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Draft Review – San Diego Padres

Here’s my pick-by-pick analysis of the San Diego Padres’ 2009 draft, keeping in mind talent, draft value, and signability. The number before each player is the round in which they were picked, and their overall pick number is listed. Here’s the picks:

1. Donavan Tate, OF, Cartersville HS (GA), #3 overall, 6’2’’/184: I have to admit I wasn’t high on Tate for most of the draft season, so him going this high was a little annoying to me. I don’t really believe in his bat, and combined with the signability issues connected to a prep who has a UNC commitment and also will play football, I just didn’t see an attractive draft prospect. However, he does have top ten talent overall, and the Padres were heavily connected to him coming into the draft, making this pick lack surprise. He hasn’t signed yet, and I don’t see him signing until the deadline. DOB: 9/27/90. Commitment: North Carolina.

2. Everett Williams, OF, McCallum HS (TX), #52 overall, 5’10’’/200: The Padres got a steal when Williams fell this far. He had been rumored as a possible first-round pick in the early 20s up to the week of the draft, but fell due to a few small questions. He doesn’t have a big arm, limiting him to center field or left, and he doesn’t have the plus speed of a typical center fielder. But he does have a bat, and that bat packs plenty of punch. Great pick if they can sign him, which I think is a pretty sure bet. DOB: 10/1/90. Commitment: Texas.

3. Jerry Sullivan, RHP, Oral Roberts, #83 overall, 6’4’’/220: While some sources say Sullivan can be a power pitcher, I’ve yet to see a full recovery in terms of velocity from his days as a touted high school junior before Tommy John surgery. However, I like his command, and the fact that he has a quality slider/changeup combo really raises his grade in my eyes. I thought he might last a round longer, but this isn’t really an overdraft, as he’s got the talent. His workload at ORU was a bit much, so that’s something to keep an eye on. He signed on June 24 and has thrown three mediocre relief appearances with Eugene in the Northwest League. DOB: 1/18/88. Signing bonus: $430,200.

4. Keyvius Sampson, RHP, Forest HS (FL), #114 overall, 6’0’’/185: Sampson was very high on draft boards entering the spring, and he had a great senior season. However, there were lingering questions that popped up late on his frame and durability, as some scouts wondered if he’d be able to handle a starter’s workload. As a result, it seems some teams saw Sampson as a future reliever, really bringing down his draft value. However, the Padres still got a steal here, as Sampson should have gone in the area of the second round. If they sign him, which they haven’t, this is a big coup. DOB: 1/6/91. Commitment: Florida State.

5. Jason Hagerty, C, Miami, #144 overall, 6’3’’/220: I was surprised Hagerty went this high, as he only really had a solid starting spot with good production for a single year at Miami. Add in the fact that he hasn’t caught full-time since his freshman year, and you should have a guy that has less helium than Hagerty ended up having. However, the Padres seem to believe in Hagerty’s plus raw power, and they also seem to believe that he’ll bloom with full-time experience at catcher. Hagerty most recently held down the first base spot for the Hurricanes. Not high on this pick, as Hagerty has to stay behind the plate to warrant this high draft slot. He signed on June 24, and he’s 10-for-36 (.278) so far with Eugene. DOB: 9/13/87. Signing bonus: $177,300.

6. James Needy, RHP, Santana HS (CA), #174 overall, 6’6’’/195: This was another questionable pick, as I never saw Needy mentioned in the top 200 prospects anywhere before the draft. However, for a team looking to add projectable arms with some good current velocity, Needy is an ideal pick. My main concern is his mechanics, which were reportedly a bit crazy, and he had elbow surgery in December 2008 for some minor cleanup, though that could have been as a result of his football throwing as a quarterback, as well. The good news is that he already throws a full complement of offspeed stuff, meaning he should be ahead of the curve and able to fully concentrate on cleaning up his mechanics. Decent pick, but Needy still has not signed. DOB: 3/30/91. Commitment: San Diego.

7. Miles Mikolas, RHP, Nova Southeastern (FL), #204 overall, 6’5’’/220: Mikolas has the definition of a pro body, but I had basically written him off as a top ten round candidate following a late-season suspension due to what was reportedly a substance-abuse violation. That’s a bit scary, especially considering the amount of money a 7th-rounder can get, but the Padres still loved the plus pitchability and solid velocity. I don’t like this pick for the risk it takes on, but the talent is there. Keep an eye on Mikolas, as he could break out or flame out. He signed on June 24, but he’s been hit around hard with Eugene so far. DOB: 8/23/88. Signing bonus: $125,000.

