Padres add intriguing arm on recommendation

The San Diego Padres selected Joey Gomes (Devil Rays), Andy Santana (Cubs) and Peter Maestrales (Royals) in the Triple-A phase of the Rule V Draft, lost four players in that phase and two more in the Double-A phase. A recommendation by Mal Fichman ensured one player would be taken by San Diego.

Joey Gomes, a California native, spent the past year with the Visalia Oaks of the California League.

The corner outfielder – he has played left and right field – hit .325 with 12 homers, 34 doubles and 86 RBI's this past year.

A natural right fielder, Gomes hit .383 when he played in right but just .216 when he was in left field.

He walked 53 times and struck out 92 times while scoring 77 runs. At 26, Gomes is a career .297 hitter with 107 doubles, 48 homers and 256 RBI's in 434 games. He has only played 25 games above High-A.

"He is an interesting player who gets on base but he has not really played above A-ball, begging the question, why?" said an AL scout. "We were not that high on him."

Andy Santana, a left-handed Dominican, pitched for the Boise Hawks of the Northwest League in 2005. He went 4-1 with a 2.47 ERA, striking out 45 and walking 23 in 43.2 innings.

The selection of Santana was based on a recommendation from Mal Fichman – the Padres' Independent League scouting coordinator, who routinely profiles players in the Northwest League.

"A little raw but he has a very good breaker," Grady Fuson, the Padres' vice president of scouting and player development, said. "A tad erratic. We like his makeup and have been impressed by his strikeout totals."

The Padres envision him gaining ten pounds to his lanky 6-foot-3, 160-pound frame.

"Control has been an issue. He is a guy who reminds of Dontrelle Willis but needs to harness it," one NL scout said. "He has big league stuff."

Santana limited the opposition to a .256 average against on the year and held them to a .200 average with runners in scoring position.

Santana, 22, has never pitched above short-season A-Ball. He has a career record of 9-11 in four seasons with the Cubs organization after signing as a non-drafted free agent in July of 2001. He has a career 3.23 ERA, striking out 155 in 158.2 innings.

Peter Maestrales began the year in the South Atlantic League with the Baltimore Orioles before joining the Kansas City Royals organization where he split time between Low-A and High-A.

Maestrales, 26, hit .303 with eight homers and 16 RBI's while drawing 39 walks and whiffing 35 times with the Sally League club. He went on to his .316 in 16 games for the Burlington Bees of the Midwest League before moving to the High Desert Mavericks of the California League. He hit .333 with seven homers and 33 RBI's, adding 47 walks while whiffing 41 times in 54 games for the Mavericks.

"A little older than you would like but he projects well, particularly as a second baseman," one NL scout said.

Maestrales figures to be in the best position because Josh Barfield is penciled into the starting second base position with the Padres, vacating the second base job in Portland.

The Padres lost several players in the Triple-A phase. Eddie Bonine was the first to go when Detroit selected him with the fifth overall pick. Peeter Ramos and Ronnie Merrill went back-to-back to the Phillies and A's, respectively. Geivy Garcia went to the Chicago Cubs in the second round.

The Padres did not make a selection in the Double-A phase of the Rule V draft but did lose Edgar Huerta to Colorado and Brian Burgamy to Philadelphia.

No player taken was ranked in top 60.

David Jay contributed to this report.

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