01:07 PM - April 18, 2012 by MMChrisS
3. San Diego Padres
Yonder Alonso will be making a difference in the Padres lineup this year. The 24 year old OF/1B prospect is the Padres farm system's star right now.
Not to be outdone, Rymer Liriano will be an OF prospect ready in a couple more years. Yasamani Grandal is a catcher on the cusp of being ready for the big leagues himself. 2B Cory Spangenberg is probably the best minor league prospect at 2B as he sports athletic speed and a good bat.
The Padres will have a chance to be a competitor very soon, and might even make a push this year. But with their farm system depth, they can certainly take hold of the NL West in the coming years.
Monday: #5 St. Louis Cardinals
Tuesday: #4 Texas Rangers