8. Nate Freiman, 1B, Duke, #234 overall, 6’8’’/220: A 28th-rounder of the Rangers a year ago, Freiman returned to Duke due to his desire to get a degree. He has enormous raw power, as evidenced by his monster numbers with the Blue Devils, and his size is intriguing by most standards. I’ve seen a couple reports that question his bat speed, though, and that’s why he fell this far. This is around where I expected him to go, as Freiman has a bit of upside, but is already old for his level and is limited to first base. He signed on June 14 and is hitting .293/.338/.480 through 75 ABs with Eugene. The lack of walks is a bit concerning. DOB: 12/31/86. Signing bonus: $40,000.

9. Chris Fetter, RHP, Michigan, #264 overall, 6’8’’/230: Fifth-year seniors rarely intrigue me, especially ones that have never been drafted before. Such is the case with Fetter. However, he’s got what can be average stuff and a pro body, so this is a bit better than your normal fifth-year senior draft. I think Fetter has a nice chance of eventually becoming a middle reliever, which is a contrast to his starting role at Michigan, where he was essentially the staff ace. If he can pitch to his height advantage, the Padres might be on to something here. He also signed on June 14, and he’s had four solid starts with Eugene. DOB: 12/23/85. Signing bonus: $25,000.

10. Ryan Hinson, LHP, Clemson, #294 overall, 6’3’’/225: I’m quite underwhelmed by this pick, as Hinson wasn’t on my radar screen for anything but a mid-teens or later pick. A 31st-round pick of the Pirates a year ago as a junior, Hinson continued his role as a reliever and spot-starter for the Tigers as a senior, posting decent numbers. He’s got good size, but he also has LOOGY written all over him at best. He signed very quickly and has been beaten around with Eugene in four relief appearances. DOB: 5/12/87. Signing bonus: $15,000.

11. Drew Madrigal, RHP, Mount San Jacinto JC (CA), #324 overall, 6’2’’/200: I’ve been very high on Madrigal for most of the spring, and the only thing that kept me from anointing him higher in my shadow draft was his high workload as a JUCO sophomore. This is about where I expected him to go overall, though, as his prospects may only be as a reliever in the pros, where he can take advantage of his average fastball and above-average curve. He hasn’t signed yet, and I wonder if his college commitment is stronger than first thought. DOB: 1/16/89. Commitment: Auburn.

12. Brayden Drake, 3B, Missouri State, #354 overall, 5’11’’/195: Drake was a senior third baseman for Missouri State that I thought would land close to round twenty than round ten. However, it seems the Padres believed in Drake’s bat much more than I did. He might hit for some average eventually, but the power isn’t really there, and his glove is very error-prone. He’s got decent control of the strike zone, though, and that makes him an ideal senior sign. I started to wonder if this was the Padres’ cutoff for the organizational player line, but I decided against it. He signed quickly, but is off to a nasty 2-for-32 start with Eugene. He’s only struck out three times, so it could easily be an unlucky streak. DOB: 4/17/87. Signing bonus: Unknown.

13. Matt Vern, 1B, TCU, #384 overall, 6’3’’/215: Another senior that went undrafted up to this point, Vern showed more natural power than Drake, but also had more problems all-around. Even as a senior, Vern continued to strike out at an alarming rate, and his control of the strike zone is still fairly limited. I didn’t expect his name to get called until well into the 20s, so this was a surprise, and I’m not high on this pick at all. He signed quickly, but is hitting just .236/.333/.364 with Eugene. DOB: 11/8/86. Signing bonus: Unknown.

14. Nick Greenwood, LHP, Rhode Island, #414 overall, 6’1’’/177: Greenwood’s not a guy that overly impressed me this year, but at least he’s a college junior with a track record of success with average stuff, but above-average command and deception. While I still think he’s a LOOGY in the long run, he’s got enough stuff to be a minor league starter for awhile. This was about where I thought he’d go. He signed quickly and has dominated the Northwest League in 3 starts, allowing only a single run in 13.2 innings. DOB: 9/28/87. Signing bonus: Unknown.

