Padres Mock Draft

The San Diego Padres have nine picks in the first three rounds and this year will go a long way towards reshaping the future of the franchise. Grady Fuson and Chief Gayton spend another year working together after developing solid chemistry a year ago. They are looking for a mix of upside and talent and projects the Padres first three rounds and the round four compensation pick.

#23 Pick Overall – First Round

Michael Main, RHP/OF Deland HS (Fla.)

Michael Main is one of the fastest players in the draft and this is a system that sorely lacks any speed. While he has hit 95+ with his arm, it is the full set of tools that make him an interesting choice as an outfielder.

#40 Pick Overall – Sandwich Pick / Type A Player (Woody Williams)

Joe Savery, LHP, Rice

You didn't think the Padres could go through two picks without taking a left-hander, did you? He has a plus changeup that is a staple of the system and can hit the low-90s with his heater.

#46 Pick Overall – Sandwich Pick / Type A Player (Dave Roberts)

Kellen Kulbacki, OF, James Madison

Not only does he have tremendous power, making consistently hard contact, he also draws a lot of walks. He is the epitome of a Padres' pick under the new regime.

#57 Pick Overall – Sandwich Pick / Type A Player (Chan Ho Park)

James Simmons, RHP, UC-Riverside

A master of command that throws first-pitch strikes, he fits well into the profile of Padres pitchers that can work ahead in the count and keep hitters off-balance.

#63 Pick Overall – Sandwich Pick / Type A Player (Alan Embree)

Neil Ramirez, RHP, Kempsville HS (Va.)

A talented right-hander that has been inconsistent with his velocity and command, Ramirez could be an impact player with tremendous upside given the proper coaching.

#64 Pick Overall – Sandwich Pick / Type A Player (Ryan Klesko)

Josh Horton, SS, North Carolina

One of the toughest players to strikeout in the nation, Horton is a line drive hitter that will use the whole field. He also has tremendous baseball acumen.

#81 Pick Overall – Sandwich Pick / Type A Player (Woody Williams)

Ed Easley, C, Mississippi State

A solid bat that has power and consistency, Easley has a developing game behind the dish and has learned how to handle a pitching staff over the last year.

#87 Pick Overall – Second Round

Sam Runion, RHP, Reynolds HS (NC)

He has the frame to grow into a solid prospect with a low-90s fastball but inconsistent mechanics. Given time, Runion could make big strides and add a few ticks to his fastball.

#117 Pick Overall – Third Round

Tanner Robles, LHP, Cottonwood HS (Utah)

Another big body, Robles was one of the most impressive pitchers at the 2006 AFLAC. He has solid command and a fastball that will touch 95 MPH. He is a kid to dream on.

#134 Pick Overall – Sandwich Pick (fourth-round) / Type A Player (Dave Roberts)

David Duncan, LHP, Georgia Tech

A draft-eligible sophomore, Duncan has four pitches he can throw for strikes and two solid off-speed pitches, including a split-fingered fastball that gets many chasing.

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