Bold Predictions for San Diego Padres' Top 3 Draft Picks
As the San Diego Padres are headed for another seemingly mediocre season, fans look forward to the draft and the future of the team.
However, don’t fret. The Padres have an incredibly bright future loaded with young talent and a stacked farm system. Many, such as Gaslampball.com, claim the Padres system is the sixth best in the MLB.
Already filled with some top prospects, the Padres looked towards the draft to further build upon their system.
Compared to previous drafts, this one was less clear cut on which players would go where. Many scouts and experts differed on their opinions of even who would go number one overall—with Jonathan Gray, Mark Appel, and Kris Bryant being the consensus top three, but most had different orders.
The Padres had the 13th overall pick in the first round; however, nearly all experts had them taking a different player in their mock drafts.
Hunter Renfroe, 1st Round, 13th Overall
The Padres selected Mississippi outfielder, Hunter Renfroe, with their first pick. Surprisingly, none of the experts I referenced in my prediction roundup anticipated the Padres choosing Renfroe, only a commenter predicted that correctly.
In a relatively weak draft, the Padres were able to draft one of the few strong position players. Though he's still pretty raw, he has major upside and has the ability to be a multi-tool talent someday.
ESPN's Keith Law commends this pick and states (subscription required), "he's clearly one of the top five college bats, and offers more raw power potential than anyone other than Kris Bryant."
Bold Prediction: plays towards the end of the 2014 season and is an everyday starter in 2015. In his first full season, he hits 30 or more home runs.
Dustin Peterson, 2nd Round, 50th Overall
Dustin Peterson is the brother of first-round pick DJ Peterson who was chosen 12th overall by the Seattle Mariners. Baseball America actually predicted that DJ would be taken by the Padres in the first round.
Dustin, however, is a hitter like his brother. Scouts and experts question his defense and doubt he can play shortstop in the MLB, as he did in high school. Most agree he will end up either at second or third base.Scouts are generally mixed on their opinions of Peterson. The U-T San Diego asked three unnamed scouts their opinions on the young shortstop. One compared him to Jeff Kent, a potential future Hall of Fame player, another thought he is a younger version of Gordon Beckham, a player who never lived up to his hype.
Bold Prediction: He becomes a mainstay in the Padres roster by 2015, drastically improves his defense, and gets selected as an All Star by 2018.
Jordan Paroubeck, 3rd Round, 69th Overall
The Padres gambled on another high school stud with their third-round pick. The compelling part about this is Paroubeck went to Junipero Serra High School in northern California. Notable alumni include Barry Bonds, Tom Brady, and Lynn Swann. Clearly, there are high expectations.
Oh, did I mention Bonds is also Paroubeck's private hitting coach?
Scouts and Law all highlight Paroubeck's extreme athleticism, but maintain he is still very unpolished, both as a hitter and defender. He has above-average speed and a plus arm, but currently needs to work on his contact at the plate. One scout recalls he saw, per UTSandiego.com, Paroubeck "swing and miss 11 times in one game".
Bold Prediction: Rotates to a corner outfield spot and tallies a 25 home run and 30 stolen base season in his career.
What do you think? Too bold? Too timid?