15. Matt Lollis, RHP, Riverside CC (CA), #444 overall, 6’7’’/230: I love this pick, but only if Lollis can be signed. As you can tell by his raw size, Lollis attracts scouts in droves. Many don’t know that Lollis was supposed to be a nice sidekick to Kyle Skipworth a year ago, but he hurt his shoulder early and missed the season with tendinitis, a worrying sign. However, after coming back from another injury this spring, this one to his ankle, Lollis was a name I kept hearing whispered. He was stronger, had better offspeed stuff, better command, and better concentration. He also has a young, fresh arm. However, he might not be signable, as he has another year at Riverside with which to improve his draft stock, and he could show up as a top 3 rounder next year. DOB: 9/11/90. Commitment: None.

16. Griffin Benedict, C, Georgia Southern, #474 overall, 6’1’’/195: While I like this pick on the whole, I’m not sure why the Padres think Benedict will be a passable catcher. He doesn’t have a good arm, and while his receiving skills might be good, he’s really already done most of the natural growing he can do, as he’s already done four years of college. He’s got good bloodlines, being the son of Bruce Benedict, but it’s really the bat that should carry him as an offense-first backup catcher that swings from the left side. He might need to shift out from behind the plate if he doesn’t drastically improve, though. He signed quickly, and after a quick 6-for-24 run with Eugene was promoted to Fort Wayne in the Midwest League, where he’s 2-for-8. DOB: 7/4/87. Signing bonus: Unknown.

17. Jorge Reyes, RHP, Oregon State, #504 overall, 6’3’’/195: This marks the transition to the unsignable and organizational player period of the Padres’ draft. Reyes falls under the unsignable. A Boras client, Reyes had a dominant freshman campaign followed up by a murderous sophomore year, followed by a mediocre junior year in 2009. He’s got decent stuff, though I’m in the group that thinks he’s ultimately a reliever, though with a setup man’s ceiling. His fastball is quite good when it’s moving, and his slider is an out pitch when he keeps his confidence. Overall, though, I doubt the Padres can offer enough money to keep Reyes from going back to school, where he’ll hope he puts together a dominating senior year. DOB: 12/7/87.

18. Shuhei Fujiya, RHP, Northern Iowa, #534 overall, 6’3’’/180: A final part of the dying Northern Iowa baseball program, Fujiya was the closer. Interestingly enough, the junior hurler still hasn’t signed for some reason, even though he doesn’t have a baseball program to return to. He needs to harness his command and control problems overall, but this could be an interesting find. DOB: 8/12/87.

19. Chris Tremblay, SS, Kent State, #564 overall, 5’10”/170: Another college senior, Tremblay is a little middle infielder who I expected to go later as an organizational infielder looking for a half-year filler. He’ll be 23 in November. He signed quickly and is hitting .217/.338/.217 in 60 ABs with Eugene. DOB: 11/13/86. Signing bonus: Unknown.

20. John Wooten, 3B, Eastern Wayne HS (NC), #594 overall, 6’4’’/190: Wooten has a pro third baseman’s body, but he’s quite raw, even for a prep. For that reason, it’s almost a sure thing that he goes to school, where he should climb up boards for the 2012 draft, but only if he cleans up his game. I don’t expect him to sign. DOB: 1/19/91. Commitment: East Carolina.

21. Kendall Korbal, RHP, Blinn JC (TX), #624 overall, 6’5’’/195: Korbal was supposed to be one of the best JUCO arms available in the 2009 class, but after a strong fall ball run, he disappointed greatly in the spring, showing decreased velocity and command. He also had elbow problems, which led to his precipitous drop here. As a result, when the Padres drafted him, getting a bargain by the way, the original contract they signed him to was voided after failing the physical, and they had to re-sign him to a lower amount. That was done, and the Padres, if Korbal is healthy, could end up with a major steal. He’s listed on the AZL Padres’ roster, but hasn’t appeared in a game. DOB: 11/20/88. Signing bonus: $25,000.

22. Cody Decker, 1B, UCLA, #654 overall, 5’10’’/205: I read a lot of differing opinions on Decker, some of which loved his power and ability to handle anything inside, and others which thought of him as a mistake hitter with a tiny frame and a lack of pro ability. I’m more on the latter side, but I did expect him to go more in the 15th-round range. The Padres signed the college senior quickly, and he’s hit .263/.300/.474 in 57 ABs with the AZL squad. DOB: 1/17/87. Signing bonus: Unknown.

23. Jeff Ibarra, LHP, Lee (TN), #684 overall, 6’6’’/185: Ibarra is a tall, skinny reliever that has LOOGY written all over him if he can use his frame to his advantage. He signed after his senior year, and he’s thrown 10 quality innings with Eugene so far. DOB: 8/18/87. Signing bonus: Unknown.

