San Diego Padres

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 7 Max Fried LHP Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, Calif. Calif. $3,000,000
Fried transferred to Harvard-Westlake for his senior season after his Montclair College Prep team eliminated its athletic program, and with teammate Lucas Giolito sidelined, Fried has carried the load as the Wolverines' ace and a key hitter. Lean, athletic and projectable at 6-foot-4, 180 pounds, Fried has a fluid delivery and advanced feel for three pitches that all have a chance to be plus or better. At his best, he adds and subtracts from a fastball that ranges from 88-95 mph, generally pitching with solid-average velocity, though he has the ability to reach back for more when he needs to. His best pitch is a tight downer curveball in the 74-78 range that rates conservatively as a plus pitch and flashes plus-plus. He can manipulate the shape and velocity of the curveball depending on the situation, throwing it for a strike or a chase pitch. His low-80s changeup is already at least average and projects as another plus pitch. Fried looked like a good bet to be drafted in the top five to 10 picks for most of the spring, but his stock slipped a bit down the stretch as fatigue has evidently set in. In his most recent starts, Fried showed a 90-92 mph fastball and 79 curveball in the first, but dropped into the 86-88 range with a 69 mph curve by the third inning. A UCLA signee, Fried is cerebral and determined; his late-season dip notwithstanding, he projects as a potential No. 2 starter in the big leagues with a chance to be a No. 1.
1s 33 Zach Eflin RHP Hagerty HS, Oviedo, Fla. Fla. $1,200,000
Eflin was shaping up as a first-round wild card. The Central Florida recruit had added velocity over the course of the 2011 showcase circuit and was maintaining that velocity this spring, sitting in the 90-94 mph range and touching 96-97 at times. Eflin complements his fastball with one of the best changeups in the prep ranks and an inconsistent, slurvy curveball that nonetheless has decent shape and flashed average. Eflin missed the month of April due to triceps tendinitis, and an MRI on his elbow came back negative. Eflin returned to pitch three innings in his team's playoff finale and touched 94 while flashing a solid breaking ball. Eflin was pitching his way into the first round until his injury; his signability and performance at the Florida prep all-star game in Sebring likely will determine how high he goes in the draft, though he still had a shot to go out in the first round.
1s 44 Travis Jankowski OF Stony Brook N.Y. $975,000
One of the best athletes in this draft class, Jankowski stands out for his speed, bat and defense. He has a live body and stands at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, and he's a plus runner who plays above-average defense in center field with an average arm. A lefthanded hitter, Jankowski has an unorthodox swing, but it works for him. It's a handsy swing similar to Dustin Ackley's, but Jankowski doesn't have the same power or strength. His five career home runs provide evidence of his well below-average power, but that won't be his game anyway. He has a knack for putting the ball in play and has the speed to beat out infield hits. He had 30 stolen bases in 35 attempts through 47 games and doesn't strike out much (15 in 177 at-bats).
1s 55 Walker Weickel RHP Olympia HS, Orlando Fla. $2,000,000
Weickel answered USA Baseball's call several times in his high school career and stuck with the 18U national team last November after many other pitchers bailed on the program. Weickel was the best pitcher on the 18U team that won the Pan American championships gold medal. Tall and lanky at 6-foot-6, 200 pounds, Weickel grew almost two inches in the last year and uses his frame to pitch downhill with a heavy fastball. He also has feel for a curveball and changeup and uses pitch stuff in a mature manner. His stuff was down this spring, as he often pitched with a fastball in the upper 80s rather than the low 90s heat he showed in the past. Scouts said the ball wasn't coming out of his hands the way it had in the past, even though Weickel never lost for his undefeated Olympia High club. His curveball also needs more power, as he often threw it in the 68-72 mph range. Weickel's advocates point to his angle, track record and his late growth spurt as reasons for optimism. If he can regain some body control and if his strength can catch up to his frame, Weickel could still develop into a mid-rotation starter with three average-to-plus offerings. But that involves a lot of projection right now, perhaps dropping Weickel into the supplemental or second round.
2 68 Jeremy Baltz OF St. John's N.Y. $625,000
Baltz burst onto the college scene in 2010 after hitting .396/.479/.771 with 24 home runs and earning first-team All-America honors as a freshman. His power production dropped off with the new bats in 2011, but he enjoyed a good tour in the Cape Cod League by hitting .321/.434/.457 with wood and remained one of St. John's top hitters in 2012. He was hitting .330/.416/.503 with six home runs and more walks (25) than strikeouts (18). His value lies in the bat. He has good bat speed and size (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) that produce above-average raw power. His approach should allow him to hit for average, but he's another college bat fighting the stigma of being a right-right corner player. Left field and first base are his only options, as he has a below-average arm, is a fringe runner and isn't overly athletic. A team that believes in his bat could take him in the fourth to sixth round.
