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Padres Prospect Pulse: Dropping stock

This is the thankless part of the job. Honesty in an assessment, however, is more crucial to development than telling someone they are better than they are. With objective criticism, the hope is the prospect will take what has been said and become a better player – starting with these Padres' prospects.

Tim Stauffer was the golden child when the year began, touted as being a strong candidate for the number five spot in the San Diego rotation. After making six starts in Portland, Stauffer became just that. But his ERA got progressively worse as the season wore on and he was shipped back to Triple-A after 15 starts and a 5.33 ERA. Things weren't much better when he arrived with the Beavers. He...

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