Ranking The Padres Top 20 Prospects: Numbers 20-16
#17. Michael Gettys
Michael Gettys was the Padres second round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Drafted out of Gainesville HS (Gainesville, GA). He comes to the Padres as a highly athletic, yet raw player. His scouting profile ranks many tools as plus plus e.g. speed, defense, and arm. So why did he fall to the second round? Great question…Gettys’ bat is his major question mark. While he has the potential to be a centerfield speedier version of Jeff Francoeur (during his Braves years), Getty’s needs develop a better approach if he hopes to have success against big league pitching.
Gettys is on this list for the potential of him being a 5-tool player. His bat will determine where his career ultimately takes him. However, being drafted out of high school this is going to be a multi-year development process. The earliest I would expect to see him in the Majors is 2018. As he matures and grows into his body his power will come, but will he be a swing for the fences type like Mark Reynolds or have a more well-rounded approach and become the five tool All-Star he has the potential to be?