According to BA, the Padres walked away with the 2nd, 7th & 8th top ranked high school pitching prospects in the draft. Nice coup! Jankowski sounds like a nice CF prospect, table setter type. Grading the tools in the draft he was in BA's top-3 of college players in - Best Athlete (3), and Fastest Baserunner (2). In the current state of things, can really appreciate his ability to not strikeout (15 in 177 AB's). He goes well with Spangenberg & Patterson.
This draft, and the previous ones going back to 2009 are about as opposite as you can get compared to the years prior. I love that they are not shying away from HS talent despite the risks involved, particularly with the arms.
In ESPN's draft chat Jason A. Churchill: "The Padres continue to take the high upside, projectable prep arms. Having a draft that could turn up absolutely huge for them if most or all of them sign."
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
The CF we picked doesn't seem any different than Danny Brad Chalk Payne. A signable college kid with wheels and a whole lotta questions about the stick. Can't have too many high-ceiling arms. Eflin... more
That sounds like selling Jankowski short. Chalk had some pretty great plate discipline in college - 107bb/55k in 596 AB, but had no pop (0 hr, 6 3b) and so-so speed for his skillset (32sb/8cs).... more
The stats for college are all but useless given the conference and bat differences. He had a nice Cape season, but he's still a player whose strongest skills are his feet and his glove with big bat... more
The reason he looks better then Chalk & Payne isn't solely on their failure. He's a better hitter then Chalk, more thump in his bat, more speed on the bases. The difference in strikeouts between him... more
Honestly Chase that's the problem, the difference between Jonk and Payne is pretty much on the margins when we're talking statistical analysis, especially if you make any adjustment for the lack of... more
I didn't say solely. I said one. Jankowski played in the America East Conference. Not to pooh-pooh that, but Chalk played for Clemson and Payne for Georgia Tech. You can't just compare their stats as ... more
from Mad Friars chat with Kevin Goldstein: We asked the Padres this; is Travis Jankowski Brad Chalk 2.0? Is he more than a slap hitter? Kevin Goldstein: Wow that is a pretty pessimistic viewpoint. He ... more
Not that it changes things too much, but I'm assuming everybody saw stony brook made it to Omaha. Pretty remarkable.i would've told you jankowski was the raiders kicker two weeks ago so I'm certainly ... more
A lot of smart people liked him. A guy who I believe is RC reincarnated elsewhere likened him to a young Steve Finley. Watching video of him he looks like a hitter to me. Never going to be a power... more
His ultimate upside isn't 4th outfielder. That's where the optimistic and probability lines meet, though. A Finley comp wouldn't have been outrageous for Payne, Chalk, Drew Macias, Kory DeHaan, or a... more
Maybe I'm just making excuses, but the draft luxury tax and our aggressiveness early probably means fewer risks the rest of the way. I can't see the Padres signing too many guys for up to 1.75x the... more
Do you think the HS arms are going to get so much over slot that we exhaust our pool? I ask because it doesn't seem that way to me -- that the first 14 picks are going to cost us $9.9M, unless they... more