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5 San Diego Padres Prospects Who Could be Called Up by August

San Diego Padres: 5 Prospects Who Could be Called Up by August

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Coming into the 2014 season, the San Diego Padres had the No. 6 overall minor league system in the majors as ranked by Baseball America. The recent trades of Huston Street and Chase Headley along with the probable trades of Carlos Quentin and Seth Smith will move the Pads up that list in 2015. Here are the five players most likely to be called before the rosters expand on the first of September.

5. Juan Oramas, Starting Pitcher

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5. Juan Oramas, Starting Pitcher

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Southpaw starter Juan Oramas began the season in double-A and was moved to the Padres triple-A club after four starts. He has had a rough go of it in triple-A, but if a San Diego starter gets hurt before September, Oramas may get the call.

4. Donn Roach, Pitcher

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4. Donn Roach, Pitcher

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Donn Roach is a starting pitcher by trade, but during a stint with the Padres he saw action in 17 games with only one start. All of his 2014 minor league appearances have come as a starter. With the recent trade of Street, the Pads may elect to bring sinker-ball pitching Roach to the big club for relief help in August.

3. Reymond Fuentes, Outfielder

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3. Reymond Fuentes, Outfielder

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If Carlos Quentin and Seth Smith are traded, speedster Reymond Fuentes will be called up before September. He came to the Padres in the 2010 deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox. Fuentes did get a late-August call in 2013. He's split time between San Diego's double-A and triple-A clubs. In his 2014 minor league season, Fuentes is hitting .294/.363/.779 while stealing 25 bases and being caught only three times.

2. Jace Peterson, Infielder

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2. Jace Peterson, Infielder

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A McNeese State product and Padres first-round pick in 2011, Jace Peterson has also seen action in San Diego this season. After starting 4-for-14, he fell into an epic slump, not getting a single hit in his next 27 at-bats. Peterson has the athleticism to play second, short or third. He's first in line to get a call if an infielder gets injured before September. If not, he will be on the roster after they are expanded in September.

1. Rymer Liriano, Outfielder

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1. Rymer Liriano, Outfielder

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Top-tier Padres prospect Rymer Liriano will be the first player called up if either Quentin or Smith are dealt. He's spent most of 2014 in double-A and was recently called to the Pads' triple-A affiliate. Liriano has plus-plus power and his range and arm make him a superb defender in right field.