Padres Prospects: All-Injured team

The San Diego Padres have six high profile pitchers who missed most, if not all, of the 2007 season or will miss all of 2008 due to serious injury. Since injury could have detrimental effects to a pitching prospect, and it is impossible to know how strong they will be upon their return, presents the All-Injured team.

It is increasingly difficult to rank a player in our top 60 if they didn't pitch this season or will miss most of the coming year. The names on this list would all rank somewhere in the top 60 had they been given a clean bill of health with quite a few inside the top 20.

How will they react once deemed healthy? It is hard to say until the ball sits inside their palm and they begin hurling. Some are closer than others and medicine has come a long way. It does, however, remain up to the player to regain the form that had them on the prospect radar.

Cesar Carrillo

There were some who saw the injury coming, even Carrillo wasn't sure if he could make it through without surgery. When healthy, Carrillo has an electric arm with a plus-fastball that darts down in the zone and a very good changeup and curveball. He is consistent in the lower half of the strike zone and even when he is hit it isn't very hard.

He would have ranked in the top-five had he been healthy.

Matt Bush

Electric has been a word used to describe Bush and his stuff on the hill. He has a mid-90s fastball, which didn't surprise anyone, but what did surprise people was his free and easy mechanics. A smooth delivery gave him solid command of his pitches and he still has the feel for a breaking ball and changeup.

Bush would have fell in the 10-15 range on the prospect list; he could be that good.

Nick Schmidt

Not many have seen him pitch competitively and a span of 7.1 innings isn't that fair to make an assessment, especially when he wasn't at 100 percent for all those innings. In college, he was known as an innings-eater that hitters could not seem to make solid contact off. Walks have been an area that has plagued him and he has to work to stay ahead to use his full arsenal of pitches.

It is hard to say where Schmidt would have landed when even his pitching coaches were a little hesitant to place labels on him. Somewhere in the 15-20 range would have been a safe estimate.

Jose Oyervidez

He has the best combination of stuff with four pitches that are all average to above-average major league quality. Oyervidez has, however, always struggled with command and trusting his ability. He has also lost several years development time to injury and now has travel back through the pains. He is his own worst enemy and if he can overcome the mental side while staying healthy he could be very good.

Oyervidez can be dominant – when he is in the strike zone. If he can cut down on walks, he is a top-10 pitcher but would fall in the 30-40 range since he has never been able to put it together consistently.

John Hudgins

Hudgins returned to action during Instructs and is expected back at full strength in Spring Training. He has good command of his pitches and works in the zone much better than he did with Texas. He has maximized his efficiency rather than trying to blow people away. If he can keep the ball down he has a chance to contribute at the major league level.

Hudgins doesn't overpower but has solid stuff across the board and would have fell in the 30-40 range.

Pascual Juan

The left-hander with the best arm speed in the system can dial it up to 99 MPH on the radar gun but is still working on consistent command of his arsenal. Health has been a big concern for him since being signed and there are a few who believe he does not have the moxie or heart to become a true prospect. With his incredible arm, however, he could prove people wrong by putting in the effort.

Juan has dynamite stuff but this is the second consecutive season he has missed significant time. He would likely remain on the top-60 and beyond list.

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