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After Urias was traded I felt pretty confident Xavier Edwards was the future up the middle. That prediction came to an end quickly as Edwards was traded as well.
With those moves it makes shortstop prospect CJ Abrams untouchable, in my opinion.
The 19-year-old was drafted sixth overall in 2019 out of Blessed Trinity High School in Roswell, Ga.
He ranks as the 45th best prospect in all of baseball and the sixth best shortstop.
Abrams had a big first season in his pro career hitting .401/.442/.662 in 142 at-bats in the Padres rookie league in Arizona with 3 home runs and 14 stolen bases.
He finished the year in Single-A where he played just two games.
With Fernando Tatis Jr. implanted at shortstop for the foreseeable future, Abrams will likely have to switch positions at some point.
Many believe Abrams is the future answer at second base or center field, possibly whichever is most needed when he’s ready to contribute.
He’s the most athletic player in the Padres system with a chance to hit double-digit home runs and still a ton of bases.
I personally think he’s the best position player prospect by far in the system, and that’s why I view him as being untouchable.
We probably won’t see him in the big leagues until 2022 at the earliest, but most likely 2023.
Those are the three prospects I think Preller has to hold onto, but everyone else should be available in the right trade. Let me know in the comments below who you think is untouchable in a trade.