Cardinals: 3 prospects to target in any Tyler O’Neill trade, 1 to avoid

Tyler O'Neill, St. Louis Cardinals (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
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San Diego Padres 2022 first-round draft pick Dylan Lesko (Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/Getty Images)
San Diego Padres 2022 first-round draft pick Dylan Lesko (Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/Getty Images) /

Cardinals trade targets: 1. Dylan Lesko RHP, Padres

Lesko was the Padres’ first-round draft pick, 15th overall, in the 2022 MLB Draft. The Padres selected the right-handed arm out of Buford High School in Georgia.

Lesko is a Top-3 prospect in the Padres organization, pitching Rookie ball in the Arizona Complex League. Lesko is getting acclimated to the ways of Major League Baseball while developing in the Padres system.

He’s currently 0-1 in three starts with a hefty 10.80 ERA over 3.1 innings of work. He has four earned runs, six strikeouts, and two walks.

Lesko is 19 and still growing. He would be a great addition to the Cardinals system as he continues to develop. Lesko would be a nice piece in a more significant deal that could return a power bat looking for a change.