I love doing this! This is a consensus of Nine different Top 10 – Top 30 lists. I weighted them equally, so my biggest weighting is simply inclusion. I made a few judgement calls mostly because Bill Center didn’t include players with ANY big league experience-- the others all did. It’s obvious the Padres again have a very deep & talented system, especially in pitching.
The top 2: It was neck & neck between: 1) Jedd Gyorko-2B/3B & 2) Rymer Liriano-RF. Each was in the top 3 on 7 of the 9 lists, and both are top 100 MLB prospects: #50 & 55.
Next 3: Just behind, also closely grouped were: 3) Casey Kelly –RHP/S, 4) Austin Hedges-C, & 5) Max Fried-LHP/S. The received 3, 4, & 4 top 3 votes each; with Hedges receiving 3 #1 votes, but others putting him slightly lower. All are also top 100 MLB prospects: #69, 73, & 53 respectively.
Just missed?: Even coming off his injury, it’s likely 6) Robbie Erlin-LHP/S just missed MLB’s top 100 prospects list. He was on all 9 lists, including all 3 top 10 lists with 2 votes in the top 3. No lower ranked player was ranked in the top 3 on any of the 9 lists.
Consensus top 10: But also on every top 10 list were: 7) Matt Wisler-RHP/S & 8) Adys Portillo-RHP/S
Consensus top 20: Missing from only 1 top 10 list were: 9) Joe Ross-RHP/S & 10) Cory Spangenberg-2B Getting 1 of 3 top 10 votes was: 11) Donn Roach-RHP/S. On no top 10 list, but all 6 top 20-30 lists were: 12) Keyvius Sampson-RHP/S & 13) Jace Peterson-SS.
5 of 6 lists: I decide to rank 14) Joe Wieland-RHP/S here; he was on 1 top 10 list & excluded only by Bill Center on the top 20-30 lists. He is the lowest ranked player to make a top 10 list. Next were: 15) Burch Smith-RHP/S & 16) Walker Weickel-RHP/S. I also decided to insert: 17) Brad Boxberger-RHP/R & 18) James Darnell-3B/LF here; they were each excluded by Center AND one other top 20/30 list, but their consensus average rankings clearly put them ahead of the next tightly bunched group that were all on 5 of 6 lists: 19) Zach Eflin-RHP/S, 20) Matt Andriese-RHP/S, 21 ) Johnny Barbato-RHP/R, 22) Matt Stites-RHP/R, & 23) Kevin Quackenbush-RHP/R.
4 of 6 lists: Making 4 of 6 top 20/30 lists were: 24) Yeison Ascencio-RF & 25) Travis Jankowski-CF.
3 of 6 lists: On half of the top 20/30 lists were: 26) Edinson Rincon- 3B/OF, 27) Tommy Medica-1B, 28) James Needy-RHP/S, & 29) Johnathan Galvez-2B.
2 of 6 lists: Rounding out the top “30” were: 30) Nate Freiman-1B (lost in Rule 5 to Houston), 31) Frank Garces-LHP/S, & 32) Andrew Lockett-RHP/S.
Also mentioned: Coming in between 20-30 in just one person’s opinion were: Nick Vincent-RHP/R (only exception: ranked #13 by Coniff), Justin Hancock-RHP/S, Juan Pablo Oramas-LHP/S, Rodney Daal-C, Cody Decker-OF/1B, and formerly highly ranked Jaff Decker-OF, & Donovan Tate-OF. Also Andrew Werner-LHP/S (traded to Oakland)
Notably Absent: In Padres camp but out of the lower echelon from last year are Jason Hagerty-C, & Jeudy Valdez-SS. Also getting no mention were last year’s 2nd round college position players: Jeremy Baltz-OF & Dane Phillips-C.