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The Padres top 10 prospects (according to the experts)

March 8th, 2012 by Ray

As you (also) already knew, Keith Law over at ESPN named our farm system the best in baseball this winter. But who’s the best prospect in the best system? As I’ve never attended a minor league game before in my life, I have no idea but the internet is full of people who do. Specifically, Matt Eddy, Kevin Goldstein, Law, Jonathan Mayo, and John Sickels and these five give us the consensus you’re about to read.

But first, a disclaimer. Not all of these lists were published after the Latos trade that brought over Alonso and Grandal, or the trade that sent Rizzo to Chicago, so a little bit of frog DNA had to be used. It may not be the most accurate list (of different people’s opinions) but I think it’s close enough.

01. Rymer Liriano, OF
DOB: June 20, 1991
Projects to start 2012 at Lake Elsinore (High-A)

02. Yonder Alonso, 1B
DOB: April 8, 1987
Projects to start 2012 at San Diego (MLB)

03. Yasmani Grandal, C
DOB: November 8, 1988
Projects to start 2012 at Tucson (Triple-A)

04. Casey Kelly, SP
DOB: October 4, 1989
Projects to start 2012 at Tucson (Triple-A)

05. Jedd Gyorko, 3B
DOB: September 23, 1988
Projects to start 2012 at San Antonio (Double-A)

06. Cory Spangenberg, 2B
DOB: March 16, 1991
Projects to start 2012 at Fort Wayne (Single-A)

07. Joe Wieland, SP
DOB: January 21, 1990
Projects to start 2012 at Tucson (Triple-A)

08. Joe Ross, SP
DOB: May 21, 1993
Projects to start 2012 at Eugene (Low-A)

09. Austin Hedges, C
DOB: August 18, 1992
Projects to start 2012 at Fort Wayne (Single-A)

10. Robbie Erlin, SP
DOB: October 8, 1990
Projects to start 2012 at Tucson (Triple-A)


  • Surprised to see Liriano at the top spot? He only came in first on Goldstein’s list, which was written before the Latos trade, so it looks like he benefited the most from the frog DNA.
  • Sickels and Mayo both ranked Alonso first but Law ranked him fifth.
  • Kelly was a divisive pick. He finished in three top threes but Goldstein and Sickels put him at seven and eight (respectively).
  • Keyvius Sampson actually received four top ten picks but none above seven and Law left him completely off his list.
  • James Darnell (Sickels) and Jaff Decker (Law) each received one tenth place vote.

Posted in the seminary | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “The Padres top 10 prospects (according to the experts)”

  1. Melvin says:

    I have to ask, where would Rizzo be on this list?

    • Ray says:

      Hard to say. Law and Mayo didn’t publish their lists until after Rizzo was traded but Eddy had him at one, Goldstein had him at six, and Sickels had him near the top (I can’t say where for certain because Sickels updated his list after the trade and I can’t find the original version).

      Considering how close Rizzo and Alonso have been on most top 100 lists, and Liriano’s status as something of a default winner, I think it’s safe to say that Rizzo would’ve been number one on most lists. Number two at worst.

  2. Lorenzo says:

    I’m continually surprised that they keep leaving off lefty Juan Pablo Oramas, who is a bulldog on the mound and whose pitches miss bats. At least one scout described him as the kind pitcher who, once you put him in the rotation, you can’t get him out of it for a decade. That sounds like the kind of #2 or #3 pitcher a long-running winning rotation revolves around. I guess these lists are all about the most tools and the highest raw potential, not the intangibles or the key pieces a team needs.

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