More On The Padres: Tayron Guerrero

As a complement to our extensive Padres coverage today at, here’s another nugget that didn’t quite make it into my Cactus League camp report from Peoria . . .

Another breakout candidate: Tayron Guerrero

Guerrero is one of the most intriguing prospects in the system. Signed out of Colombia in 2009, he’s a 6-foot-7 right-hander with an electric arm.

Guerrero’s fastball can put triple digits on radar guns, and his slider has power to it as well. He has been very slow to develop, however, as he’s 23 years old and has pitched just 3 2/3 innings in full-season ball.

He’s still learning to harness his stuff, as evidenced by his 6-12, 5.09 record and 135/120 K/BB ratio in 146 2/3 pro innings. But Smith says Guerrero looks like he’s ready to take a significant step forward in 2014.

“Guerrero looks like he might be clicking in,” Padres vice president for player development and international scouting Randy Smith said. “He can touch 100 and it looks like he’s playing catch doing it. His slider has gotten better and his changeup has gotten better.”

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