The catcher at the high school where I work should get his named called the first half of the day tomorrow. He had committed to USD, but they have two junior catchers and wanted to farm him out to Mesa for a year, but instead he de-committed. Since then, his stock has gone up even more and he's been scouted by 15 to 20 teams over the last two months, primarily the Rangers, Blue Jays and a couple of others.
I tell you all of this because it blows my mind that he wasn't contacted or scouted by the Padres until this past Thursday, a handful of days before the draft. I'd have thought that any HS kid expected to go somewhere in rounds 4-8 would have been scouted by the local team long before then. And that they wouldn't be scouting new plays that late in the game.
If Correa is still on the board he's probably the best shortstop prospect for the Padres taking going back to Stephen Drew. All the good ones have been long gone by the time the Padres turn comes... more
Is one of the international catcher's suppose to take most of the playing time in rookie ball this year or next? Not to defend them because their scouting in Socal has been terrible/pathetic over... more
Lance McCullers Jr!!! That's awesome. Lance McCullers was inexplicably one of my favorite players of all-time. Was just kind of hilarious to see that name in the draft. I had no idea. How insane is... more
Afraid to ask - but I'm assuming Fried will be significantly cheaper? How did they not take Appel? I've actually seen Appel pitch a couple of times live up here so maybe I sold myself short in terms... more
I don't question the pick, I just assumed Appel was head and shoulders above everybody else left, which turns out not to have been true. Love that Hawkins kid with the backflip, though. Not to pick,... more
According to BA, Fried was the highest ranked lefty in the draft and was expected to go in the top-10. Really, if all goes well, he could be our Madison Bumgarner. So, that's not a bad thing. They... more
Wahoo may have alluded to this before, but the Cubs picking right before us several times could be a dream-killer. Or at least a dream-maimer. The employees and players can all say the same stoic... more