Sizing the Padres outfield prospects part I

Outfield prospects litter one of the deepest positions in the San Diego Padres farm system in both depth and emerging talent. High ceilings and sure things dot the landscape where the future is exceptionally bright but a few years away from making a real impact.

Highest ceiling:

Rymer Liriano

There aren't many players in the system with his kind of power. There are also few who strikeout as often. Liriano needs to find a balance between pitch selection and aggressiveness. Once he recognizes the off-speed pitch with regularity, Liriano could take off. His plus power is rare and plays at every level. Liriano is also a quality defender but his true value lies within a potent stick.

Donavan Tate

A rare combination with a bevy of tools, Tate has yet to make his debut after tearing a groin and suffering a broken jaw. The outfielder is a definitive speed/power threat in the mold of Car Crawford. A terrific athlete, Tate simply needs experience to prove his value.

Jaff Decker

The best all-around hitter in the Padres' system, Decker has impeccable contact rates with the patience to be an on-base percentage force. He has blooming power that will only get better and knows how to put the sweet part of the bat to the ball. Given his tools, Decker profiles as a plus major leaguer that would be a perfect number three hitter.

Everett Williams

A terrific athlete that oozes talent, Williams is raw offensively. He needs to figure out what kind of hitter he truly is to reach his ceiling. There are times when Williams will swing out of his shoes and must improve his pitch recognition to become the speed/power threat that is evident. He can be a number two hitter that performs a variety of functions and frustrates the opposition with a bevy of tools.

Fabel Filpo

An impressive switch-hitting outfielder with a line drive stroke that sees the ball jump off his bat. He has power potential from both sides of the plate and already hits better pitching – a rarity from a young Dominican. His contact ability is off the charts, and he could develop into a consistent power threat but profiles better as a gap hitter with home run power.

Cameron Monger

A burner that is a threat on the base paths anytime he reaches, Monger is raw in a lot of ways. He is still trying to learn how to best utilize his toolset by keeping the ball out of the air. One thing Monger has proved to be adept at is taking lessons and applying them on the field. As his experience grows, Monger could quickly jump up the prospect ladder. He has the kind of game-changing talent that is rare.

The jury is still out:

Kellen Kulbacki

Injuries, coupled with notoriously slow starts, have created more question marks surrounding Kulbacki. His overall hitting ability varies in the eyes of scouts. Some see a player that can make an impact in the heart of the order while others see a player that won't be a major factor. He has to have a healthy season before an opinion can truly be rendered, and Kulbacki must find consitency from start to finish. He tore up the Cal League during a 54-game stretch but was that the abberation? Or was zero homers in 36 games at Double-A in 2009 the one to forget? The 2010 seaosn could tell the tale.

Luis Domoromo

The big concern about Domoromo was his lack of power in his inaugral season. While he played at just 17, the expectation was he would show more consistent hard contact ability. Domoromo has pitch recognition and awareness and will be an on-base force – but he has to incorporate subtle changes in his swing to maximize his ability to do damage.

Matt Vern

Buying into an approach isn't easy, especially for Vern. He struggled immensely with the changes he made to his swing but hopes it pays off in the end. Vern changed his approach entirely from a true college swing to one that was shorter but his timing never materialized. Staying with the approach was crucial. Vern hopes the coming year begins to bear the fruit of that labor. One area of concern was his 71 strikeouts in 207 at-bats. That must improve for him to succeed.

Corey Adamson

Overwhelmed by the competition level when he came stateside in 2009, Adamson went back home understanding where he needed to be. He gained weight during the off-season and should prosper because of his 15-game trial experience in rookie league. Adamson has a bevy of tools and must firm up his strike zone to reach his potential – a potential that is quite high.

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