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1. Jose Rondon
Current Level: high-A
Opening Day Age: 21
Height/Weight: 6’1″ 160 lbs.
Rondon came over in the deal that sent Huston Street to the Angels. He has been a consistently good player in his four minor league seasons with 2014 being his best. In his 111 games between the Los Angeles and San Diego systems, he hit .315/.363/.404/.767. What we can take away is that Rondon has limited power, an average ability to draw walks, but a great ability to turn putting the ball in play into a hit. By limited power, I mean that he tied a career high with one home run. Some have tabbed him as a future second baseman or utility player, but his ability to get on base should make him a future lead-off candidate.
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Unlike Cordero, Rondon does not have fielding issues. Both his range and fielding percentage are slightly above the Major League average.
Unfortunately, like the others on this list, Rondon is not going to be ready in 2015. The earliest he’ll be up is probably some time in 2016. So unless Preller trades for a shortstop, the Padres will have to run out Alexi Amarista and Clint Barmes.