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Storm coming: De Vries flashes pop, tees off twice

Padres' No. 4 prospect, just 17, posts career-best night at Single-A
July 6, 2024

Leo De Vries has perhaps never deserved his nickname of “El Mutante” more than on Friday night when he left the yard twice for the first multihomer game of his very young pro career. But that’s not where his otherworldly abilities end -- the 17-year-old homered from both the right

Stormy weather: De Vries swats first pro homer

Youngest player in full-season affiliated ball goes yard in 36th game
June 26, 2024

It took 36 games, but Leodalis De Vries connected on his first professional home run at age 17. MLB’s No. 78 prospect received an aggressive assignment to Single-A Lake Elsinore after signing with the Padres in January as the top-ranked international free agent. He racked up a four-RBI performance in

Here are the top switch-hitters in the Minors

Check out these 11 handy prospects (with one more to grow on)
May 14, 2024

In an era that places a premium on platoon advantages, switch-hitters can be the most versatile members of a lineup -- even if they've become increasingly hard to find. Over the past four seasons, the number of switch-hitting batters in the Majors has slowly ticked down from 10.7 percent in

De Vries picks up first 4 RBIs of young career

MLB's No. 1 international prospect in '24 heats up with Storm
April 26, 2024

It’s often said to not let a shooter on the basketball court see one go through the net, lest they heat up and find their rhythm. That might be an apt analogy for Leodalis De Vries, the No. 1 international prospect in the 2024 class, who excelled on the basketball

A Storm's a-brewin: De Vries collects first two hits

Padres' teenage phenom reaches safely three times in second game
April 24, 2024

In recent years, the Padres have shown they are not afraid to push their top prospects. For the second straight season, they are starting a 17-year-old No. 1 international prospect at Single-A Lake Elsinore rather than in rookie ball, and in turn, challenging him from the moment he enters the

Padres' De Vries heading to Lake Elsinore

Top '24 international prospect bumped up at 17 years old
April 21, 2024

The Padres signed the top prospect of his international class. They brought him over stateside in his first professional spring, and his Minor League debut will come at a full-season level. Sound familiar?