After impressing in Spring Training, San Diego Padres top prospect Jackson Merrill will be starting his 2023 season in High-A with the Fort Wayne TinCaps. The 19-year-old made some spectacular defensive plays and earned a .316 on-base percentage in the Cactus League.
Merrill spent time in rookie ball and Lake Elsinore last year so he’ll be debuting in a level one step closer to the major leagues. We’ll see if he’ll be able to get up to Double-A San Antonio by the end of the season.
Here’s the remainder of the Fort Wayne roster:
We also know where some other notable Padres prospects will be to begin their minor league season. Victor Lizarraga is joining Merrill in Fort Wayne while outfielder Samuel Zavala (Padres #4 prospect) and pitcher Robby Snelling (Padres #5 prospect) will be playing in Lake Elsinore (Single-A).
OFFICIAL: The 2023 Storm Baseball Roster sees 16 returning players and two of the Padres' top 30 prospects.https://t.co/WLUAGKCAv7— Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball (@Storm_Baseball) March 28, 2023
The El Paso Chihuahuas roster hasn’t yet been announced. The San Antonio Missions, TinCaps and Storm’s seasons will begin April 6.