Originally written on Friarhood  |  Last updated 11/18/14
This is the fourth (not even halfway yet) in a ten-part series where I will identify the top three players at each position in the Padres’ minor league system. Up next: Shortstop. Finding MLB potential at shortstop is not an easy proposition in the Padres’ minor league system. There are guys who can hit and guys who can pick it, but there’s no sure-fire player that looks to be able to do both in the big leagues. Of course, this is one of the most demanding positions on the diamond, so cultivating talent at this spot is no easy task. I always felt as though the team could have leveraged Anthony Rizzo for a middle infielder, someone like Junior Lake. So much for that. As it stands now, this position is fairly thin unless we see a player or two take a big step forward. I’ll start with Jace Peterson. He was a first round pick (58th) in the 2011 draft, and he has the most upside to be the player at short for the long haul. He’s got size (6’0″ 200lbs) and handles himself well at the posit...
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