Additionally, his defense picked up quite a bit from last year, as the team played him primarily at shortstop.

Negatives: He needs to cut down on his strikeouts, and although he has a terrific arm, his footwork and balance must improve. He must also work on maintaining a healthy weight during the long season.

Projection: High - A true five-tool talent, Zawadzki is only beginning to touch the surface of his talent. While he will have to improve upon pitch selection, Zawadzki has power from both sides of the plate and excels as a base runner with plus speed stealing 46 out of 51 bases in his three-year career.

MadFriars.com Assessment: He’ll turn 25 next year, so he will be slightly old for the minors, but by the end of the year, he could be the best candidate to take over second base from David Eckstein in 2011.

8. Wynn Pelzer
Position: Starting Pitcher/RHP
Height/Weight: 6-1/200
Age: 24
Bats/Throws: R/R
How Acquired: Ninth-round, 2007

Team W-L ERA IP K/BB HITS EARNED RUNS
LE 11-8 3.94 150.2 147/59 134 66

Pelzer at Spring Training in Peoria, Arizona.
2009 Highlights: Pelzer is the pitcher everyone believes is going to be better than he has shown so far, and so far he has been pretty good. In Lake Elsinore, he struck out nearly a batter an inning and had a 147/59 K/BB ratio. He combines a moving two-seam fastball with a wipeout slider. How fast his changeup can catch up with his other pitches will determine not only how quickly he can make the majors but also whether it will be as a starter or reliever.

Negatives: Consistency with his changeup. Pelzer is hurt by being a bit of a perfectionist, constantly tinkering with his delivery and occasionally has a tough time getting into a flow; but his mechanics have improved each season.

Projection: High - Pelzer’s hard sinking fastball and slider are plus pitches and gives him value as a starter or a relief pitcher. This year, he did a better job of mixing the four- and two-seam fastballs, which helped him to change the eye level for opposing batters.

MadFriars.com Assessment: He could put up some great numbers in San Antonio, which is heaven for right-handed pitchers.

9. Aaron Poreda
Position: Starting Pitcher/LHP
Height/Weight: 6-6/240
Age: 23
Bats/Throws: L/L
How Acquired: Jake Peavy trade with Chicago White Sox

Team W-L ERA IP K/BB HITS EARNED RUNS
BIR 5-4 2.38 64.1 72/22 47 17
CHAR 0-0 3.60 10 9/3 8 4
CWS 1-0 2.45 11 12/8 9 3
POR 0-3 7.16 32.2 30/37 28 26
SD 0-0 3.86 2.1 0/5 1 1

Poreda at Instructs in Peoria, Arizona.
2009 Highlights: With his size and mid-90s fastball, this is a prospect The problem is he frequently has no clue where the pitch is going and doesn’t have the secondary stuff to pitch effectively on the major league level as a starter. The number of lefties that are his size with his raw stuff are rare, and the Padres hope his previous minor league numbers are more indicative of his ability than his tenure at Portland last year.

Negatives: Ummm, lets see, control?

Projection: High - He has to command his fastball first and foremost. If he plans on staying a starter, Poreda will need to make strides with his changeup and breaking ball in addition to his fastball.

MadFriars.com Assessment: He should begin the year in Portland after the team works with him on a plethora of mechanical issues. If he can regain command of his fastball along with some basic secondary pitches, he has big time potential. But that is a very big “if”.

10. Adys Portillo
Position: Starting Pitcher/RHP
Height/Weight: 6-3/185
Age: 18
Bats/Throws: R/R
How Acquired: Signed out of the Dominican Republic, 2008

Team W-L ERA IP K/BB HITS EARNED RUNS
AZL 1-9 5.13 52.2 44/28 67 30

Portillo at Instructs in Peoria, Arizona.
2009 Highlights: Portillo was the team’s big bonus baby in 2008, helping to cement San Diego’s commitment to developing players in Latin American. Only 17, he flashed plus stuff but also caught too much of the plate, which was evident with his record. It’s important to remember, particularly at his age and level, what he could be capable of in a few years is more important than where he is now.

Negatives: Portillo has mechanical issues that do need to be ironed out, but he has plenty of time to solve these issues. The most important lesson he should have learned this year is that it’s not only about throwing strikes but where he throws strikes. He tends to nibble too much early in the count, which forces him to throw too many fat pitches over the plate.

Projection: High - This year he will essentially be a high school senior that has a mid-90’s fastball. He has the potential to be a future top of the rotation pitcher and could go the path of Castro in his development.