24. Bo Davis, OF, Southern Miss, #714 overall, 6’0’’/185: Davis is a 5th-year senior who was easily the best hitter on the Southern Miss squad. Even though he’s quite old for his level, Davis does have some decent tools, and I like his hitting ability in general, though he’s not any sort of prospect. He should put together an interesting minor league season or two. I expected him to go ten rounds earlier, so this is a decent pick. He signed quickly and is hitting .333/.468/.483 in 60 ABs with Eugene, stealing 10 bases already. DOB: 8/28/85. Signing bonus: Unknown.

25. Ty Wright, OF, Georgia Southern, #744 overall, 6’1’’/235: Wright’s a well-built college senior that I expected to go somewhere in this range as a short-term organizational soldier. He signed quickly, went a lowly 3-for-22 with Eugene, but has gone 6-for-14 since a demotion to the AZL. DOB: 8/10/87. Signing bonus: Unknown.

26. Kevin Winn, 2B, Louisiana Tech, #774 overall, 5’11’’/185: Winn’s another college senior, and I’m not sure I even thought he’d be drafted. He’s simply a small, lefty hitter without any tools to speak of. He signed quickly, and after a 4-for-16 run with Eugene was promoted to Lake Elsinore in the Cal League to be a backup, where he’s 1-for-3 in limited action. DOB: 6/5/87. Signing bonus: Unknown.

27. Cameron Monger, OF, New Mexico, #804 overall, 6’2’’/205: At least Monger has a plus tool: his speed. A former undrafted JUCO player, Monger transferred in this year to New Mexico, where he didn’t even start. However, every team needs a burner outfielder as a backup and Monger might be just that. I don’t trust his bat, but if you bring him in every day as a pinch runner and defensive replacement, he should be fine. He signed quickly and is off to a .311/.348/.459 start in the AZL, having already stolen 8 bases. DOB: 8/5/88. Signing bonus: Unknown.

28. Vince Belnome, 2B, West Virginia, #834 overall, 5’11’’/205: Belnome is one guy I expected to be drafted, and probably higher than Kevin Winn, though that turned out to not be the case. A junior, Belnome did sign quickly, which might not be good for him in the long-run, as he could have moved up boards with a good senior year. He’s off to a .323/.475/.581 start in 62 ABs with Eugene, and he’s showing incredible plate discipline. One of the more interesting late-round picks. DOB: 3/11/88. Signing bonus: Unknown.

29. Robert Poutier, RHP, Virginia, #864 overall, 6’4’’/190: Not a name on any of my lists. Old fifth-year senior with a decent body. Signed quickly and has thrown 6 quality innings in the AZL. Should always have to battle for his roster spot. DOB: 10/21/85. Signing bonus: Unknown.

30. Wande Olabisi, OF, Stanford, #894 overall, 6’0’’/212: I thought Olabisi might go ten rounds earlier, but he fell as a college junior. The Nigerian surprisingly (to me at least) signed quickly, despite having a year left at Stanford. He’s off to a 8-for-30 start in the AZL (.267). DOB: 3/18/88. Signing bonus: Unknown.

31. Matt Jackson, RHP, South Alabama, #924 overall, 6’3’’/170: Another tall, skinny thrower, Jackson was at LSU to start his career, then transferred into USA after a year at Chipola JC in Florida. He had mixed success as a starter there, but is probably a middle reliever at best in pro ball. He signed quickly and has thrown 15.1 dazzling innings of shutout ball with Eugene. DOB: 12/18/87. Signing bonus: Unknown.

32. David Erickson, RHP, Connecticut, #954 overall, 6’0’’/190: I don’t ever tire of writing about 23 year-old college seniors. Here’s another in Erickson, another middle reliever-type of thrower, though Erickson has less of a pro body than most of the other names called by the Padres. He also signed quickly and is off to a nice start with Eugene, having allowed just a pair of earned runs through his first 9 innings. DOB: 2/9/86. Signing bonus: Unknown.

33. Jon Berger, RHP, San Diego State, #984 overall, 6’2’’/215: Berger really only got noticed due to his teammate named Strasburg. I’m still a little surprised Berger got picked at all following his senior season. He’s a control specialist that was a starter with the Aztecs, but is another middle reliever-type in the pros. He signed quickly and has had a nice start to his pro career in Eugene, where he’s thrown 4 nice starts. DOB: 1/18/87. Signing bonus: Unknown.

