San Diego Padres

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 3 Donavan Tate OF Cartersville (Ga.) HS Ga. $6,250,000
Widely regarded as the top prep position player in the class entering the spring, Tate has done little to dissuade scouts of that notion. He earned that status with premium athletic ability, graceful actions, good bloodlines and emerging baseball skills. Tate showed his athleticism during a rigorous summer, playing for USA Baseball's 18U team, and in the Aflac and Under Armour games. The long summer prompted him to consider quitting football, but his father Lars played football at Georgia and in the NFL, and Tate has committed to play both football and baseball at North Carolina. So Tate changed his mind after one week and returned to the gridiron. His two-sport stardom has left his skills in need of some polish, particularly his hitting ability. He can get pull-happy and doesn't have a natural feel for hitting, but that doesn't significantly limit his ceiling. He has earned comparisons to fellow Georgia prep Jeff Francoeur for his athleticism, and has more feel for hitting than the Braves outfielder, with similar power potential. Tate has true bat speed and strength, and makes adjustments against better pitching. His other tools are outrageous: he's a plus-plus runner with Gold Glove potential in center field and a strong throwing arm that grades out above-average as well. Tate plays with supreme confidence that goes hand-in-hand with his well-above-average athletic ability. A Scott Boras Corp. client, Tate was considered a tough sign, and some teams wonder about his willingness to sign. Still, he remained near the top of every club's position-player board.
2 52 Everett Williams OF McCallum HS, Austin Texas $775,000
Of all the elite high school athletes in this draft, Williams might have the best bat. He has a strong 5-foot-10, 200-pound build and big, quick hands, which allow him to power balls to all fields. One area scout says he's seen Williams hit a 500-foot blast, and the lefthanded hitter finished second in the home run derby at the Aflac All-American Game last summer. He has above-average speed that plays as plus-plus on the bases because of his instincts and aggressive nature. He'll need some time to smooth out his defense in center field, but he's certainly capable of staying there. His arm is fringe-average but playable in center. The biggest knock on Williams is a tendency to play on cruise control. Scouts say he's a good kid who just need to play harder on a more consistent basis. He didn't commit to Texas until March, but if he goes in the first round as expected, he won't suit up for his hometown Longhorns. Williams also has some of the best bloodlines in his draft, as his father played in the NFL, his cousin Cedric Allen pitched in the Reds system and two of his aunts are enshrined in the national softball hall of fame.
3 83 Jerry Sullivan RHP Oral Roberts Okla. $430,200
Sullivan has won all-conference honors and led Oral Roberts to the Summit League regular-season and tournament championships in each of his three college seasons, but coaches and scouts think he may just be scratching the surface of his potential. A top high school prospect for the 2006 draft before Tommy John surgery in November 2005 caused him to miss his senior season, Sullivan offers a nice combination of present stuff and future projection. His fastball sits in low 90s and touches 94 mph, and he does a good job of using his 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame to throw it downhill. His heater also features armside run, and he usually commands it well. He's still working on the consistency of his secondary pitches. When he's at his best, his slider is a slightly above-average pitch and his changeup is a plus offering. A strong, well-conditioned athlete, he repeats his delivery well and throws strikes. Sullivan, who has pitched well in two summers in the Cape Cod League, slumped slightly as a sophomore before bouncing back this spring. A potential No. 3 starter in the majors, he figures to get drafted between the third and fifth rounds.
4 114 Keyvius Sampson RHP Forest HS, Ocala, Fla. Fla. $600,000
Florida State's top recruit, Sampson would bring the Seminoles a dynamic arm the program has lacked in recent years, if he gets to school. That's not likely, as his lithe, athletic frame and power arm have attracted scouts' interest for the last two years. Sampson has overcome off-field problem, including the death of his mother, to become one of the top arms in the state of Florida, which will be the top producer of talent in this year's draft after California. He reminds some scouts of Edwin Jackson as an African-American pitcher with athleticism and a quick arm that produces above-average velocity. He's touched 95-96 as the season has gone on, showing stronger stuff to go with a power breaking ball. He's shown feel for a changeup as well and has good present control and projects to have average future command thanks to his athleticism. He tends to vary his arm slot more than he should depending on the pitch and needs to become more consistent to make projections of average command come through. Clubs that believe in the arm and athleticism won't let him get through the first two rounds.
5 144 Jason Hagerty C Miami Fla. $177,300
First baseman/catcher Jason Hagerty also could go in the first 10 rounds thanks to his average to plus power and ability to catch as well as play first base; he draws some comparisons to Greg Colbrunn.
