Luis Patino
20-Year-Old PitcherRP
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 $120,000 contract with the Padres in July of 2016.
In 60-man player pool
PSan Diego Padres
June 29, 2020
ANALYSIS
While the 20-year-old righty has a very promising future, he faces an uphill battle to earn starts in the majors in this shortened season. He has only logged 7.2 innings above High-A and will be competing with a host of talented pitchers who have more experience than him. That said, if he forces the issue or is given an opportunity due to injuries ahead of him on the depth chart, Patino would immediately become an appealing option in redraft leagues.
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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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Candidate for taxi squad
PSan Diego Padres
May 21, 2020
Patino could be placed on the Padres' taxi squad for a potential 2020 campaign, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
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Scuffles in spring debut
PSan Diego Padres
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.
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Will appear in major-league camp
PSan Diego Padres
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
Finger
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
Finger
August 27, 2019
Patino (finger) was placed on the 7-day injured list at Double-A Amarillo on Tuesday.
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