First off we would like to apologize for the hiatus we have been on. The rigors of life and the duties of the site had limited our time in the past few weeks. We are be back on track and we have some excellent guests lined up to provide new exclusive content, you could only get here at East Village Times.
For our welcome back show we bring you Hunter Belinsky of Baseball America. He has fantastic knowledge of the MLB draft and we pick his brain on the San Diego Padres 2016 draft class. He gives us extensive thoughts on each of the Padres first six selections in the draft.
Cal Quantrill, Hudson Sanchez (Potts), Eric Lauer, Buddy Reed, Reggie Lawson and Mason Thompson were the top selections and we get detailed thoughts on each player from Hudson. He is very high on Lauer and Reggie Lawson currently. He compared Lawson to Taijuan Walker and Lauer was deemed the most major league ready pitcher in the draft. Very good news for Padres fans.
Buddy Reed and the ability he has is greatly discussed by us, as he is the only one who has yet to sign out of the Padres top six picks. The Padres have money saved for Reed and his signing seems inevitable. The ultra athletic outfielder has excellent defensive abilities and Hudson proclaims him as a “high floor” player. At the very least Reed should be a serviceable fourth major league outfielder on a team. His defense and switch-hitting bat dignify that.
Hudson goes on to reveal some decent mid to lower round picks the Padres made. He has some pretty positive things to say about the Padres draft. In fact he gives us a grade for the 2016 draft. You will want to hear what he has to say about the team.
We want to thank Hudson for coming on. He is an extremely busy guy and is already working on the 2017 draft class. The insight he brought is valuable to Padres fans. Hudson has no ties to the team, so to get him to discuss the team without pulling any punches is a great thing. Thank you for listening and like always if you have any question, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for the support and enjoy the podcast.