The San Diego Padres did it once more on Monday. The Friars landed one other wonderful beginning pitcher, as they traded lefty Joey Lucchesi and 4 prospects so as to add Joe Musgrove to the rotation. In the previous couple of months, they’ve fully blown up their pitching workers and have constructed an elite rotation within the course of.
Lucchesi will wind up going to the Mets, whereas the Pittsburgh Pirates will obtain 5 prospects within the deal, 4 coming from the Padres and one from New York.
San Diego normal supervisor A.J. Preller continued to deal from the unimaginable depth of his prospect pool in touchdown Musgrove. On the identical day Baseball America put an MLB-best seven Padres prospects in its high 100, Preller demonstrated simply how good his farm system is by not together with any of these high 100 guys in a deal to get a pitcher of Musgrove’s high quality.
The 28-year-old righty is an area child who grew up in El Cajon, simply 20 minutes from Petco Park. He has nasty stuff, and after a couple of mechanical tweaks in 2019 he set profession highs. He took a slight step again within the shortened 2020 season total, however appeared wonderful in his remaining 5 begins. His underlying numbers are additionally all look actually good.
His sinker/slider combo might be downright nasty:
On the commerce deadline in August, the Padres landed Mike Clevinger in a cope with the Cleveland Indians. Whereas Clevinger will miss all of 2021 recovering from Tommy John surgical procedure, he’s beneath contract for 2022. To this point this winter, Preller has additionally labored trades to land former Cy Younger Award winner Blake Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays, and NL Cy Younger runner-up Yu Darvish from the Chicago Cubs.
As of now the 2021 Padres will boast a rotation led by Darvish, Snell, Dinelson Lamet, Musgrove and Chris Paddack, with Adrian Morejon and high prospects MacKenzie Gore and Ryan Weathers additionally within the combine. That is an elite group able to guiding the Padres to a World Sequence. Oh, and all of these guys are beneath contract by no less than 2022, so that very same group will add Clevinger to the combo subsequent season.
On paper, Preller has constructed a formidable rotation, and he is carried out it without completely decimating his farm system. That is a powerful feat few in baseball thought attainable or doubtless. The entire strikes he is made have been geared toward taking up the Los Angeles Dodgers, who stay stacked.
The Padres have now crammed their greatest want by loading up their pitching rotation. Preller has put them in a wonderful place to compete. Now all that is left to do is play the video games.