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Kevin Padlo
3B | B/T: R/R | 6' 2" 210LBS | Age: 24

Draft: 2014 | Rd: 5, #143, Colorado Rockies | Murrieta Valley (CA) HS
MLB Pipeline Rank
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 155 131 25 38 9 27 1 .290 .400 .595 .995
Career Minors 2275 1885 307 460 70 314 77 .244 .359 .441 .801
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .290 9 27 1 .995
Career Minors .244 70 314 77 .801

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Grand Junction Rockies PIO ROK 48 198 160 32 48 15 4 8 44 31 38 6 1 4 .300 .421 .594 1.015
2015 2 Teams Minors 97 407 338 55 87 27 2 11 53 59 88 35 6 5 .257 .372 .447 .819
2015 Asheville Tourists SAL A(Full) 27 99 83 11 12 5 0 2 7 14 26 2 1 1 .145 .273 .277 .550
2015 Boise Hawks NWL A(Short) 70 308 255 44 75 22 2 9 46 45 62 33 5 4 .294 .404 .502 .906
2016 Bowling Green Hot Rods MID A(Full) 115 509 414 71 95 22 3 16 66 79 134 14 9 7 .229 .358 .413 .771
2017 2 Teams Minors 69 280 237 31 51 13 4 6 35 38 61 5 5 1 .215 .321 .380 .701
2017 Charlotte Stone Crabs FSL A(Adv) 64 259 220 28 49 13 3 6 34 35 60 4 5 0 .223 .324 .391 .715
2017 GCL Rays GCL ROK 5 21 17 3 2 0 1 0 1 3 1 1 0 1 .118 .286 .235 .521
2018 Charlotte Stone Crabs FSL A(Adv) 115 449 385 54 86 26 0 8 54 47 119 5 0 9 .223 .318 .353 .671
2019 2 Teams Minors 110 432 351 64 93 31 1 21 62 68 116 12 4 7 .265 .389 .538 .927
2019 Montgomery Biscuits SOU AA 70 277 220 39 55 20 0 12 35 47 70 11 4 4 .250 .383 .505 .887
2019 Durham Bulls INT AAA 40 155 131 25 38 11 1 9 27 21 46 1 0 3 .290 .400 .595 .995

Scouting Report

2020

The Rockies dipped into their own backyard in the 2014 Draft to find Padlo, a Colorado prep whom the club signed to an above-slot deal after taking him in the fifth round. His time in Colorado’s system was short-lived, however, as the Rays acquired the young third baseman after the 2015 season in the Jake McGee-Corey Dickerson trade. Below-average production and injuries defined Padlo’s first two years with the Rays, but he bounced back with a career-best performance in 2019 as he led the farm in home runs (21) while making a smooth transition from Double- to Triple-A. After the season, the Rays added Padlo to their 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.

Padlo generates high-end exit velocities from the right side of the plate by combining bat speed and physical strength with a forceful stroke. His plus raw power plays to his pull-side during games, and he showed that he could get to it more than ever in 2019 during his first taste of the upper Minors. A career .359 OBP across six pro seasons speaks to Padlo’s mature approach and willingness to take a walk, though his patient approach does come paired with strikeout issues that give scouts pause in projecting him as anything more than a below-average hitter. Padlo is a sound defender at the hot corner, with the necessary hands, range and arm strength for the position, and he's also seen time at first base. He runs and moves better than most corner infielders.

A better performer against left-handed pitchers (1.240 OPS, 9 HR) than righties (.823, 12 HR) in 2019, Padlo exhibited the type of strong platoon splits that the Rays tend to covet on their big league roster. Though he appears ticketed for such a role in 2020 after being added to the Rays’ 40-man roster in November, a career as a late-blooming, second-division regular isn’t out of the question.


