San Diego Padres Day 3 Draft Breakdown

(Nick Gatewood) Credit: GSU Sports

The Padres built on their solid draft in day three.

They drafted a lot of upside talent this draft. The team added a lot of pitching to their depth. It will be interesting to see how this draft plays out in the years to come.

Here is a look at how day three went.

11 (321) Nick Gatewood – C Georgia State
Comp: Brian McCann

A.J. Preller certainly has a type. Gatewood seems to be in the same mold as Austin Allen, big left-handed hitting catcher that is known more his bat than his glove. He hit 13 homeruns this year at Georgia State finishing with a .322/.400/.568 slash line.

12 (351) Sean Guilbe – 2B Muhlenberg High School (Pa.) Committed: Tennessee
Comp: Dan Uggla

It appears the Padres are going to pay over slot for Guilbe, who is known for his raw power and looks to be going to Tennessee if the Padres cannot sign him. He played third base, but it looks as though the Padres will move him from that spot, due to concern over how good he is defensively. The Gatorade Player of the Year finalist should be okay though if he continues to hit.

13 (381) Antoine Kelly – LHP Maine East High School (Il.) Committed: Central Arizona JC
Comp: Amir Garrett

Kelly is an interesting pick here. He does not have overpowering stuff; fastball sits lower-90s for the most part and slider is mid-70s, but he seems to repeat his delivery and has a little funk about him. Combine that with his size – Kelly stands at 6-foot-5 – and the fact that he should add strength to that frame and the Padres have a decent player here for a 13th round pick.

14 (411) Erik Sabrowski – LHP Cloud County Community College (Ks.)
Comp: Andrew Chafin

The only thing that really needs to be said about Sabrowski is that he struck out 117 hitters in 66 innings.

15 (441) Nick Thwaits – RHP Fort Recovery High School (Oh.) Committed: Kent State
Comp: Craig Stammen

Thwaits is an interesting pick. It appears he was a high school closer and will probably start in the bullpen for his professional debut. He has a fastball that can touch 94 MPH, but he also has a little bit of a Clayton Kershaw hitch in his delivery that he will use every now and then. He also features a curveball and a slider.

16 (471) Michael Curry – C Georgia
Had a strong season this year for Georgia. Another college catcher drafted by the Padres.

17 (501) Hazahel Quijada – LHP California – Riverside
Relief pitcher that will stay there.

18 (531) Dylan Smith – RHP Stafford High School (Tx.) Committed: Alabama
Throws a lot of strikes and is an arm that will need to develop.

19 (561) Ian Villers – RHP Northgate High School (Ca.) Committed: Cal
Definitely fits the mold. Big kid, it will be interesting to see if he fills out.

20 (591) Reiss Knehr – RHP Fordham
Interesting arm here, college player, has an opportunity to show what he did at Fordham.

21 (621) Mason Fox – CF Gardner-Webb
Good hit tool, can put the ball in play and has nice speed.

22 (651) Payton Smith – CF Strom Thurmond High School
(SC) Committed: Florence-Darlington Tech CC

Not much known here about Smith.

23 (681) Nelson Alvarez – RHP Miami Dade Community College
Alvarez is big and strong, 6-foot-6, it will be interesting to his development. May move to the pen to let his stuff work better.

24 (711) Pavin Parks – 3B Kent State
This guy gets on-base, a lot. Nice addition late in the draft.

25 (741) Lee Solomon – 2B Lipscomb
Interesting choice here, Solomon is from Lipscomb and played very well since the day he set foot on campus. Smart kid that is looking into law school if he does not sign.

26 (771) Tyler Mortensen – LHP Davis Senior High School (Ca.)
Another lengthy lefty taken out of High School. Not much more information on him.

27 (801) Gabe Mosser – RHP Shippensburg
Little known Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania is where Mosser is from. He threw a no-hitter this year for the Raiders.

28 (831) Jake Plastiak – 3B Victor J. Andrew High School (Il.) Committed: Wichita State
Big strong switch-hitter that played shortstop in high school. Looks as though the Padres will move him to third.

29 (861) William Duncan – RHP Richardson High School (Tx.) Committed: Unknown
All the information found is what you see below.

30 (891) Cullen Dana – LHP Seton Hall
Was recruited out of high school in both baseball and football. He missed this season with a shoulder injury. If they do sign him, it will be an over-slot offer to get him to leave Seton Hall.

31 (921) Jake Sims – RHP Saint Leo
Leo is from the little known school in Florida. He became the all-time career wins leader this yea.

32 (951) Cody Tyler – LHP Wichita State
Was moved to the bullpen in his senior year, saw an improvement in ERA but it was still high, 4.40. He did have 38 strikeouts in 30.2 innings pitched though.

33 (981) Rainier Aguilar – C Redlands

34 (1011) George Arias – RHP Tucson High Magnet School (Az.) Committed: Arizona
If the name sounds familiar, it should, Arias’ father played for the Padres from 1997-1999.

35 (1041) Jake Pfennigs – RHP Post Falls High School (Id.) Committed: Oregon State
Pfennigs will be hard to sign as he has committed to Oregon State. He also played football and basketball (Idaho’s Gatorade Player of the Year) in high school. Another big pitcher, standing at 6-foot-6.

36 (1071) Will Freeman – RHP Jones County Junior College (Ms.)
Strike thrower out of small JC in Mississippi.

37 (1101) Ben Abram – RHP Georgetown District High School (Canada) Committed: Oklahoma
6-foot-7 pitcher from Canada. Throws low 90s now but could develop more velocity and the speed plays up because of his size.

38 (1131) Michael Suarez – 1B Miami Sunset High School (Fl.) Committed: Hillsborough College
Smooth glove, seems comfortable around first base, not sure how the bat will play at the next level.

39 (1161) Seth Mayberry – RHP Dinwiddie County Senior High School (Va.) Committed: Unknown
Fastball can touch 92 MPH, not sure where or if he is committed somewhere.

40 (1191) Michael Knorr – RHP Carlsbad High School (Ca.) Committed: Cal State Fullerton
Another big high school arm from San Diego. His fastball sits in the high 80s but could possibly go higher with his frame.

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