Future Watch: Chris Paddack Rookie Baseball Cards, Padres – Chris Paddack was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the eighth round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft. This promising pitcher never had a chance to star for Miami, instead he was traded to San Diego a month before the trading deadline back in 2016.
By 2016, the potential phenom had already played for three different teams going from rookie ball to a very competitive A-ball league. That last team was the Fort Wayne TinCaps in the Midwest League. He was there for three games and he struck out 23 batters in 14 innings surrendering just one run. Then a UCL tear put him on the shelf until 2018.
In 2018, he started out playing for the Lake Elsinore Storm in the California League. He was 3-0 there with a 1.01 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings. He only walked two batters and the league was hitting a paltry .172 against him. He turned some heads for sure.
According to his MLB.com Draft Profile:
When healthy, Paddack has an impressive combination of stuff and feel. An uptick in velocity in 2015 pushed his fastball into the 92-94 mph range in his pro debut, and he’s adept at locating it to both sides of the plate. Paddack’s changeup is a double-plus pitch and easily his best secondary offering, thrown with convincing arm action and outstanding tumble. He also made strides with his breaking ball in 2016, throwing it with greater depth and sharper bite, giving him a promising arsenal of three average-or-better pitches. The right-hander uses his height to create good plane toward the plate, and it’s only going to improve as he adds strength and gains better control of his core. ETA 2019
Here’s a look at his 6-4 frame in action:
Now 22, he’s come back strong. Even with the surgery his ETA is still the same. Many think he can be a #2 starter for them. The time to collect him is now.
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