MadFriars.com Assessment: This is another long-range project that the organization should see noticeable improvement in next year after a bout in extended spring training and then onto short-season Eugene.

11. Rymer Liriano
Position: RF/CF
Height/Weight: 6-0/215
Age: 19
Bats/Throws: R/R
How Acquired: Signed out of the Dominican Republic, 2008

Team AVG OBP SLG PA BB/K Hits XBH HR
AZL .350 .398 .523 212 15/52 69 17 8

Liriano at Spring Training in Peoria, Arizona.
2009 Highlights: A specimen; pure and simple and is easily the most exciting hitting prospect to come out of the Padres’ Dominican academy. Liriano is a true five-tool player and put up some blazing numbers this year in the AZL to back it up. The only real area of concern is 52 strikeouts in 212 plate appearances. Defensively, he is more of a corner outfielder but does have the ability to play center – where he played much of this year.

Negatives: Plate discipline, which will especially be tested against much more experienced pitchers in the Midwest or Northwest Leagues this year. Learning to lay off breaking balls and improving his pitch recognition will be his primary goals, an area that he made tremendous strides doing in 2009. Also, the team has done extensive work with Liriano on keeping his emotions in check.

Projection: High - A potential five-tool talent who is also very far away.

MadFriars.com Assessment: Despite the number of young talented outfielders the Padres have, they may decide to push Liriano to Fort Wayne for 2010, if they are confident he has improved his plate discipline. He is a natural right fielder and simply needs more game experience to put all the pieces together.

12. Everett Williams
Position: CF/LF
Height/Weight: 5-10/200
Age: 19
Bats/Throws: L/R
How Acquired: Supplemental first-round, 2009

Team AVG OBP SLG PA BB/K Hits XBH HR
AZL .389 .421 .611 19 1/7 7 3 0
EUG .200 .310 .400 29 4/11 5 3 1

Williams at Instructs in Peoria, Arizona.
2009 Highlights: Another high 2009 draftee that was able to get in some games at the end of the year and flash some potential. Williams is an athletic left-handed hitting outfielder that showed some ability in the AZL and in Eugene.

Negatives: Not the biggest guy in the world and some question if he will eventually become a a “tweener” not really a center fielder and not a big enough bat for the corners. The issue he is dealing with now is a significant loop in his swing, bringing his bat out of the hitting zone before its time. He has a solid foundation but the swing plane needs to be changed.

Projection: High - Williams is a pretty polished player and considered one of the best high school hitters in the 2009 draft. He has exceptional speed in his legs and with his bat. He is a solid defender in either left or center field.

MadFriars.com Assessment: He’ll start the year in frigid Fort Wayne, always a big test for young players from warm weather states. Depending on what the team determines to do with Donavan Tate, he’ll either be in center or left.

13. Keyvius Sampson
Position: Starting Pitcher/RHP
Height/Weight: 6-0/185
Age: 19
Bats/Throws: R/R
How Acquired: Fourth-round, 2009

Team W-L ERA IP K/BB HITS EARNED RUNS
AZL 0-0 3.00 3 3/0 1 1
EUG 0-0 3.60 5 5/3 3 2

Sampson at Instructs in Peoria, Arizona.
2009 Highlights: Many believed that Sampson was a borderline first-round pick, and San Diego was extremely happy to see him still around in the third-round of this year’s draft. He has a very live arm with a fastball that moves in the strike zone along with an idea of how to pitch and setup hitters.

Negatives: As with many young pitchers the key is to get a little more consistency with his mechanics and better secondary pitches, but there is much to like.

Projection: High - Very easy motion and one of the more athletic players in the system. Sampson has a mid-90s fastball that has downward movement and easy arm action. He also flashes a plus curveball.

MadFriars.com Assessment: Despite a late signing, the team was aggressive with Sampson, giving him a taste of Eugene at the end of the year. Depending on how well he performs in the spring and what the new scouting director’s philosophy on innings for high school arms, he could start the year in Fort Wayne.

14. Jeremy McBryde
Position: Starting Pitcher/RHP
Height/Weight: 6-3/235
Age: 23
Bats/Throws: R/R
How Acquired: 26th-round, 2006 (draft-and-follow)

Team W-L ERA IP K/BB HITS EARNED RUNS
LE 6-3 4.54 75.1 82/19 72 38

McBryde at Instructs in Peoria, Arizona.
2009 Highlights: Before hurting his back, McBryde was well on his way to proving he was the most talented pitcher on Lake Elsinore’s staff. The big Oklahoman relies on a very heavy sinker that he throws in the low-90s with a plus sharp slider and developing change. Throw out the one ridiculous outing at the toy ball park in High Desert where he allowed 11 earned runs and 13 hits in 4.2 innings (that was the game where the Storm scored 33 runs), and he was even more impressive.

