The Padres have outfield prospects
Two of them are elite athletes with high upside and can once again make Padres fans salivate at their potential. But having been disappointed so many times in the past, I will be waiting to see the performance on the major league field before getting too excited.
Taylor Trammell was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Franmil Reyes. Rated the #2 prospect on the Padres prospect list, Trammell is 22 years old, left-handed with plus speed, athleticism, and makeup.
His arm is considered below average and his batting line has not impressed so far.
The potential as an everyday center fielder remains but Trammell needs more seasoning in the minors as well as good coaching in order to improve his pitch selection and hone his swing.
His strike zone judgment and low strikeout rate give room for hope that Trammell can develop to the level of his potential.
CJ Abrams is the #4 prospect on the Padres list. He’s primarily seen as an infielder but at 19 years of age, he possesses all the skills needed to be a talented IF/OF prospect.
The Padres seem set at shortstop with Fernando Tatis Jr and it is possible that the trade of Luis Urias indicates the Padres might be grooming him to be the second baseman of the future.
I think that would be a waste of his talents. And as versatility is becoming a highly desired ability in the major leagues, Abrams appears to be the ideal athlete to develop as a multi-positional player.
His primary position could easily be centerfield and he could develop into an elite centerfielder with his speed and athleticism.
But his ability to play the infield would make him second only to Tatis as a tool for the Padres
Time will tell how the outfield and infield makeup develops but I am hoping the organization is able to find a seasoned second baseman in Jurickson Profar or another athlete acquired by trade and save Abrams for the type of player our evil neighbors to the north take pride in. An elite athlete groomed to be flexible.