Well, here’s some crappy news...
#Padres pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza underwent a second Tommy John surgery on Monday. He has not pitched since 2016 and will miss at least another year. https://t.co/sZY8pSIyde pic.twitter.com/9iB9aEv9m2— Jeff Sanders (@sdutSanders) April 23, 2019
Anderson Espinoza was the Boston Red Sox’s highest rated pitching prospect when he was traded to the San Diego Padres, in July 2016, in exchange for SP Drew Pomeranz. He pitched in 8 games for the Fort Wayne Tin Caps (starting 7 of them) before injuring his arm and needing Tommy John surgery.
Another Tommy John surgery before making it back to pitch in professional baseball games is a bad sign for the long-term outlook of Espinoza’s career.
Oh, and that’s not all...
Adrian Morejon was bumped up to the Amarillo Sod Poodles this season, and is on track to be a part of the Padres’ starting rotation in 2020 or 2021, barring any setbacks in performance or health.
It has not been a stellar start to the season for some of the Padres top prospects, with slow starts for Luis Urias (#3) and Francisco Mejia (#4). Long-term injuries to Espinoza (#13) and, possibly, Morejon (#7) would definitely take one of the best farm systems in baseball down a peg.