Yesterday was a big day for the Padres as they agreed to terms with three of their top draft selections on the final day of signing. As is customary with the early picks from each year, it came down to the last minute and the Padres landed a bevy of talent to add to their minor league system.
The club yesterday signed right-handed pitcher Joe Ross, selected in the first round, right-handed pitcher Michael Kelly, selected in the compensation round and catcher Austin Hedges, selected in the second round.
When all the dust settled, the Padres signed 26 of their top 27 picks from this year’s draft.
Here is a little bit of info on the newest Padres, straight from the press release:
Ross, 18, was selected 25th overall in the first round by the Padres. The right-hander was selected out of Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, Calif., where he posted a 0.83 ERA and 95 strikeouts over 67.2 innings during his senior campaign.
Kelly, 18, was selected 48th overall in the compensation round (for right-handed pitcher Jon Garland). He was selected out of West Boca Community High School (FL). The right-hander played in the 2010 Aflac All-American Baseball Classic at PETCO Park.
Hedges, 18, was the Padres’ second-round selection out of Junipero Serra High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. The right-handed hitter was rated as the 12th-best position player prospect in the 2011 draft class by Baseball America, as well as one of the best defensive catchers.
Cory Spangenberg, the Padres’ top selection at 10th overall in the 2011 Draft, has been playing for just 18 games with Single-A Eugene and was honored today with his second straight Northwest League Player of the Week award.
After being named Player of the Week for June 20-26, Spangenberg followed it up by hitting .407 (11-for-27) with a .556 OBP and .519 SLG from June 27-July 3. Catapulted by Spangenberg’s hot bat, the Emeralds (16-2 on the season) are currently riding a 13-game winning streak that is tied for the all-time Northwest League record. The Ems will attempt to break the league record and with their 14th straight in a 7:05 p.m. game tonight against Vancouver.
It seems like just yesterday the Padres scouting staff sat in the Draft room anxiously awaiting their first selection with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. While it may not have been yesterday, it was only three weeks ago and already the Friars’ top pick is making an impact in the minors.
Signed just three days after he was drafted (and still the highest pick from this year’s draft to sign), Cory Spangenberg has already played 10 games with the Eugene Emeralds and is hitting .394 with a .563 OBP and .606 SLG (1.169 OPS). He is averaging at least one hit, RBI and walk per game and has two hits in each of the last five tilts.
All of Cory’s appearances have come at second base and while it’s still way to soon to make any projections as to what type of player he may become, it certainly is nice to have in on the field and produces early results.
Today was a special day for the Padres as first-round selection Cory Spangenberg (pronounced SPAN-jen-berg) officially joined the Friar family. Here is a video of him signing his first professional contract. Congrats to Cory and his family. They are joined by Padres Vice President/Assistant General Manager Jason McLeod and Director of Scouting Jaron Madison in the video.
The 2011 First-Year Player Draft is well underway. The Padres selected Cory Spangenberg with their first selection (10th overall). When the dust settled on Day 1, the Padres made five selections:
10th – Cory Spangenberg (INF/Indian River State)
25th – Joe Ross (RHP/Bishop O’Dowd School)
48th – Michael Kelly (RHP/West Boca Raton Community HS)
54th – Brett Austin (C/Providence Sr. HS)
58th – Jace Peterson (SS/McNeese State)
As I type, the second day is underway, with the Padres picking in rounds 2-30. Among their picks is high school catcher Austin Hedges, taken in the second round with the 82nd overall pick. Hedges and Kelly each played at PETCO Park as part of the 2010 Aflac All-American Game. Video of each can be found below:
You can’t tell where that ball lands, but I’m pretty sure they needed a new one for the next batter. Here is video of Austin at PETCO Park during the Aflac All-American Game:
Michael Kelly at the Aflac All-American Game: