Over the course of this week, Padres Prospectus will announce their Top 50 prospect list, unveiling ten prospects at a time along with some brief commentary from our writing staff. One of the reasons that sites like MLB Pipeline and Minor League Ball only list top 20-30 prospects is because it can be a bit of a crap shoot once you get past that number; nevertheless, we’ve compiled our rankings by trying to strike an appropriate balance between the floors, ceilings, and past performances of prospects in the organization.
With that being said, there are a few guys omitted from the list that could have just as easily ended up on on tail-end depending on the evaluator(s).
**Players in Extended Spring Training and Instructional Leagues will be listed as unassigned.
20. Reggie Lawson – SP, Fort Wayne TinCaps (Single-A)
The 6’4″ right hander was one of the top high school arms taken in last year’s MLB Draft, selected 71st overall. He sits mid 90s, and can amp it up even more, and couples his heat with a big, looping curve. It’s not a plus pitch yet, and he will need to locate it better as he advances through the minors. He’ll get compared to Mason Thompson, who he is good friends with from the high school circuit, but he is the more raw talent of the two, and will need the most refining.
19. Carlos Asuaje – IF, El Paso Chihuahuas (Triple-A)
At twenty-five years of age, Asuaje is the oldest prospect to crack our top twenty, but don’t let that fool you into thinking he isn’t a worthwhile prospect. His grade 60 hit tool and his advanced approach at the plate could transform him into an on-base machine in the Major Leagues; last year, he slashed a stellar .321/.378/.473 but has struggled out of the gates this season, distorting his overall line. With Urias poised to be the team’s future second baseman, Asuaje will likely have to shift to third base in the future. —Travis Barnett
18. Jeisson Rosario – SS, Unassigned
Rosario another member of the Preller’s 2016 international class, signing out of the Dominican Republic for $1.85 million. He’s young but already displays a good feel for using the whole field when hitting, but he needs to develop power as he ages (just 17 right now). Presently, the Padres envision Rosario sticking in center field; however, it’s not out of the question that range concerns could push him and cannon of an arm into a corner.–Travis Barnett
17. Logan Allen – SP, Fort Wayne TinCaps (Single-A)
Logan Allen was included in the Craig Kimbrel deal, which also netted Manuel Margot, Carlos Asuaje, and Manuel Margot. An eighth-round pick in 2015, he has dominated the Midwest League for the first half of the year, posting a 2.02 ERA and 10.8 K/9 rate. The 6’3” lefty has been the most consistent pitching prospect in the system, never allowing more than three walks or three earned runs in any start. He boasts a low 90s fastball and is still improving his secondary pitches, but look for him to get a call up to Lake Elsinore in the near future. – Marcus Pond
16. Joey Lucchesi – SP, Lake Elsinore Storm (High-A)
Lucchesi was the Padres’ draft pick after Mason Thompson, as the fourth-rounder from Southeast Missouri State in 2016. With a sub-2.00 ERA at Lake Elsinore, the 24-year-old (whose age is slightly old for the level) is primed for a call-up to Double-A later this year. A left hander with a good fastball, Lucchesi will have to show how good his secondary pitches are before he makes any appearances at Petco Park. – Dan McMenamin
15. Mason Thompson – SP, Fort Wayne TinCaps (Single-A)
A 19-year-old drafted in the third round last year, Thompson missed most of his senior year at Round Rock High School (Texas) after Tommy John surgery, and has been handled with care by the Padres as a pro. He threw just 12 innings post-draft in 2016, and has just 13 innings between three starts for Fort Wayne this year. He’s averaged more than a strikeout per inning during that small sample, showing a mid-90s fastball and a solid changeup, but is obviously a few good years and a clean bill of health away from the majors. – Dan McMenamin
14. Phil Maton – RP, San Diego Padres
The first member of the Padres’ 2015 draft class to make it to the bigs, the 20th round pick is a possible future relief ace. He struck out 11 batters per nine innings at Triple-A El Paso before getting called up earlier this month, and secured his first major league win after an inning of scoreless relief in the 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs yesterday. Maton’s calling card is a high-spin, four-seam fastball that he routinely throws high in the zone that is difficult to make contact with. – Dan McMenamin
13. Dinelson Lamet – SP, San Diego Padres
One thing has been undeniably clear since Lamet’s promotion is that his fastball and slider have serious swing and miss potential; yet, there are two areas of development, limiting southpaws and honing the changeup, that will ultimately determine whether he can stick in the rotation long-term. If they persist, he could easily wind up as a high leverage reliever, giving him a fairly high floor. – Travis Barnett
12. Chris Paddack – SP, Fort Wayne TinCaps (Single-A)
The return from the Miami Marlins in last year’s Fernando Rodney deal, the promising right hander had Tommy John surgery last summer and will likely miss all of 2017. We’ll see how he responds post-op, but he was pitching like a top prospect before the injury, putting up some video game-like numbers on the mound: a sub-1 ERA across nine starts for Fort Wayne and the Marlins Low-A affiliate with 71 strikeouts and just five walks. – Dan McMenamin
11. Hudson Potts – IF, Fort Wayne TinCaps (Single-A)
While there was some criticism of Preller when he reached in the first round last year to nab Hudson Potts, someone else may very well have done it if they thought could sway him from a “strong commitment” to Texas A&M. It’s been rough sailing for him at Fort Wayne (.226/.259/.360, but at just 18 years of age, it’s done nothing to mar his potential to develop into a middle of the order bat and the Padres future third baseman. – Travis Barnett