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An in-depth look at a stacked rotation.

The Fort Wayne (San Diego’s Low-A) rotation features a mix of high-profile international signees, the 71st-overall pick in 2016, the return in the Derek Norris trade, and a former dual-sport D3-kicker who threw seven perfect innings with as many strikeouts in my viewing. They range in age from a precocious 18 to a “seasoned” 22 years old. There’s a future double-plus fastball, multiple future out-pitches, and varying body types and mechanics. As with all Low-A rotations (or position players), the Fort Wayne rotation is an example of projection and ceiling, a profile that the Padres have amassed in abundance the last couple of years. But what separates this group from, well, most any Low-A rotation, is the fact that most of these guys feature realistic projection as big-league arms. Of the six men profiled here, only one—last year’s fifth-rounder Lake Bachar—doesn’t currently project for that floor, and even that may very well be the product of a shoulder injury that had his sitting velocity down a full five-plus miles-an-hour in my look.

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