Padres Draft Report Card
BEST PURE HITTER:
|After years of targeting proven college performers, the Padres did a 180 and went after sheer upside. Tate cost $6.25 million, the second-highest bonus in draft history, but San Diego got relative bargains with Williams ($775,000), Sampson ($600,000) and Reyes ($200,000).
: OF Everett Williams (2) had the best bat among the elite athletes in the 2009 draft. >> BEST POWER HITTER:
: 1B Nate Freiman (8), who holds the Duke career record with 43 homers, has the most present power. OF Donavan Tate (1) and Williams both are loaded with raw strength and could pass him in time. >> FASTEST RUNNER:
: Tate, Williams and OFs Cameron Monger (27) and Wande Olabisi (30) all have plus-plus speed. Monger stole 29 bases in 34 attempts in the Rookie-level Arizona League. >> BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
Tate flashes Gold Glove potential in center field, complementing his vast range in the middle garden with a plus arm.
RHP Keyvious Sampson (4) sits at 94 mph and tops out at 96. RHP Matt Lollis (15) can reach 95, and RHP Kendall Korbal (21) showed similar velocity before Tommy John surgery. >> BEST SECONDARY PITCH:
Sampson's curveball or RHP Jorge Reyes' (17) slider.
ODDS AND ENDS
BEST PRO DEBUT:
1B Cody Decker (22) was old for the Rookie-level Arizona League at 22, but he still won league MVP honors and led the circuit in doubles (21), homers (15), extra-base hits (39), RBIs (63) and slugging (.717). Freiman topped the short-season Northwest League with 33 extra-base hits and 68 RBIs. Finesse LHP Nick Greenwood (14) led the NWL with a 1.71 ERA and was joined on the league all-star team by 2B/3B Vince Belnome (28), who ended the summer by going 16-for-32 in low Class A. RHP Chris Fetter (9) also finished strong in low Class A and went 4-1, 1.66 with 75 strikeouts in 65 innings overall. >> BEST ATHLETE:
Tate, Williams and Olabisi had some of the best power-speed combinations in the entire draft. Olabisi is more raw than the two high schoolers, so much so that he barely played at Stanford. Tate could have played quarterback (or several other positions) at North Carolina. >> MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:
: Olabisi was born to a royal family in Nigeria and later moved to Saudi Arabia, for which he played in the 2000 Little League World Series. Tate's father Lars was an NFL running back. 2B Ryan Skube's (44) dad Bob played in the majors and coached him in the AZL. C Griffin Benedict's (16) father Bruce was an all-star catcher for the Braves. 2B/SS Kevin Winn's (26) dad Earl scouts for the Twins. >> CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS:
After an inconsistent career at Oregon State, Reyes showed a 90-94 mph fastball and plus slider in the Cape Cod League this summer. If he maintains that stuff and his command, he'll beat Fetter to San Diego. Fetter is 6-foot-8 and throws a low-90s fastball on a steep plane. >> BEST LATE-ROUND PICK:
Reyes. >> THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY:
3B John Wooten (20) turned down third-round money to attend East Carolina. He generates easy power and has a strong arm.