Baseball America's Goldstein on Padres farm teams
A) Portland - Xavier Nady, Jon Knott and Humberto Quintero. Quintero is really good defensive player, good arm blocks well could develop into a good backup. Big question is whether he can hit. Chris Oxspring, who we already discussed, and of course Dennis Tankersly is always good for a tease if you need him. He may have as much raw stuff as anyone the Padres have in the major leagues right now. Justin Germano is also a nice pitcher, good control, curve, change with a decent fastball.
B) Mobile - Freddy Guzman, Greg Sain has the same problem as Bozied, limited defensively and strikes out too much. The Padres seem to have lost faith in Jake Gautreau. He doesn't make enough contact with a big loopy swing and doesn't play either 2b or 3b real well either. He really hasn't had a good season in two years. A very big disappointment considering he was a first round pick. Brad Baker has pitched very well, but I have trouble getting excited about minor league relief pitchers. Tim Stauffer and Brian Whitaker I like. Whitaker has chance to be a solid pitcher, he has fringy stuff, rarely gets to the 90's, but has a very good change and a solid sink on about everything he throws.
C) Lake Elsinore - Kennard Jones, Michael Johnson. Johnson is a bit old for A ball and it is not a good combination when you are old for a league and struggling to hit .250. He does have a lot of skills to like, an ability to draw a walk and hit for power. Not someone to give up on, but we should be seeing more right now. Shortstop Luis Cruz, doesn't make enough contact, doesn't draw enough walks. David Pauley and Dale Thayer for pitchers. Thayer has one great pitch, a great slider. He was lights out last year in Fort Wayne, but he is going to have to develop a second pitch in order to advance.
D) Fort Wayne - Billy Hogan, got hurt and has had tough year. Colt Morton has another long loopy a swing and tries to hit everything a mile. So far it hasn't been working. Brian Wahlbrink has too many strikeouts and just misses a lot of balls. Catcher George Kottaras is acceptable, but right now not anything special. Really, there are not any position prospects on the Fort Wayne team prospect wise. However they do have a few good pitchers. Jared Wells is a very good, draft and follow, very projectable fastball, good body and could become a good major league pitcher. Wells keeps the ball down and has good control. Left handed pitcher Sean Thompson is also a nice prospect, I'm a huge fan of his. Sean is a little small, but has a big giant 12-6 curveball and surprising velocity for his size, 88-91 MPH. There is some question about his size and whether he projects as a reliever or starter.
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