Top 40 Padres Prospects: 31-40

The San Diego Padres farm system has a wealth of potential…potential. By definition potential means: <i>The inherent ability or capacity for growth, development, or coming into being.</i><br><br> breaks down the top 40 prospects and debuts with 31-40 this week. Several of these prospects could emerge as top 20 guys with hard work and continued success.

31. Billy Hogan – 20 – SS/3B – JuCo transfer had a .419 OBP in Eugene in 45 games. As he fills out, Hogan could make a huge jump up the list of prospects. The one problem is he does not have a true position and will likely end up in the outfield at some point in the not so distant future.

32. Nick Trzesniak – 22 – C – Former first round pick has not shown he can hit consistently. Now he appears headed to Mobile, the toughest place to hit in the Padres farm system. Trzesniak is a good defender and calls a nice game, framing pitches well. He also has some speed, rare from a catcher.

33. Steve Watkins – 25 – RHP – Watkins was drafted in the 16th round of the 1998 draft. Watkins has been a starter for much of his Minor League career before being used as a reliever in 2003. It took him three years to get through Mobile and his best bet at reaching the Majors is by sticking in his reliever's role. The former member of the 40 man roster has a tough road and will likely only catch a break if someone goes down to injury.

34. Daniel Moore – 21 – LHP – Moore battled some consistency issues in Eugene and started to throw more strikes while keeping his fastball over 90, but hitters were able to connect. The Padres are working on his mechanics to help him keep the movement on his fastball and still throw it for strikes. He does add a nice changeup that he is still learning to throw effectively.

35. Rico Washington – 25 – 3B – Tenth round selection of the Pirates in 1997. Old for a prospect and fell off the map after four seasons where he hit over .300. He started inching his way back up towards the Majors as a utility player, but will have to have a strong 2004 campaign or fall off the map for good.

36. Greg Sain – 23 – 3B/C – Sain was a fifth round selection in the 2001 draft. Sain has unreal power and will hit anywhere he goes. Until he learns better plate discipline and starts drawing more walks, however, he will never reach his potential. He will likely be converted to catcher this year – a good thing with his defense at third base iffy.

37. Paul McAnulty – 22 – 1B – McAnulty torched the rookie Pioneer League in 2002 with his bat after being selected in the 12th round of the 2002 draft. He led the league, batting .379 and was placed in Fort Wayne for 2003. He didn't match his totals, but still batted .273, knocking in 73 runs. The kid gets on base, but struck out a little more than he would have liked in 2003. He is in line for another promotion, if not to start the season, by mid-season.

38. Leonel Rosales – 22 – RHP – Rosales was a 20th round draft pick of the Padres in the 2003 draft. He spent the season in Eugene where he struck out 58 in 43 innings with an ERA of 2.09 used strictly as a reliever. Rosales will likely turn into a starter in 2004 and his progress will be closely monitored. He is among the hardest workers at his craft and has one of the better curveballs in the system.

39. Brett Burnham- 22 – SS – Burnham was a 21st round pick of the Padres in the 2003 draft. The shortstop has exceptional plate discipline but will need to fill out and start turning his doubles power into home run power. He led his Connecticut team in homers in 2003.

40. Ryan Klatt – 22 – RHP – Klatt was a 38th round draft pick of the Padres in the 2003 draft. He spent the season primarily as a closer for the Idaho Falls team, earning 12 saves and striking out an amazing 51 in just 29 innings while walking just three. Klatt has only pitched in spot duty as a starter in his college career and figures to move quickly up the ranks strictly as a reliever.

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