“Padres Pitching-A Trickle Becomes a Torrent”
Baseball is all about pitching. If you have it, you have a good team. If you don’t you are in trouble.
The Padres are about to put trouble in their rear-view mirror.
There will likely be no more 1-year rentals. No more gambling on guys taking low priced contracts job to rebuild their career. No more journeyman trying to hang on. No more injury rehab guys.
At least not it you connect the dots, look at the blueprint, and follow the rosters of each of the Padres minor league teams.
Another big arm joined the list of new Padres pitching acquisitions, with the first round selection of high school phenom Ryan Weathers, a 19-year old left-hander, and the son of former major league hurler David Weathers, a former Reds-Mets-Brewers pitcher.
The stats are staggering, a (10-0) record with a microscopic 0.09-ERA in the hight school ranks with 148-striekouts in 76-innings.
He may be three years away for sure, but the conga line of arms has just started at Petco Park.
In the last 4-drafts, the Padres have selected 82-pitchers in the draft, signed 7-pitchers in the International Free Agent period, and traded for 5-other big arms in a wide variety of trades.
Tyson Ross and Clayton Richard head up this rotation. Joey Luchessi and Eric Lauer have just arrived. Luis Perdomo and Dinielson Lamet will rally from arm issues.
If you believe quality and quantity go hand in hand, then Ryan Weathers heads up a wave of a total of 95-new pitchers in the organization.
(2017)…The Padres added 16-pitchers, headed by high school phenom MacKenzie Gore, and young arm Nick Margevisius already having success in the minors.
(2016)…First round pick Calvin Quantrill seems to be the next one in the assembly line of draft picks to be called up, but the real gem might be Class A-pitcher Reggie Lawson, dominating at lower levels.. Luchessi and Lauer have already graduated to the majors. That was part of a stunning 24-pitchers picked up in one summer.
(2015)…Phil Maton was the first to get here, but injuries has slowed the progress of the rest of the group, led by Jacob Nix. The disappoint has been the top pick in that draft, Austin Smith, who has never found his talent level yet. Seventeen pitchers joined the organization.
(2014)…Sometimes it takes time, you have to hope so, that this group of arms don’t wash out completely. TJ Weir, a reliever, is still in the system, as are Chris Huffman and Corey Bluberg, each having had some success at different levels, but no consistency. Kyle McGrath has had a cup of coffee. Injuries stopped Zach Lemond. The retooling on the mound started with 25-arms that summer.
(Surprises)…Luis Perdomo came as a Rule 5-draft pick and has had some success and will be back from El Paso this season, in what turned out to be a solid acquisition from the Cardinals. Lamet got here faster than anyone projected, and will recover from surgery.
(Trades)…Jose Castillo came from Tampa Bay, and has climbed up the ladder. The Padres believe there is star status in Miguel Diaz, an ex Miami Marlins prospects. Logan Allen came from the Red Sox and authored a no hitter last week. Surgery slowed the progress of Chris Paddock-Miami, and Anderson Espinosa-Boston, but the upside still exists.
(Internationals)….There are six young arms slotted at different spots in the farm system, all very young, and all a bunch of years away. Adrian Morejon, Ron Bolanos, Osvaldo Hernandez, Henry Henry, Michael Baez and Omar Fernandez are arms worth following.
Within a year, Padres ERA’s of 5.00-plus should no longer be part of any conversation. Pitching takes time to develop, and you get the sense, that the franchise is built to win for the next five years going forward. They surely won’t all make it. Some will get hurt. Some flameout. Some reach plateaus and never go beyond that. Some might be trade bait.
So just keep that new number in mind “94”….Ryan Weathers, and all the others acquired in the prior four years by the Padres front office.
Padres pitching, a trickle of talent about to become a torrent of talent. Winning should follow.