3 San Diego Padres prospects who should not be traded and 2 who should

With the San Diego Padres likely looking into buying at the deadline or this offseason, some of their prospects could be on the move

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3) Padres prospect Robby Snelling should not be traded

Robby Snelling is the Padres fourth-ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline, but there's a good chance he can pass the third guy. The southpaw began the year with Lake Elsinore and had a 1.57 ERA in 11 starts before being moved up to High-A Fort Wayne. He's allowed three runs in 10.2 innings of work in his two starts there.

Snelling was a first round pick of the Padres from last season and has been a fast riser on MLB.com's top 100 list, ranking 84th on the list right now. He will only rise on the list even more as he hasn't even turned 20 years old yet and has been pitching so well all season.

With the Padres rotation as old as it is with guys like Yu Darvish and Joe Musgrove leading the way with a very real chance that Blake Snell departs this winter, the Padres will eventually need someone to develop on the pitching side of things. They can't only rely on free agents and blockbuster trades to pitch for them.

Snelling's MLB ETA is 2026 according to MLB.com but with him already approaching Double-A, I wouldn't be surprised at all if he's up sooner. I don't think he's an ace of the future or anything, but he could be a useful piece for a team that could be starved for pitching in a couple of years.