San Diego Padres

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 10 Cory Spangenberg 2B Indian River (Fla.) JC Fla. $1,863,000
Spangenberg emerged as one of the draft's best pure hitters and should be the first college player drafted out of Florida. He's a Pennsylvania prep product who raked for one year at Virginia Military Institute in 2010, transferring after winning Big South Conference freshman of the year honors. He's a late bloomer physically, with a body type that defies easy categorization. While he isn't lean and athletic, he's also not stocky at 6-foot, 185 pounds. He produces well above-average speed, earning 70 grades on the 20-80 scale and posting 80 times on drag bunts (3.5 seconds from the left side). He also owns a pure lefthanded swing and is an above-average hitter. Spangenberg has hand-eye coordination, patience and the ability to manipulate the barrel, squaring balls up and lacing line drives to all fields. His swing lacks loft, but he has the feel for hitting to add power down the line, which would improve his profile. He has average arm strength, and scouts are mixed on his future position while often comparing him to versatile Marlins regular Chris Coghlan. He may lack the fluidity and footwork to stay in the infield. He played third base this spring at Indian River, but even those who like him at the hot corner admit he probably lacks the power to profile there. He played second base at VMI and shortstop in the Valley League last summer, where he was the MVP after hitting .399. His speed should allow him to play center field. Heavily scouted down the stretch, Spangenberg wasn't expected to make it out of the first round.
1 25 Joe Ross RHP Bishop O'Dowd HS, Oakland Calif. $2,750,000
Like Robert Stephenson, Ross' stuff has also been a little bit better this spring than it was on the showcase circuit this summer. Ross, whose older brother Tyson is a righthander for the Athletics, sat in the 91-93 mph range with his fastball this summer. This spring he's been as high as 96. The pitch has good life and comes out easily from Ross' smooth delivery. He has a hard curveball in the 78-80 mph range with 11-5 break and flashes a good changeup. While he doesn't have his brother's size, he still has a nice pitcher's frame at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. Ross is the total package--he is a quality athlete and he's also a very good student, so he'll likely be a tough pry away from his UCLA commitment.
1s 48 Mike Kelly RHP West Boca Raton (Fla.) HS Fla. $718,000
Kelly powered West Boca to Florida's state 5-A title with his bat and his arm, throwing an 86-pitch six-hit shutout in the state semifinal in his final appearance. Scouts want him as a pitcher, and his frame is as ideal as any pitcher in the country. He's a fairly fluid athlete who is growing into his 6-foot-5, 210-pound body. Kelly entered the year with great expectations and didn't live up to them early, struggling mechanically to stay tall in his delivery and with inconsistent velocity. His body and stuff elicit comparisons to A.J. Cole, who entered 2010 as the top arm in Florida's prep ranks and wound up a fourth-rounder while still signing for $2 million. Kelly's fastball is a shade below Cole's, topping out at 94 and regularly sitting in the 89-92 mph range. He also throws a curveball and changeup that project to be average pitches but are fringe-average at present. His curve flashes the depth to be a plus pitch if he can firm up his delivery and get better extension out front. Kelly, like Cole, doesn't always attack hitters aggressively like scouts want him to, but he has gotten better as the season progressed.
1s 54 Brett Austin C Providence HS, Charlotte N.C.
Scouts in the Carolinas consider Austin the most improved player in the area this spring after seeing him on the showcase circuit last summer. He gained favor in May as crosscheckers and scouting directors came in to watch his team wrap up a conference title against rival Ardrey Kell High, a nationally ranked team at the time. Austin tied the game in the seventh inning with a missile home run, leaving scouts impressed with his sweet lefthanded swing. At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, he has improved his top-hand strength from the left side and is more fluid than in the past. A switch-hitter, Austin is a natural righty and has more strength from that side, but his swing can get long at times. In addition to his swing, Austin has improved his body, though questions remain about his defense. He's not athletic, and his arm strength is average at best, but some scouts believe he could be an average defender. Couple that with his ability to hit to all fields and Austin could find himself off the board in the second round. He is part of an impressive North Carolina State recruiting class.
