Minors: Updating the Padres’ top-10 prospects after deadline deals

To acquire Juan Soto, Josh Bell, Brandon Drury and Josh Hader, the Padres shipped out nearly a dozen of their top prospects, including a former consensus No. 1 pitching prospect, two current top-100 talents and another pitcher many believed would crack lists by the end of the summer. As members of the front office began to wrap their head around what they’d accomplished ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline, one acknowledged the work ahead.

The Area Code Games begin Saturday at the University of San Diego.

“Got to replenish the system.”

Indeed.

Here’s a look at the Union-Tribune’s top-10 Padres prospects following A.J. Preller’s latest trade-apalooza:

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1 | SS Jackson Merrill

A late riser who showcased plus power heading into the draft, the 19-year-old was the Padres’ first-round pick in 2021. He’s been sidelined by wrist and leg injuries this year, but is hitting .360/.407/.510 with two homers and seven steals in 26 games between his rookie-ball rehab assignment and his stay at low Single-A Lake Elsinore.

2 | C Luis Campusano

Blocked in the majors, the 23-year-old is hitting .300/.366/.467 with nine homers and 41 RBIs while repeating Triple-A El Paso. He made tremendous defensive strides a year ago, but the Padres’ big-league catchers have been healthy all season.

3 | RHP Dylan Lesko

The 15th overall pick in this year’s draft, Lesko is the first high school junior to ever win Gatorade national player of the year honors…

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