The Don Welke On Deck Classic is a three game series at Petco Park that marks the end of the Padres prospects Instructional League season.
This event is now named after Don Welke, who was the Padres Vice President of scouting operations. Welke passed away last September.
The Padres prospects took on the Rangers prospects in the series starting on Tuesday.
Although the Padres lost the series, the prospects were able to show off their talent and what the Padres future will look like.
Here are a few of the Padres prospects the stood out:
INF CJ Abrams is the Padres 4th ranked prospect. The speedy shortstop showed that he can do a little bit of everything. He had a single, two stolen bases, and made a few nice plays with his glove. Abrams is only 19 years old and is not expected to be called up until 2023.
RHP Reggie Lawson is the Padres 21st ranked prospect. Lawson was the starting pitcher for the Padres in the third game of the series. In 4 scoreless innings, Lawson gave up 3 hits and no walks with 3 strikeouts. Lawson is expected to be called up to the major league roster at some point next year.
LHP Ryan Weathers is the Padres 8th ranked prospect. Weathers pitched two innings in relief of Lawson in the third game of the series. In 2 scoreless innings, allowed just one hit with two strikeouts. Weathers is just 19 years old and is not expected to be called up to the Major Leagues until 2021.
OF Angel Solarte is the Padres 48th ranked prospect. Solarte went 3-3 with 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, and 2 runs scored in game two of the series. One of his doubles was a walk-off, in the Padres only win of the series. Solarte is just 18 years old and will not be in the Major Leagues until at least 2022.
OF Taylor Trammell is the Padres 2nd ranked prospect. Trammell went 1-3 with a walk and a stolen base in the third game. He also threw out a runner trying to advance to 2nd base in the first inning. Trammell is expected to be on the opening day roster and competing for a starting outfield spot in 2020.
INF Xavier Edwards is the Padres 5th ranked prospect. Edwards singled and walked in the third game. Following the walk, he stole second base and ended up scoring later in the inning. Throughout the game, he moved back and forth from shortstop to second base. Edwards is 20 years old and is not expected to be called up until 2022. But I think he may be called up in 2021 or even earlier.