Padres Prospects: Top 60 and Beyond

Every year, there are deserving players who do not make top 60 prospect rankings. These San Diego Padres prospects fit that bill. While these 46 prospects did not make our list, it does not diminish their talent level or ability. There will be plenty on this list that help the big league club in some capacity.

As with any list, there is a realization that someone will be missed. Scouts miss all the time and is no different. We take our lumps willingly. Pulling for these talented prospects is easy, and it pains us to see someone fall short of reaching the dream.

With that said, here is our look at players beyond the top 60. Some will end up in the prospect rankings in subsequent years. We offer up this list in alphabetical order:

Corey Adamson - OF

A young Australian that has not played the game much, Adamson has a wealth of tools to pull from. He has speed and instincts for the game but has a lot to learn. Picking up the nuances of the game will tell how far he can go, as he has to figure out how to read a pitcher, shore up his strike zone judgment and gain overall experience.

Yoan Alcatara – 3B

A live bodied athlete with quick wrists that bring the bat head quickly through the zone. He has a line drive swing that produces the right sound off the bat but is a little pull happy and will have to work on using the entire field. Alcatara must work on improving his pitch selection and recognition to take his game to the next level.

Jonathan Alia – 1B/3B

A transition from first base to third base was in the cards for the undrafted free agent. Signed because of his bat, Alia showed he has some pop. He has to cut down on his bouts of streakiness and become better attuned to his own strike zone. Given his potential for power, Alia has a chance to show what he can do.

Alvaro Aristy - SS

A 50-game suspension immediately halted any progress for the Dominican shortstop. A slick fielder that needs to add weight to his frame, Aristy showed surprising strength from a thin frame. He still has work to do to square up balls but has a firm understanding of the strike zone and should get better with time. He won't be available until midseason next year.

Mike Baxter – OF/1B

Changes made last year in the Arizona Fall League stuck and have him seeing the ball better than ever before. The outfielder won't ever have massive power but is a consistent line drive hitter that uses all parts of the field.

Griffin Benedict – C/OF

The backstop saw time in the outfield last year and was shipped out of Eugene before he was ready, which may have hindered his overall progress. He is a smart player with strong MLB bloodlines and has an idea of what he wants to do at the plate. He is still learning to call a game and take charge behind the dish.

Jon Berger - RHP

The right-handed Berger is a strike-thrower that works off his fastball. He tops out at 90 mph but mixes in a quality off-speed pitch to keep hitters honest. He attacks the zone and is not afraid to work inside. Lack of a plus pitch pushed him down but he could make a statement with regular work in 2010.

Matt Buschmann - RHP

The right-hander seemed to be on his way before getting pummeled in the Pacific Coast League. He has a two-seam fastball that moves and a slider that is very good when he stays on top of the ball. He has struggled with his arm angle and getting consistent mechanics, causing his ball to elevate and be crushed.

Marlon Claveria - RHP

The only Guatemalaun player that is playing professional baseball, Claveria has a low-90s fastball to go with a plus changeup and quality curveball. He is a smart player that is able to take lessons learned and put them into application. Because he does not have the experience of others, his rise could come quickly or not at all.

Craig Cooper – 1B/OF

He made significant strides in 2009 as a hitter, going back to his roots and finding a comfort zone. While he has struggled to pull the ball, as the Padres requested, he has perfected his opposite field approach. A plus defender at first, Cooper isn't prone to long slumps because of a consistent approach.

Jean Corpas - RHP

Similar to Deiber Sanchez in body type, Corpas has terrific command of a sinking fastball that touches 90 mph. He also has a strong baseball acumen and the ability to throw three pitches for strikes. The DSL Padres staff raves about his ability and believe he will be a rising star.

Nathan Culp - LHP

A ground ball machine that relies on a solid defense, Culp is a left-handed version of Jack Cassel. He will get hit around at times but teams have to string together three hits to score off him with extra base hits so scarce. He has a plus curveball and changeup but lacks an elite fastball to separate himself from the pack.

Erik Davis - RHP

Perhaps the toughest to leave off the top prospect list after winning 16 games this season, Davis is a competitor that understands how to pitch and gets the most out of his stuff. He does not have a plus pitch but works down in the zone and sequences his pitches together well. Given his past, there are few who doubt his tenacity and drive.

Cody Decker – 1B

Decker did serious damage during his professional debut, winning the Arizona Rookie League MVP award. The first baseman does not have the athleticism to move off first and into the outfield, cutting down on projection due to a 5-foot-10 frame. He has power ability and a knack for driving in the big run but will have to prove it at the next stop to merit more serious consideration. He caught a few bullpens this year, and a move to catcher with the capability to play adequate defense would make him a coveted prospect.

