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Top 30 San Diego Padres Prospects

Mat Latos

After ripping Denis for a few of his rankings in an earlier draft, he made me put my money where my mouth is and provide my own top 30. While I haven't had the benefit of seeing the new additions to the system in the same way he or John has, I've still kept my finger on things in the organization.

What is your philosophy on the value of a prospect as it relates to the rankings? My philosophy falls somewhere between Denis and John. I think the near-term likelihood of contributing at the big-league level needs to be weighted in favor of a player, but could never bring myself to put Joe Thatcher in the top 10. And while I've ranked several "toolsy" guys who are a good distance from the majors...

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