Originally written on Friarhood  |  Last updated 11/19/14
This is the seventh (getting there) in a ten-part series where I will identify the top three players at each position in the Padres’ minor league system. Up next: Center Field. The first name that probably comes to the mind of most folks when it comes to pure center fielders is 21-year old Reymond Fuentes. The speedy outfielder has stolen 120 bases in the past three seasons. He’s also an above-average defender (5 errors last season) at a premium position. The one thing the organization would like to see is the stick to come around. Fuentes put up a promising season at Lake Elsinore as a 20 year old: .275/.342/.369, but last season, at a much tougher level, he struggled mightily: .218/.301/.302. It would be nice to see him rebound as he will likely repeat the level this year. Rico Noel is another player to watch in center. Another good defender, Noel needs to take a big step forward, as he will be 24 this season and has yet to see time at AA. His size (5’9″ 175lbs) might prevent hi...
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