With the minor league season in our rearview mirror, let us take a look back on the 2017 all minor league team of the swinging Friars.
The 2017 minor league season was a highly successful year for the Padres minor league affiliates. The success included three playoff teams, five teams with winning records, and a lot of exciting movement throughout the affiliates.
Unexpected development from players like Fernando Tatis Jr., Michel Baez, Hudson Potts, and Joey Lucchesi. Just to name a few. Others to include would be Christian Villanueva, Franchy Cordero, Austin Allen and pitchers such as Brett Kennedy, and Nick Margevicius.
In this article we will make up a 25-man roster from the Friar minor league affiliates. It will consist of a normal 25-man roster. Five starting pitchers, one Spot Starter/Long Man, and six bullpen arms. The bullpen will have three middle relief, two setup men, and one closer.
On the positional side of things, it will include a starting eight, and a five man bench. The bench will be one catcher, one infielder, one utility player, and two outfielders. You will see players from AAA-El Paso all the way through the Arizona rookie league.
Spot Starter/Long Man:
Starting eight position players:
SS-Fernando Tatis Jr.
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There is your 2017 all minor league team Padres fans. Most of the players on this were easy to choose, but there are a few that would be considered surprises.
With the years a lot of the players in the minor leagues had, this really became a very tough team to choose. What is exciting, is that the players on this list make for a fun next couple of years.
If they continue on their current path of development we could see some absolutely competitive teams at Petco Park over the next two to three years. Keep the faith my Friar brethren, the future will be here before you know it.