San Diego Padres

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 9 Karsten Whitson RHP Chipley (Fla.) HS Fla.
A Florida signee, Whitson played on the USA Baseball 18U club that won a gold medal at the Pan American Junior Championship in Venezuela and pitched at all the big showcase events, so national-level scouts have a history with him. They've seen one of the draft's best secondary pitches in a hard, sharp, 80-84 mph slider. The word most often associate with Whitson's slider is "legit." His fastball also earns praise as he can reach 95 mph regularly and pitches at 90-94 mph. Whitson was a fine prep basketball player who gave up a sport he loves for baseball, and his athleticism usually translates to the diamond in terms of control and the ability to repeat his delivery. However, Whitson had a difficult start in early May in front of a large crowd of scouts, crosscheckers and scouting directors. According to one scout, Whitson had thrown 130 pitches in his previous start and then had more than 10 days off, and his stock was falling as BA went to press. He's one of many Florida prep players whose final landing spot in the draft may depend on how they perform at the state all-star games in Sebring at the end of the month.
2 59 Jedd Gyorko 2B West Virginia W.Va. $614,700
Gyorko is on team's draft boards for one reason: his bat. His position on those boards comes down to where teams think he'll play. A shortstop for the Mountaineers, no one is giving him a chance to stay there as a pro. He's labeled as a bad-body guy at 5-foot-10, 185 pounds and will have to work hard to keep himself in shape. His arm is average and he gets mixed reviews on his infield actions. Some think he can play second base, while others say the range will be too short. Third base is an option, but he's not a big power guy, as it grades out as an average tool. He's an above-average hitter, though, thanks to a good, balanced approach at the plate, a good feel for the strike zone and an ability to hit to all fields. He hit .409 and .421 with 16 home runs in his first two seasons at West Virginia. Through 195 at-bats in 2010, he was hitting .369/.462/.718 with 15 home runs, 36 walks and just 17 strikeouts. The consensus is that the bat is easy to believe in and in a draft short on college hitters, Gyorko doesn't figure to be available when the second round begins.
3 91 Zach Cates RHP Northeast Texas CC Texas $765,000
Undrafted out of an Arkansas high school in 2008 and bypassed again at Northeast Texas CC last year, Cates won't be overlooked a third time. He spent most of his freshman season as a catcher, standing out for his strong arm and working just seven innings on the mound. A strong fall as a pitcher landed him on follow lists, and he has steadily risen up draft boards this spring. His fastball ranges from 90-93 mph to 95-97, and there should be more consistent velocity in his 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame. For an inexperienced pitcher, he has a relatively advanced changeup, which grades out as a better pitch than his curveball. His curve does have its moments, and he could have an easy plus fastball with two solid secondary pitches once he develops. His command and control still need work, but neither is a red flag. He's a tough competitor. Cates hasn't committed to a four-year school for 2010 and should be signable.
4 124 Chris Bisson 2B Kentucky Ky. $234,000
Among players expected to remain at the position as pros, Bisson is the best second-base prospect in the 2010 draft. Ball State's Kolbrin Vitek is a likely first-round pick, but he's expected to move to the outfield. Bisson hit just .157 in a part-time role as a freshman before blossoming last year, leading Kentucky in most offensive categories during the spring before topping the Cape Cod League with 36 steals in the summer. He'll be a legitimate basestealing threat at the next level, too, with well-above-average speed and savvy on the bases. To be an effective leadoff man, he'll need a more consistent approach at the plate. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder offers some lefthanded pop, but too often gets caught up trying to drive balls and overswinging. He's at his best when he stays on top of the ball and distributes liners and grounders all over the field. Bisson is a fast-twitch athlete with good infield actions, though his arm limits him to second base rather than shortstop. He also profiles as a possible center fielder.
5 154 Rico Noel OF Coastal Carolina S.C. $163,800
Noel has excellent defensive ability in center field thanks to his range and solid arm strength. He's a well-above-average runner and was tied for the national lead with 51 steals heading into regional play. His swing gets big when he sells out for power, and he needs to shorten up more in two-strike situations, but his plate discipline has improved considerably in his three seasons. He might be up to a shift to second base, where he played as a freshman.
