San Diego Padres: Update On The System’s Top Pitching Prospects

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JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Baseballs and a bat sit on the field of the Miami Marlins during a team workout on February 23, 2016 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Baseballs and a bat sit on the field of the Miami Marlins during a team workout on February 23, 2016 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) /
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JUPITER, FL – FEBRUARY 23: Baseballs and a bat sit on the field of the Miami Marlins during a team workout on February 23, 2016 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) /

Cal Quantrill No. 7 (Previous Rank No. 2) Padres Pitching Prospect, ETA Late 2018/Early 2019, Age: 23

Drafted eighth overall by the Friars in the 2016 draft, many were surprised that Cal Quantrill was taken so early. He missed his entire junior season at Stanford University and only made three starts the year prior due to Tommy John surgery in 2015.

Quantrill’s injury history didn’t scare the Padres though and they were confident enough in his ability to recover by signing him to a $3.9 million bonus.

After a successful 2017 season, Quantrill seemed to be on the fast track to the big leagues. This season hasn’t exactly gone as planned as his season ERA stands at 5.05. Quantrill’s biggest strength is still his control, but it seems that too many of his pitches find the zone too often. Opposing hitters are batting .288 against him.

Despite his up and down season in AA, Quantrill was recently given a promotion to AAA. In his first start for El Paso, Quantrill’s pitching line read:  6.0 IP, 7 H, 0 BB, and 4 Ks. Quantrill will be an arm to watch in next year’s spring training, as he fights for a rotation spot in 2019.

Ryan Weathers No. 6 Padres Pitching Prospect, ETA 2022, Age: 18 

Recently selected by the Padres in the first round of the 2018 draft, Weathers will find himself in San Diego as a critical pitching piece by the time the Padres are in full “compete mode.” Weathers was pulled away from his Vanderbilt commitment after the Padres offered him a $5.2 million dollar signing bonus.

While pitching for his high school team, Weathers earned Gatorade National High School player of the year, the same award his now teammate earned last season (MacKenzie Gore). His senior year numbers look straight out of a video game,  striking out 148 batters in 76 innings. His overall record was 10-0 and pitched to a 0.09 ERA. Not too shabby.

Weathers has only made two starts this year as the Padres want to limit his innings for the rest of the year. In four innings, Weathers has allowed four hits, two walks, and has four strikeouts. He is certainly someone to keep an eye on next year as he moves to full-season ball.

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