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2013 Padres Top Prospects: Outside Looking In 

Keyvius Sampson

Keyvius Sampson

Padres top prospects lists are everywhere.  In an effort to change things up, we will not have our traditional top prospects list this year, instead we are going to have a cumulative top ten list.  This list is based on a point system from the top prospects lists from, Baseball America,,,, and baseball prospectus.  We will kick things off today telling you who made a top 10 list, but is not in the cumulative top 10.

Joe Wieland                RHP                6’3”/195          Age: 23

Wieland was acquired with Robbie Erlin from the Texas Rangers in exchange for RP Mike Adams at the trade deadline in 2011.  Wieland was promoted to the big leagues after just two starts at AAA Tucson in 2012.

After just five starts with the San Diego Padres, Wieland suffered an elbow injury that resulted in Tommy John surgery.  He will be out until after the 2013 all-star break.  The only publication to rank Wieland in the top 10 was Baseball America.  After ranking the right-hander #7 in 2012, he only dropped one slot to #8.

“Wieland doesn’t light up radar guns, but his stuff worked against big leaguers because he has plus command.  He relies on precise location of a 90-91 mph fastball that peaks at 94 with late life” – Matt Eddy, Baseball America

Keyvius Sampson       RHP                6’0”/185          Age: 22

Sampson made the jump from low-A to AA San Antonio in 2012.  A combination of Sampson’s strong 2011 and the hitter friendly Cal League made it an easy decision for the Padres to have Sampson skip over Lake Elsinore.  Sampson had an up and down season, while playing through a leg injury, but in July he compiled a nice stat line.

4-1 record, 3.07 ERA, 29.1 IP, 25H, 10ER, 26K, 4BB.

Sampson did rank 8th on and 9th on

“Command problems resulted in 5.00 ERA in Texas League, but K/IP and H/IP marks remained strong, still shows plus fastball and changeup. Needs to keep working on breaking stuff.” – John Sickles,

Donn Roach                RHP

Acquired with Alexi Amarista in exchange for Ernesto Frieri in 2012, Roach did not disappoint.  At Lake Elsinore Roach appeared in 8 games compiling a 5-1 record with a 4-1 k/bb ratio in 46.2 innings of work.  After a mid-season promotion to AA San Antonio, Roach appeared in four games, completing 17 innings, while striking out five, walking 8, and allowing three earned runs.

Roach was ranked 9th on

“Has the best sinker in the minor leagues and knows how to use it, mixing it with solid splitter and curveball. Combined 11-2, 1.88 ERA in 105 innings with 78/22 K/BB, 3.53 GO/AO in his first year as a starter. Should develop into mid-rotation workhorse.” – John Sickles,

Zach Eflin       RHP

This is a projection pick more than anything.  Eflin was selected in compensation round of the 2012 draft (33rd overall).  Eflin contracted mono shortly after he started appearing in games for the Arizona Padres.  In four games, Eflin completed seven innings, allowing six earned runs on nine hits, while striking out four and walking three.

Eflin was ranked 10th on

“The right-hander has a solid fastball in the 89-94 mph range with an outstanding changeup. His breaking ball is currently below average but has the potential to be average or better in time.” – Marc Hulet,

Burch Smith    RHP

A 14th round pick in 2011, Smith had a breakout season at single-A Lake Elsinore.  In 26 starts, Smith threw 128.2 innnings, compiling an ERA of 3.85, allowing 127 hits, striking out 137, and only walking 27.

Smith ranked 10th on

“The big Oklahoma Sooner had an impressive professional debut in hitter friendly Lake Elsinore. The 6’4″ right-hander from Tyler, Texas has a tall frame and clean mechanics and an easy delivery that should keep him away from arm injuries, with a big fastball than can touch 98 mph and a good breaking ball.” – staff



About the author: Steve Adler

Steve is the founder of A native San Diegan, he grew up watching Dan Fouts and Tony Gwynn. A former sports talk show host, but always a fan of the Padres and Chargers.