6 184 Johnny Barbato RHP Varela HS, Miami Fla. $1,400,000
Barbato played on a team coached by his father that wasn't competitive in South Florida's tough high school 6-A ranks. He didn't bolt the program for a private school in the area and still showed one of the state's better arms despite not having much help in the field. While Luke Jackson has better present stuff, Barbato could have a higher ceiling because he does it easier, repeats his delivery and throws more strikes. His stuff isn't that far behind, either. Barbato has a loose arm and solid 6-foot-2, 185-pound body that allows him to produce fastballs that have reached 95 mph, after topping out at 92 last year. Barbato's delivery is sound and repeatable, and he throws an average curveball with good shape and plus potential. He's a Florida recruit, and the Gators have done well holding onto top prospects under third-year coach Kevin O'Sullivan. Signability will determine whether Barbato goes out in the first four rounds or winds up in college.
7 214 A.J. Vanegas RHP Redwood Christian HS, San Lorenzo, Calif. Calif.
Among a solid crop of Northern California high school righthanders, Vanegas is the top talent and the most pro-ready. Listed at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Vanegas has the type of build that can hold up immediately in pro ball while allowing him to pitch with his best stuff more often than not. With his clean arm action, good arm speed and stout frame, he's expected to get stronger and continue to add velocity. Vanegas pitches at 90-92 mph and can dial his fastball up to 94, with good life through the strike zone. He pitches with a high three-quarters arm slot, with smooth, short backside arm action. When his delivery is on, Vanegas spots the fastball to all quadrants of the zone and finishes his pitches well. His best secondary pitch is a mid-70s curveball that has tight spin, good bite and tilt. He also has a changeup. Vanegas was scouted heavily in the summer and fall ball because his high school team did not face very good competition. He has committed to Stanford, which will force teams to do their homework when gauging his signability.
8 244 Jose Dore OF The First Academy, Orlando Fla. $450,000
Orlando's Dore has his advocates. While he plays at a low level of competition, Dore has displayed plus tools and a right-field profile in his strong arm, which earns some well-above-average grades, and his bat, which has earned Cody Ross comparisons. Like Ross, Dore is somewhat squat at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds and he has surprising power. Dore hit 16 homers as a junior, tying a state record, after getting stronger and working on his swing with Astros minor league coach Stan Boroski. However, he had a broken arm in the offseason and hasn't quite been as explosive as a senior. Dore has a center fielder's body with below-average speed. While some clubs have him pushing for consideration in the top five rounds, others are less bullish, and his Florida State commitment might make him a tougher sign in later rounds.
9 274 Josh Spence LHP Arizona State Ariz. $100,000
Australian lefthander Spence was a third-round pick by the Angels last year. He didn't sign and came back to Arizona State for his senior year, but he hasn't pitched at all due to a mysterious elbow injury. The school never released any specific information about a diagnosis, though Spence has said he is confident he'll pitch again. As a soft-tossing lefthander he'll always have to prove himself, and he'll be a late pick this year, if he's drafted at all. Spence has graduated from school but could get a redshirt and return for one more year.
10 304 Houston Slemp OF Eastern Oklahoma State JC Okla. $75,000
Outfielder Houston Slemp redshirted at Arkansas in 2008 before transferring to Eastern Oklahoma State. Though overshadowed by Western Oklahoma State shortstop/righthander Andrelton Simmons and Connors State outfielder Marcus Knecht in the Oklahoma juco ranks this spring, Slemp drew attention by batting .410/.475/.820 with 18 homers and 26 steals. His lightning-quick hands give the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder impressive bat speed from the left side of the plate. He has solid-average speed and a fringy arm, so he'll move from center field to left at the next level.
11 334 B.J. Guinn SS California Calif.
Based on pure athleticism, Guinn rates as one of the top two or three players in Northern California this year. He was a 10th-round pick of the White Sox out of high school and almost certainly has improved his draft position three years later. Northern California scouts knew about Guinn even before he was in high school, as his father, Brian Sr., is a former professional player and local youth baseball coach. A switch-hitter with plus-plus speed and fluid, graceful actions, the 6-foot-1, 165-pound Guinn can make the game look easy at times. He started out at shortstop but moved to second base this season and looks like a natural there. If a team believes his bat will play, he could go earlier than expected. Guinn is a contact, line-drive hitter with occasional extra-base pop and has cut down on his strikeout percentage this year, which will stand out to scouts that like him. Those who believe in his bat can envision a Delino DeShields comparison.
12 364 Chris Franklin RHP Southeastern Louisiana La.
Chris Franklin has split time between pitching and playing the infield in four seasons between Jefferson (Ala.) CC and Southeastern Louisiana. The 6-foot, 200-pound righthander has a 90-93 mph fastball and an 83-85 mph cutter/slider, and his stuff could get a little better once he focuses on pitching. His lack of size and pinpoint command, as well as the effort in his delivery, point to a pro future as a reliever. He set a school record with 12 saves in 2009, and responded with three straight complete-game victories when the Lions moved him into their rotation in late April.
