Padres Draft Report Card
Analyzing San Diego's 2008 draft class
The Padres wanted power bats and drafted only one pitcher among their top 10 signees. Allan Dykstra has a chronic hip issue that held up his signing, and Decker's bat could be special enough for him to surpass Dykstra as the class' top prospect, sooner than later.
Best Pure Hitter:
OF Jaff Decker (1s) uses the whole field and has a tremendous approach for such a young hitter. He's short to the ball and has a natural feel for hitting. >> Best Power Hitter:
1B Allan Dykstra (1) has as much raw power as anyone in the draft with tremendous strength, leverage in his swing and the plate discipline to get the pitch he can drive. 1B Matt Clark (12) led Division I in home runs in 2008 and led California's JC ranks in 2007. 3B James Darnell (2) and Decker have above-average power. >> Fastest Runner:
OF Blake Tekotte (3) is an above-average runner and has good baserunning instincts as well. >> Best Defensive Player:
SS Beamer Weems (8) has prototype hands, range and arm strength, though the switch-hitter didn't answer questions about his offensive ability, batting .207/.355/.299 in 87 at-bats in his debut.
RHP Tyson Bagley (11) can sit in the 93-96 mph range at his best, though his heater tends to be straight. RHP Gary Poynter (39) has reached the mid-90s with his fastball and sits in the low 90s with heavy sink. >> Best Secondary Pitch:
LHP Rob Musgrave (14) commands his plus curveball and 55 changeup, while RHP Erik Davis (13) also features a plus change.
ODDS AND ENDS
Best Pro Debut:
Decker, playing in his hometown Peoria in the Rookie-level Arizona League, hit .352/.523/.541 and led the league in OBP and runs (51). OF Dan Robertson (33) was the short-season Northwest League MVP and batting champion, hitting .377/.443/.497 with 20 stolen bases for Eugene. >> Best Athlete:
Darnell has a well-muscled, athletic body and surprising agility and speed for his 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame. He may wind up in right field. >> Most Intriguing Background:
Davis nearly lost an eye in the Cape Cod League in 2006 when he was struck on the mound by a batted ball. He recovered and helped lead Stanford to the 2008 College World Series. 2B Cole Figueroa (6) is the son of Giants minor league manager and ex-big leaguer Bien. Clark's father Terry pitched in the majors and is a pitching coach in the Rangers system. >> Closest To The Majors:
Figueroa is a polished hitter who profiles as an offensive second baseman. He had knee surgery during instructional league but shouldn't miss any time next season. >> Best Late-Round Pick:
Poynter has big-time stuff including an erratic power curveball, and if he throws strikes he'll move rapidly. >> The One Who Got Away: LHP Brett Mooneyham (14) could be a first-rounder after three years at Stanford if he can throw more strikes with his low-90s fastball and power slider.