Top Ten After Ten - Padres

There were not a lot of 2003 prospects who were instrumental in the Padres winning the Western Division titles in 2005 and 2006.  More than half of their top ten list never made it to the major leagues.  Below is the list of top ten prospects from 2003 as identified by Baseball America.

1. Xavier Nady OF - Xavier was the Padres starting right fielder in 2003.  He played two more years for the Padres before being traded to the Mets for Mike Cameron.  He bounced around after that, never finding his raw power to stick in the starting lineup.  The most homeruns he hit in one year was 25 in 2008 when he split time with the Pirates and Yankees.  After that season he spent more time on the bench, never hitting more than four homeruns.

2. Khalil Greene SS - Greene was the Padres starting shortstop in 2004, finishing second in the rookie of the year voting.  He had a career high in homeruns in 2007 with 27.  It was after that season it was discovered he suffered from a social anxiety disorder.  He was traded to St. Louis but continued to struggle with his demons.  He retired from the game in 2009 because of his social anxiety disorder.

3. Mark Phillips LHP - Mark was a first round draft pick in 2000.  He never got past A ball with his last year in 2003 when he played for the Yankees minor league system.  The Yankees traded Rondell White to the Padres in exchange for Phillips. 

4. Tagg Bozied 1B - Tagg took the route of many power hitting first basemen.  He played eight seasons in AAA, but never sniffed the majors.  He did go to Taiwan in 2008 to play for the Brother Elephants in the CPBL.

5. Jake Gautreau 2B - Jake was a 2001 first round pick after leading the NCAA in RBIs.  He made it as high as AAA, but never the major leagues.

6. Ben Howard RHP - Ben played three brief seasons from 2002-2004, two with the Padres and the last season with the Marlins.  He slugged around in the minor leagues until 2008 before calling it quits.  He was involved in a single car crash during spring training in 2002, the accident killing one of his teammates Mike Darr.   

7. Josh Barfield 2B - The son of Jessie.  Josh had one good season with the Padres in 2006, was traded to the Indians for Kevin Kouzmanoff and had a disappointing season in 2007.  He only played two more major league seasons, getting 53 total at bats.

8. Mike Nicolas RHP - He got as high as AA in 2003 but retired after that season.

9. Rusty Tucker LHP - Another pitcher who got as high as AA, but never the major leagues.  He played until 2008.

10. Cory Stewart LHP - Cory reached AAA before calling it quits in 2005.

Other prospects who made a significant impact in the major leagues.

12. Jason Bay OF - The Padres traded Jason to the Pirates for Brian Giles.  With Pittsburgh he won the Rookie of the Year award in the National League in 2004 and made two All Star teams.  He also made an All Star team while playing for the Boston Red Sox.  He leads all players in homeruns at PNC park with 61 and is third in career homeruns by a Canadian with 222, behind Larry Walker and Matt Stairs.

13. Justin Germano RHP - He played one season in Japan, one season in Korea and eight years in the major leagues.  His career 5.29 ERA shows his struggles in the major leagues.

21. Shane Victorino OF - Shane was selected as a Rule V pick from the Dodgers.  He was returned to the Dodgers.  The Phillies drafted him as a Rule V pick in 2004 and he stuck, putting up a pretty good career in the process.  He played eight years for the Phillies where he won three gold gloves and made two All Star teams.  He signed as a free agent with the Red Sox in 2013. 

2003 draft picks who made a significant impact in the major leagues.

Tim Stauffer was their first round pick.  He made his major league debut with the Padres in 2005 and is still pitching for them in 2013.  Dirk Hayhurst was an eighth round pick.  He wrote a book about his minor league experiences with the Padres, but only got a couple cups of coffee with the major leagues.  Those were their only impact players in the 2003 draft.     

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