Mike DeMark – RHP

A hard thrower with a bit of funk in his delivery, DeMark gets outs based on a two-pitch repertoire that features a mid-90s fastball and hard slider. He has a ‘this might be my last day pitching' mentality that serves him well. Walks have been a concern and bringing that tally down will go a long way towards making his mark at the big league level.

Stephen Faris - RHP

The best hitting pitcher in the organization struggled mightily in 2009, as elevated pitches over the middle of the dish were whalloped. He has a plus curveball and has located his fastball well in the past but the changeup has not come along as the Padres envisioned.

Fabel Filpo - OF

A switch-hitting corner outfield prospect with a balanced line drive stroke. He has solid bat speed and has power from both sides. Filpo also shows plate discipline for such a young hitter and has an above average arm that fields his position well.

Carlos Garcia - OF

A powerful specimen that has come a long way in the Dominican after seeing struggles in his first two seasons, Garcia also has speed and can make people pay with his ability to run the bases. The outfielder still has to work on plate discipline but he has improved in that arena.

Juan Herrera - RHP

A right-hander with a mid-90s fastball, Herrera took a step backwards in 2009. Maturity issues stunted what was to be a growing year. He has a promising curveball and a feel for the changeup but has struggled with fastball command, making it much tougher for him to trust his secondary pitches.

Ryan Hinson - LHP

The left-hander out of Clemson is an athletic prospect that has mechanical flaws in his delivery. He does not stand upright on his follow through and loses the downward plane to his ball. As a result, his pitches often rise into the meat of the plate and don't change a hitter's eye level. He has the stuff to work with and the changes could push him in the upward direction.

Colt Hynes – LHP

The southpaw throws from an arm slot that is a tad higher than sidearm and has a lot of run and sink to his balls. He has been a ground ball machine that collects the big out. Hynes has a tough mental mindset, allowing him to be unfazed with men on base. His continued success has made him a true prospect but the lack of a plus fastball could catch up with him at the highest levels.

Jeff Ibarra - LHP

A left-hander with a thin frame that needs to add weight. Ibarra has a plus slider and a funky motion that gives hitters fits. The deception in his cross body motion makes his fastball appear harder and added muscle could push his heater up in velocity. A third pitch is necessary to keep the opposition off-balance.

Matt Jackson - RHP

A four-pitch repertoire makes him a candidate to watch. He doesn't have an overpowering fastball but mixes his pitches well and works to contact. He does not have a true plus pitch but could be effective with pitch sequencing. His delivery also has a little bit of funk to it, adding deception.

Robert Lara - C

A defensive catcher with a great arm that could be used off the mound if the hitting does not progress, Lara struggled this season in a part-time role. Mentally, the change affected him and had him looking to make a quick statement, which got him off his approach of waiting for a good pitch to hit.

Yair Lopez - OF

The most improved player from the Padres Dominican Summer League, Lopez proved to be a capable defender that can move to center field or patrol the corners. He has good pitch recognition and strike zone awareness as well as pop. When he gets stronger, his power should evolve even more. Lopez also has enough speed to steal bases and uses his speed well. Lopez is a potential fast riser.

Pedro Martinez - LHP

The talented left-hander has a low-90s fastball with room for projection and an outstanding curveball that he is still figuring out how to control on a regular basis. Martinez has faced weight issues, and when he is not taking his conditioning seriously, his line to the plate is off and the command suffers.

Ramon Mercedes – 3B

A strong ox of a prospect who was much older than originally thought when signed. His timetable has been accelerated due to the age discrepancy. He has power and speed at the Padres most stacked position, third base. Formerly known as Yferi Pena, he was suspended for the 2009 season for falsifying his age.

Jorge Minyeti – SS/2B

A ball player with good instincts for the game, Minyeti does all the little things well such as laying down a bunt and moving runners over. He doesn't have much power but works deep into counts and has a good feel for his pitch. He is also adept at stealing bases. Defensively, he is a work in progress that lacks range.

Cameron Monger - OF

Monger may be the fastest man in the organization – and that is saying something with Luis Durango in tow. He is a bit raw, however, offensively. Monger did not play much in college and has a lot of learning to do. He has proven, however, to be a relative quick study. He picks up things quickly and has a feel for the nuances of the game. He could be pushed up the list quickly with a solid 2010.

Wande Olabisi - OF

Another raw outfielder that has a long way to go. He has not shown a strong baseball acumen and will have to learn the fundamentals of the game a little quicker. He has outstanding raw power and speed but does not know how to use either effectively. Strike zone discipline will be essential moving forward, as he fanned in over one-third of his at-bats.

