Samuel Zavala

18-Year-Old OutfielderOF
San Diego Padres A
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Zavala has been known as one of the best pure hitters in his class since he signed as a 16-year-old out of Venezuela in 2020. He was the youngest hitter to get 100-plus plate appearances at Single-A last season and did more than just tread water, slashing .254/.355/.508 with seven home runs, five steals, a 13.5 BB% and a 26.2 K% in 141 PA. Given his age, he could have been forgiven for struggling, but he was 18% better than league average and got to a surprising amount of power (.254 ISO) for this stage of his career. Zavala can play center field now, but he gets by more on good instincts than blazing speed, and the same goes for his success on the bases. It's Zavala's pretty left-handed swing and knack for barelling balls that will get him to the majors. His raw tools don't scream top prospect, but his bat might be special enough for him to steadily climb rankings in his age-18/19 season. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Padres in January of 2021.
Moves up to Single-A
OFSan Diego Padres  A
August 5, 2022
The Padres promoted Zavala from the rookie-level Arizona Complex League to Single-A Lake Elsinore on Wednesday.
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He's played in both of Lake Elsinore's games since being promoted, going 1-for-6 with two walks. Prior to his promotion, the 18-year-old outfielder turned in a .345/.412/.621 slash line over 35 plate appearances.
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Signs with San Diego
OFSan Diego Padres  A
January 15, 2021
Zavala signed with the Padres on Friday, Baseball America reports.
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