Reginald Preciado
18-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Chicago Cubs  Rookie
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Preciado emerged as the top prospect from the Padres' impressive 2019 J-2 haul. At 16 years old, he signed for $1.3 million -- a record for a Panamanian prospect. While Preciado was in the middle of the pack in a deep Padres farm system, he quickly moved towards to the top of the Cubs' prospect rankings after being included in the return for Yu Darvish. As for his future, Preciado remains a difficult evaluation because he is entering only his age-18 season and has yet to play any affiliated ball. A switch-hitter, scouting reports reflect that Preciado can hit the ball with authority from both sides of the plate and has projectable power. Because he's likely to continue growing -- Preciado is currently listed at 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds -- he may have to move off of shortstop, but he'd likely be able to find a home at third base or in the outfield. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a $1.3 million contract with the Padres in July of 2019. Traded to the Cubs in December of 2020.
Crushing in rookie ball
SSChicago Cubs  R
July 24, 2021
Preciado has hit .379/.463/.534 with two homers, four steals, 10 RBI and 13 runs across his first 15 games for the rookie-level ACL Cubs.
ANALYSIS
The 18-year-old's first taste of affiliated ball could hardly be going better, and his prospect star is on the rise now that his promising scouting reports have turned into promising results at the dish. Preciado doesn't play a very sharp shortstop, but he's looked fine at third base so far, and that's probably his eventual landing spot. The Panamanian is several years from the majors, but he looks like one of the most promising young players in the low minors.
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Shipped to Chicago
SSChicago Cubs  R
December 28, 2020
Preciado was traded to the Cubs on Monday as part of the trade that sent Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini to San Diego, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
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Joins 60-man roster
SSSan Diego Padres  R
September 11, 2020
Preciado was added to the Padres' player pool Tuesday.
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Inks deal with Padres
SSSan Diego Padres  R
July 2, 2019
Preciado agreed to a $1.3 million deal with the Padres, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
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