Padres Prospects Who Could Be Headed to Boston

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The Red Sox and Padres are talking about a blockbuster trade that would send former AL MVP Mookie Betts to San Diego.  The deal would likely send OF Wil Myers to the Red Sox and prized prospects from the Padres system. 

The question remains, which prospects will head to Boston? 

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According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres will not include any of their top five prospects in any deal involving Betts.  However, The Athletic's Dennis Lin reported that the Red Sox have expressed interest in catching prospect Luis Campusano.  Baseball America has ranked Campusano the number five prospect in the Padres system.

Campusano, 21, was drafted in the second round in 2017 out of Cross Creek High in Georgia.  He was the 39th overall pick in that year's draft and signed a $1.3 million dollar bonus with the team.

The catching prospect is relatively new to the position.  Campusano started catching as a junior in high school.

Last season, Campusano was impressive in High-A, where he hit .325/.396/.509.  Campusano has a strong arm and the Padres organization plans to keep him behind the dish.  In 110 games with Lake Elsinore, he had 137 hits, 15 home runs, 81 RBI and only 57 strikeouts.  What is also impressive is he walked almost as many times 
(52) as he struckout last season. 
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It's clear this kid has some talent, and it makes sense as to why Chaim Bloom would want him back in any Betts trade with the Padres.

The Red Sox could look at some lesser level prospects to fill out the trade.  The Padres acquired outfielder Trent Grisham from the Brewers this offseason, and he could be made available in the deal.

Another name worth monitoring is former Tampa Bay Rays shortstop prospect Jake Cronenworth.  Cronenworth came over with Tommy Pham in a December trade that sent outfielder Hunter Renfroe to Tampa.

Cronenworth, 26, a former 7th round selection in the 2015 MLB Draft out of the University of Michigan has versatility playing all over the diamond.  While in the Rays system, he made appearances at 1B, 2B, 3B, SS and LF.

There is a connection with Cronenworth, and that is Bloom.  Bloom could look to bring the versatile player to the Red Sox as he continues to build organizational depth.  In 2019, Cronenworth played 94 games for the Triple- Durham Bulls, he hit .334, 10 home runs, 45 RBI and had a slash line of .429/.520/.949.

Cronenworth has also pitched in the Rays system.  He operated as an "opener" for the Durham Bulls.  In seven games last season, he started six in the opener role, giving up four hits, two runs, striking out nine batters while maintaining a 0.00 ERA over 7.1 innings.

Cronenworth could bring versatility to the Red Sox roster from both an offense, defense and pitching perspective if the club wants to go that route.  If he stays with the Padres, Cronenworth has the opportunity to break camp and make a very talented young Padres team.

The Padres are flush with talented young players who could round out a Betts trade.  There would be no shortage of players that Bloom and his front office could ask for from the Padres.

While I know prospects are literally just that - prospects - and there is no true barometer on whether they'll pan out.  It's clear Bloom is laser focused on adding young depth to his organization, but that unfortunately means trading beloved Betts.


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