Padres sign Mat Latos

San Diego, CA - The San Diego Padres today agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Mat Latos, the team's 11th-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. The club has now signed or agreed to terms with 15 of its first 17 picks from the top 15 rounds of last year's draft.

"The signing of Mat Latos is a tremendous start to the 2007 Draft," said Padres' vice president of scouting and player development Grady Fuson. "Padres scout Joe Bochy did a great job identifying and evaluating the progress of Mathew as the year has gone on and now we've added a premier talent to the organization."

Latos, 19, went 10-3 with a 2.03 ERA (17 ER/75.1 IP) for Broward (FL) Community College in 2007. A 6-6, 216-pound freshman from Margate, Florida, he compiled 102 strikeouts compared to 17 walks over 75.1 innings, yielding 58 hits. Latos was originally selected by the Padres out of Coconut Creek (FL) High School.

"We are extremely happy to have reached an agreement with Mathew," said Padres scouting director Chief Gayton. "He is a talented power pitcher who throws in the mid to high 90s. We are adding a big arm to our system."

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