Tom Krasovic gives us a bunch of quotes and info regarding the Padres’ draft and their philosophy.
Seriously, great stuff – well worth a read.
Admittedly, I know little about any of these guys. Heck, I only have a passing familiarity with most of the first round guys.
Anyway, in the 4th round the Padres took right handed pitcher Keyvius Sampson from Ocala Forest HS.
Goldstein: “The Padres are surprisingly the first team to take a signability guy in Keyvius Sampson, a projectable RHP and one of the better arms in Florida. He’ll take more than 4th round money to sign, and the Padres continue to change their ways.”
DePo: “Keyvius is a very athletic right-handed starter with a fastball that ranges from 90-96 mph and a very good changeup. This season he posted a 0.83 ERA, pitching 59 innings, giving up 19 hits and 14 walks while striking out 113. We believe he has big upside as a starting pitcher.”
Jason Hagerty, a switch hitting catcher from the University of Miami. Numbers:
|2009||60||.315||.451||.630||Lead team in OBP, second in SLG|
DePo: “Jason is a strong switch-hitting catcher with some power. He has also spent time at 1B, but we see him as a catcher.”
Jason Needy, HS righty from Santana HS.
DePo: “A San Diegan, James is a 6’5″ starting pitcher with a FB in the low 90′s with feel for both a breaking ball and a changeup. It’s nice to get a local in the mix, but this one was all about talent.”
Miles Mikolas, a righty from Nova Southeastern U (D2). From the school’s site:
Mikolas (Jr., Jupiter, Fla.) led the Sharks with a 2.06 earned run average while going 7-2 in 83.0 innings pitched. He threw four complete games, including two shutouts, in 11 starts. Mikolas is among the national leaders with 80 strikeouts to just eight walks on the season.
DePo: “A 6’5″ 220 lb starting pitcher, Miles has a fastball up to 94 with a good curveball. Is anyone sensing a trend?”
Nathan Frieman, first basemen from Duke. Numbers:
|2009||59||.352||.463||.703||Hit 20 of Duke’s 53 HR|
Nice bat. This is the kind of guy we’re used to the Padres picking, and I don’t say that in a negative light.
DePo: “A 6’8″ first baseman, Nate has monster power. This year, his senior year, he had 19 homers and just 24 strikeouts. As you can imagine, he makes a nice target over at 1B.”
Chris Fetter, RHP from Michigan. Numbers:
DePo: “A 6’8″, 230 lb starting pitcher, Chris had a huge spring after seeing a jump in his velocity up to 94 mph. In 94 innings this season he walked just 17 and struck out 103. At 6’8″ you could say he has good “downhill plane”.”
That’s a pretty good track record; a lot of innings.
|10||Ryan Hinson (LHP)||Clemson|
|11||Andrew Madrigal (RHP)||Mt San Jacinto JC|
|12||Brayden Drake (3b)||Missouri State|
|13||Matt Vern (1b)||TCU|
|14||Nick Greenwood (LHP)||Rhode Island|
|15||Matt Lollis (RHP)||Riverside CC|
Sullivan is the Padres’ third round selection. He’s a 6-4 righty from Oral Roberts. He made 15 starts and totaled 98 innings for ORU in 2009. He struck out 116 and walked 27, good for a 3.12 ERA. Oral Roberts, overall, struck out 498 in 423 innings and had a 3.76 ERA, so that gives you a little context. Sullivan’s career stats:
I’ll admit that I really had no idea who the Padres were going to take with their second round pick (52nd overall). As far as the type of player, though, I was guessing a college guy. I was also guessing a pitcher, since Tate’s obviously a position player. But, more than that, I was guessing college.
They selected Everett Williams from McCallum High School in Texas. Shows you how much I know. A quick glance at Williams’ MLB.com report reveals a guy who sounds a lot like Donavan Tate. Great tools, good speed, good defender. Biggest question: can he hit?
Now, a lot of people are probably going to be a little confused. Why draft two similar players with the first two picks? I know I wasn’t expecting a player like Williams. However, I think it’s a fine strategy. Basically, I’m always for the “best player on the board” strategy, and I’m guessing that’s what the Padres are empolying. If both players develop as expected, one moves to a corner … or one gets traded. It really shouldn’t be a big concern and it’s a pretty good problem to have.
Little extra: Goldstein on Williams:
Kevin Goldstein (6:33:23 PM PT): Padres have the best pick in the round by a mile with EVerett Williams, the Texas outfielder who many saw as having first-round tools. His size worked against him in the end, but who thought the Pads would begin the draft with a pair of high risk/high upside guys
Well, it’s official now. The Padres have selected Donavan Tate, a high school centerfielder from Georgia. The pick is a bit of a departure from the Padres usual strategy of drafting signable college players. The price tag on Tate is rumored to be around $6 million+. While I have faith the Padres will get him signed, I’m not sure the process will be smooth.
On the field, Tate is an all around player, an ath-a-lete’s athlete. By all reports I’ve seen, his fielding is highly regarded. He should be able to stick in center. He also has good power. The biggest question mark, aside from signability, seems to be his bat, and whether or not he’ll hit for a high enough average to be an effective major leaguer.
If you like comparisons, some guys that make sense to me are Chris Young (Arizona version), Mike Cameron, and maybe a Cameron Maybin. Certainly, he’s a potential high-impact player. Of course, with that comes a pretty decent risk, a decent chance that he’ll flop or won’t live up to expectations.
Overall, however, I like the pick. $6 million seems like a lot for an unproven kid, but the chances of him being worth far more than that a few years down the line make him too tough to pass up.