This is the ninth (don’t blink, it’s almost over) in a ten-part series where I will identify the top three players at each position in the Padres’ minor league system. Up next: Starting Pitching.
I’ll start off with a couple of disclaimers. I realize that pitching is pitching and that starters easily become relievers and vice versa. However, for my own sanity, I opted to break the position into SPs and RPs. SPs this time. RPs next time. Oh, and I’m covering more than three players, so deal with it.
My second disclaimer is that the pitching talent in the Padres’ system is very deep and is likely the reason why the organization is still a top ten when compared to other systems. So, again for sanity’s sake, I’ve chosen to cover guys at the upper levels who are poised to make a more immediate impact. There are likely guys in the lower levels who boast more raw talent or upside, but my focus is on the near term.
So, let’s begin in much the same way as we did with my last piece: a guy who...