6 174 James Needy RHP Santana HS, Santee, Calif. Calif. $298,000
Tall, lanky and projectable at 6'6" and 195 pounds, the right handed Needy has long been a scout ball and showcase regular in Southern California. Despite a bit of funkiness in his arm action and delivery, Needy fires a fastball that sits from the high 80's to the low 90's, peaking at about 92. His curve is a bit inconsistent, but exhibits nice break and dip. Needy can add and subtract on that pitch, ranging from 75 to 82. Needy resembles Jon Garland a shade, and the club drafting him will, in all likelihood, be patient in developing Needy as a starter.
7 204 Miles Mikolas RHP Nova Southeastern (Fla.) Fla. $125,000
Nova Southeastern's Miles Mikolas has a good pro body and has touched above-average velocity with his fastball. He had some helium thanks to his pro body.
8 234 Nate Freiman 1B Duke N.C. $40,000
First baseman Nate Freiman is 6-foot-8 and has huge raw power, but he has a slider-speed bat in the eyes of most scouts.
9 264 Chris Fetter RHP Michigan Mich. $25,000
Chris Fetter made the all-Big 10 Conference team for the third straight season, but scouts didn't really warm up to the 6-foot-8, 230-pound righthander this spring. In the past, he neutralized his height by pitching from a low arm angle and peaked in the mid-80s. After raising to a high three-quarters slot and doing a lot of work with weighted balls and long toss, Fetter threw 90-93 mph with good run on his fastball as a fifth-year senior. He still drops down on occasion, but not nearly as much as in the past. His slider also improved but is average at best, so he may need to shift to a splitter in pro ball. Fetter finished his career in third place in wins (28-10) and strikeouts (281 in 332 innings) in Michigan history.
10 294 Ryan Hinson LHP Clemson S.C. $15,000
Hinson was a Top 100 college prospect entering the 2008 season, having gone 6-2, 2.74 as a sophomore, followed by Cape Cod League tour that included 35 strikeouts in 35 innings pitched. However, Hinson was never the same pitcher his last two seasons at Clemson, losing his rotation spot in 2008, then moving into almost exclusively a relief role in 2009. A solid senior sign, at his best Hinson throws in the upper 80s with his fastball while pitching effectively inside to righthanded hitters with a mid-80s cutter. He lacks a putaway pitch when he gets ahead in counts.
11 324 Drew Madrigal RHP Mount San Jacinto (Calif.) JC Calif.
Madrigal drew flocks of scouts to his early-season starts. His fastball sits in the low 90s, and he adds a fine two-plane curve. He used the curve to lead California in strikeouts with 138 in 106 innings, and he threw seven complete games. The conference MVP, Madrigal also is a two-way player, hitting .404 this spring, and is a two-way recruit to Auburn. A mature frame and inconsistent mechanics and control hamper Madrigal's pro ceiling, but he may be a draft bargain as a reliever.
12 354 Brayden Drake 3B Missouri State Mo.
13 384 Matt Vern 1B Texas Christian Texas
14 414 Nick Greenwood LHP Rhode Island R.I.
Lefthander Nick Greenwood is a quality athlete who turned down opportunities to play Division I soccer to pitch for the Rams. He's not overly physical at 6-foot-1, 177 pounds, but he makes up for it with his competitiveness and feel for pitching. Greenwood has some funk and deception in his delivery, making his 87-90 mph fastball play up. He shows an average curveball and average changeup, giving him a chance to be more than just a left-on-left situational reliever.
15 444 Matt Lollis RHP Riverside (Calif.) CC Calif. $100,000
16 474 Griffin Benedict C Georgia Southern Ga.
Georgia Southern's top prospect is Griffin Benedict, the son of former Braves catcher Bruce. A senior, Benedict is an adequate defender who has good instincts for the game and a solid lefthanded bat that helped him hit .312 with 14 homers this season. He's better at receiving and blocking than he is at throwing.
17 504 Jorge Reyes RHP Oregon State Ore. $200,000
Reyes has been a bit of an enigma for scouts. He burst onto the scene as a freshman and was the Most Outstanding Player in the College World Series in 2007, the second of Oregon State's back to back national championships. He hasn't matched that success or competitiveness since. While his 3.80 ERA this year looks a lot better than the 7.08 he posted last year, he's been inconsistent and scouts aren't sure what to make of him. On top of that, he's represented by Scott Boras Corp., which adds another piece to the puzzle. Reyes has been sitting 90-91 mph with his fastball this year, touching 93. He has an average slider, but lacks a third pitch, meaning some scouts have him projected to end up in the bullpen. Despite spending 11 days in jail last year for his involvement in some backyard, rifle-related mischief, scouts like Reyes' makeup. He's regarded as a good kid from a good family, but they believe there are similar pitchers out there that won't command "Boras money" and could see him ending up back at school next year.
18 534 Shuhei Fujiya RHP Northern Iowa Iowa
19 564 Chris Tremblay SS Kent State Ohio
20 594 John Wooten 3B Eastern Wayne HS, Goldsboro, N.C. N.C.
