I know that the MLB Draft doesn’t get nearly the publicity of any of the other drafts. Honestly, it’s probably for good reason. It’s not too often that you get to see any of the guys drafted today play in the Major Leagues immediately. In fact, since 1990 there have only been five players that went straight to the Majors, the most recent being Mike Leake for the Cincinnati Reds in 2010. Just like the way that baseball is slower in pace, the development of young players is often slower than other sports. That doesn’t mean however that the draft is not worth paying attention to. You might not see them soon but, we will see a percentage of these players someday in El Paso and, hopefully for them, in San Diego.
The Major League Baseball Draft, because of the immense volume of players available is next to impossible to predict. I think the only way to really hypothesize about what a team might do is to look back at the teams past drafting habits. So, without further ado, here are my Padres draft predictions sure to go wrong.
Rd 1 (pick 13) – Reese McGuire (C – Washington High School) – In the past the Padres have had no problem going with Minor Leaguers in the 1st Round. Despite the fact that they have Austin Hedges, they still could draft a Catcher. In the past, there has been a large percentage of players who were drafted as Catchers that moved to other positions in the pros.
Rd 2 (Pick 50) – This is where I hand the reigns over to my friend, the Real Padres GM, Noah. Like I said, the draft field is just too immense. I am spending the majority of my time learning the Padres organization from top to bottom. I will observe the draft, learn about the guys the Padres draft and then have something on here about them in the near future. In the meantime, enjoy Noah’s Mock Draft, even though he is wrong and I am right about the Padres 1st Round Pick!
- Morning Links: Draft Day Edition (utsandiego.com) – Padres related draft info