Young Friars On The Horizon
Since the Padres were in somewhat sell-mode as the non-waiver trading deadline came and went at the end of July, the team could be looking to move several high-priced players off the roster via the waiver deadline system. Injured players such as Carlos Quentin, if healthy, are ideal candidates, as are players the team simply wants to part ways with.
If and when multiple players leave San Diego over the next few weeks to close out August, it could provide the organization to bring up several talented young players, and see what they have in terms of readiness and skills heading into spring training, 2015. One of those players might be Mallex Smith. The 5’9″, 170 lb. speedy outfielder, has drawn comparisons to current Cincinnati Reds’ outfielder, and NL Rookie of the Year candidate, Billy Hamilton. In less than two full seasons of professional baseball, Smith already has 155 stolen bases. The kid can hit two, having recorded .300 or better twice, and possessing extra-base gap power. His game is a perfect fit for the spacious confines of Petco Park. Cameron Maybin may have worn out his welcome with his current drug suspension, and the 21-year-old Smith, has more upside at this point in the game.
Other prospects to look for as August winds down and the final month of the season comes along, includes catcher Austin Hedges, infielders Jonathan Galvez and Taylor Lindsey among others. The Padres’ system is chalk full of young talent, who are chomping at the bit to be the next great generation of Padres’ players, after having witnessed one of the worst teams play all season long.