Originally written on Fox Sports San Diego  |  Last updated 3/4/13
The Padres enter 2013 with a relatively strong farm system, though much of the promise, particularly with pitching, is still a few years down the road. Most publications and websites have been fairly unanimous in grouping six players atop San Diego's farm system. Jedd Gyorko, Casey Kelly and Robbie Erlin are near the top for those that want a greater level of certainty, while those who are more interested in a player's overall potential put Austin Hedges, Rymer Liriano and Max Fried near the top of their lists. The improvement in the Padres' system is mainly due to increased spending on their scouting infrastructure and a willingness to go over slot in the later round in the past three drafts. Additionally the yield of young talent brought back in the trades of established stars Adrian Gonzalez, Mike Adams and Mat Latos and Ernesto Frieri. My take would be: The Padres have built one of the deepest systems in the game with success in all areas of player development. They have bee...
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