9. Eric Lauer
San Diego had three first-round picks in 2016 and Eric Lauer was the last of those as they took him 26th overall out of Kent State.
That 2016 season that he was drafted he made 10 starts — with most of them coming in Low-A — and posted a 2.03 ERA in 31 innings with 37 strikeouts.
In the following season, he made 12 starts at High-A and posted a 2.79 in 67.2 innings with 84 strikeouts. He held is own at Double-A that year with a 3.93 ERA in 55 innings with 48 strikeouts.
He made his Major League debut in 2018 after four really good starts in Triple-A.
Things did not go as well once called up with a 4.34 ERA in 112 innings with 100 strikeouts, but certainly those are very solid numbers for a rookie.
We were hoping to see him take a step forward in his second full season with the Padres but he was about the same with a 4.45 ERA in 149.2 innings with 138 strikeouts.
At the very least I think Lauer will be a solid back of the rotation starter for several years, and he still has the upside to be a mid-rotation guy.
Where are the now: Milwaukee Brewers rotation