2019

Scouting grades: Hit: 40 | Power: 55 | Run: 45 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45

The Rockies signed Padlo to an above-slot bonus after selecting him in the fifth round of the 2014 Draft out of the Colorado prep ranks, and he turned in a strong performance the following year in the Northwest League before going to the Rays that offseason in the Jake McGee-Corey Dickerson trade. He subsequently struggled to make progress while battling injuries during his first two years in the Rays' system, but turned the corner in 2019 during a breakout campaign that saw him lead the farm in home runs (21), while advancing from Double- to Triple-A. The Rays added Padlo to their 40-man roster after the season, shielding him from exposure to the Rule 5 Draft. 

 Padlo hits the ball with authority from the right side of the plate, producing high-end exit velocities with a combination of bat speed and physical strength. Padlo's plus raw power plays to his pull-side during games, and he showed that he could get to it more than ever in his first taste of the upper Minors. His on-base skills are fueled by an advanced approach that nets him plenty of walks, though his patience does come with some swing-and-miss tendencies. Padlo is a sound defender at the hot corner, with the necessary hands, range and arm strength for the position, and he's also seen time at first base. He runs and moves better than most corner infielders. 

Padlo fared considerably better against left-handed pitchers (1.240 OPS, 9 HR) than righties (.823, 12 HR) in 2019, though that type of strong platoon split is exactly the type of profile the Rays tend to covet. While he may soon take on such a role with the club after being added to their 40-man roster, there are some who believe in Padlo's untapped potential and view him as a late-bloomer.


2017

Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 45

The Rockies made Padlo their fifth-round Draft pick in 2014 and gave him an above-slot bonus of $650,000. His breakout performance the next year in the Northwest League caught the Rays' attention, and they acquired him in January in the Jake McGee-Corey Dickerson trade. He batted just .229 in his full-season debut at Class A Bowling Green but still showed an intriguing combination of tools and baseball skills, recording a league-leading 79 walks en route to a .358 on-base percentage and finishing tied for third in home runs (16).

A right-handed hitter, Padlo drives the ball with authority to all fields, showing the potential to hit for average and power, though the latter translates most to his pull side at the present. He has an advanced approach and good plate discipline for his age, though the Rays would like to see him become more selectively aggressive. Padlo has average speed and surprisingly quick feet that give him value as a baserunner, and he knows how to read pitchers and picks his spots to run wisely. Defensively, Padlo makes all the plays at the hot corner, showing the hands, range and arm strength needed to stick at the position.

Padlo has the chance to become an everyday third baseman, one capable of hitting 20-plus homers with strong on-base skills and defense to boot, but he'll need considerable time to develop in the Minors.


2016

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45

The Rockies made Padlo their fifth-round Draft pick in 2014, singing him with an above-slot $650,000 bonus, and he had outstanding pro debut in the Rookie-level Pioneer League. He made the jump to full-season ball in 2015 but got off to a painfully slow start, leading to a demotion to Class A Short Season Boise in mid-May. Padlo thrived in the more age-appropriate Northwest League, pacing the league in doubles (22) and slugging (.502) and ranking second with 33 steals. In January, he was dealt to the Rays as part of the Jake McGee-Corey Dickerson trade.

Padlo has the chance to be an everyday third baseman when all is said and done. The right-handed hitter drives the ball with authority to all fields, showing the potential to hit for average, though his raw power plays only to his pull side at the moment. He has an advanced approach and good plate discipline for his age, a notion supported by the high on-base percentages and walk rates he's posted early in his career. On top of that, Padlo's average speed and surprisingly quick feet give him value as a baserunner, and he knows how to read pitchers and picks his spots to run wisely.

Defensively, Padlo makes all the plays at the hot corner, with a very strong throwing arm highlighting his defensive skill set. He'll need considerable time to develop in the Minors, but Padlo shows the makings of becoming an everyday third baseman who provides 20-plus homers and average defense annually.


2015

Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 50 | Run: 30 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45

The Rockies clearly like high school third basemen from Southern California. Back in 2009, Nolan Arenado was the club's second-round selection. In 2013, they took Ryan McMahon in the second round. A year later, Padlo was taken in the fifth round.

