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Padres claim 9 of the top 100 prospects in baseball

Baseball America has updated their Top 100 Prospects list.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Baseball America updated their list of the top 100 prospects in baseball today, and we have some movement in just the last month!

#2 Fernando Tatis Jr.

No change here or anywhere in their top 6. Tatis ranks only behind Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on the list, and is called “the focal point of the Padres rebuild.”

#24 MacKenzie Gore (Previously: #27)

Gore has been every bit as good as advertised since the Padres drafted him, a dynamic pitcher that has great stuff to pair with mental toughness. His only issue has been availability, falling victim to the dreaded “blister issues”. If he can figure out how to pitch every fifth day without developing blisters on his pitching hand, expect him to go even higher on this list.

#28 Luis Urias (Previously: #30)

The only reason Urias is starting the season in El Paso is because he deserves to get regular playing time and there’s currently no place to put him in the Padres’ infield. Don’t be surprised if he’s San Diego’s starting 2B next season, with Ian Kinsler moving to more of a utility role.

#29 Francisco Mejia (Previously: #31)

We’ve seen some of the struggles with the glove early on this season, but Mejia’s bat plays so well and he seems to have the tools to develop into a strong every day catcher.

#50 Adrian Morejon

Like Gore, Morejon has more to prove on the availability side of things than the ability side. He’ll start the season as the ace of the Amarillo Sod Poodles.

#53 Chris Paddack (Previously: #64)

As you can see, that’s quite the jump. Paddack continues to surprise and impress, and he’ll have another chance to do so on Saturday in St. Louis.

#64 Luis Patino (Previously #65)

Along with MacKenzie Gore, Patino is headed to Lake Elsinore to make what should be one of the more impressive starting rotations in the California League.

#90 Logan Allen

Pitched really well in a short-stint in El Paso last season, and was a threat to make the rotation before Chris Paddack went crazy in Spring Training. He’ll likely get a couple of starts for the Padres this year.

#97 Josh Naylor

A better AL prospect than NL prospect, Naylor projects to be a heavy-hitting DH or the type of player that you’re hoping to hide on defense. He has learned how to play a little LF to go with his defense at 1B, but he showed in Peoria that his outfield defense still has a ways to go.

He’ll join Urias and Allen, along with former top 100 prospect Cal Quantrill, in El Paso.