Deep into their rebuild, the San Diego Padres’ first-round picks have consisted of three consecutive high school players. MacKenzie Gore, taken in the 2017 draft, is one of baseball’s best pitching prospects and is anticipated to contribute in some fashion at the big league level this year.
Ryan Weathers, in 2018, posted a 3.84 ERA in 22 starts last for Single-A Fort Wayne. And CJ Abrams, in 2019, is still just 19 years old, and he spent all of last year playing Rookie Ball. In 32 games, he posted a .401/.442/662 line and played the final two games at Single-A.