New Padres’ GM A.J. Preller-Mandatory Credit: mlb.com
While yesterday was an off-day for the Padres, all of their minor league affiliates were in action. Collectively their record was 4-4, the AZL Padres played a doubleheader accounting for the eighth game. While the Padres do have one of the top farm systems in baseball, all of their prospects are spread out through all the different levels. It will be interesting to see how new GM A.J. Preller will go about filling out the roster as he plans for the future. Will he trade the prospects in the low levels for more Major League ready talent? Or will he trade away the Major League ready talent for his type of players while giving himself a few years of a buffer before Mike Dee and the ownership group will be expecting results.
I know Preller is a smart guy, but I am interested to see how he evaluates talent throughout his new organization and throughout the league. While his track record is based on his abilities to identify international talent, is he also good at trading value for value? What will his niche be? Kevin Towers was amazing at filling out a bullpen with undervalued arms. Josh Byrnes even had a few buy low trades which he cashed in on e.g. Tyson Ross and Seth Smith. I wonder what Preller’s first order of business will be? Let’s take a look down on the farm and take a quick look at the future of the Padres organization.