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Mayo’s Mid-season Prospect List 

This past week, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com released his mid-season Top-100 prospect list for the 2013 season. This includes updated versions of his Top-10 per position and Top-20 per team. Here’s a look at Mayo’s new list of Padres prospects:

This season started off a little rough for the Padres’ crop of young players. Right-hander Casey Kelly (ranked No. 3) and outfielder Rymer Liriano (No. 4) were lost for the season as they both underwent Tommy John surgery over the offseason. It was recently reported that right-hander Joe Wieland (No. 7)  is also going to miss this season while still recovering from Tommy John, which he had a year ago this month.

Graduates

Jedd Gyorko, who was ranked No. 1 on the preseason Top 20 list, is no longer considered a prospect. For now, he has settled-in as the starting 2B for the Padres, contributing both offensively and defensively.

Right-hander Brad Boxberger has had a couple stints at the big league level this season, showing improvement his second time around. However, he has spent most of his time down in Triple-A Tucson where he has posted a 13.6 K/9 ratio. He should find himself back in the Padres bullpen again soon.

Pushed Back

In Mayo’s preseason rankings, right-handers Donn Roach (No. 14), Johnny Barbato (No. 17), and Kevin Quackenbush (No. 19) were all ranked in his Top 20 list of Padres prospects.

Now? No longer to be found.

Roach was expected to be one of the first young arms called-up this season, but with a 3.94 ERA and an opponents BA of .264 with Double-A San Antonio, the Padres have decided to postpone that promotion. He’s done much better as of late though, so don’t be surprised to see him in a Padres uniform before season’s end.

Barbato has struggled to say the least. Keep in mind, he’s only 21-years-old, but he has a 4.55 ERA with 21 BB, 6 HR and an opp. BA of .256 in 57.1 IP with High Single-A Lake Elsinore. One thing he has done though is strike-out hitters; 67 SO to be exact.

Quackenbush had great numbers in Double-A (0.29 ERA, 46 SO in 31 IP) before being promoted to Triple-A Tuscan where he has posted a 4.58 ERA with 23 SO and 13 BB in 17.2 IP .

Left-hander Robbie Erlin slipped six spots to No. 15. He’s produced good career numbers in the minors, but got banged up a bit in his short stint with the Padres this season and was sent back down to Triple-A. Expect him to get a second shot at the rotation soon.

Second baseman Cory Spangenberg slipped four spots to No. 14. He began the year with Lake Elsinore, but now finds himself in Double-A where his numbers have declined a bit. His speed is still there. Just give him a little more time to develop offensively.

Movin’ On Up

Right-hander Matthew Wisler has flown up Mayo’s list this season, now finding himself at No. 5. Wisler hasn’t slowed down much after being promoted to Double-A. Between Lake Elsinore and San Antonio this season, he has  a 3.03 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 94 SO, and a .228 opp. BA in 107 IP.

The Padres’ 2013 top Draft pick Hunter Renfroe debuts at No. 6 in Mayo’s rankings. He’s been off to a fast start with the Eugene Emeralds and should expect to be promoted to Low-A Fort Wayne before the season is up.

Right-hander Burch Smith was bumped up 11 spots from his preseason ranking (No. 20). He’s now ranked No. 9 by Mayo. Smith had dazzling numbers in Double-A before getting the call to the Bigs, but learned quick that you need more than just a good fastball to be successful. He’s been working on mixing his secondary pitches and is now in Triple-A. Expect to see him up again soon.

Outfielder Yeison Asencio also jumped up many spots and now finds himself at No. 11 on Mayo’s list. He’s posted a .294/.320/.428 slash line this season between High Single-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio.

Outfielder Reymond Fuentes is back in Mayo’s Top-20 after being left out of his preseason rankings. Fuentes had a dismal 2012 with a slash line of .218/.301/.302 in Double-A. The Padres decided to keep him in Double-A for 2013, and there, they have seen Fuentes make a dramatic turn around. This season, he is batting .316/.390/.436 with 49 R and 27 SB in 81 games. He is still only 22.

Right-hander Matthew Andriese has pitched his way to No. 19 on Mayo’s list. He put up great numbers in Double-A (2.37 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 63 SO, and a .242 opp. BA) before being promoted to Triple-A Tucson.

Speedster Travis Jankowski rounds out Mayo’s top Padres prospects at No. 20. The outfielder is batting .283/.354/.359 with 60 SB in Low Single-A.

Top Dogs

Left-hander Max Fried now holds the No. 1 spot on Mayo’s Top 20 list. Mayo also has him ranked as the No. 2 best left-hander in the minors, behind only Seattle’s Danny Hultzen.

Catcher Austin Hedges claims the No. 2 spot on Mayo’s list. Mayo also also has him ranked as the third best catcher in the minors, behind only the Mets’ Travis d’Arnaud and the Yankees’ Gary Sanchez.

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