Jorge Ona
23-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 4/1/2020
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Ona was signed as a 19-year-old out of Cuba in 2016, getting $7 million of the Padres' international pool money. The 6-foot outfielder is an impressive physical specimen, best suited for a corner spot with the arm to handle right field. After a poor 2017 campaign with High-A Lake Elsinore, Ona opened 2019 at Double-A Amarillo where he was crushing, posting a .348/.417/.539 slash through 25 games. However, his campaign was cut short as a sore throwing shoulder required season-ending labrum surgery. Despite a deep farm system, San Diego placed Ona on the 40-man. Improved pitch selection was cited as a primary reason for protecting him. Look for Ona to return to the Sod Poodles to begin 2020 with a likely advancement to Triple-A El Paso once he shows he's fully healthy. He likely won't be called up this season but has a chance to be part of the Padres' future. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a $7 million contract with the Padres in July of 2016.
Added to 40-man roster
OFSan Diego Padres
November 20, 2019
Ona (shoulder) was added to the Padres' 40-man roster Wednesday.
Given how strong the Padres' farm system is and the amount of solid prospects they left unprotected ahead of the Rule 5 draft, this was a strong vote of confidence for Ona, whose season was cut short due to shoulder surgery. Prior to the injury, he hit .348 with five home runs in 25 games at Double-A. Look for him to spend most, if not all, of 2020 in the upper levels of the minors.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
It's extremely difficult to evaluate an international signee's first year in pro ball, especially when that prospect signed when he was 19. Ona, a 6-foot, 220-pound Cuban, was 15 percent better than an average hitter in the Midwest League, but with only 11 home runs and a .128 ISO, it seemed like he came up shy of expectations. He has a right field profile, and was expected to bring plus right-handed power to the table. While he does have plus raw power, his aggressive approach muted that pop somewhat, as he failed to get into hitter's counts. His .277 average seems like the high end of what we can reasonably expect, as he rarely uses the opposite field and his .357 BABIP was the sixth highest mark in the league. He stole eight bases on 10 attempts, but is a below-average runner, so at best he will be a four-category contributor. While he failed to improve his stock in Year 1, it's advisable to be patient with Ona in deeper leagues, as he should put up better power numbers in the California League.
Ona is the rare international free agent signing who has loud offensive tools and is not at least five or six years away from the big leagues. He was 19 when the Padres inked him to a $7 million bonus, but the Cuban corner outfielder will be 20 when he debuts, likely at Low-A Fort Wayne or High-A Lake Elsinore. General manager A.J. Preller compared Ona's compact, muscular 6-foot-2 frame to that of Albert Belle. While he didn't go as far as to compare Ona to Belle from a talent standpoint, that's the general skill set the Padres are hoping for -- big right-handed power with a 55- or 60-grade hit tool. He might be an average runner now, but speed won't be a part of his game by the time he reaches the majors. Unfortunately, Ona hasn't played much non-showcase baseball since defecting, so it is hard to say how quickly he will acclimate to game action, but he has the potential to move relatively quickly.
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Rehabbing from shoulder surgery
OFSan Diego Padres
August 6, 2019
Ona underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder in July, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Huge April in Double-A
OFSan Diego Padres
May 2, 2019
Ona slashed .367/.441/.582 for Double-A Amarillo in April, Bill Center of reports.
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Surging at Low-A
OFSan Diego Padres
July 25, 2017
Ona, 20, is hitting .378 over his last 10 games for Low-A Fort Wayne.
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Solid so far at Low-A
OFSan Diego Padres
June 20, 2017
Ona, 20, is hitting .286/.355/.403 with five home runs and three steals (on three attempts) in 220 plate appearances for Low-A Fort Wayne.
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Comes off DL at Low-A
OFSan Diego Padres
May 9, 2017
Ona (quad) was activated from the 7-day DL at Low-A Fort Wayne on Monday.
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