Padres Prospects: All-Injured Team

Twelve players did not qualify for our top-60 rankings due to injury. Still, all have the potential to have bright futures. One such player would have ranked in the top five overall within the system had he been healthy.

Players are listed based on where they would have ranked if they had been healthy and was able to see them play.

Donavan Tate

After receiving the largest signing bonus in team history, Tate has yet to see action on the field. The outfielder underwent surgery to repair detached connective tissue to his pubic bone. He will be ready for Spring Training 2010. Tate is a potential five-tool talent that boasts athleticism and power. He is a bit raw offensively, as his swing mechanics suffered in his final year of high school. Experience will be his greatest asset. Once established, the Padres feel he could be a future All-Star with impact talent. If healthy, he would have been ranked second or third overall.

Kellen Kulbacki

A healthy season would have likely seen Kulbacki rank in the 11-13 range. The outfielder battled through a shoulder injury, which sapped his power and then ended up tearing a hamstring to end his campaign. When healthy, he has power to all fields with a compact stroke and a knack for getting the big hit. Kulbacki is a guy who can hit for both average and power, creating damage along the way. He must overcome notoriously slow starts to put together a complete season.

Jose DePaula

DePaula was slated to be ranked anywhere from 22 to 24. The lanky left-hander has good fastball command that he can push to either corner of the strike zone effectively. He also compliments his low-90s heater with the plus curveball that is a strikeout pitch. His changeup remains a work in progress. DePaula also has room for projection, and the Padres expect him to work in the mid-90s with time.

Steve Garrison

Garrison would have seen his name in lights in the 24-26 area. The southpaw has mastery of four pitches and the ability to locate them at will. Despite his youth, he has a strong feel for pitch sequencing. While his fastball will top out at 90 mph, Garrison mixes his offerings well and keeps hitters off-balance. His ability to work ahead in the count with regularity is a big bonus for him, giving him a chance to work in his off-speed pitches.

Drew Miller

Miller has always had the fastball but command has been an issue for the young fireballer who would have fit snugly in the high 20s for prospects within the system. Able to hit the mid-90s with his four-seamer, he began to transition over to the two-seamer to get more movement after hitting too much of the zone the year before. He has not grasped the changeup but was on his way towards forcing its use to see the benefits. Miller needs to work inside with more aggressiveness and often gives hitters too much credit. The injury may allow him to mature quicker. He has the stuff of a top 10 talent.

Jackson Quezada

The Dominican native fits in the 37-39 range in the rankings. Quezada has an electric arm that just came into its own before arm trouble killed his 2009 season. The right-hander hits the mid-90s with his fastball and has a tilting slider that he commands in and out of the strike zone. His confidence was at an all-time high at the time of the injury, as he was added to the 40-man roster, and it will be interesting to see how he comes back.

Chris Wilkes

The right-hander had an interesting season and likely would have placed in the 45-48 range. He lost confidence early on after being sent to Lake Elsinore and it took him a while to trust his stuff again. He has a heavy fastball that produces ground ball outs and a plus changeup that has hitters rolling over. His ability to keep the ball off the sweet part of the bat has been a boon and he should bounce back after ending the year on the disabled list.

Will Startup

The left-hander with the high leg kick has a compact delivery that he uses for deception and the leg kick adds another dimension of deceit. He has a plus slider and solid fastball command but his velocity is down after Tommy John surgery. A quick worker, Startup rocketed through the system but has lost two years to injury. The coming season will explain where he fits within the system.

Euclides Viloria

The left-hander had seen his velocity spike into the low-90s before suffering another setback in the recovery process. After a great debut, he has not touched the mound. Viloria still has a plus changeup but it is impossible to determine whether his command has been refined due to his long absence. Still young, Viloria needs experience above all else.

Jeudy Valdez

A fractured wrist cut his season short in Fort Wayne. He has juice in his bat but is still learning to lay off those tough to hit pitches. He remains an antsy bat that can be fooled by good breaking balls. Experience is necessary for him to reach his potential and the time away did not help his game. Valdez is a big game performer that has excelled in pressure situations.

Andrew Albers

Since being drafted, Albers has barely touched a ball field. He missed the entire 2009 season but the Padres are excited about his potential. It is hard to determine where he fits without a body of work.

Kendall Korbal

A pre-existing arm injury was his welcome into the Padres family, requiring him to sign a second contract after the first one was voided. He has yet to see the field but should be ready sometime in 2010. Korbal threw in the low-90s before the injury and may reach the mid-90s after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

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