Carlos Guarate posted a 2.22 ERA in his stateside debut in 2019. (Photo: Joe Coblitz/Burning River Baseball) The San Diego…

The San Diego Padres’ farm system took a bit of a hit going into 2020, as players like Fernando Tatis Jr., Chris Paddack, and Francisco Mejía have exceeded prospect eligibility. However, the organization still has plenty of talent at the top and while the depth isn’t what it once was, there are plenty of interesting players throughout the system.

The 2019 draft brought in CJ Abrams, Hudson Head and Joshua Mears, who all found a place in our MadFriars Top 20 Prospects list. Beyond that, Jorge Oña improved his stock despite missing most of the season with a shoulder injury, and Ronald Bolaños added fastball velocity to reach the big leagues.

After looking at some sleeper hitters yesterday, we look deeper at pitchers who have some upside and promise. All the pitchers listed have a chance to eventually contribute in the big leagues even though they didn't receive a vote in any of our individual Top 30 lists.

Potential Starting Pitchers

(Luarbert Arias, Pedro Avila, Efrain Contreras, Omar Cruz, Anderson Espinoza, Osvaldo Hernandez, Gabriel Morales, and Bodi Rason all received at least one Top 30 vote, so none are eligible here.)

RHP Elliot Ashbeck --


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Posted by Kevin Charity

Kevin Charity has written for MadFriars since 2015 and has had work featured on Fox Sports San Diego. He is a lifelong San Diego native and is looking forward to seeing the current wave of prospects thrive in San Diego.

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