Who is that 2B of the future?
I have my own take on that, but it is safe to say that none of them will be beginning the season as the starter.
Of the four prospects in the system who are likely to be available to fill second base for the foreseeable future, none is as exciting to me as Xavier Edwards.
Others might be ready sooner but he has the highest upside and skills. At 20 years old, Edwards completed the 2019 season with Lake Elsinore with a .322/.375/.396 slash line and .771 OPS.
The #5 Padres prospect as ranked by MLB.com, Edwards is an advanced contact hitter with speed and strong defensive skills. He projects as a top of the order hitter with switch-hitting capability. But the ETA of 2022 does not put him in the Padres plans for the near future.
Owen Miller, the #10 prospect, finished last season with the Amarillo Sod Poodles and could be major league ready in 2020 but the Padres can’t afford to count on a rookie to come in and succeed immediately.
That was clearly demonstrated by Luis Urias both in 2018 and 2019. Miller, at 23 years old, is a plus runner and contact hitter with an average arm who hit .290/.355/.430 last season with a .785 OPS.
Marcano possesses the best tools at this point, with plus speed and contact ability.
Ruiz is raw and undisciplined with plus speed. It will be a year or two before it can be determined if he will develop into a real player, and that’s if he isn’t taken in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.