2 70 Dane Phillips C/1B Oklahoma City Okla. $450,000
Phillips earned all-Big 12 Conference honors as a sophomore at Oklahoma State in 2011, then led the Cape Cod League in RBIs (34) and finished second in the batting race (.349). Because he spent more time at DH than catcher for the Cowboys, though, he wanted to transfer to Arkansas, which had an opening behind the plate. The NCAA denied him a waiver to play immediately rather than sit out for a year, however, so he opted to play at NAIA power Oklahoma City instead. To no one's surprise, Phillips has continued to hit for the Stars and entered the NAIA postseason with .423/.514/.808 numbers. He's a 6-foot-1, 195-pounder with a quality lefthanded swing and an all-fields approach. He should have a least average power once he starts pulling more pitches. The question is where Phillips will play in pro ball. He has shared catching duties at Oklahoma City with senior Chad Carman, and his inexperience continues to show. Phillips has average arm strength but has a lot of work to do on his receiving, and he's not smooth or quick with his actions. The backup plan would be for Phillips to play on an outfield corner, and while his bat would work there it would diminish his value. He's a below-average runner and outfield defender.
3 102 Fernando Perez 3B Central Arizona JC Ariz. $400,000
Perez put up impressive numbers at Central Arizona (.338/.399/.571), especially considering Arizona junior colleges use wood bats and he could have been a senior in high school. A Mexico native, he moved to California to live with his uncle in 2010, his sophomore year. He played two years at Otay Ranch High in Chula Vista, Calif., but had enough credits to graduate and joined childhood friend Jorge Flores at Central Arizona. Perez shared the middle infield with Flores, spending most of his time at second base, though he profiles better at third. He started hot with the bat, then went through a slump, but battled through the adversity. A lefthanded hitter, Perez got pull-happy during his slump, but generally has a smooth swing with good balance and bat speed. He made adjustments and knows how to use the whole field. Scouts see him as an average to plus hitter with average power potential. He has a strong arm and soft hands, but will have to work hard to remain at third base because of his thick lower half and questionable footwork.
4 135 Walker Lockett RHP Providence HS, Jacksonville Fla. $393,000
Walker Lockett had some buzz as a big, physical righthander who performed this spring, helping lead Jacksonville's Providence High to a state 3A title. He threw a complete-game six-hit shutout against American Heritage High in the title game. Also a first baseman, he'd be a two-way player if he made it to South Florida, where he's committed, but he had pushed his fastball into the low 90s this spring.
5 165 Mallex Smith OF Santa Fe (Fla.) JC Fla. $375,000
Five-foot-9 speedster Mallex Smith was a 13th-round pick last year and is essentially the same player this spring. Now he has added a year of junior-college performance, hitting .387/.472/.473 for Santa Fe (Fla.) JC while adding 31 stolen bases in 37 attempts. He's an 80 runner with some rawness to his game that shows up most on defense. Smith lacks the strength to drive the ball consistently now and has to get stronger to keep pitchers honest at the pro level. He has a below-average arm.
6 195 Jalen Goree 2B Bibb County HS, Centreville, Ala. Ala. $100,000
Goree plays shortstop in high school but profiles as an offensive second baseman as a pro. He's a strong-bodied 5-foot-10, 195-pounder with 60 speed on the 20-80 scale and excellent competitiveness. He has average arm strength but erratic accuracy thanks to a long arm action. His feet and infield actions fit better at second than short. Offensively, he has solid strength and bat speed and could have average power if it all works out. A Northwest Florida State JC signee, he's considered signable.
7 225 Roman Madrid RHP Central Florida Fla. $95,000
Madrid was drafted out of high school as a catcher but attended McLennan (Texas) JC instead, working primarily as a pitcher. He has a strong 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame and thrived as Joe Rogers' set-up man at Central Florida, pounding the zone with a 91-94 mph fastball. He kept hitters honest with a cutter-type slider that at times reaches 87 mph. Madrid has proven durable as well, working more than half of UCF's games (28 of its first 55) while maintaining his stuff throughout the year.
8 255 Brian Adams OF Kentucky Ky. $75,000
Adams is an intriguing athlete who doubles as a wide receiver on Kentucky's football team, but he's so raw that he got only 44 at-bats this spring. He's a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder who can run the 60-yard dash in 6.3-6.4 seconds and has plus raw power from the right side of the plate. He also has above-average arm strength. If he can solve his swing-and-miss issues, he could be a steal.
