Padres Break In Pair of Talented Young Outfielders
The San Diego Padres have a ton of young talent emerging from their system, led by a pair of young outfielders.
Things did not go too well for the San Diego Padres in the 2016 season. For the sixth straight year and eighth in the last nine, the Friars experienced a losing campaign.
At 68-94, the Padres finished in the basement of the National League West Division for the first time since 2011. Those 94 losses were the most that the franchise has experienced since the 2008 season.
But towards the end of the season a pair of outfielders emerged from the minor league system who could help turn the franchise around in the coming years.
Manuel Margot is considered the club’s top position player prospect. An all-around hitter, he turned 22 years old in the middle of his late September call-up, and is the future in center field.
Receiving his own first big league promotion at the same time as Margot was the Padres’ #3 overall prospect, right fielder Hunter Renfroe, who will turn 25 years old in January. He is easily the club’s top power prospect.
Margot signed as a 16-year old amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic back in 2011 with the Boston Red Sox.
If the San Diego Padres are to emerge from their losing ways of the last decade, Renfroe and Margot will have to be two of the key players. Both will come to spring training in February looking to secure roles in the Opening Day lineup.