Luis Patino
20-Year-Old PitcherRP
San Diego Padres AA
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Other than the high-risk nature of young pitchers who throw hard, Patino has few flaws. At 6-foot, he is undersized for a right-handed starter; he struggles to generate groundballs (38.4 GB% at High-A); and he dealt with a blister at the end of the season -- sometimes blisters reoccur. Everything else about the 20-year-old generates glowing praise. He has been the youngest starting pitcher in every full-season league he has played in. With his arsenal, it is easy to see why. His pitches all have excellent life, and it starts with his mid-90s fastball, which is a 70-grade pitch. He throws a hard slider that flashes plus and is working on getting more consistent with his changeup. His command/control improved as the season went on and he made two starts at Double-A as a 19-year-old. With good health, he will throw 100-plus innings for the first time and could reach the majors in some capacity. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Padres in July of 2016 that includes a $130,000 signing bonus.
Scuffles in spring debut
PSan Diego Padres  AA
March 4, 2020
Patino gave up three runs on three hits and a walk over an inning in Wednesday's Cactus League game against Kansas City. He struck out two.
Patino -- one of the Padres' top pitching prospects -- threw 26 pitches in the outing, walking two of the first three batters he faced and falling victim to some less-than-stellar defense. The 20-year-old will open the campaign in the minor leagues but could see some time at the big-league level this season.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
A dominant full-season debut allowed Patino to emerge as a top-five pitching prospect in the top system in baseball, which is no small feat. Among Midwest League pitchers who threw at least 80 innings, Patino had the lowest FIP (2.33), lowest WHIP (1.07), highest K-BB% (22.4) and also happened to be the youngest pitcher in that subset. He dominates with a mid-90s fastball and a pair of potentially plus breaking balls. His changeup is still a work in progress, but given his age and advanced feel, it would not be surprising if that too ended up being a plus pitch for the 6-foot, 192-pound righty. He threw 70-plus pitches in all but one of his 17 starts, so he has experience turning a lineup over multiple times. While there is a temptation to ding shorter righties, Patino’s repertoire will allow him to have success at the highest level. From a dynasty-league perspective, the only knock is that he is a pitching prospect who is a couple years away from the majors.
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Will appear in major-league camp
PSan Diego Padres  AA
January 16, 2020
Patino (finger) was invited to the Padres' major-league spring training Thursday.
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Shut down for 2019
PSan Diego Padres  AA
August 28, 2019
Patino (finger) won't pitch for Double-A Amarillo in the playoffs or in the Arizona Fall League, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Placed on 7-day IL
PSan Diego Padres  AA
August 27, 2019
Patino (finger) was placed on the 7-day injured list at Double-A Amarillo on Tuesday.
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Exits start with blister
PSan Diego Padres  AA
August 20, 2019
Patino left Tuesday's start after developing a blister, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Whiffs seven in Double-A debut
PSan Diego Padres  AA
August 14, 2019
Patino made his first start for Double-A Amarillo on Tuesday, pitching 4.1 innings and giving up four runs (one earned) on six hits and four walks while striking out seven.
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