We take a look at the one San Diego Padres prospect in the top 30 that we think will make the biggest jump in the rankings during the 2020 season.
The San Diego Padres continue to have one of the best farm systems in all of baseball. But who will be that next prospect that surprises everyone with a breakout season and jumps up the rankings?
At the end of the 2018 season, Luis Campusano was ranked as the 24th best prospect in the Padres system by MLB.com. Now he ranks fourth in the Padres’ system and 50th overall.
There will be some someone like that emerge from the ranks in 2020, just like there will be those who fall in the rankings.
But we’re focusing on the positive here and will look at one player who I think could move up the rankings in MLB.com’s Top 30 prospect list for the Padres.
To be honest, I’ve seen Hudson Head in the top 10 in other places, so this might not be Earth-shattering. But MLB.com has him ranked 13th and I think he has a chance to finish the season in the top five.
We really didn’t know a lot about Head coming out of high school other than he had all the tools and potential to become a great baseball player one day.
San Diego took a shot on that potential in the third-round of the 2019 MLB Draft and he didn’t disappoint hitting .283 with 7 doubles in 32 games at Rookie League.
The lefty-handed hitting outfielder is said to have near-elite speed and an above-average arm that could keep him in center field.
But if he does grow into his 6-foot-1 frame a little more and add some power, he could move to a corner outfield spot and be fine with that arm.
Head will likely start the 2020 season in Fort Wayne, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get called up mid-way through the season to Lake Elsinore if he’s hitting the ball well.
Everything I’ve seen and read about this kid make me think he’s going to be a special player.
I’m guessing he has a season where he starts to show some of his power potential finishing with a home run total in the teens.
It wouldn’t be shocking at all to see him have a 2020 season like the one Gabriel Arias had in 2019 hitting .302 with 17 home runs at Lake Elsinore.
But there is also no reason to rush the 18-year-old, so perhaps they let him play the entire season in Fort Wayne.
Either way, I think he has the potential to put together a really big 2020 season and move up into the top five among Padres prospects. Who do you think moves up the most in 2020? Let us know in the comments below.