Okay, Padres fans and followers . . .we've already made a lot of progress, gotten a big board together, and did a lot of deep soul-searching(?) about where we want to go with our draft. Of course, the last thread got a little crazy with all the lists, so I decided to make a new post and center in on some strategy.
At pick 7, I've got five names in mind at the moment. Marcus Stroman, Max Fried, Albert Almora, Courtney Hawkins, Gavin Cecchini. While I currently have Stroman atop the board, I'm not looking to be a dictator, and if our consensus is that Stroman isn't the right guy, then so be it. The more I go over Fried the more I am impressed - while his stuff isn't top-shelf just yet, all of the ingredients to be an excellent pitcher are present. The prep position players all have questions - Almora is a strong defender and pure hitter but lacks secondary skills, Hawkins has a somewhat erratic approach, and Cecchini has questions on defense. If you're looking for prospect comparisons for those three, I'd compare Almora to Starling Marte, Hawkins to Josh Bell (the Pirate), and Cecchini to Nick Franklin. realitypolice has spoken of his appreciation for Cecchini. PadresFuture seems to be thinking Fried or Hawkins. padmanfan wants upside and has favored Hawkins up to this point. None of you have spoken of Stroman, so I'll set him aside. My personal preference at this point in order would be Fried, Cecchini (as SS), Hawkins.
At 33, we all really like SS Tanner Rahier if he's there, but he's been projected to go late first in many sources and I'm not planning on him being on the board. Several of you have noted Georgia LHP Hunter Virant as a possible target and while he may be long gone, if we can reach consensus on him I will note him as a possibility. My five guys that I'm really thinking about here are college OF Travis Jankowski, college OF Tyler Naquin, prep RHP Duane Underwood, prep SS Corey Seager, and prep RHP Cody Poteet. I'm also mulling dark horses prep 3B Carson Kelly and college RHP Chris Stratton, and if prep OF D.J. Davis is there (I don't think so, but) we can look at him too.
At 44, keep all the guys above in mind. I'm also going to add five more names that I'm considering here. College OF Barrett Barnes, college SS Stephen Bruno, HS RHP Mitchell Traver, community college RHP Dylan Baker, and college LHP Alex Wood.
At 55, I think we can still target a prep player, but I'm not sure what will make sense at that point. Five options are: college OF Jeff Gelalich, college RHP Austin Maddox, prep RHP Edwin Diaz, college RHP Ross Stripling (senior sign w/two very strong pitches), and college RHP Pierce Johnson. If you want a prep, RHP Clate Schmidt may be there. I do like prep RHP Carson Fulmer some, even if he is a little old for a HS player.
At 66 and 70, we have to really start thinking about signability, but there are some intriguing options. I know one of you mentioned helium guy prep RHP Kieran Lovegrove, although he may go earlier. I know some of you have really emphasized upside, and I'll try to present that option. Ten guys: prep SS Paxton de la Garza (signability), college LHP Brett Mooneyham (big stuff, iffy command), college RHP Jeff Gibbs (has been up to 97 mph), college 2B/3B Joey Dimichele, college RHP Brady Rogers, college RHP Jake Barrett, prep OF Fernelys Sanchez (injured this year but only committed to a CC), prep LHP Cole Irvin, college OF Brandon Thomas, college RHP Braden Kline.
Anyway, that took a while. Give me your feedback on what you're all thinking, and if you think there's a guy we should really be targeting at a certain spot, let me hear it. Feel free to invoke names not listed.