9 285 River Stevens 2B Allan Hancock (Calif.) JC Calif. $100,000
Stevens, who transferred from Palomar JC near his home in San Marcos, Calif., to Hancock for his sophomore year, hit .449 (leading all California juco players) with a .530 OBP (second in the state) this spring. Though he isn't physical at 6 feet, 165 pounds, Stevens is wiry and has quick hands and good pitch recognition, helping him rip hard line drives all around the field. He also flashes occasional pull power, giving him a chance for nearly average power in time. He's an average runner with average arm strength, though scouts aren't sold on his defensive instincts. Stevens signed late with Cal State Fullerton.
10 315 Stephen Carmon SS South Carolina-Aiken S.C. $5,000
Carmon is undersized but has a track record of stealing bases and plays shortstop.
11 345 Maxx Tissenbaum 2B Stony Brook N.Y. $100,000
12 375 Drew Harrelson LHP Berrien County HS, Nashville, Ga. Ga. $100,000
13 405 Malcom Diaz RHP International Baseball Academy, Ceiba, P.R. P.R.
14 435 Andrew Sopko RHP Loyola Sacred Heart HS, Missoula, Mont. Mont.
Sopko has been tough to see this spring because Montana doesn't have high school baseball. He's been throwing bullpens, but his velocity was down in the 86-88 mph range. He shows some feel for pitching with a mid-70s curveball and a low-80s changeup, but he'll probably end up at Gonzaga after pitching for the Bend Elks in the West Coast League this summer.
15 465 Cory Bostjancic RHP Marin (Calif.) CC Calif.
16 495 Ronnie Richardson OF Central Florida Fla.
Listed at 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, Richardson is closer to 5-foot-6, according to scouts and opposing coaches. They also agree he's a better player than the last two times he was drafted, out of high school by the Twins (11th round, 2009) and last year as an eligible sophomore (31st round, Cubs). Richardson remains athletic and has improved his skills, drawing more walks and ranking second in the nation with 30 HBPs. He's a 60 runner but remains a less-than-efficient basestealer. Defensively, he can stick in center field with arm strength and average range. He's added strength and is less of a slap-and-dash hitter than he was previously.
17 525 Joe Church RHP Marshall W.Va.
18 555 Chris Burke 3B Iona N.Y.
19 585 Christian Miller LHP Loganville (Ga.) HS Ga. $100,000
20 615 Cam Stewart RHP Valley Christian HS, San Jose Calif. $100,000
21 645 Matt Chabot RHP Riverside (Calif.) CC Calif.
22 675 Kevin McCanna RHP The Woodlands (Texas) HS Texas
Though McCanna can make a case for being the most polished high school pitcher in Texas, his smaller frame and strong commitment to Rice may mean that he won't even get drafted. He has advanced feel for three pitches: an 87-91 mph fastball that touches 92 and a slider and changeup that both have the potential to be big league average offerings. He should pitch right away for the Owls and also will contribute as a lefthanded hitter as well.
23 705 Chris O'Dowd C Dartmouth N.H.
24 735 Chris Nunn LHP Lipscomb Tenn.
25 765 Corey Kimber RHP Dudley HS, Greensboro, N.C. N.C. $120,000
26 795 Brandon Alger LHP Indiana Tech Ind.
27 825 Goose Kallunki 1B Utah Valley Utah
28 855 Griffin Russell LHP Wichita Falls (Texas) HS Texas $100,000
29 885 Eric Charles 2B Purdue Ind.
30 915 Jacob Robson OF Massey SS, Windsor, Ont. Ontario
31 945 Matt Shepherd RHP Tennessee Tech Tenn.
32 975 Alexi Colon OF Tusculum (Tenn.) Tenn.
33 1005 Tony Wieber RHP Michigan State Mich.
34 1035 Kyle Ottoson LHP Oklahoma State Okla.
35 1065 Wynton Bernard OF Niagara N.Y.
36 1095 Mac Seibert 2B Tate HS, Cantonment, Fla. Fla.
37 1125 Cristian Munoz C Hector Udraneta HS, Ceiba, P.R.Hector Udraneta HS, Ceiba, P.R. P.R.
38 1155 Adam Ford SS Trousdale County HS, Hartsville, Tenn. Tenn.
39 1185 Anthony Renteria OF Cal State San Marcos Calif.
40 1215 Terrance Owens LHP Toledo Ohio