Saturday, May 25, 2013

Padres Mock 1.0 (2013)

I have had a lot of success mock drafting in the past, with picks like George Springer, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Matt Purke, so I decided to do a new one for the draft that is coming up in about two weeks. Of course, there is no guarantee that the player I am predicting falls to that pick, as in 2011, in one of my mocks, I had Trevor Bauer falling to 25. Needless to say, that didn't happen.

2013 is a very weak draft, headlined by flamethrower Jonathan Gray and last year's 8th overall selection Mark Appel who did not sign due to Scott Boras using Appel to make a point...

Earlier in the season, in an interview, Josh Byrnes was asked about the quality (or lack thereof) of the draft. He said he really liked the high school bats early in the draft, so I considered guys like Clint Frazier and Austin Meadows for my selection at number 13.

#13 Overall: CF/LF Austin Meadows, Grayson HS, Georgia
I think at this point, if Meadows is available, you take him. He plays center, but he profiles as a good defensive left fielder. He has slightly above average speed, and some nice pop in his bat. Most mock drafts I have seen have him going at #12 to the Mariners, but you never really know...

Meadows is pretty much slightly above average all around, almost like an Adam Jones type player. He doesn't have many flaws, and he could easily develop a lot more power. He would be an excellent piece to snag at 13, but it is probable that he doesn't fall.

The other guys I like at this spot are Clint Frazier (goes to San Diego in ESPN's MD) and JP Crawford. I don't think Frazier will fall, but stranger things have happened.

MLB Comparison: OF Adam Jones

#50 Overall: LHP Stephen Gonsalves, Cathedral Catholic High School (San Diego)
Gonsalves goes to high school in San Diego, and throws a smooth 90-92. He was very high on draft rankings early, but has fallen for no particular reason. He comes right from San Diego's backyard, so why not take a chance and add another young prep arm to the likes of Max Fried, Walker Weickel, and Joe Ross?

MLB Comparison: a poor man's Cole Hamels

#69 Overall (Competitive Balance Lottery): RHP Trevor Williams, ASU 
Trevor Williams is another guy who was slated to go in the first earlier this year, that has fallen. Williams has a low 90's fastball, and despite not being very overpowering strikeout wise in college, knows how to pitch. He is the type of player that will shoot up a system and potentially fill out the #4 or #5 spot in a rotation. With many high risk, high reward guys, the system needs one or two guys that can be consistent innings eaters like Clayton Richard. If something like 2012 happens again (15 different starting pitchers), a guy like Trevor Williams is an excellent piece to have.

MLB Comparison: Jon Garland


  1. Austin Meadows would be a great pick, but I don't see him lasting to 13. Reese McGuire would be a nice pick, and JP Crawford but I think someone takes Crawford earlier than 13 as well. Maybe they get a pitcher to fall to them.

  2. I like Trevor Williams. Pac 12 had some good pitching staffs this year, so I think he was overlooked.