1s 58 Jace Peterson SS McNeese State La. $624,600
Peterson is one of the top two-sport athletes in the draft. A 6-foot-1, 200 pounder, he's a cornerback for McNeese State's football team and had an interception during the 2009 season. He has been more of a factor as the Cowboys' shortstop, leading the Southland Conference in runs in 2010 as an all-conference choice and ranking among the nation's leaders again in 2011. Peterson's profile and athleticism should push him into the first three rounds, as he's a physical, speedy lefthanded hitter with present strength, well above-average speed and a polished approach for a two-sport athlete. He has rough edges to polish in his fielding actions and swing, yet he has more walks than strikeouts as a collegian and has a flat, short, low-maintenance swing. He has the arm strength for shortstop and room to improve there if he can learn to get more extension out front, which would give his throws more carry. Scouts are more comfortable slotting him at second base, and some see him as a utility type. He makes plenty of contact, sacrificing power and limiting his impact potential a bit offensively.
2 82 Austin Hedges C JSerra HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Calif. $3,000,000
Scouts in Southern California rave that Hedges is the best defensive backstop to come out of the area in at least a decade. He has spent six years honing his defense with highly regarded JSerra coach Brett Kay, a former catcher at Cal State Fullerton and in the Mets system. Grades on his receiving range from 60 to 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale, while his arm rates as a 70 or even an 80, producing pop times as low as 1.78 seconds. Wiry, athletic and agile, Hedges is an exceptional blocker, adept at keeping balls in front of him. He's a below-average runner but not a baseclogger. Hedges is a high-energy player with an aggressive approach at the plate, and some scouts think he has a chance to be an average hitter with average power, though others think that is too ambitious. A righthanded hitter, most of his power is to the pull side, but he has worked hard on using the opposite field. He's a good competitor with an outstanding work ethic, and he projects as an everyday catcher with all-star potential, though he'll be tough to sign away from his commitment to UCLA.
3 112 Matt Andriese RHP UC Riverside Calif. $270,000
Scouts were intrigued by Andriese's frame and sinker coming out of high school in Redlands, Calif., in 2008, when he was a 37th-round pick. He has boosted his stock in three years at UC Riverside. He struggled as a sophomore, going 5-5, 4.95, but gained confidence in the Cape Cod League last summer and has gotten outs much more consistently this spring. Andriese has a physical, durable frame at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. His delivery has stiffness and length, and he's just a fair athlete. He holds the 90-93 mph velocity on his slightly above-average fastball deep into games, and he flashes a sharp, late power curveball, though he needs to repeat it more consistently for it to become a true plus pitch. He also throws an average split-change with late tumble. Andriese generally has good command, but it can lapse at times. He projects as a durable mid-rotation starter.
4 143 Cody Hebner RHP Green River (Wash.) CC Wash. $200,000
Although he didn't go to the same school as Tim Lincecum, Hebner's high school coach in Washington was Glen Walker, who also coached Lincecum. Hebner was mainly a shortstop in high school, but he has been electric on the mound for Green River. Like Lincecum, Hebner is undersized at 6 feet and 160 pounds. He doesn't have a delivery like Lincecum's, though it is unorthodox as he brings his knee up to the brim of his cap at his balance point. Hebner has incredible arm speed and has hit 97 mph this year, though he's more typically in the 90-94 range. He has been better than he was last year and put up great numbers, but pitch consistency has been an issue for Hebner. His slider does show flashes of being an above-average pitch, as does his changeup. Scouts believe he has a chance to start because of his athleticism, the movement on his fastball, his relatively fresh arm and the potential for three plus pitches. Hebner turned down a chance to pitch for Coastal Carolina this year and returned to Green River. If he doesn't sign, he will go to Arizona State.
5 173 Mark Pope RHP Georgia Tech Ga. $150,000
Pope was highly regarded out of high school in Atlanta, leading his Walton High team to a state title as a junior and a runner-up finish as a senior. He was a 17th-round pick of the Braves but went to Georgia Tech, where he was a closer as a freshman and mid-week starter as a sophomore. Few were prepared for Pope to become the Yellow Jackets' Friday starter as a junior, pushing likely first-rounder Jed Bradley to the Saturday spot. He led the Atlantic Coast Conference in wins (11) and innings (105) while ranking third in ERA (1.54) through the end of the regular season, yet he wasn't impressing scouts. While he hit the mid-90s in high school, he now works with an 88-92 mph fastball with average life and command. He has good feel for his slider, either as a strike or a chase pitch, and most scouts grade it as major league average, more notable for its command than its bite. He's more of a groundball pitcher than a strikeout artist, and his changeup gives him a decent third option. Pope doesn't get rattled and pitched with a lot of confidence this season. Some scouts think there's more in his arm if he can pitch off his four-seamer more as a pro. His solid repertoire and performance should get him off the board in the first five rounds.
