The San Diego Padres have a loaded farm system and they are looking for an ace pitcher. They have been linked to the Mets starting pitcher, Noah Syndergaard for quite some time. The Mets could theoretically deal Syndergaard for multiple key pieces and then turn around and sign one of the top free agent starters.
Syndergaard, 26, went 13-4 with a 3.03 ERA, 2.80 FIP, 1.21 WHIP and 3.97 SO/W in 154.1 innings for the Mets in 2018. He posted a 4.0 bWAR and 4.2 fWAR over his 25 starts.
Padres prospects LHP MacKenzie Gore, C/OF Francisco Mejia, INF Luis Urias, RHP Chris Paddack, LHP Adrian Morejon, RHP Michel Baez, LHP Logan Allen, RHP Luis Patino and LHP Ryan Weathers are all in MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 MLB prospects.
These are the Top prospects in the Padres System that could be major league ready at some point in 2019. If the Mets are interested in trading Sydnergaard, the Padres would need to include one or the other:
#1 Prospect: Fernando Tatis Jr.
The son of former 11-year Major Leaguer Fernando Tatis ranked 30th on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 30 prospects list for the 2015-16 international period before signing for $700,000 with the White Sox, who shipped him to the Padres the following June as part of the James Shields trade. Tatis Jr. has all the ingredients to become an offensive force in the Majors, as his bat speed, leveraged swing and overall capacity to make adjustments all portend a future plus hitter with plus power. He proved vulnerable to spin and sequencing early in the year but tightened his approach as the season progressed en route to pacing the Midwest League with 75 walks. Many evaluators believe Tatis Jr. is merely scraping the surface of his offensive potential, as he still has considerable room to grow into his tall and athletic frame. That larger frame doesn’t currently impede Tatis Jr.’s abilities at shortstop, where he makes highlight-reel plays on a daily basis thanks to his athleticism, range and rocket arm, though further physical development could ultimately force him to third base. Even if that’s case, Tatis Jr.’s bat gives him the ceiling of a perennial All-Star, possibly even an MVP candidate in his prime.
#3 Prospect: Francisco Mejia
The switch-hitting Mejia has natural hitting ability from both sides of the plate. Though his approach is aggressive, Mejia generates consistently hard contact to all fields thanks to his advanced bat-to-ball skills and outstanding barrel control. His physical strength and bat speed generates sneaky raw power, especially from the left side, and he’s tapped into it more regularly as he’s climbed the ladder. After catching almost exclusively during his first four seasons, Mejia spent the entire AFL working at third base and then split time between the outfield and catcher in 2018 as the Indians explored ways to get his bat into the lineup. That versatility could help him get everyday at-bats with the Padres, too, though for now the club appears intent on keeping Mejia behind the plate.
Final Thought: I don’t see a trade happening between the two. However, I do think it’s fun to discuss because Padres need frontline pitching and have the prospects to acquire it.
All stats and prospect reports from mlb.com*