Allan Dykstra, the 23rd overall selection out of Wake Forest University, hit a team-best .323 (60-for-186) in 55 games with the Demon Deacons this year. The San Diego native established a school record with 62 walks and also led the team with 16 home runs, 50 runs scored, a .519 on-base percentage and a .645 slugging percentage. Dykstra also finished tied for fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in home runs. He appeared in 40 games at first base and 15 at third base.
Recommended by Padres scout Ash Lawson, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound junior was selected to the 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Tournament team after hitting .333 (4-for-12) with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI in the tournament. A business major, Dykstra was recently named to the 2008 All-ACC Academic Baseball Team.
In three years at Wake Forest, Dykstra hit .318 (190-for-597) with 44 doubles, one triple, 49 home runs, 166 RBI and 150 runs scored in 173 games and ranks third on the school's all-time home run list. He was chosen as ACC Rookie of the Year in 2006 and named second-team All-ACC in 2007.
Dykstra graduated from Rancho Bernardo High School where he was one of only 30 players in the country selected to the 18-and-under Junior National Team in 2004. He was originally selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 34th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft but did not sign. Dykstra is the fifth infielder in the last eight years to be taken by the Padres with their first pick, joining fellow Demon Deacon Matt Antonelli (2006). He spent the summer of 2007 with the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod League and was named to the Cape Cod All-Star team as a designated hitter.
The Padres signed or agreed to terms with 37 of their 46 draft picks. Please see the attached PDF for a complete look at the Padres 2008 First-Year Player draft.