Hudson Potts
19-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
San Diego Padres AA
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Potts and teammate Fernando Tatis Jr. each hit 20-plus home runs as 18-year-olds at Low-A. The last player to pull off that feat was Giancarlo Stanton in 2008. It may have been disappointing, albeit not surprising, that Potts slashed just .226/.259/.360 in his first 60 games as the fifth youngest hitter in the Midwest League. However, he eventually rewarded the aggressive assignment, hitting .278/.325/.512 with 14 home runs in his final 65 games. It's easy to pick apart his approach (140:23 K:BB), but he is so far ahead of his contemporaries from a production and competition standpoint, that we can give him a pass there for now. It's always a great sign when a prospect shows an early ability to make adjustments, and that should give us confidence in his ability to cut down on the strikeouts and improve his on-base skills. He has monster game-ready power, while not being overly pull-heavy (43.8 percent). At worst, he should be a 30-homer third baseman with a shaky average, but he could end up being much more than that. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Padres in June of 2016 that includes a $1 million signing bonus.
Earns promotion to Double-A
3BSan Diego Padres  AA
August 9, 2018
Potts was promoted to Double-A San Antonio on Thursday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Potts will take the place of Ty France, who was promoted to Triple-A El Paso in a corresponding roster move. The 19-year-old Potts has impressed as one of the youngest hitters in the California League, hitting .281/.350/.498 with 17 homers and 58 RBI through 106 games with High-A Lake Elsinore before being promoted. He'll likely spend the rest of the season with the Missions.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
A surprise first-round pick in last year's draft, Potts signed for less than half the slot value at No. 24, allowing the Padres to load up on more prep talent later in the draft. He changed his name shortly after getting selected (he was called Hudson Sanchez) and will soon see a position change from shortstop to third base. Fortunately, the bat projects to be good enough to handle a corner. He is already 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, but has not yet tapped into what could be plus raw power down the road. Potts posted an impressive 13:9 K:BB in 16 games in the Northwest League as a 17-year-old, but he was a little unlucky on balls in play. He will be one of the youngest players in the Midwest League this year, and if he can be a league-average hitter, that will be an encouraging indicator.
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Takes advantage of Lancaster
3BSan Diego Padres  AA
July 17, 2018
Potts went 9-for-16 with three home runs, five runs, eight RBI, three walks and two strikeouts across four games in Lancaster over the weekend.
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Solid start to High-A season
3BSan Diego Padres  AA
April 20, 2018
Potts is hitting .296 with two home runs and an .833 OPS in his first 14 games for High-A Lake Elsinore.
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Holding his own in Midwest League
3BSan Diego Padres  AA
May 17, 2017
Potts is slashing .244/.271/.370 with two homers and 14 RBI across 133 plate appearances with Low-A Fort Wayne.
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3BSan Diego Padres  AA
June 9, 2016
The Padres have selected Sanchez with the 24th overall pick in the 2016 first-year player draft.
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