Eastern Wayne High teammates Walker Gourley and John Wooten were both committed to East Carolina, and led their team to the state 3-A championship series. Wooten is a first baseman with power who should fit into a college lineup early in his career. His father played at East Carolina in the mid-1970s.
21 624 Kendall Korbal RHP Blinn (Texas) JC Texas $25,000
Along with San Jacinto's Jacob Cowan, righthanders Kendall Korbal and Brett Bruening entered the year as the state's best juco prospects. While Cowan maintained his status despite losing some velocity, Korbal and Bruening couldn't live up to expectations. After transferring from Arkansas, Korbal touched 94 mph and showed a hard slider in fall ball. While he worked in the low 90s at times and threw strikes this spring, he didn't always maintain his velocity and was erratic with his command. The 6-foot-5, 195-pounder also stopped throwing his slider because it bothered his elbow, which didn't quiet questions about his motivation and drive. He went with a curveball that didn't impress scouts, who believe that his desire for top-three-rounds money means he'll wind up at Texas Christian next year.
Korbal agreed to a $60,000 bonus with the Padres on June 14, but the deal was voided on June 29, making him a free agent. He re-signed with San Diego for $25,000.
22 654 Cody Decker 1B UCLA Calif.
First baseman Cody Decker played the lead as a senior in his high school play, often changing out of acting garb to rush over to the baseball clubhouse and put his uniform on. Now a college senior, he set career highs in average (.322) and home runs (21) this spring, feasting on anything middle-in. His shorter frame and high strikeout total--58 in 2009--may depress his draft position, but Decker's power should draw draft attention.
23 684 Jeff Ibarra LHP Lee (Tenn.) Tenn.
24 714 Bo Davis OF Southern Mississippi Miss.
Southern Miss' best hitter had been senior outfielder Bo Davis, an above-average runner with athletic ability who led the team in batting, OBP, slugging, home runs, walks and stolen bases. He's a fifth-year player who turned 24 in April.
25 744 Ty Wright OF Georgia Southern Ga.
26 774 Kevin Winn 2B Louisiana Tech La.
27 804 Cameron Monger OF New Mexico N.M.
Junior outfielder Cameron Monger is 6-foot-2, 205 pounds and draws physical comparisons to Eric Byrnes. He spent his first two years at Howard JC in Texas before transferring to New Mexico this year. He wasn't even a starter but was a key player off the bench, putting his well-above-average speed to use late in games, stealing nine bases in as many attempts. Monger runs a 6.4-second 60-yard dash and stole 58 bases at Howard last year.
28 834 Vince Belnome 2B West Virginia W.Va.
29 864 Robert Poutier RHP Virginia Va.
30 894 Wande Olabisi OF Stanford Calif.
31 924 Matt Jackson RHP South Alabama Ala.
32 954 David Erickson RHP Connecticut Conn.
33 984 Jon Berger RHP San Diego State Calif.
34 1014 Josh Cephas RHP Southern Nazarene (Okla.) Okla.
Righthander Josh Cephas is one of the more intriguing senior signs in the draft. Though he drew little attention and went undrafted in two years at Contra Costa (Calif.) JC and his first at Southern Nazarene, his fastball touched 95 mph this spring. The 6-foot, 195-pounder starts with a methodical delivery before he cranks it up and the ball jumps out of his hand. He also has a hard slider. Cephas is still raw and projects best as a reliever after striking out 70 in 47 innings in that role this spring.
35 1044 Adalberto Santos OF Oregon State Ore.
36 1074 Dylan Tonneson C California Calif.
37 1104 Gaspar Santiago LHP Ranger (Texas) JC Texas
38 1134 Kyle Loretelli OF Cal State Stanislaus Calif.
39 1164 Chris Ahearn SS Catawba (N.C.) N.C.
40 1194 Tom Porter RHP Elon N.C.
41 1224 Dane Hamilton 2B New Mexico N.M.
Third baseman Dane Hamilton is a senior who has shown an ability to hit and could be a late pick.
42 1254 Rey Delphey RHP Alonso HS, Tampa Fla.
43 1284 Chadd Hartman OF Central Florida Fla.
44 1314 Ryan Skube 2B Mountain Ridge HS, Glendale, Ariz. Ariz.
45 1344 Derek Landis RHP Iowa Western CC Iowa
46 1374 Mykal Stokes OF Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif.
47 1404 Zach Thomas LHP Cypress-Fairbanks HS, Cypress, Texas Texas
48 1434 Andrew Ruck OF Sinclair SS, Whitby, Ont. Ontario
49 1464 Brett Holland RHP Texas-Tyler Texas
50 1494 Brett Basham C Mississippi Miss.