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  • Padres' Jackson Merrill: Will play SS and OF this spring

    The Padres plan to play Merrill both at shortstop and in the outfield during spring training, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Merrill is a good defender at shortstop and might be the future at the position for the Padres. However, Xander Bogaerts is expected to play there in 2024 and the team is light on established options in the outfield, so Merrill may have a clearer path to reaching the big leagues if he can emerge as a viable defender in the outfield. Merrill already made five starts in left field in 2023 with Double-A San Antonio and has the athleticism to handle center field if the Padres want to go that route. There's no indication at this point that a long-term position switch is on the table for the top prospect, but it's something to monitor in spring training.
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  • Padres' Jackson Merrill: Promoted to Double-A

    Merrill has been promoted from High-A Fort Wayne to Double-A San Antonio. The 20-year-old shortstop played in his first three games for the Missions over the weekend, going 2-for-12 with a double and a triple while striking out once. Merrill hit .312/.339/.479 with eight home runs, eight steals and an 11.8 percent strikeout rate in his last 50 games for Fort Wayne.
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  • Padres' Jackson Merrill: On fire at High-A

    Merrill is hitting .481 with three home runs, one steal, four walks and one strikeout in his last seven games for High-A Fort Wayne. The weather has been hot in the Midwest League of late, and so has Merrill's bat. The 6-foot-3 shortstop has a .280/.318/.444 slash line, 10 home runs, 10 steals and a 12.3 percent strikeout rate in 300 plate appearances at High-A. He turned 20 in April and could get a bump to Double-A sometime in the coming weeks.
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  • Padres' Jackson Merrill: Will open year in High-A

    Merrill will open the 2023 season with High-A Fort Wayne, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. There was some chatter about Merrill making the jump to Double-A San Antonio, but that'll be put on hold for at least a little bit. The 19-year-old top shortstop prospect slashed .339/.395/.511 with six home runs, 40 RBI, 11 stolen bases and 38 runs scored over 55 games last summer between the rookie-level Arizona Complex League and Low-A Lake Elsinore. He was the No. 27 overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft out of a high school in Maryland.
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  • Padres' Jackson Merrill: Invited to MLB camp

    Merrill received an invitation to MLB spring training Wednesday. Merrill is widely considered one of the top shortstop prospects in baseball, and he is coming off a 2022 campaign where he slashed .325/.387/.482 with five homers and eight stolen bases over 219 plate appearances at Low-A Lake Elsinore. As a 19-year-old who hasn't played above that Low-A level, it's very unlikely that Merrill helps out the Padres in 2023, but his ability to hit for average along with solid defense at a premium position does give him a chance to be a fast-track player.
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  • Padres' Jackson Merrill: Swinging hot bat in Single-A

    Merrill is slashing .331/.387/.489 with five home runs, 33 RBI and eight stolen bases in 40 games with Single-A Lake Elsinore. Merrill begin the 2022 campaign strongly before injuring his wrist. He hit .433 in 10 games with the organization's ACL club before returning to Lake Elsinore in late July. The 19-year-old struggled for a few games after his return, but he's slashing .339/.388/.545 in his past 25 contests. Merrill has ascended up San Diego's prospect rankings with his impressive numbers and the departure of many of the organization's other top prospects to Washington in the Juan Soto trade.
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  • Padres' Jackson Merrill: Back in action for Single-A club

    Merrill (wrist) was reinstated from Single-A Lake Elsinore's 7-day injured list and went 0-for-5 with a run scored in his return to action Sunday in the affiliate's 11-9 win over Stockton. The 19-year-old infielder had been on Lake Elsinore's 7-day IL since April 29 before he was finally cleared to rejoin the affiliate. Before being activated, Merrill played in 10 rehab games for the Padres' rookie-level Arizona Complex League affiliate and slashed .433/.452/.700 with five extra-base hits and three stolen bases across 31 plate appearances.
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  • Padres' Jackson Merrill: Kicks off rehab assignment

    Merrill (wrist) began a rehab assignment Tuesday with the Padres' rookie-level Arizona Complex League affiliate and went 2-for-2 with a double and a run. Merrill has resided on Single-A Lake Elsinore's 7-day injured list since April 29 due to a wrist issue. Because he's been out for nearly two months, the Padres may want to see him make multiple appearances in the ACL before adding him back to the Single-A roster. Prior to getting hurt, Merrill hit .393 with a home run and four stolen bases across 63 plate appearances for Lake Elsinore.
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  • Padres' Jackson Merrill: Rehabbing wrist injury

    Merrill is rehabbing a wrist injury in Arizona, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Merrill, like teammate James Wood, is on the 7-day injured list at Single-A Lake Elsinore with a wrist injury. He was excellent in his first 13 games of full-season ball, hitting .393/.452/.518 with one home run and four steals.
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