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Padres Add a 16-Year old to Single-A Lake Elsinore

Ethan Salas via Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/Getty Images

The Padres made a move that was enough to make everyone feel just a bit older. They officially announced that No. 3 prospect, Ethan Salas, will be reporting to Single-A Lake Elsinore. The biggest headline, Salas makes history by becoming the first 2006-born player to play in the minors.


As the 16-year old gets ready to embark on the next chapter of his early journey to the big leagues, let's take a look at the type of player he is.


The 6-foot-2-inch catcher with a powerful lefty swing has some of the best pitch framing skills scouts have seen. He's said to already be miles ahead of others even a few years older than he is.


Many believe, including the Padres, Salas could reach the majors before his 20th birthday. Which would come in the year 2026. With that comes along some awaited history. If Salas were to make his major league debut at that time, it would make him the first teenage catcher in MLB since Iván Rodriguez. Rodriguez completed that feat in 1991.


Salas made his MiLB debut last night and even picked up his first pro hit in his first at bat. As everyone continues to keep an eye on the youngster, it's a fresh sight to see how the Padres view their 16-year old prospect. Ethan Salas is a name everyone could hear for years to come.






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