Padres add power with first-round pick
Wake Forest first baseman Dykstra went to Rancho Bernardo
SAN DIEGO -- Grady Fuson says there are a lot of things to like about the Padres' first-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft, Wake Forest first baseman Allan Dykstra.There is, of course, Dykstra's size, 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds. Given their wont to picking offensive players with a patient approach, Fuson raved about Dykstra's ability to take a walk. In fact, he had 62 of them in 56 games. But, to be clear, what has the Padres so excited about Dykstra is something they feel they don't have nearly enough on their current 25-man roster and in their organization -- raw power. "This is a guy who has PETCO power," said Fuson, the Padres' vice president of scouting and player development. "We've got a monster here on our hands, I hope." Dykstra, selected 23rd overall, hit .323 with 16 home runs and 50 RBIs for the Demon Deacons, who went 25-31 and didn't qualify for the postseason. He's a player the Padres have watched since he was playing at nearby Rancho Bernardo High, a school that has produced seven first-round picks. The Padres went heavy on offensive players on the first day of the Draft, selecting eight position players, seven from the college ranks. "Obviously it was a very offensive Draft day for us," Fuson said. "We went after talent." Dykstra said, by conference call from Winston-Salem, N.C., that he "jumped off the couch" when the Padres called. That wasn't only because he was picked in the first round, but because it was the Padres who selected him. "Being drafted by a team I grew up watching ... they were a big part of my baseball life when I was growing up. We had season tickets," Dykstra said. "It's pretty much the perfect situation for me." Dykstra was a teammate at Wake Forest with second baseman Matt Antonelli, who was the Padres' first-round pick (17th overall) in 2006. "We've noticed this guy for a while. When you walk in the park, you noticed him," said Padres scout Ash Lawson, who scouts the mid-Atlantic and parts of the Southeast for the team. "He's been a target of ours for a while." Once he signs, Dykstra would likely start his professional career at short-season Eugene of the Northwest League. Fuson was asked about what this means for the Padres' current first baseman, 26-year-old Adrian Gonzalez, who has 17 home runs and leads the league in RBIs with 55.
Padres' top five selections
|23.||1B||Allan Dykstra||Wake Forest U|
|42.||CF||Jaff Decker||Sunrise Mountain HS (Ariz.)|
|46.||3B||Logan Forsythe||U Arkansas Fayetteville|
|69.||3B||James Darnell||U of S.C. Columbia|
|101.||CF||Blake Tekotte||U of Miami|
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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.