Juan Oramas - LHP

A stocky left-hander that has an impressive feel for pitching, he led the Mexican League in ERA while playing in a ball park that was conducive to hitting. He has an average fastball that hits 91 mph and a curveball he can throw for strikes. His changeup is progressing but everything is predicated on fastball command.

Stiven Osuna - RHP

Another pitcher with know-how but lacking a dominant heater. Osuna has a high-80s fastball that is a quality pitch when he can move it in and out and up and down. He also has a plus changeup but must be ahead in the count to setup its use.

Danny Payne - OF

For years, pundits have been waiting for Payne to establish himself. He has enough power to get himself in trouble and has not found out the kind of hitter he can and should be. Payne has the talent to develop into a quality hitter that has power and average but the focus has been more on the power than a solid foundation that will lead to better numbers in all categories. He is also very hard on himself.

Severino Perez - RHP

He has a plus fastball with good movement but has missed nearly all of the last two years, making his future murky. A quality arm may be enough to put him back on the map but he must make strides quickly before other prospects push him out.

Gary Poynter - RHP

A mess mechanically with a max-effort delivery, Poynter made tremendous strides during instructs in 2008 but lost a good portion of the 2009 season to a wrist injury. He has a plus fastball but lacks consistent command of his pitches. With a more repeatable delivery, Poynter could make strides in the coming year but as a late round pick he has to continually prove himself.

Cesar Ramos - LHP

Always possessing the talent, Ramos has struggled to put it altogether. At one time, he threw way too many fastballs and smart hitters would wait for the pitch they knew would come. He has offset that more in the past year, using his slider more within the strike zone and using the changeup in off-counts. His slider remains a questionable pitch, as he doesn't control it well in the zone, and he needs to hit his corners to be effective.

Eugenio Reyes - RHP

A mid-90s fastball is always a nice place to start. While he lacks a consistent breaking ball – he has tooled around with a curveball that many expect will become a slider – he has a strong arm and good body with projection. He lacks any feel for a changeup at this point but it will continue to be pounded into his brain.

Deiber Sanchez - RHP

He has a quality fastball that comes in at the low-90s but still needs to work on his command. He will overthrow at times when the adrenaline kicks in. Knowing his body and mechanics will assist him in keeping a consistent line to the plate and ensuring his fastball does not elevate. His changeup must improve for him to succeed at the higher levels.

Evan Scribner - RHP

The right-hander has quality stuff with a low-90s fastball that offers sink. He also has a plus curveball that is deadly on a hitter's timing. He has deception in his delivery due to a three-quarters delivery that comes across his body and his arm motion is free and easy, making his fastball appear to come on hitters quicker than anticipated. Scribner could help a major league bullpen in short order.

Nick Schumacher - RHP

Developing a cutter that gave him a tremendous amount of confidence, Schumacher excelled. He can hit the low-90s with his fastball and has a very good slider. A little bit of funk in his delivery also adds deception. Schumacher may have more pitches than he needs, as he also tosses a changeup, but he has found a successful forum and could rise quickly.

Rolando Valdez - RHP

It's hard to tell which pitcher you will get on a given day with Valdez. He can be very good with a low-90s fastball and plus changeup or very ordinary with pitches that float into a hitter's bread basket. One of the biggest challenges he faces is mental, as he often is hard on himself and doesn't know how to stop the big inning.

Adan Velazquez – 2B/3B

A pure hitter that needs to make marked improvement on the defensive side. While there are concerns about his attitude and focus off the field, Velazquez is a hitter that can mash with power and for a high average. The DSL Padres staff call him a gamer and believe he will hit as he moves up the ladder.

Matt Vern - OF

A project that has ability but also has a lot of holes to shore up. He came into the organization with a powerful frame but a swing based on the aluminum bat and a rotational approach that wants to pull everything. He must first figure out how to hit with the wood bat and then narrow his strike zone to become effective.

Michael Watt - LHP

Confidence issues hampered the left-hander in 2009, although he has the stuff to be a perennial member of the top 60. Watt has a plus curveball but struggled getting to the pitch due to lack of fastball command. He has been retooling his delivery to find a comfortable spot. When the confidence improves, Watt could soar up in the rankings.

Ty Wright - OF

One of the most powerful prospect in the system, Wright is a raw specimen that is figuring out how to hit in professional ball. When he connects, the ball travels. There are times when he actually leaves his feet in the box while swining at the ball and better balance and a solid foundation could aid him tremendously.

Adam Zornes - C

Zornes has immense power in his frame but holes in his swing that need to be shored up. He steps towards the plate in his setup, making him susceptible to the inside pitch. His work behind the plate draws praise for his ability to call games and mentor the pitching staff. He does need work on his footwork and accuracy.

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