This is the first in a 10-part series where I will identify the top three players at each position in the Padres’ minor league system. Up first: Catchers.
The depth chart at catcher is certainly an area that presents an opportunity for improvement. The gap between the haves and the have nots for this position is fairly substantial. There are two to three guys who have the potential to make an impact at the major league level. The rest of the field is lagging behind. As I see it, the three players of note include: Yasmani Grandal, Jason Hagerty, and Austin Hedges.
The Padres will miss Grandal’s bat to start the season.
First up, Yasmani Grandal. Granted, he’s not exactly a minor leaguer anymore, but he still has relatively little major league experience. As has been reported, Grandal has been banned 50 games for his use of testosterone. The real shame will be how this will delay his promising development. In his first 226 PA’s as a big leaguer, Grandal posted an impressive .376...