The left vs. the right. Democrats vs. Republicans. Hunter Renfroe’s backers vs. Franmil Reyes.
We’re a society at odds with one another, for sure, but there is at least one thing that most people agree on: The Padres’ farm system is loaded.
Well, at least the folks at Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America agreed via their top prospect list revealed on Wednesday, both of which listed more Padres prospects than any other team. In fact, the nine ranked by Baseball America tied with the Rays for the most ever to crack a top-100 list.
MLB.com’s top-100 will land this weekend and will likely feature a lot of the names you’ll see below.
SS Fernando Tatis Jr. (BP No. 3, BA No. No. 2)
- From Baseball America: “Fast, powerful and electrifying, Tatis is the focal point of the Padres' rebuild.”
2B Luis Urias (BP No. 17, BA No. 31)
- From Baseball America: “After making his MLB debut last year, the sweet-swinging Urias is ready to take over as the Padres everyday second baseman.”
C Francisco Mejia (BP No. 20, BA No. 32)
- From Baseball America: “Mejia has all the tools to be both a great hitter and catcher, and now just has to make the adjustments to get there.”
LHP MacKenzie Gore (BP No. 28, BA No. 28)
- From Baseball America: “Four pitches and plus athleticism give Gore a high ceiling, but he has to show he's past his blister issues.”
RHP Chris Paddack (BP No. 37, BA No. 66)
- From Baseball America: “With a solid fastball, premium changeup and ridiculously good control, Paddack is nearly big-league ready if he stays healthy.”
LHP Adrian Morejon (BP No. 72, BA No. 52)
- From Baseball America: “Three premium pitchers are there, but Morejon still has to show he can stay healthy for more than 70 innings.”
RHP Luis Patino (BP No. 74, BA No. 67)
- From Baseball America: “Last year's popup prospect has elite athleticism and a power arsenal, setting him up for a bright future.”
LHP Logan Allen (BP No. 84, BA No. 92)
- From Baseball America: “With few rough edges and a mature arsenal and approach, Allen has few detractors and could be in the majors at 21.”
RHP Michel Baez (BP No. 85; not ranked by BA)
1B Josh Naylor (Not ranked by BP; BA No. 99)
- From Baseball America: “Naylor keeps mashing and getting to his power, although it remains to be seen where he'll play.”