34. Josh Cephas, RHP, Southern Nazarene (OK), #1014 overall, 6’0’’/195: Finally somebody I like, and they haven’t signed him! Every time I spoke with some that covered Ashur Tolliver late this spring always put in a tidbit about Cephas, who had absolutely blossomed as a senior reliever with Southern Nazarene. He’s got a great fastball/slider combo that projects as a possible setup guy’s repertoire, and I thought he might go as early as round eight. However, he fell here, and the Padres have yet to sign him. DOB: 4/17/87.

35. Adalberto Santos, OF, Oregon State, #1044 overall, 5’10’’/184: Santos was a 17th-rounder of the Blue Jays in 2007, when he had been a star at New Mexico JC. He was a true utility man at Oregon State, and I figured he wouldn’t be drafted this year, as his tools aren’t really pro-caliber. But he’s a gritty player. He should return to Oregon State for his senior year, as he hasn’t signed yet, and I don’t expect him to sign. DOB: 9/28/87.

36. Dylan Tonneson, C, California, #1074 overall, 6’3’’/220: I thought Tonneson would go at least ten rounds higher as a physical catcher from the Pac-10. However, he fell this far, and the Padres signed him quickly following his junior year. He’s off to a rough 2-for-34 start in the AZL. DOB: 9/5/87. Signing bonus: Unknown.

37. Gaspar Santiago, LHP, Ranger JC (TX), #1104 overall, 6’0’’/200: Santiago was at Old Dominion before Ranger JC, and I don’t know much about him. He was drafted previously by the Rangers in 2007 in the 32nd round, but I haven’t heard much of him since. He hasn’t signed yet, and I don’t even have a college commitment for him. DOB: 9/23/89. Commitment: Unknown.

38. Kyle Loretelli, OF, Cal State Stanislaus, #1134 overall, 5’11’’/185: Nothing to add here except he’s a small senior sign. Signed quickly and is hitting .325/.426/.450 in 40 ABs with Eugene. DOB: 6/30/86. Signing bonus: Unknown.

39. Chris Ahearn, SS, Catawba (NC), #1164 overall, 5’11’’/180: Another small senior sign, this being in the infield, as Ahearn’s already 23. Signed quickly, but is only 1-for-7 in the AZL, where he’s still on the active roster, but hasn’t played since June 23. DOB: 5/8/86. Signing bonus: Unknown.

40. Tom Porter, RHP, Elon, #1194 overall, 6’1’’/185: Another smaller senior arm that might vie for middle relief spots through the system. Signed quickly and is pitching in mediocrity in the AZL. DOB: 11/11/86. Signing bonus: Unknown.

41. Dane Hamilton, 2B, New Mexico, #1224 overall, 6’2’’/195: Hamilton’s another senior pick, though he hasn’t signed as of yet. He was a third baseman in college, but was tabbed as a second baseman by the Padres. I don’t know what’s holding him up, other than the idea that he doesn’t want to play pro baseball. DOB: 9/26/86.

42. Rey Delphey, RHP, Alonso HS (FL), #1254 overall, 5’10’’/195: Delphey’s a small kid who is also an outfield prospect. I doubt he signs, as he’s got a much better chance of being a better player after three or four years of college. DOB: 10/19/90. Commitment: South Florida.

43. Chadd Hartman, OF, Central Florida, #1284 overall, 6’0’’/195: Hartman was a 43rd-rounder before, this being in 2005 to the Indians out of high school. Now a senior, Hartman signed quickly, though there’s not much talent to find in his body. He’s 4-for-14 in a reserve role for Eugene. DOB: 11/9/86. Signing bonus: Unknown.

44. Ryan Skube, 2B, Mountain Ridge HS (AZ), #1314 overall, 5’11’’/175: Skube is a diminutive prep middle infielder that wasn’t committed to a college that I could find. I know nothing of his skills, but it still surprised me when he signed right away, as the vast majority of preps picked here don’t sign. He’s 6-for-25 in the AZL. DOB: 3/26/91. Signing bonus: Unknown.

45. Derek Landis, RHP, Iowa Western CC (IA), #1344 overall, 6’6’’/180: I thought Landis would go much higher as a tall, lanky JUCO freshman. Having been picked this late, I doubt he signs, and he’ll head back to Iowa Western for his sophomore year. DOB: 8/27/89. Commitment: None.

46. Mykal Stokes, OF, Orange Coast CC (CA), #1374 overall, 6’2’’/170: Stokes was picked in the 41st round by the Yankees a year ago out of high school, and the Padres called his name as a JUCO freshman, though this was about where I thought he’d go. He’s not refined at all, and he’ll likely head back to Orange Coast for his sophomore year. DOB: 6/2/90. Commitment: None.

