This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
While spring is here, baseball is curiously, noticeably absent. A truly unique set of circumstances in these socially distant times. We are all doing our best to play our part in combatting the coronavirus, whether on the front lines at the hospitals, or simply by doing the right thing and staying home. Once baseball returns, and it will, we will all have played a role, no matter how big or how small, in keeping the country (and the world) afloat.
As each week moves on without actual baseball being played, this article will dive deeper into the depths of the minors. For now, though, there are still plenty of top-notch prospects to be analyzed. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Care for those less fortunate in whatever way you can.
Here is this week's Minor League Barometer.
Luis Patino, P, SD – Mackenzie Gore gets the pub in this system, but Patino has also rocketed up the ranks recently. The 20-year-old found little resistance in High-A and Double-A last season, posting a 2.57 ERA and 123:38 K:BB in 94.2 innings. Based upon Patino's age, smaller stature, as well as having just 7.2 innings pitched at Double-A, the odds would be against him becoming an impact starter for the Padres in 2020. That said, Chris Paddack had just seven starts at Double-A in 2018 before beginning the season with the big club in 2019. He was 23 at the time, though. In addition, the aforementioned Gore would appear to be slightly