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2011 MLB Draft: San Diego Padres Draft Report

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The Padres quietly did a very nice job of adding a lot of talent in the draft.

1-Cory Spangenberg-2B-Indian River CC

Spangenberg is a pure hitter who has questions about his ultimate defensive position. He played 3B and Indian River CC but he did not look good there. The Padres are trying him at 2B and if he cannot make it there he has the speed to warrant giving CF a try. He was the first first round draft pick to sign and is playing in the NWL.

1-Joe Ross-RHP-HS (California)

Ross is the brother of the Athletics Tyson Ross. Joe has a UCLA scholarship but is expected to sign with San Diego. He has a cleaner delivery than his brother, and is a good athlete. His fastball has touched the mid 90's and he has a curveball and a change up to fill out his repetoire.

1S-Michael Kelly-RHP-HS (Florida)

Kelly has a projectable 6'5 210 LB frame and a strong fastball that can hit the mid 90's. He played on the same high school team as the ultra athletic Tyler Greene. Kelly struggled to start the year as his velocity and mechanics fluctuated. Kelly also has a curveball and a change up.

1S-Brett Austin-C-HS (North Carolina)

A catcher from a North Carolina high school, Austin made strides offensively especially from the left side as he was fairly new to switch hitting. He has good offensive potential but there are some questions about his ability to stay behind the plate as he isn't a premium athlete.

1S-Jace Peterson-SS-McNeese State

Peterson is a very good athlete as he was a cornerback on the McNeese State football team as well as a shortstop. He has very good speed and a mature plate approach. While his speed is good he is still raw in the field. He is more of a gap hitter than pure power as he only hit 2 home runs this year.

2-Austin Hedges-C-HS (California)

The Padres had 5 1st day picks but a legitimate argument could be made that the best prospect they drafted was Hedges, their 6th pick. Hedges receives rave reviews for his defensive ability, but there are some questions about his bat. He is aggressive at the plate but he does have some power potential.

3-Matt Andriese-RHP-UC Riverside

Andriese has a sinker that can hit the mid 90's as well as a curveball that's solid but can be inconsistent at times. He also has a solid change up and decent command. He looks like a guy who could eat innings and fill out the back of a rotation.

4-Cody Hebner-RHP-Green River CC

Hebner has an electric fastball and inconsistent secondary pitches, which isn't especially surprising given that in high school he spent most of his time at SS. His slider and and change up have a chance to be good, so he could potentially start. He was bought out of an Arizona State commitment.

5-Mark Pope-RHP-Georgia Tech

Pope was surprisingly the ace of the Yellow Jackets staff as he outperformed Brewers 1st round pick Jed Bradley. Pope has a solid 3 pitch mix and does a nice job of getting groundballs. He won't be an ace but he was a really nice value in the 5th round.

6-Kyle Gaedale-OF-Valparaiso

Gaedale is the great nephew of Eddie Gaedel, who was 3'7 and got an AB as part of a publicity stunt by owner Bill Veeck. The younger Gaedale is toolsy as he is strong with good power and speed but his pitch recognition and arm strength are below average.

7-Matt Wisler-RHP-HS (Ohio)

Wisler is a righthander from Ohio who was just bought out of his Ohio State commitment for $500K. He has a fastball that hits the low 90's and raw secondaries but is extremely projectable.

8-Kevin Quackenbush-RHP-South Florida

Quackenbush got just a $5,000 bonus-but he drastically improved his stock this spring consistently throwing his low to mid 90's fastball in the strike zone as he walked just 7 batters. He has already advanced out of short season ball and has struck out 38 in just 24.2 IP.

9-Justin Hancock-RHP-Lincoln Trail CC

Hancock's fastball hit the mid 90's this spring, ticking up from where he was last spring. He's basically pure arm strength at this point as his secondary pitches remain raw.

10-Rob Kral-C-College of Charleston

Kral is the rare lefthanded catcher who is decent offensively but is below average defensively.

11-Casey McElroy-SS-Auburn

Undersized at 5'8 180 lbs, McElroy played SS at Auburn but will likely play 2B in pro ball. He's got surprising power for someone his size (he slugged .564) but doesn't run well or have tremendous arm strength.

12-Colin Rea-RHP-Indiana State

Rea has a fastball that can hit the mid 90's with sink as well as a slider. He has a change up and a curveball to fill out his repetoire but he lacks command.

13-Lee Orr-OF-McNeese State

14-Burch Smith-RHP-Oklahoma

 Smith has a strong arm as his fastball has hit 95, but his control and secondary pitches remain raw. His slider and change up do have the makings of solid pitches though.

15-Greg Gonzalez-RHP-Fresno State

Gonzalez was the WAC pitcher of the year, posting an ERA of 1.43 and a K:BB of 121:26. He has a solid 4 pitch mix of a low 90's fastball, a curveball, a change up, and a cutter.

16-Jeremy Rodriguez-C-CS Bakersfield

17-Matt Stites-RHP-Missouri

Stites is small, at 6'0 180 lbs but he has a good fastball and slider combination and the stamina that he could potentially start if he develops a quality 3rd pitch.

18-Mike Gallic-OF-Marist

19-Jeremy Gigliotti-LHP-East Stroudsburg

20-Chris Haney-RHP-Dallas Baptist

21-Zach Kometani-1B-San Diego

22-Matt Colantonio-C-Brown

23-RL Eisenbach-LHP-Faulkner

24-Erick Fedde-RHP-HS (Nevada)

25-Paul Karmas-1B-St. Johns

26-Roberto Suppa-RHP-HS (Canada)

27-Arby Fields-OF-Cypress JC

28-Rashaad Ingram-2B-St. Augustine

29-Vimeal Machin-C-HS (Puerto Rico)

30-Justin Miller-OF-Southeastern Oklahoma

31-Clint Moore-SS-Army

32-Kyle Brule-RHP-Oklahoma Baptist

33-James Jones-RHP-Louisiana-Monroe

34-Dennis O'Grady-RHP-Duke

35-Travis Whitmore-2B-Pittsburgh

36-Andrew Rash-OF-Virginia Tech

37-Cody Semler-SS-HS (Texas)

38-Pat Connaughton-RHP-HS (Massachusetts)

Connaughton has a 2 sport scholarship to Notre Dame where he'd play basketball and baseball. He is fairly new to baseball, but his fastball is promising, hitting the low 90's with movement..

39-Josh Pond-RHP-CS San Bernardino

40-Taylor Murphy-3B-HS (California)

41-Dante Flores-2B-HS (California)

Flores was part of a stacked middle infield, playing with Taylor Sparks. He is a solid hitter but he'll need to get stronger. He is solid at 2B and should be able to remain there. He has a strong Southern California commitment.

42-Garrett Boulware-C-HS (South Carolina)

Boulware is a Clemson commit who should be able to stay behind the plate. He showed his athleticism as he also stoodout on the gridiron in High School.

43-Cody Gabella-SS-Southeastern CC

44-Spenser Linney-Head-Royse School

45-Will Gross-OF-HS (Mississippi)

46-Eddie Solomon-2B-HS (California)

47-Vince Voiro-RHP-Penn

48-Kent Rollins-SS-HS (Georgia)

49-Ryan Hutchison-OF-Western Kentucky