Padlo has the chance to be an everyday third baseman when all is said and done. He has the ability to hit the ball with authority to all fields, as he did during his debut in the Pioneer League, hitting for both average and power. Right now the latter tool is ahead of the former, but he showed an advanced overall approach at the plate for his age, which bodes well for his chances to tap into that power. At the hot corner, he makes all the plays, with a very strong throwing arm highlighting his defensive skill set.

Padlo is a step behind McMahon but could follow a similar developmental path, the end result being an everyday presence at third who provides 20-25 homers and average defense annually.


Transactions

Team Date Transaction
10/28/2020 Tampa Bay Rays activated 3B Kevin Padlo.
09/29/2020 Tampa Bay Rays reassigned 3B Kevin Padlo to the minor leagues.
09/28/2020 Tampa Bay Rays recalled 3B Kevin Padlo from Rays Alternate Training Site.
07/18/2020 3B Kevin Padlo assigned to Rays Alternate Training Site from Durham Bulls.
03/08/2020 Tampa Bay Rays optioned 3B Kevin Padlo to Durham Bulls.
11/20/2019 Tampa Bay Rays selected the contract of Kevin Padlo from Durham Bulls.
07/17/2019 3B Kevin Padlo assigned to Durham Bulls from Montgomery Biscuits.
04/01/2019 3B Kevin Padlo assigned to Montgomery Biscuits from Charlotte Stone Crabs.
02/27/2019 3B Kevin Padlo assigned to Tampa Bay Rays.
06/19/2018 Charlotte Stone Crabs activated 3B Kevin Padlo from the 7-day injured list.
06/12/2018 Charlotte Stone Crabs placed 3B Kevin Padlo on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 11, 2018.
02/23/2018 3B Kevin Padlo assigned to Tampa Bay Rays.
07/12/2017 Charlotte Stone Crabs activated 3B Kevin Padlo from the 7-day disabled list.
07/03/2017 Charlotte Stone Crabs sent 3B Kevin Padlo on a rehab assignment to GCL Rays.
05/03/2017 Charlotte Stone Crabs placed 3B Kevin Padlo on the 7-day disabled list.
04/04/2017 3B Kevin Padlo assigned to Charlotte Stone Crabs.
03/21/2017 3B Kevin Padlo assigned to Tampa Bay Rays.
01/18/2017 Brisbane Bandits activated 3B Kevin Padlo.
01/13/2017 Brisbane Bandits placed 3B Kevin Padlo on the reserve list.
01/11/2017 Brisbane Bandits activated 3B Kevin Padlo.
01/06/2017 Brisbane Bandits placed 3B Kevin Padlo on the reserve list.
01/04/2017 Brisbane Bandits activated 3B Kevin Padlo.
12/30/2016 Brisbane Bandits placed 3B Kevin Padlo on the reserve list.
12/22/2016 3B Kevin Padlo assigned to World All-Stars.
11/15/2016 3B Kevin Padlo assigned to Brisbane Bandits.
06/20/2016 3B Kevin Padlo assigned to MID East Division All-Stars.
04/05/2016 3B Kevin Padlo assigned to Bowling Green Hot Rods from Hudson Valley Renegades.
01/29/2016 3B Kevin Padlo assigned to Hudson Valley Renegades.
01/28/2016 Tampa Bay Rays traded LHP Jake McGee and RHP German Marquez to Colorado Rockies for LF Corey Dickerson and 3B Kevin Padlo.
08/03/2015 3B Kevin Padlo assigned to Northwest League All-Stars.
05/16/2015 3B Kevin Padlo assigned to Boise Hawks from Asheville Tourists.
04/07/2015 3B Kevin Padlo assigned to Asheville Tourists from Grand Junction Rockies.
06/27/2014 3B Kevin Padlo assigned to Grand Junction Rockies.
06/21/2014 Colorado Rockies signed Kevin Padlo.