Trea Turner at bat
Well, the first answer to that question is “not the guy shown above” – Trea Turner. He was, if you remember, traded to Washington in the three-way deal to send Wil Myers to San Diego. Turner was the Padres’ top shortstop prospect and the heir apparent. He was a few years away, but an exciting idea. Now, he’s an exciting idea for the Nationals.
The next best prospect at short was Jace Peterson. Despite struggling in the majors, hitting for only a .161 OBP in his 27 games, he had quite the potential. He is now in the Braves organization while Justin Upton is now a Padre.
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The Friars did not have much by way of good shortstop prospects beyond Turner before the off-season started. As it stands today, they have far less. Out of the Pads’ weaknesses – lead-off, speed at center field, (first base?) – shortstop is clearly the biggest. So whom can we expect to join the roster as a shortstop in 2015? Will it be anyone? Will we be stuck with Alexi Amarista, Clint Barmes, and maybe someone in a trade? The top shortstop prospects will be counted down.