Tool Time: Best Untapped Talent

These San Diego Padres' prospects are the kids to watch. They have all the tools necessary to be stars in the major leagues but need to put it altogether on the field.

1. Yordany Ramirez

While his time is beginning to run out, Ramirez has potential to flash every tool. He is a plus defender with an incredible arm on defense. The questions are on offense.

While he also has plus speed, giving him three plus tools, Ramirez is lacking in power and average – but the Padres insist it just needs to be awakened. His power is visually projectable but he needs to be more selective to push that and his average up.

2. Yefri Carvajal

The hype that surrounds this kid has been evident since he signed – one of the highest profile hitters San Diego has bid on (outside of Fernando Martinez who signed with the Mets for the same money).

Carvajal has a terrific arm, good range in the outfield and a tick below average speed. The excitement centers around his bat – power potential with a high average. He knows he can hit anything.

3. Felix Carrasco

While his defense is a work in progress – mostly regarding footwork and exchange – his arm is major league quality. He does not have much speed but like Carvajal the bat could be immense.

While he tired down the stretch last season, Carrasco has raw power that is just beginning to shine. He was launching balls with regularity in the Dominican Instructs after small adjustments and can hit for average too.

4. Daryl Jones

This kid has all the tools you look for in a starting first baseman. He is agile around the bag, and while he lacks speed, he does have a potent stick.

When Jones connects, his shots can touch the moon. He has incredibly fast hands but is raw in terms of pitch selection. As that improves his average and power will take off.

5. Kyler Burke

After a tough showing in Peoria, Burke was down but in no way is he out. He has a plus arm and good instincts in the outfield with a bat that could prove special.

He lost his confidence in year one but can be a combination of power and average as he molds into form. Burke pressed last year but his tools are evident and he could burst out as quickly as this year.

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