6 203 Kyle Gaedele OF Valparaiso Ind. $125,000
The shortest player in major league history, 3-foot-7 Eddie Gaedel, got one at-bat as a publicity stunt concocted by Hall of Fame owner Bill Veeck. Gaedel was roughly half the size of his great-nephew Kyle, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder who's a lock to surpass former major leaguer Lloyd McClendon (eighth round, 1980) as the highest-drafted player ever from Valparaiso. Gaedel has a major league body, though his tools stand out more than his skills. He has plus raw power but he generates it more with pure strength than with bat speed. His righthanded swing gets long at times and he shows inconsistent recognition of breaking balls. Gaedel helped his cause by performing well with wood bats in the Northwoods League last summer. He's more than just a bat, as he has plus speed and a chance to play center field. It's more likely he'll fit on a corner, and his fringy arm fits better in left field. Gaedel generates mixed opinions. His biggest backers think he's a supplemental first-round talent, while others see him as a fourth-rounder.
7 233 Matt Wisler RHP Bryan (Ohio) HS Ohio $500,000
Righthander Matt Wisler stands out as easily the best high school prospect in Ohio, but scouts don't think they can sign him away from Ohio State. The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder flashed a low-90s fastball on the showcase circuit last summer, but more often pitched at 86-88 mph for much of the spring before a strong finish. He also has shown a promising curveball and slider in the past, but both breaking pitches regressed in the early going. If he adds strength and consistency, he could be an early-round pick in 2014.
8 263 Kevin Quackenbush RHP South Florida Fla. $5,000
Among college closers, the pitcher who improved his lot the most was South Florida senior righthander Kevin Quackenbush, who came on strong after the addition of pitching coach Chuck Hernandez, a former big league pitching coach. Quackenbush found the strike zone more frequently this year with his 90-95 mph fastball and walked just seven this season, about a third of his past walk rate. His secondary stuff isn't special, but he throws his slider with some power and has added a changeup. He's the top draft prospect for the Bulls.
9 293 Justin Hancock RHP Lincoln Trail (Ill.) CC Ill. $100,000
Righthander Justin Hancock was a pleasant surprise for scouts this spring, as his fastball sat in the low 90s and touched 95 mph after he worked at 87-90 mph as a freshman at Lincoln Trail CC. The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder has a quick arm and gets good angle on his pitches. He lacks a reliable secondary pitch and may be more skinny than projectable, but his arm strength is difficult to ignore. He'll attend Indiana State in 2012 if he doesn't turn pro.
10 323 Robert Kral C College of Charleston S.C. $40,000
Redshirt junior Rob Kral is a solid lefthanded bat who would get drafted earlier if he could catch-and-throw at an acceptable level.
11 353 Casey McElroy SS Auburn Ala. $200,000
Auburn wound up missing regionals despite a solid, veteran roster, as the team's bullpen blew some close games and the Tigers wound up at .500. The team's top player, infielder Casey McElroy, is a good college player whose soft hands and hand-eye coordination make him an effective two-way player for the Tigers. He's somewhat oddly built with small hands and feet, and he's nimble while lacking athleticism and speed. McElroy has surprising pop, raked in Southeastern Conference play (.398/.451/.602) and has a tremendous feel for the barrel. A below-average runner, he's got a lot of similarities to Dustin Pedroia, right down to the size (listed 5-foot-8, 179 pounds), though he bats lefthanded. Defensively, he's solid at second base and lacks the arm strength to play on the left side of the infield.
12 383 Colin Rea RHP Indiana State Ind.
