We look back at the top 10 prospects for the San Diego Padres at the end of the 2016 season and where they are now.
The 2016 season, and really the 2015 offseason, is when the San Diego Padres rebuild got kicked into gear and we saw A.J. Preller put together one of the best farm systems in all of baseball.
We thought it a good time and a good exercise to look at the top 10 prospects for the Padres at that time — based on MLB Pipeline’s rankings — and see where they are now.
Before we get into the top 10, I wanted to mention a few that ranked just outside.
Luis Urias ranked 11th that season. He would make his debut with the Padres in 2018 and hit .221 with 6 home runs in 263 at-bats before being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers this past offseason.
Dinelson Lamet ranked 18th on that list and he’s now becoming a central figure in the Padres starting rotation. He made his debut in 2017 and was solid in 21 starts before getting shut down to have TJ surgery, which required him to miss all of 2018.
The big righty made 14 starts in 2019 and showed flashes of greatness that we’re hoping to see more of in 2020.
10. Michael Gettys
Michael Gettys was a second-round pick by the Padres in the 2014 MLB Draft our of Gainesville High School in Georgia.
During the 2016 season he hit .304 in 257 at-bats in Single-A and then hit .306 in 248 at-bats in High-A, so things were certainly looking up for the outfielder.
He spent the entire 2017 season back at High-A and hit 17 home runs, but he wasn’t able to repeat his hitting success with just a .254 average.
In 2018 he slashed just .230/.290/.399 with 15 home runs in 473 at-bats.
This past season they moved him up to Triple-A, and perhaps with the help of the juiced baseballs, he mashed 31 home runs and hit a solid .256.
Gettys still hasn’t made his way onto the Padres 40-man roster, but he is a non-roster invitee to spring training this year where he’ll have a chance to prove he can be a productive Major League player.
Remember, he’s just 24 years old and still has plenty of upside as a power bat in a corner outfield position.
Where are the now: Padres – non-roster invitee