Padres fans will get a glimpse of their future on Saturday as several of the club's top prospects will take the field against a group of Rangers prospects for the "Padres On Deck Game" at Petco Park.Fernando Tatis Jr. and Adrian Morejon, the Padres' No. 4 and No. 5 prospects,
Padres fans will get a glimpse of their future on Saturday as several of the club's top prospects will take the field against a group of Rangers prospects for the "Padres On Deck Game" at Petco Park.
Fernando Tatis Jr. and Adrian Morejon, the Padres' No. 4 and No. 5 prospects, are among those scheduled to play.
The game comes at the end of Instructional League play where both Tatis and Morejon are among 79 Padres prospects participating. Morejon, the No. 69 overall prospect, will conclude his season at Petco Park while Tatis, the No. 52 overall prospect, will take a short break before heading to the Domincan Winter League, after Estrellas Orientales selected him No. 1 overall in the Draft.
"He had a tremendous year," Sam Geaney, the Padres' director of player development, said of Tatis. "He's looked good. It's been a very long year for him, starting in January. A lot of real positives."
Tatis, who also played in the On Deck game last season, has been a full participant in instructs after playing in 131 games across two levels during the regular season.
The 18-year-old hit .281 in 117 games with Class A Fort Wayne before he was promoted straight to Double-A San Antonio where he hit .255 over 14 games. After playing well in his first full season, Tatis has continued to impress during instructs.
"He's had a good program here, just as he did last season," Geaney said.
Morejon, also 18, pitched across two levels as well in his professional debut. The lefty posted a 3.86 ERA across 13 starts with Class A Short Season Tri-City and Class A Fort Wayne.
Morejon was a few days late to instructs as Fort Wayne was still playing in the Midwest League Finals, during which Morejon started the final game. Although Morejon would have liked to have performed better in that games (six earned runs in 1 2/3 innings) the Padres were still pleased with what they saw from him overall throughout the season.
"He has a very positive first year," Geaney said. "Couple things we are working on mechanically, continue to focus on his secondary developments which, at times, have been really, really good, as well as his overall command."
William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.