Rigthhander Colin Rea's freshman season at Northern Iowa was the last in the program's history, and after a year at St. Petersburg (Fla.) CC, he reunited with former Panthers coach Rick Heller at Indiana State. The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder has opened eyes with his arm strength, and he has better secondary pitches and mechanics than former Sycamore Jacob Petricka, a second-rounder last year. Six-foot-5 and 205 pounds, Rea has an 88-92 mph sinker that peaks at 94. He has a mid-80s slider that morphs into an 88-89 mph cutter at times, and his curveball and changeup also have their moments. With his easy arm action and repeatable delivery, he should fill the strike zone, but he nibbles at the plate and doesn't challenge hitters like he should.
13 413 Lee Orr OF McNeese State La.
14 443 Burch Smith RHP Oklahoma Okla. $250,000
The Indians selected Smith in each of the last two drafts, taking him in the 49th round in 2009 and in the 20th round a year ago. He’ll go much higher this year after transferring from Howard (Texas) JC to Oklahoma, though he could have gone in the top three rounds in 2010 had he been more signable. Smith didn’t pitch much until he was a high school senior, then served as the No. 4 starter on Howard’s 2009 national championship team that went 65-1. Smith still isn’t the most polished pitcher, but he throws 90-93 mph and reaches 95 with ease. He may find more velocity once he adds strength to his 6-foot-3, 192-pound frame. He’s doing a better job of throwing strikes this year, though his control needs more work, as does the rest of his arsenal. He throws two breaking balls, with his slider ranking ahead of his curveball, and has exhibited some feel for his changeup. If Smith continues to develop, he could become a No. 3 starter with a quality fastball and solid control and secondary pitches.
15 473 Greg Gonzalez RHP Fresno State Calif.
Fresno State senior righthander Greg Gonzalez dominated the Western Athletic Conference this year, going 11-0, 1.43 with 121 strikeouts and 26 walks in 101 innings heading into regionals. He was the WAC pitcher of the year as the Bulldogs won their fifth conference title in the last six years. Despite being just 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, Gonzalez gets good downward plane on his pitches thanks to an over-the-top delivery with a lot of shoulder tilt. He also strides open, and the funkiness adds to his deception, but he's not all smoke and mirrors. Hitters never have comfortable at-bats against Gonzalez, who pitches at 89-90 mph and scraped 93 this year. He throws a big curveball and an above-average changeup, and he added a cutter to his repertoire this year that took his game up a notch.
16 503 Jeremy Rodriguez C Cal State Bakersfield Calif.
17 533 Matt Stites RHP Missouri Mo.
It's easy to underestimate Stites because of his size, generously listed at 6 feet and 181 pounds, but he keeps proving himself. He was the ace at Jefferson (Mo.) CC for two years, held his own in the Cape Cod League last summer and has been Missouri's most effective starter in his first season with the Tigers. Stites succeeds with quality stuff, using his quick-twitch athleticism and fast arm to consistently pitch at 90-93 mph and peak at 95. His size does cost him some plane on his fastball, which can get straight and sit up in the zone, but he pitches off it well. His slider gives him a reliable second pitch, and he mixes in a curveball and changeup. Stites competes well and has a resilient arm, which along with his size and fastball/slider combo probably will lead to a pro career as a reliever. He turned down the Cubs as a 33rd-round pick last year.
18 563 Mike Gallic OF Marist N.Y.
The rare toolsy senior, Gallic has an athletic 6-foot-2, 210-pound body. He is a plus runner, a good defender in center field and has above-average raw power, though he sells out for the long ball too often. Gallic should get taken in the 15th- to 20th-round range.
19 593 Jeremy Gigliotti LHP East Stroudsburg (Pa.) Pa.
20 623 Chris Haney RHP Dallas Baptist Texas
21 653 Zach Kometani 1B San Diego Calif.
22 683 Matt Colantonio C Brown R.I.
23 713 R.L. Eisenbach LHP Faulkner (Ala.) Ala.
24 743 Erick Fedde RHP Las Vegas HS Nev.
Fedde has a projectable, 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame. He got his fastball up to 92 mph this year and mixes in a changeup and a good slider that he can throw to both sides of the plate.
25 773 Paul Karmas 1B St. John's N.Y.
26 803 Roberto Suppa RHP St. Thomas Aquinas SS, West London, Ont. Ontario
Righthander Roberto Suppa has good size at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds. He shows heavy sink with his 90-91 mph fastball, but will be tough to pry away from his commitment to Cornell.