47. Zach Thomas, LHP, Cypress-Fairbanks HS (TX), #1404 overall, 6’2’’/200: Someone had mentioned Thomas to me, but only as a first baseman, not as a pitcher. Either way, he’s not a highly-touted prospect, and it’s doubtful he signs this far down. I think he’s committed to a JUCO, but I’m not positive. DOB: 10/3/90. Commitment: Howard JC (TX).

48. Andrew Ruck, OF, Sinclair SS (ON), #1434 overall, 5’11’’/185: I thought Ruck would go higher, possibly as high as the 20th round. Like most Canadian preps, he’s not very refined, so college will do him some good. He won’t sign. DOB: 5/20/91. Commitment: Lafayette.

49. Brett Holland, RHP, Texas-Tyler, #1464 overall, 6’1’’/185: Holland was picked by the Athletics in the 48th round a year ago, but didn’t sign as a draft-eligible sophomore. He surprisingly signed quickly and is off to a good start in the AZL. DOB: 6/30/87. Signing bonus: Unknown.

50. Brett Basham, C, Ole Miss, #1494 overall, 6’2’’/195: Basham was a 16th-rounder of the White Sox last year as a junior, and returning for his senior season only hurt his stock. He signed quickly and is 4-for-9 in the AZL as a backup catcher. DOB: 9/8/86. Signing bonus: Unknown.

The Padres on the whole put on a nice draft, grabbing some high-ceiling guys and some guys with polish. I really like the balance. I’m generally not critical of picking two guys in the same position with your first two picks, as the Padres now have a pair of very talented young center field prospects in Tate and Williams. Tate’s obviously the more hyped prospect, but Williams could easily have a better Major League career with the pop he has in his bat. Following those picks up with a polished arm with upside like Sullivan and a high-risk prep like Sampson were smart moves, and Sampson was easily one of the better talents available when the second day started. I worry about his durability like almost everyone else, but at least he’s a power arm they have in their system.

Moving beyond those picks, you can tell the club is in need of budget room for getting Tate under contract. Starting with Freiman, they went with very affordable players, and this draft has more college seniors than is the norm. James Needy, Jorge Reyes and Kendall Korbal all offer some higher-upside talent, but only Korbal is under contract so far, and I doubt Reyes will be signed. Needy’s an intriguing name to watch, though, as he’ll need a long development path, but could produce nice dividends as a 6th-rounder. I don’t like the Hagerty pick much at all, and the Freiman-Fetter-Hinson run is a bit disappointing considering they could have all gone a few rounds later in most scenarios.

Finally, I’m not really impressed with any of their picks past Drew Madrigal, excluding Kendall Korbal. None really seem to have much of a chance to make it to the Majors, even the long list of middle reliever candidates. The Padres seem to have overvalued some guys that are simply organizational players if they’re in almost any other organization, as the Padres’ cutoff line in this draft probably came after the run on college seniors. They need to sign Madrigal, Matt Lollis, and Reyes for me to really be impressed with this draft. As a result, on the whole I’m pretty much unimpressed with the talent the Padres stockpiled, as they added some nice names early, but failed to add them beyond that. Going with the strength of their early picks, especially getting Williams and Sampson as late as they did, I’m going to give them an even grade with the Mariners, but firmly behind the Nationals. Affordability is no substitute for upside.

FINAL GRADE: B-.

Note: If you have signing bonus information or other information you wish to share, feel free to comment or email me at texasrangersanalyst at gmail dot com.

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July 9, 2009 - Posted by | Draft Review |

4 Comments »

  1. I believe skube signed because his dad is a coach in the padres system.

    Comment by aj | July 9, 2009 | Reply

    • Ah, so that’s the reason. I guess that means he can afford school, too.

      Comment by andyseiler | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  2. Say someone just put you in charge of the remaining Padres draft budget and tells you you’ve got $9M to play with. Do you think there’s any way to cut it to get Tate, Williams, Sampson, Reyes and Wooten? Fuson’s announced Madrigal isn’t going to sign and that “his signability changed after the draft.”

    Comment by David | August 11, 2009 | Reply

  3. So, they signed two of the three (Lollis and Reyes) you said they’d have to get to be really impressed with the class, and did get a reworked deal done w/ Korbal and put him right under the knife. Does that change the grade in your mind?

    Comment by David | August 19, 2009 | Reply


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