Padres Draft Report Card
Best Pro Debut: SS Khalil Greene (1) backed up his BA College Player of the Year and Golden Spikes Award by batting .317-9-32 in high Class A. 1B Paul McAnulty (12) hit .379-8-51 and led the Rookie-level Pioneer League in batting and doubles (29). RHP Gabe Ribas went 8-1, 1.97 with a 66-5 strikeout-walk ratio in 50 innings, topping the short-season Northwest League in victories and finishing second in saves (16). LHP David Krisch (22) tied for the PL lead with 16 saves.
Best Athlete: OF Kennard Jones (3) is one of the fastest runners in the system and a quality center fielder. The Padres also like his line-drive swing and ability to draw walks.
Best Pure Hitter: Its clearly Greene. Two others who bear watching are McAnulty, a smaller version of John Kruk, and 2B Brian Burgamy (9), a switch-hitter with surprising pop from both sides of the plate.
Best Raw Power: OF Steve Baker (29) has light-tower power and slammed 11 homers in the NWL. But hell have to learn how to control the strike zone after whiffing 88 times and drawing 16 walks in 232 at-bats.
Fastest Runner: Jones has been clocked at 6.45 seconds in the 60-yard dash and 3.85 seconds going down the first-base line from the left side.
Best Defensive Player: Jones. While Greene lacks pure shortstop tools, the Padres say they believe his body control, quick first step and accurate arm will allow him to stay at short.
Best Fastball: RHP Aaron Coonrod (4) showed a 92-95 mph fastball and low-80s slider while pitching John A. Logan (Ill.) JC to the Junior College World Series, but didnt throw as hard after coming down with shoulder tendinitis during the summer.
Best Breaking Ball: LHP Sean Thompsons (5) devastating curve helped him fan 69 PL hitters in 56 innings.
Most Intriguing Background: RHP Greg Bochys (36) father Bruce manages the Padres. Unsigned SS Andy LaRoches (21) brother Adam is a first-base prospect in the Braves system, and their father Dave made two all-star teams in a 14-year big league career.
Closest To The Majors: Greene will begin 2003 in Double-A and could be in San Diego by the end of the year.
Best Late-Round Pick: Ribas, LHP Kevin Beavers (16) and Krisch all touch 93 mph.
The One Who Got Away: Negotiations with sweet-swinging 1B Michael Johnson (2) quickly turned acrimonious. San Diego still controls his rights because hes a fifth-year senior, but if Clemson makes the NCAA regionals next spring the Padres will lose their window to sign him. San Diego definitely has lost out on the pitchability of LHP Matt Lynch (7), whos back at Florida State.
Assessment: If Greene can stay at shortstop, hell fill a void the Padres have tried to plug for years. Adding his college teammate Johnson would have given San Diego yet another talented corner infielder/outfielder. The Padres went heavily for college talent.
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