Padres find fortune in offense on Day 2
Club thinks several selections could star as Draft concludes
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres are done with their 2008 First-Year Player Draft selections and are pleased with their results.
After a first day that saw the Padres select only one pitcher, right-hander Anthony Bass from Wayne State, the second day saw more of a mix of players.
Padres vice president of scouting and player development Grady Fuson says that there was definitely a different approach to the second day of the Draft than the first.
"Especially with TV now, the first day is so condensed," Fuson said. "Those are money investment rounds. On the second day, there are a lot of disappointed players out there so we have to make a lot of phone calls to players."
Fuson said that after the first day there is a lot of regrouping and a lot of gauging the interest players still have in turning pro. When some players who expected to go on Day 1 get passed, Fuson says that you have to see what their mind-set is going into the second day.
The Draft always provides its own rhythm each year, and Fuson said that this was a unique year for him in terms of selecting pitchers.
"There were not a lot of guys that really fit," Fuson said. "But it was a good year offensively. If we couldn't hit premium pitchers, then we would just stack up on offensive players."
The Padres did just that in drafting 25 position players and 21 pitchers. But all pitchers except Bass were selected on Friday.
The pitchers selected on Friday included 6-foot-8, 250 pound right-hander Tyson Bagley from Dallas Baptist University. Fuson says that Bagley can hit 95 mph on the gun with his fastball.
Overall, Fuson says that the Padres were very happy with the Draft, though the process of the Draft provides moments where those selecting can get a little antsy. Fuson refers to it as getting your "pocket picked," when a team selects a player right before the other team gets the opportunity to pick that player.
"A little disappointed we missed on some high school kids," Fuson said, "but that happens."
It happened to the Padres, twice in the middle rounds, but it wasn't as if the Padres were not guilty of the same tactic. According to Fuson, apparently, the Diamondbacks felt like their pockets were picked when the Padres selected first baseman Allan Dykstra in the first round.
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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A trend occured with the Padres selecting players with ties to the Major Leagues. Brett Mooneyham, a left-handed pitcher selected in the 15th round, is the son of Bill Mooneyham. Bill Mooneyham was the 10th pick in the 1980 Draft by the A's. Jason Codiroli, an outfielder selected in the 20th round, is the nephew of Chris Codiroli. Chris pitched for Oakland, Cleveland and Kansas City from 1982-1990.
Zachary Dascenzo, a catcher selected in the 40th round, is the son of Doug Dascenzo. Doug is a former Major League outfielder and is the current manager of the Padres Class A Fort Wayne affiliate.
The second day saw the Padres draft two prospects with ties to San Diego. Nick Vincent, a catcher picked in the 18th round out of Long Beach State University, went to Ramona High School. And Logan Gelbrich, a right-handed pitcher the Padres picked in the 35th round, went to the University of San Diego.
Ronald P. Clark is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.