Ranking the Padres Lefty Starters in the Minors

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4. Alex Constanza, Tri-City Dust Devils

Constanza was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2011 as a teenager. He will be 20 on Opening Day. He has a good fastball with decent velocity. Since he is so young, the Padres are in no hurry to rush him up the system. He has time to develop and improve. He has played 4 professional seasons and started 21 games. Most of his experience has been in Rookie ball. He only has two starts above rookie ball.

3. Payton Baskette, Fort Wayne TinCaps

Baskette was drafted in the 16th round in 2013 by the Friars. He played his college ball at Grayson County College in Texas. Baskette posted a 3.38 ERA in his final college season. He started his 2014 season in Eugene and finished with a rocky second half in Fort Wayne. He had 17 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings in 4 games for Eugene before moving up. In his last appearance, he had a rough outing. He allowed 6 runs in 4 2/3 innings on 7 hits. He also did strike out 7 that day, which was a season high. He has a lot of work to do before thinking about moving to Double-A ball and beyond.