13 394 Miguel Pena LHP San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
Lefthander Miguel Pena declined to sign with the Nationals as a fifth-round pick out of high school a year ago, and he has been the same pitcher as a freshman at San Jacinto JC this spring. He hasn't added any strength to his 6-foot-2, 160-pound frame, and he still works at 88-91 mph early in games before losing velocity in the middle innings. He has a clean delivery that he repeats well, and he throws a decent curveball and changeup. He doesn't have a plus pitch but he's a polished lefthander, and he'll probably go around the same spot again in the draft.
14 424 Tommy Medica C Santa Clara Calif.
Had he not been injured last year, Santa Clara's Medica would have been drafted. He was granted a medical redshirt after a shoulder injury (non-throwing related) required surgery. The problem is that Medica was not throwing all that well during his sophomore year to begin with, which was hurting his value as a catcher, and this year he had caught just two innings. A career .367 hitter, Medica had a career-best 12 homers this spring but has below-average power for the professional level and fringe-average speed. He has been playing the outfield this year to protect his arm but has more value as a catcher. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Medica is a well-above-average receiver, blocks well and has leadership qualities. His bat alone may not be enough to carry him beyond a utility role, which he could fill as an athlete with aptitude and the ability to play multiple positions.
15 454 Sean Dwyer 1B Tavares (Fla.) HS Fla.
A Florida Gulf Coast signee, Dwyer started rising up draft boards this year when he just wouldn't stop hitting. The 6-foot, 190-pounder also pitches for his high school team, and probably would have played all over the diamond if he weren't lefthanded. Dwyer is a good athlete for the prep level and plays first base and all three outfield spots. Pro scouts who like him believe he could stick in right, but others doubt his athleticism and arm strength and believe he could wind up in left field, or even first base. His best tool is his bat. Dwyer has present strength, good raw power and a sweet lefthanded swing with balance and some polish to his approach. He struck out just six times all spring and was pitched around frequently. He has also worked out a lot with wood for scouts and has shown the same traits. Dwyer is an average runner with a solid-average arm, and he'll have to maintain those to stick in right, where he'd have more value.
16 484 Conor Hofmann OF St. Augustine HS, San Diego Calif.
17 514 Wes Cunningham 1B Murray State Ky.
Cunningham has posted crazy numbers in the last two seasons, hitting .411/.468/.698 in 2009 and .408/.476/.824 this spring, winning Ohio Valley Conference player of the year honors and setting several Murray State records in the process. He's not the prospect his numbers might indicate, however. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder offers a lot of bat speed from the left side of the plate and slightly above-average speed, but he can't hit lefties and lacks a position. He's stiff and has hard hands and doesn't profile to stay at first base. He's a senior sign who probably will have to try to play second base, but that's a stretch.
18 544 Dan Meeley OF Connors State (Okla.) JC Okla.
19 574 Tyler Norwood RHP Southern Union State (Ala.) CC Ala. $125,000
20 604 Paul Bingham SS Indiana (Pa.) Pa.
Bingham stands out for his plus speed, and he's an adequate defender at shortstop. Few scouts think he will hit above Double-A, but he could be a nice organization player.
21 634 Connor Powers 1B Mississippi State Miss.
He hits and throws righthanded and turned down decent money last year as an 11th-round pick. He showed better plate discipline this year, laying off breaking balls more and making more use of his best tool, his above-average raw power. He's stiff and his defense and body lead some scouts to dismiss him as a DH, but he figures to go with a single-digit pick thanks to his power and improved performance.
22 664 Tyler Stubblefield 2B Kennesaw State Ga.
23 694 Xorge Carrillo C Arizona State Ariz.
Catcher Carrillo has been drafted twice, but a forearm injury limited him to just 34 at-bats this season.
24 724 Rocky Gale C Portland Ore.
25 754 Josue Montanez LHP Ramon Vila Mayo HS, San Juan, P.R. P.R.
26 784 Cory Hahn OF Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif. Calif.
27 814 Matt Branham RHP South Carolina-Upstate S.C.
28 844 Jacoby Almaraz 3B Johnson HS, San Antonio Texas
29 874 Mykal Stokes OF Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif.
Drafted out of Tustin High School by the Yankees, Orange Coast JC's Mykal Stokes has been viewed as a disappointment by most scouts. He has an ideal frame, a good arm and fine speed,but he has just never produced with the bat.
