Thursday, June 5, 2014

Padres Mock Draft

With the draft rapidly approaching, I will be posting this Padres' mock draft and doing a shadow draft for the Padres.

#13 SS Trea Turner, NC State

Trea Turner, Tyler Beede, Brandon Finnegan, Aaron Nola, Bradley Zimmer, and Michael Conforto are likely targets for San Diego at pick #13. The team will not be selecting injured pitchers Erick Fedde or Jeff Hoffman, but instead seem to be targeting college position players. Trea Turner is a very polished player with top notch speed and a virtual lock to stay at shortstop. Even though he isn't a power hitter, at 6'2 and 170 pounds, Turner still could grow into his frame. If he falls to San Diego, I think that they would snatch him up. He hits quite a few balls into the gap and will have very good stolen base numbers. 


#51 RHP Erick Fedde, UNLV

Erick Fedde was at one point a potential top five draft pick, but required Tommy John surgery early in the season. He hit 93 on the radar gun and flashed a plus slider before the injury. The 6'4 right hander will not be selected (only healthy options) in the first round by San Diego, but he could be selected as high as pick #9 (one of Toronto's two first round selections) or fall to the second or third round. The draft this year is very hard to predict, but if Fedde slides to 51, he'd be hard to pass up.

#86 OF Greg Allen, SDSU

Teams have a tendency to draft players located in their region. Greg Allen is a speedster (Allen and Turner at the top of a lineup could be 150+ steals) with good contact but little to no power. He reminds me quite a bit of Mallex Smith, who was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 draft. SDSU starter Michael Cederoth could also be a fit here.

#117 RHP AJ Vanegas, Stanford

A young and talented right handed pitcher, Stanford senior AJ Vanegas has twice declined signing with the teams that drafted him (San Diego - 7th round, Oakland - 19th round). His career at Stanford has been a cesspool of inconsistency and injury. The 6'3 right hander may have seen more time as a reliever than a starter, but could be an interesting project to take with a fourth round pick.

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