MacKenzie Gore may be the best Padres’ pitching prospect ever. Photo: Grant Wickes. While 2019 did not end the way…

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John grew up in Poway and has written for MadFriars since 2004. He has written articles for Baseball America, FoxSports San Diego, the El Paso Times, San Antonio Express-News, Amarillo Globe-News, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette and Pacific Daily News in addition to appearing on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He can also break down the best places to eat for all five of the affiliates. There is no best place to eat in Peoria, Arizona.


  1. Biggest name missing from last year’s report, to me, is Tirso Ornelas. Had a very rough year but hope what he showed after return to Lake Elsinore continues. Assume he’ll begin 2020 in LE and hopefully hit well enough to move up to Amarillo by mid-season. Leaving off Buddy Reed was not a surprise – much older than Ornelas and hasn’t shown ability to make consistent contact.


    1. Thanks for reading the list, Randy. Tirso will probably make a few of the other guy’s list and he could easily vault pretty high up next year on mine. He’s really young, and as you wrote, I like him much more than Reed. john


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