Truth: The Padres can still develop their own talent despite their extreme spending
The wild spending of owner Peter Seidler can be viewed by some as compensating (literally and figuratively) for a lack of homegrown talent, but let it be known that this is far from the case for the Padres.
San Diego's deep farm system has enabled them to package prospects to land stars like Juan Soto and Josh Hader, but even those they've managed to keep have done quite well from themselves. Take lefty Ryan Weathers and catcher Luis Campusano, for example.Weathers dealt five innings of one-run ball against the New York Mets in his most recent start, and his battery mate Campusano went 3-for-4 with two runs scored at the dish.
The Padres also have ascendant teenage catching prospect Ethan Salas and shortstop prospect Jackson Merrill waiting in the minor leagues, and if you want to talk about an ultimate player development win, Fernando Tatis Jr. went from unheralded prospect to star hitter with San Diego.
It's true that the Padres have depleted their farm system in recent years to go all-in, and yet they continue to supplement their win-now roster with help from the minor leagues. That's a formula for success.