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Jorge Ona

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Kemp mentioned that Jorge Oña will be ready to go for spring training. The 22-year-old didn’t play after May 3 due to a shoulder injury that ultimately required surgery. In 25 games before the injury, Oña was hitting .348/.417/.539, with five homers in 100 at-bats. He will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft if he is not added to the 40-man roster.

“We are expecting a big year out of Jorge,” said Kemp. “Everybody was buzzing about Oña. We had to take care of some things with the shoulder, but he will be ready in camp.”


The Padres have designated outfielder Nick Martini for assignment, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com tweets. The club selected the contract of outfielder Jorge Ona from Double-A Amarillo in a corresponding move.

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San Diego Padres 2020 Top 50 Prospects

21. Jorge Ona, OF (‘19 Midseason Rank – 30)
Age: 23
2019 Highest Level: AA
2019 Stats: .348/.417/.539, 5 HR, 2 SB, 25.2 K%, 10.6 BB%
Ona has the tools to be higher on this list, but injuries have plagued him from much needed playing time. When he has played, he’s been great. The most interesting piece of information here is that the Padres decided to protect Ona from the Rule 5 draft this last year, signaling that the Padres do have a vision for him in the future. A fully healthy 2020 will give us a lot of evidence so keep an eye on him for now. ETA: 2021


Roddy Reta (Chula Vista):

    Is there a particular reason why Jorge Ona's stock fell so quickly? Not that long ago, he was a top international prospect, and I thought he was a big part of the Padres' future.

Kyle Glaser: We see this sometimes with the bigger, bulkier guys who come over from other countries - they beat up on international competition by overpowering them with their sheer strength, but once they get to the U.S. they can't catch up to better pitching and just don't have the quick-twitch necessary. The big bulky guys also tend to struggle with injuries, too, which has happened with him. He has bat speed and maybe this shoulder issue was part of the reason why he was so stiff in his swing, so maybe it gets better, but for now a lot of the red flags that were apparent as soon as he got to the U.S. as still in place.


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