27 833 Arby Fields OF Cypress (Calif.) JC Calif.
28 863 Rashaad Ingram 2B St. Augustine's (N.C.) N.C.
29 893 Vimeal Machin C Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
30 923 Justin Miller OF Southeastern Oklahoma State Okla.
31 953 Clint Moore SS Army N.Y.
The U.S. Military Academy has three draft prospects--Kevin McKague, Joe Henshaw and Clint Moore--though the Army's active duty requirement clouds their pro potential.
32 983 Kyle Brule RHP Oklahoma Baptist Okla.
33 1013 James Jones RHP Louisiana-Monroe La.
34 1043 Dennis O'Grady RHP Duke N.C.
35 1073 Travis Whitmore 2B Pittsburgh Pa.
36 1103 Andrew Rash OF Virginia Tech Va.
37 1133 Cody Semler SS Allen (Texas) HS Texas
38 1163 Pat Connaughton RHP St. John's Prep, Danvers, Mass. Mass.
Connaughton starred as a basketball player during his career at St. John's Prep, averaging nearly 22 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists per game, but he might have a brighter future in baseball. At 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, it isn't surprising Connaughton had success on the hardwood, but those same dimensions make him projectable on the mound, as he's physical and athletic. He has committed to Notre Dame, where he would play both sports, similar to Yankees' 2007 first-round pick Andrew Brackman, who played basketball for two years at North Carolina State. If Connaughton concentrates on baseball, his potential is significant. He shows easy velocity, sitting anywhere from 87-94 mph with his fastball that has good run and sink. He throws both a curveball and a slider, the latter showing more promise, along with a changeup that flashes plus. His secondary stuff and command need refinement because he hasn't fully dedicated himself to baseball and hasn't pitched many innings. Connaughton's arm action is deep in the back, but he has good hand speed and the ball comes out well in front on release. Connaughton is regarded as a difficult sign, but he is a top-six rounds talent with a chance to land a big bonus.
39 1193 Josh Pond RHP Cal State San Bernardino Calif.
40 1223 Taylor Murphy 3B Torrey Pines HS, San Diego Calif.
41 1253 Dante Flores 2B St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower, Calif. Calif.
Flores has been on the national stage for years, earning a spot on the USA Baseball 14-and-under national team in 2007. He made a favorable impression playing alongside St. John Bosco teammate Taylor Sparks in the Area Code Games last summer, and he showcased one of Southern California's best pure strokes this spring. His 5-foot-11, 160-pound build and quick, efficient, compact lefthanded swing prompt comparisons to Kolten Wong, a likely first-round pick out of Hawaii this year. Flores makes consistent contact and laces hard line drives to all fields, and he has a chance to be an above-average hitter as he adds strength. The bat is his only standout tool, however. Flores has wiry strength that gives him sneaky power, but he'll have below-average home run pop. He's a below-average to fringe-average runner who lacks the range and arm strength to play shortstop in pro ball. He plays second base in high school in deference to Sparks and profiles best at that position, with the actions to be an average defender and a playable arm. Flores has top-five-rounds talent but has told clubs he is determined to honor his commitment to Southern California, where he could be an impact player from day one.
42 1283 Garrett Boulware C Hanna HS, Anderson, S.C. S.C.
Boulware, signed to Clemson, has good athleticism and arm strength. Boulware was an all-state football linebacker and has solid defensive skills as well as the makeup to play behind the plate. If he's signable, he could be the third or fourth prep player in the state drafted.
43 1313 Cody Gabella SS Southeastern (Iowa) CC Iowa
44 1343 Spenser Linney LHP Head-Royce School, Oakland Calif.
45 1373 Will Gross OF Tupelo (Miss.) HS Miss.
46 1403 Eddie Salomon 2B Beaumont (Calif.) HS Calif.
47 1433 Vince Voiro RHP Pennsylvania Pa.
Righthander Vincent Voiro pitches with an average fastball and has touched 94. He also throws a splitter and slider, but both pitches are below-average.
48 1463 Kent Rollins SS South Gwinnett HS, Snellville, Ga. Ga.
49 1493 Ryan Hutchison OF Western Kentucky Ky.