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After taking third baseman Matt Antonelli out of Wake Forest with their first pick, the Padres will look to add high-ceiling athletes on the mound and in the field over the next several rounds of the First Year Player Draft. We'll provide ongoing coverage throughout the day.

With their supplemental first round pick, the Padres again opted for a position player, selecting Kyler Burke who profiles as a power-hitting corner outfielder. Like Antonelli, he has shown a good eye at the plate, a skill San Diego covets.

Burke is committed to Vanderbildt University next year, where he would play outfield and pitch for the Commodores, but the Padres feel they can sign him away from SEC.

Bucking the expectations of virtually every draft expert, the Padres continued a run of position-player picks by taking TCU second baseman Chad Huffman with the first of their two second-round picks.

The right-handed hitter was a Third-Team All-American for the Horned Frogs this year while leading the club with a .388 average and .742 slugging percentage. As would be expected of a Grady Fuson/Chief Gayton pick, he drew 38 walks against 31 strikeouts on the season. While he played first in college, the Padres will move him to second.

With their second pick in the round, the Padres took University of Alabama left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc. It is the second year in a row the club has selected a "pitchability" lefty from the Crimson Tide, having taken Brent Carter last year. While his fastball sits in the upper-80s, its his command and instincts on the mound the Padres like.

In the third round, the Padres went back to school - high school - to take Cedric Hunter, a centerfielder out of Martin Luther Kind High School in Georgia. Hunter hit .540 with 12 homers, 28 RBI's and 20 stolen bases in 69 at bats.

With their fourth-round pick, the Padres took a carbon-copy of their second rounder, selecting lefty pitcher Nate Culp out of the University of Missouri. Like LeBlanc, he's a command and control guy who throws four pitches for strikes.

Andy Underwood was tabbed in the fifth round from Fresno State. He went 12-3 with a 3.40 ERA. In 132.1 innings, Underwood allowed 131 hits and walked 37 while striking out 110. He was formerly a draft-and-follow of the Kansas City Royals in the 21st round of the 2004 draft.

The Padres went on to take five straight college players before moving in on Matt Latos, an AFLAC-All American from Cocunut Creek. The right-hander struck out 110 in 66 innings, touching 97 with his fastball.

In the 14th round, the Friars again dipped into the high school ranks to select Grant Green. He has plus tools across the board but is believed to have a strong commitment to USC.


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