ETA: Late 2012
Peak Line: .297 23 HR 80RBI Top Defense
Recently Jason won Brad Ausmus' "Catching Olympics" beating top defensive catcher, Nick Hundley. He is an excellent catcher who ironically was Yasimi Grandal's backup in Florida! He can rake, but he is actually only the third best catching spect in the system. I like his bat, and wouldn't mind packaging him, Tim Stauffer, Chase Headley, and Casey Kelly for a Starlin Castro, and another piece. We could afford to lose the depth, and I personally don't value Kelly very highly, but Theo and Jed Hoyer in Chicago do, and Stauffer doesn't have a slot in the rotation. Castro is currently 23, dirt cheap, and a top 5 SS. Imagine another Templeton.
ETA: Late 2012
Peak Line: 0.92 ERA/100 k's/60 saves
Comp: KRod without the issues
This kid can p-i-t-c-h! The only concern is age at his level. He has a career .64 minor league ERA! Plus 18 saves and 74 k's in 42 innings. He better not be teasing me with these numbers. #closerofthefuture.
Peak Line: .275 25 HR 10 SB
Comp: Jesus Guzman
He is a guy who I have followed since 2009, he was drafted in the 28th round, and was an early signing. He impressed in Eugene with a .297 avg and 10 HR in limited time. I like his bat, and he could at worst be a utility guy. He isn't the best at playing defense. He kind of reminds me of our own Jesus Guzman.
Peak Line: 1.50 ERA/50 Saves
Comp: Brad Brach
We produce a ton of high quality relievers, Frieri, Spence, Bass, Brach, Hamren are all examples of this, along with trading for some good ones, Gregerson, Hoffman, Bell, Gossage, etc. The 23-year old will be starting in AAA this season, after combining in A and AA for a 1.38 ERA and 69 k's.
Peak Line: .260/45 SB/15 HR/Great Defense
Comp: Colby Rasmus at best/Nobody at worst
This is a make-or-break season for Williams, who had a down year, and then missed all of last season, after colliding with Donavan Tate, destroyed SD's 2009 draft, as the top 2 picks were taken out in 5 seconds. He needs desperately to have a very big 21 season.
Cody Decker and Nate Frieman just missed this list.
- Cameron Maybin extension talks are ongoing
- Anthony Bass will get the nod for the home opener
- March 7th, the Padres will be facing Yu Darvish, the first televised game of the year. Split-Squad too, maybe we will see Yonder or Huston or Carlos Quentin.
- I will soon do a post on the 2009 draft and how the top 5 rounders are doing and such.