Padres Prospects Performing In Arizona Fall League
By Jason Evans
The top prospects in the game are in Arizona playing in the Fall League, where they are trying out all sorts of pace of game rules like the pitch clock. The more important part is being able to see your best play against other teams’ best and two Padres prospects are standing out.
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Shortstop Trea Turner has looked very good so far. Turner has a .364/.364/.417 line with three RBI and two steals thus far. Turner was the team’s number one pick in the draft this past season, and the fact that he’s gotten off to this kind of start is encouraging. Maybe he can be a quick mover at a position that may be in flux this coming off-season.
Another prospect who’s doing well is another former high pick in outfielder Hunter Renfroe. Renfroe is hitting .296/.406/.481 with a homer and four RBI. For a Padres team that needs bats and is looking to build from within, Renfroe is certainly a player to watch for, probably not for next year, but certainly for some point in 2016.
Second baseman Jace Peterson is hitting .273 so far with two RBI and a steal. Peterson is already on the 40-man and may be a player to watch coming Spring Training this coming season.
Arizona Fall League isn’t the end all and be all. However, for an organization on the rise and a team that needs bats, it’s certainly positive that some minor league bats are performing so far.