ESPN’s Keith Law Has 4 Padres Prospects in His Top 100 List
Like many of you, I cannot wait until April 11th and Opening Night for the El Paso Chihuahuas. Their season actually starts eight days earlier in Reno, but the two teams return to El Paso to kickoff the inaugural Triple-A home game. To help get you ready for the upcoming Minor League baseball season, ESPN's Keith Law released his annual Top 100 Prospects List today, and four San Diego Padres Minor Leaguers were included.
Catcher Austin Hedges was ranked #33 by Law, starting pitcher Matt Wisler #39, starting pitcher Max Fried #48, and outfielder Hunter Renfro #94. Wisler has a chance to begin 2014 with El Paso, while Hedges should start out at Double-A with a chance to be in El Paso by the summer. Fried and Renfro will probably begin the season in High-A. Law also ranked the Padres as his 9th best farm system in Minor League Baseball. Here is what he had to say about San Diego's minor leaguers:
The Padres were my top system two years ago and graduated a lot of that depth to the majors. However, they filled the void nicely with two more solid drafts, helping make up for lost seasons from Casey Kelly and Rymer Liriano (both of whom missed 2013 due to Tommy John surgery).
Their recent trade for major league reliever Alex Torres also included Jesse Hahn, another power arm to add to the system, but he missed their top 10 behind several pitchers with a better chance to remain starters.