It’s time for the San Diego Padres to stop being a rebuilding team, and be a true contender once again.
My colleagues have ranked the Padres’ farm system as the 4th-best in MLB. With various prospects landing near the top of several lists, along with the pieces currently on the roster, the Padres have a lot to build upon for the next decade.
As we’ve seen with the recent success of the San Francisco Giants, you can have a dominant competitive team by developing prospects and building around significant pieces. Though admittedly, they have a larger payroll than the Padres, many of their key players became superstars through good drafting and development. Athletes such as Matt Cain, Buster Posey, Tim Lincecum, Brandon Belt and Madison Bumgarner were all home-grown through the Giants system.
The Padres can replicate this success with the tools they have, smart contract decisions and intelligent scouting and drafting.