Negatives: There are some overall concerns about his work ethic and rehabilitation from his back injury, but until he got hurt, he was having as good a season as anyone on the Storm.

Projection: Medium - His changeup needs work, and he needs to catch a little less of the plate with his fastball, but he is very much on his way. He profiles as a mid-level starter.

MadFriars.com Assessment: If healthy, he should be the most dominant pitcher on San Antonio’s staff. If he can continue the development of his ability to change speeds, he could be better than every pitcher in the organization with the exception of Castro.

15. Drew Cumberland
Position: Shortstop
Height/Weight: 5-10/190
Age: 21
Bats/Throws: L/R
How Acquired: First-round, 2007

Team AVG OBP SLG PA BB/K Hits XBH HR
FW .293 .386 .410 330 40/36 85 25 2

Cumberland at Instructs in Peoria, Arizona.
2009 Highlights: If he had been able to stay on the field more, Cumberland may have been the most improved Padres’ minor league player this year; and in 2008, he was pretty good too. He put on 10 pounds of solid weight and improved his arm strength with some mechanical adjustments to his throwing motion. Possibly the best athlete in the system, the former Florida State defensive back recruit has more range than any other shortstop and has gap power.

Negatives: Health. Its not his fault, but he needs to play a full season before we have an idea of what he can really do.

Projection: High - When he is healthy, he is an electric player that is gaining gap power as he gets older. Cumberland has an advanced feel for pitch selection but must start anew each time he comes back from injury, making getting in a rhythm both defensively and offensively difficult. His speed is a tremendous asset.

MadFriars.com Assessment: If he can stay healthy for a full season, he could really put up some big numbers, but he has yet to play in 80 games in three seasons with the organization.

16. Sawyer Carroll
Position: OF
Height/Weight: 6-4/210
Age: 24
Bats/Throws: L/R
How Acquired: Third-round, 2008

Team AVG OBP SLG PA BB/K Hits XBH HR
FW .316 .410 .464 290 40/57 79 26 5
LE .320 .402 .531 170 22/33 60 22 2
SA .317 .440 .488 100 18/16 26 9 1

Carroll in Eugene, Oregon.
2009 Highlights: Carroll made the biggest jump of anyone in the Padres’ organization, going from Fort Wayne all the way to San Antonio. He began to use the whole field this season, and the team believes that more power will show up this year as the new approach becomes incorporated into his game. He has the arm to play either corner and may have moved into the best position of any corner outfielder to challenge for a big league job.

Negatives: He needs to demonstrate more power to have a real shot as a corner outfielder at the major league level.

Projection: Medium - He has cut down his tendency to wrap his bat towards the pitcher on delivery and put himself into a better hitting position. As a result, Carroll can allow the ball to travel deeper and get better pitch recognition.

MadFriars.com Assessment: As noted, San Antonio is a brutal place to hit, but it is a little easier for left-handed hitters. He has enough to hit home runs but is more of a doubles hitter that could produce with a high average. A good first half could lead to a promotion to Portland and maybe some major league opportunities.

17. Jerry Sullivan
Position: Starting Pitcher/RHP
Height/Weight: 6-4/210
Age: 22
Bats/Throws: R/R
How Acquired: Third-round, 2009

Team W-L ERA IP K/BB HITSEARNED RUNS
EUG 5-3 4.02 53.2 58/27 44 24

Sullivan in Eugene, Oregon.
2009 Highlights: The Padres have had some luck getting pitching out of Oklahoma with prospects Jeremy McBryde and fellow Oral Roberts alumni Jeremy Heffner in previous drafts. Sullivan is no exception. Sullivan struggled early in the season with Eugene in an unfamiliar role coming out of the ‘pen but rounded back into form as a starter. In August, he had a 34/13 K/BB ratio and only allowed 20 hits in 28 innings pitched.

Negatives: He needs to become more efficient and go deeper into games. His fastball can become elevated and the mental part of the game must be ironed out so he can succeed in any role.

Projection: Medium - A hard-thrower, Sullivan has had to change his mental approach from being a strikeout thrower to a pitcher that will accept contact. He has a solid downhill plane but will have to improve upon his ability to stay back through his delivery so he can get on top of pitches.

