Padres select Jackson Merrill in first round of MLB Draft

Capital Gazette

Credit: Capital Gazette

Using the 27th overall pick, the Padres selected Jackson Merrill, a high school shortstop from Maryland.

This is new territory for A.J. Preller, who has drafted in the top 10 every year of his tenure.

Along with that, he typically goes with high school talent in the first round, with Cal Quantrill and Eric Lauer being the last college players taken. This year followed the recent trend of picking the best high school player available.

Merrill is 18 years old and comes in at 6’3”, 195 lbs.

The left-handed hitter is the first high schooler from Maryland to be drafted in the first round in the 21st century. He is the #79 ranked draft prospect according to MLB Pipeline. However, there isn’t a true consensus among the league. Baseball America puts him at #102, ESPN at #84. Jonathan Mayo described Merrill as a late riser in the draft, explaining the uncertainty in his draft position.

Part of his late rise came when he improved power and speed tools that really shot up right before the draft. In the latest update MLB Pipeline, his run is 50 and power is 45, but those are the tools that rose last second.

 

While he is drafted as a shortstop, there are questions if that is position long-term. Some view him moving over to either second or third as his career progresses. A reminder to all, Preller is known for drafting the best available player. Acquiring a playing that might on the left side of the infield does not reflect his opinion on Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, CJ Abrams, or anyone else in the Padres organization.

(Visited 1,080 times, 1 visits today)

Evan Anderson on Twitter
Evan Anderson
Evan is a student finishing up a degree in Finance from Northern Arizona University. The ability to break down numbers and find the story behind them has lead to his first of writing for East Village times. He covers baseball which is the sport he grew up playing and has followed even after his playing years.

1 thought on “Padres select Jackson Merrill in first round of MLB Draft

  1. Thanks Evan for information I wasn’t finding anywhere else. Now I have a better picture of why he was grabbed wt 27, instead of waiting for the second round. And a much better picture of him. One of the sites had a picture that looked like it was from middle school, lol.
    I knew I could come to the East Village Times for a better review!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Copyright © All rights reserved. | CoverNews by AF themes.

Please disable your adblocker or whitelist this site!

(Visited 1,080 times, 1 visits today)
Evan Anderson on Twitter
Evan Anderson
Evan is a student finishing up a degree in Finance from Northern Arizona University. The ability to break down numbers and find the story behind them has lead to his first of writing for East Village times. He covers baseball which is the sport he grew up playing and has followed even after his playing years.