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Top 20 Preseason Preliminary Padres Prospects

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John Sickels has his preliminary prospect list up for the Padres. Wonko's already found it. What are you waiting for? Here are the top 5. I'll leave it to you to visit Minor League Ball to see the rest:

1) Kyle Blanks, 1B, Grade B+: I don’t know where he fits except as trade bait, but I’m convinced that the bat is real. Considered Grade B, but that’s what I gave him last year and he improved in ’08.

2) Jaff Decker, OF, Grade B: Need to see at higher levels, could be a cross between Brian Giles and Matt Stairs.

3) Mat Latos, RHP, Grade B: I believe in his ceiling, and while the intercostal injury is annoying, he pitched very well when on the mound.

4) Kellen Kulbacki, OF, Grade B: The Winner of the 2009 Josh Willingham Award, given to a guy who can really f**king hit, but who doesn’t get as much respect as he deserves due to lack of tools.

5) Cedric Hunter, OF, Grade B-: Improved slightly compared to ’07. Young, hits liners, Double-A will tell us a lot.

I might have to check out this year's Prospect Book. Gotta get a jump on who I'm supposed to be rooting for when the current set of Padres egos eventually stop hogging the limelight.