Originally posted on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 2/15/12
It is a good time to be a Padres fan—or, rather, it will soon be. The big-league club is not expected to contend this year, but the farm system is among baseball’s best, and a new TV deal has ensured its long-term financial wellbeing. Kevin Goldstein released his annual Top 101 prospects list on Monday, and the Padres—thanks to smart draft picks and shrewd trades—are all over it. The top future Friar is catcher Yasmani Grandal at number 38, but what the system lacks in elite prospects it makes up for with depth. Ten of the Padres’ young talents are considered among baseball’s 101 best; in other words, nearly 10 percent of baseball’s top talent resides in a single pipeline. Before darting off to Chicago to reunite with Theo Epstein, general manager Jed Hoyer and his assistant, Jason McLeod, did everything they could to stockpile prospects. In an elite 2011 amateur draft class, San Diego snagged second baseman Cory Spangenberg (number 58), catcher Austin Hedges (94), and right...
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