21-Year-Old Outfielder – San Diego Padres
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
It's extremely difficult to evaluate an international signee's first year in pro ball, especially when that prospect signed when he was 19. Ona, a 6-foot, 220-pound Cuban, was 15 percent better than a...
Jorge Ona Contract Information:
Signed a $7 million contract with the Padres in July of 2016.
Ona, 20, is hitting .378 over his last 10 games for Low-A Fort Wayne.
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San Diego Padres Roster
MajorsAsuaje, Carlos (2B)
AAACordero, Franchy (OF)
AABousfield, Auston (OF)
A+Allen, Austin (C)
AArias, Gabriel (SS)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Ona is the rare international free agent signing who has loud offensive tools and is not at least five or six years away from the big leagues. He was 19 when the Padres inked him to a $7 million bonus, but the Cuban corner outfielder will be 20 when he debuts, likely at Low-A Fort Wayne or High-A Lake Elsinore. General manager A.J. Preller compared Ona's compact, muscular 6-foot-2 frame to that of Albert Belle. While he didn't go as far as to compare Ona to Belle from a talent standpoint, that's the general skill set the Padres are hoping for -- big right-handed power with a 55- or 60-grade hit tool. He might be an average runner now, but speed won't be a part of his game by the time he reaches the majors. Unfortunately, Ona hasn't played much non-showcase baseball since defecting, so it is hard to say how quickly he will acclimate to game action, but he has the potential to move relatively quickly.