10 potential trade targets for the Colorado Rockies from the Seattle Mariners
Seattle Mariners infielder Kevin Padlo is somebody the Colorado Rockies are familiar with
Seattle Mariners infielder Kevin Padlo is someone that you probably haven’t heard of before and if you have, you can’t remember quite why you remember the name. The reason why you remember the name (if you do) is because he is a former prospect of the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies traded him to the Tampa Bay Rays all the way back in 2016 along with outfielder Corey Dickerson for a reliever (Jake McGee) and a little-known prospect in Advanced-A ball by the name of Germán Márquez.
Padlo, 25, only had been as high as Single-A when the Rockies traded him to Tampa Bay but he worked his way up to Triple-A prior to the pandemic and, in 2021, he made his MLB debut with Tampa Bay in the majors. But the Mariners claimed him off of waivers in August so now, he is with them.
Padlo mainly plays third base but has also played second and first base so he could be an infield bench bat for now until his bat develops more. He has decent power (20 homers in 95 games in Triple-A in 2021) but he hasn’t been consistent with the average or on-base percentage.
In 2021, he had a an average of .224 and an on-base percentage of .305 at Triple-A. In 2019, though, he had a .290 average and a .400 OBP at Triple-A in 40 games. In 110 total minor league games in 2019 (between Double-A and Triple-A), he hit 21 homers, had 62 RBI, and had a slash line of .265/.389/.530. If he could translate that to the MLB level, he could be a good everyday player for the Rockies.
He was the Rays #19 prospect entering 2020, per MLB.com, so he definitely has some potential.