Baseball America’s Top Padres Prospects

I’m not even going to pretend I did anything other than cut and paste this from The Watson Files. Baseball America provided the list, Watson followed it with the research. I’ll publish my opinions and thoughts on a second post sometime later. Enjoy:

Padres’ Top 10 prospects according to Baseball America.

Top 10 Prospects

  1. Kyle Blanks, 1B (Fort Wayne 2006)
  2. Mat Latos, RHP (Fort Wayne 2008)
  3. Jaff Decker, OF
  4. Kellen Kulbacki, OF (Fort Wayne 2008)
  5. Adys Portillo, RHP
  6. Cedric Hunter, OF (Fort Wayne 2007)
  7. Will Venable, OF (Fort Wayne 2006) [Believe Geoff! Believe!!!]
  8. Allan Dykstra, 1B
  9. Matt Antonelli, 2B (Fort Wayne 2006)
  10. James Darnell, 3B

Best Tools

  • Best Hitter for Average: Cedric Hunter
  • Best Power Hitter: Kyle Blanks
  • Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Matt Antonelli
  • Fastest Baserunner: Everth Cabrera
  • Best Athlete: James Darnell
  • Best Fastball: Mat Latos
  • Best Curveball: Ernesto Frieri (Fort Wayne 2007)
  • Best Slider: Wynn Pelzer (Fort Wayne 2008)
  • Best Changeup: Wade LeBlanc (Fort Wayne 2006)
  • Best Control: Nate Culp (Fort Wayne 2006-07)
  • Best Defensive Catcher: Jose Lobaton (Fort Wayne 2005-06)
  • Best Defensive Infielder: Jesus Lopez (Fort Wayne 2006-07)
  • Best Infield Arm: Lance Zawadzki (Fort Wayne 2008)
  • Best Defensive Outfielder: Brad Chalk (Fort Wayne 2008)
  • Best Outfield Arm: Yefri Carvajal (Fort Wayne 2008)


Projected 2012 Lineup

  • Catcher: Nick Hundley (Fort Wayne 2005-06)
  • First Base: Adrian Gonzalez
  • Second Base: Matt Antonelli
  • Third Base: Chase Headley (Fort Wayne 2005)
  • Shortstop: Drew Cumberland (Fort Wayne 2008)
  • Left Field: Kyle Blanks
  • Center Field: Cedric Hunter
  • Right Field: Jaff Decker
  • No. 1 Starter: Jake Peavy (Fort Wayne 2000)
  • No. 2 Starter: Chris Young
  • No. 3 Starter: Mat Latos
  • No. 4 Starter: Adys Portillo
  • No. 5 Starter: Wade LeBlanc
  • Closer: Heath Bell  

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