30 904 D.J. Snelten LHP Lakes Community HS, Lake Villa, Ill. Ill.
Snelten stood 5-foot-8 as a freshman and owned a 78 mph fastball as a sophomore, but he has blossomed into a 6-foot-6, 210-pound lefthander who has peaked at 91 mph this spring. He's still a work in progress, usually working at 87-89 mph and spinning a curveball that lacks command. He's going to need time to develop because he doesn't repeat his delivery well, but a team that loves his upside could try to buy him out of a Minnesota scholarship.
31 934 Oscar Garcia OF Northwestern State La.
32 964 Will Scott RHP Walters State (Tenn.) CC Tenn.
33 994 Daniel Ottone RHP Western Carolina N.C.
34 1024 Xavier Esquivel RHP Loyola Marymount Calif.
35 1054 Mike Ellis RHP Fleetwood Park SS, Surrey, B.C. British Columbia
Righthander Ellis is shorter than his listed 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds. He throws his fastball in the 87-88 mph range with a curveball and changeup and has good command of all three of his pitches. He profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter or a long man out of the bullpen and has a lot of polish to his game.
36 1084 Rob Gariano RHP Fairfield Conn.
Gariano, a righthander, put up better numbers as a junior (5-4, 3.43 with 88 strikeouts an 19 walks in 84 innings) than he did this spring (4-5, 4.29 with 74 strikeouts and 31 walks in 94 innings), but his stuff has been similar. Gariano is undersized at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, but he attacks hitters with an 88-91 mph fastball that has reached 94 at times in the past. He profiles as a reliever because he does not hold his velocity deep into games. Scouts appreciate his tenacity and energy, which earned him the nickname "Red Bull" in the Cape Cod League last summer. His three-pitch mix also includes a fringe-average changeup and a fringe-average slider.
37 1114 Chase Marona RHP Northwest-Shoals (Ala.) CC Ala.
38 1144 Noah Mull LHP Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) W.Va.
Mull put up good numbers against lesser competition for Division II Wheeling Jesuit. In 56 innings he went 7-1, 2.09 with 81 strikeouts and 21 walks. He's just 5-foot-10, but his fastball ranges from 87-92 mph and he adds a good, slurvy breaking ball.
39 1174 Adam Schrader RHP Southwest Minnesota State Minn.
40 1204 Justin Echevarria C Stony Brook N.Y.
41 1234 Bryan Altman 2B The Citadel S.C.
42 1264 Cole Tyrell SS Dayton Ohio
43 1294 Mark Hardy LHP British Columbia British Columbia
44 1324 Robert Sabo RHP Kent State Ohio
45 1354 Michael Fagen LHP San Diego Jewish Academy Calif.
46 1384 Dominick Francia OF St. Paul's Episcopal HS, Mobile, Ala. Ala.
47 1414 Kraig Kelly 3B Collinsville (Okla.) HS Okla.
48 1444 Dan Child RHP Jesuit HS, Sacramento Calif.
Finding big league talent outside of the top few rounds is as good as gold to MLB clubs, which makes 6-foot-5, 230-pound righthander Child interesting. He can get his fastball up to 95 mph and sit in the low 90s, but he tends to pitch in the 88-91 range, striving for more control. Scouts who catch him on the right day will see a power downer breaking ball with good velocity and bite, somewhat reminiscent of a Brad Lidge slider. But his delivery is not easy on the eyes, and he is not a strike thrower, though he has gained more control while working with a private pitching coach. Child has below-average athleticism and had little high school success heading into his senior season. He is committed to Oregon State.
49 1474 Elliott Glynn LHP Connecticut Conn.
Glynn, a lefthander, spent his first two seasons at UConn as a two-way player before concentrating solely on pitching this spring. He has emerged as one of the best pitchers in the Big East, going 7-2, 2.12 through 12 starts. Glynn relies on his moxie and feel for pitching more than his stuff, as his fastball is below-average. He typically works at 86-88 mph and touches 89-90 early in games, but his velocity often drops into the 83-86 range in the middle innings. The pitch plays up because he can cut it, and he mixes in a slurvy breaking ball and a changeup that can be effective against righties. Glynn has a smallish 6-foot-1, 175-pound build, but he makes up for his stature with a nasty competitive streak. He profiles best as a reliever and is likely to be drafted between the 10th and 20th round, with a chance to sneak into the top 10 rounds.
50 1504 Gunnar Terhune OF UC Santa Barbara Calif.