San Diego Padres: Top prospects report

Swiping Anderson Espinoza from the Red Sox last summer added to the Padres' burgeoning collection of prospects with promise. Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire

The Padres’ system quickly became one of the deepest in all of baseball, neck and neck with Atlanta’s for depth but lacking the latter system’s near-in talent. The Padres went to the wall in the July 2 market, signing what seemed like every other prospect available, and went big for ceiling in the 2016 draft class, especially with high-upside arms. They’ve also added some very strong prospects in trades, including four of their top eight and several others scattered throughout their top 20. It’s going to take time, and this ownership group will have to be patient as they wait for all of this talent, most of it below the U.S. drinking age, to reach the big leagues.

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