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The MLB Draft is always an interesting event to follow because you cannot fully judge a team by the moves they make until you see how the players perform at the next level. A team will take a player based on his talent and potential growth, but has no control over how he performs at the next level. They can influence him, but if the player can't handle it, then it throws off his entire development. In the 1999 draft, the Padres were excited about their three first-round picks: Vince Faison, Gerik Baxter, and Omar Ortiz. Little did they know that their fifteenth round pick would turn out to be a future Cy Young award winner, named Jake Peavy. Faison and Ortiz never made it to the major leagues, and the Padres never had a chance to see what Baxter was truly capable of, as he was killed in an automobile accident in 2001.
It was June 1999, and high school senior Jake Peavy was sitting on an offer to play baseball at the University of Auburn in his home state of Alabama. The Padres liked Peavy's competitive nature and love for the game, so they drafted him in the fifteenth round. From there, it was up to Peavy, who could decide to go pro or to Auburn, and re-enter the draft as a junior in 2002.
Part III is coming out tomorrow!
This story was approved by MLB Rumors.