Friday, November 11, 2011

Top 10 Padre Prospects

Anthony Rizzo
 Grades are not based on the order of prospects, Rizzo is the most polished of the group and has the most chance to be in MLB for good, but Keyvius Sampson may have the best potential, hence a better grade.

1. Anthony Rizzo/B+
MLB Comp: Adrian Gonzalez
Anthony struggled in PETCO after being traded for and called up to replace Adrian Gonzalez, but he is a VERY good defensive 1B and can hit. His raw power can be seen when watching the replays of games in Minnesota and Boston. He plays very good defense.

2. Robby Erlin/A-
MLB Comp: David Price
Robby Erlin was acquired in the Mike Adams deal, and he dominated, he had an ERA under 2 in San Antonio and with Texas stats included he went 9-4 with a 2.99 ERA and a whopping total of 154 k's. This kid is going to be an ace.

3. Jedd Gyorko/A
MLB Comp: Dan Uggla (with better D)
Drafted in the second round of the 2010 draft, this young man has been a favorite of mine since we drafted him. He hit 25 homers and played stellar defense in the minors last year.

4. Keyvius Sampson/A+
MLB Comp: Stephen Strausburg (but not as good, he is the only RH flame throwing ace I could think of)
Keyvius Sampson was drafted the fourth round of the 2009 draft, after Evert Williams, Donavan Tate, and Jerry Sullivan. (Is it creepy I knew that off the top of my head?). The first 3 were flops, Williams could recover from his injury though, but Sampson is a star, an ace who DOMINATED  the A levels. He had 10.9 K's per 9 innings, a 2.90 ERA, and electric stuff.

5. Rymer Liriano/B++
MLB Comp: Michael Bourn
Rymer was an international free agent, and so far, the only one who has not lied about their name/age in MLB. He hit .290 with 9 HR's and a .365 OBP, only ok? Well he also had 66 SB's! Wow.

6. Casey Kelly/B-
MLB Comp: Matt Garza
Kelly has dropped off in AA to a 3.98 ERA in San Antonio Texas, still leading the nations best minor league team to the title. Kelly came over in the Gonzalez deal and has been above average since coming here.

7. Kyle Blanks/B-
MLB Comp: Matt Stairs
Kyle was drafted in the 42nd round in 2004. I knew that off the top of my head too! Well, Blanks has raw power, and can hit, just like stairs.

8. Joe Wieland/B+
MLB Comp: Jon Garland at worst
He also came in the Adams deal, Wieland has a 1.97 ERA in 26 starts, and k'd 150, this guy is almost guaranteed to be in MLB.

9. Cory Spangenberg/A-
MLB Comp: Jemile Weeks
Drafted 10th overall, this kid is a speed demon. He hits for average and steels bases.

10. Austin Hedges/A-
MLB Comp: Yadier Molina
He has fantastic defense, drafted in the 2nd round last year. He will be in A- or SS ball next year, he could shoot up this list.

Honorable Mentions:
Reymond Fuentes, Brad Brach

The San Antonio Missions were the best minor league team in baseball, since their time in Ft. Wayne in 2009, to now, this group of guys is close to MLB. Next year the Tuscon Padres will be one of the best minors team.

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