MadFriars.com Assessment: A polished college pitcher, Sullivan’s development will depend on how quickly he adapts to the pro game, specifically becoming more efficient with his pitches. Normally, he would have a shot at being in Lake Elsinore next year, but better organizational depth should have him begin the year in Fort Wayne with a possibility of Lake Elsinore by the half.

18. James Needy
Position: Starting Pitcher/RHP
Height/Weight: 6-6/205
Age: 19
Bats/Throws: R/R
How Acquired: Sixth-round, 2009

Team W-L ERA IP K/BB HITS EARNED RUNS
AZL 1-1 2.65 17 13/5 14 5

Needy at Instructs in Peoria, Arizona.
2009 Highlights: Another big pitcher that the Padres now have in their system from the 2009 draft. Needy was a sixth-round local draft pick out of Santee High School and performed well in limited time in the Arizona League. He held the opposition to a .226 batting average and the organization was particularly pleases with his progress.

Negatives: The same with any young pitcher; mechanics, particularly with his size, and secondary pitches.

Projection: High - Needy uses his height to get a great downward plane on his ball and the tweaking of his mechanics has added velocity; but he is very far away not only in his skill level but how much his body will eventually fill out.

MadFriars.com Assessment: He has a good chance of starting the season in Fort Wayne where the organization will carefully monitor his innings.

19. Anthony Bass
Position: Starting Pitcher/RHP
Height/Weight: 6-2/190
Age: 22
Bats/Throws: R/R
How Acquired: Fifth-round, 2008

Team W-L ERA IP K/BB HITS EARNED RUNS
FW 9-3 2.19 90.1 69/25 79 22
LE 3-0 3.51 33.1 20/14 33 13

Bass at Instructs in Peoria, Arizona.
2009 Highlights: Bass was one of the Padres best pitchers this year, going 12-3 between Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore. A four-pitch repertoire – each that he can throw for strikes – gives Bass a distinct advantage on the hitter. He has a slightly above-average fastball and mixes his pitches well down in the zone. With deception in his delivery, the ball jumps on hitters and makes it difficult for them to recognize his offerings before committing.

Negatives: He doesn’t have a real “out” pitch so in order to succeed he will need to have three or four pitches working all the time.

Projection: Medium - A very polished pitcher, his development will be in refining what he has and improving on the mental side of the game. The former Wayne State star is not the biggest of guys nor does he possess a singular dominating pitch, but he knows how to keep the opposition off-balance.

MadFriars.com Assessment: He should begin the year in Lake Elsinore where he thrived in limited innings last year. Because he doesn’t have a dominating pitch, he is hard to project. The one thing that is apparent is that his performance has earned him an opportunity to show what he can do.

20. Jonathan Galvez
Position: Shortstop/Second Base
Height/Weight: 6-3/185
Age: 19
Bats/Throws: R/R
How Acquired: Signed out of the Dominican Republic

Team AVG OBP SLG PA BB/K Hits XBH HR
AZL .295 .399 .503 227 30/44 57 25 6
Galvez at Instructs in Peoria, Arizona.
2009 Highlights: Coming from Latin America, Galvez immediately impressed not only with his performance but also his plate discipline. Despite a wiry frame, Galvez has some significant pop with a clean swing that generates solid bat speed that allows him to hit the gaps with regularity. In 2008, at 17, he was very good in the Dominican Summer League, hitting .272/.449/.370 and this year in the AZL, although his patience took a bit of a dip, his other numbers picked up; particularly power. He is a true five-tool prospect whose biggest test is to translate his immense raw talent into baseball production. Galvez particularly punished left-handed pitching hitting .375/.444/.700 in 45 plate appearances.

Negatives: He can get a little flashy with the glove, which caused 20 errors in 52 games and as the common saying goes, he sometimes has a little too much power for his own good.

Projection: High - A big talent that combines a wide array of tools and already understands the importance of pitch selection. Mental maturity will be a big test for the young Dominican. He must learn to separate a bad play from the rest of his game. Taking a error to the plate or a bad at-bat into the field has been the norm and needs to become the exception.

MadFriars.com Assessment: Depending on how well he has progressed defensively in the off-season and in the spring, the team may give him the everyday shortstop position in Fort Wayne; which will be a major test both at the plate and in the field. The Padres like his advanced pitch recognition and they believe he has the instincts and arm to stay at shortstop. Although there are concerns about his defense, the bat and ability to recognize pitches could make him special.

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