Padres 2011 Draft Selections

We will profile every one of the Padres 5 day 1 picks. #10 Cory Spangenberg #25 Joe Ross #48 Michael Kelly #54 Bret Austin #58 Jace Peterson

Round 1: 10th Overall: Cory Spangenberg

Indian River State College (Fla.), So.
Height: 6'0", Weight: 185
Bats: L, Throws: R
DOB: 03/16/1991

Using wood in his games, he's shown the ability to flat-out hit. While he'll hit for a high average at the next level, it's not clear how much power he will ultimately develop. Whether that comes could help determine if he'll be an everyday standout or more of a role-type player.

He is a plus runner, but his feet don't work too well in the infield, where he's played third and second. His fringe-average arm would likely be OK at third, but his offense would profile better at second. In the end, he might end up in left field and, again, the power would come into question for a corner outfield spot.

Spangenberg, 20, is a Pennsylvania prep product who spent one year at Virginia Military Institute before transferring to Indian River State College after winning Big South Conference Freshman of the Year honors. The left-handed-hitting infielder played third base at Indian River in 2011, but has seen time at both second base and shortstop since moving to the collegiate level. In high school, Spangenberg led Abington Heights to the PIAA State Championship, hitting .479 with a 1.000 slugging percentage his senior year.

Recommended by Padres amateur scout Willie Bosque, Spangenberg was named the 2011 Florida College System Activities Association Male Athlete of the Year by the FCSAA. The Clarks Summit, Penn. native hit .477 this year for Indian River, the sixth-best average in the nation among Division I junior colleges.

Round 1: 25th overall: Joe Ross RHP

Bishop O'Dowd (HS)
Height 6'2" Weight 190 lb
DOB 5/21/1993

Tyson Ross' younger brother has a terrific pitcher's body and the chance to have big-time stuff to go along with it. The NoCal high school product has the potential to have two outstanding power pitches.

He can get the fastball up to 95 mph, sitting comfortably in the 90-91 mph range most of the time. His fastball does have some sink and run to it as well, though he has a tendency to leave it up in the zone. He opens his front side up too quickly, giving hitters a better look at the heater and making it more hittable than it should be. He throws a power curve 78-81 mph, though he'll drop it a few ticks from time to time. It has good spin and depth and should be a plus pitch.

He also throws a changeup, but like with many high school pitchers, it's still in its nascent stages. While he largely throws strikes, his overall command isn't as good.

His overall ceiling may be as a guy in the middle of a rotation, but it may take some time for people to find out, as many feel he'll be tough to sign away from his UCLA commitment.

Ross, 18, compiled a 0.83 ERA with 95 strikeouts in 67.2 innings pitched for Bishop O'Dowd during his senior campaign. Recommended by Padres amateur scout Noah Jackson.

Comp A: #48 overall: Michael Kelly RHP

West Boca Raton H.S. (Fla)
Height 6'4" Weight 185
DOB: 9/6/1992

After a very strong summer and solid fall, Kelly looked primed to be one of the more intriguing high school arms in the class. There's still a lot to like about Kelly, but his performance this spring has been a little inconsistent.

At 6-foot-5, he's got a great pitcher's frame, but he has a tendency to drop and drive in his delivery, taking away that angle. He has a great power arm, with a plus fastball and the chance to improve it with some work to his mechanics. He also has a hard breaking ball that is more of a slurvy curve, and he doesn't throw a changeup much. His command is a little up and down, though he's shown some ability to command his fastball at times.

With good mound presence and his size, he has the chance to be not just a hard thrower, but someone who can use his size and stuff to his advantage.

Comp A: Overall 54: Brett Austin C

Providence HS (North Carolina) Bats: Switch Throws: Right
DOB 11/24/1992

Solid athletic build, good present strength. Very good body life for catcher, 6.87/4.39 runner. Quick actions catcher, stays compact, nice footwork, plenty of arm strength, 1.84 best pop time. Switch-hitter, best bat speed from the right side, hits under control, balanced stance, simple line drive approach with gap power, bit longer with more extension/lift from the left side. Gets quality at bats from both sides. Good student, verbal commitment to North Carolina State.

Comp A: 58 overall: Jace Peterson SS

McNeese State (Jr)
Height 6'1" Weight 190
Bats Left, Throws Right
DOB 05/09/1990

Peterson is batting .412 with a team high 45 runs, 9 doubles, and 31 RBI in 32 games this season. He is also 22-26 in stolen bases this season in helping the Cowboys to a 19-13 mark thus far.

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