The San Diego Padres have been busy the last three days, as the franchise restocks its cupboards with useful talent. Here is a look at who the Padres selected in round 11 through 25 in the 2019 MLB Draft.
The June MLB Amateur Draft is an exciting time for many young men throughout the country.
The Padres made 29 more picks on Wednesday. Here is a look at rounds 11-25 of the draft.
Round 11- Pick 323: Mason Feole, LHP, Connecticut, 6-foot-1 194 lbs
Feole, is a left-handed pitcher originally from Wakefield, R.I. He won 19 games for the Huskies last year, but his junior season was thrown off course by early elbow soreness. He went 3-3 with a 3.50 ERA in the regular season but struggled in two postseason starts. As a sophomore, he was 9-2 with a 2.50 ERA, 120 strikeouts in 100 innings. There is plenty of upside with this young pitcher. His fastball sits in the low 90’s, and he teams that with a strong curve which is described as a plus pitch. The 20-year-old has a great understanding of how to pitch and is also described as having a plus mental edge.
Round 12- Pick 353: Matthew Acosta, CF, USC, 5-foot-11 185 lbs
Left-handed hitting outfielder Matthew Acosta is a bit undersized but has a decent bat. The Chino Hills native brings a plus glove to the field and might be able to stick in center moving forward. He does have arm strength concerns that may limit him at the upper levels. The 21-year-old outfielder plays the game hard and will be a favorite in the system for his attitude and hustle while on the field. He has decent power for his size, but will not be a huge power threat.
Round 13- Pick 383: Brandon Komar, RHP, Madison College, 6-foot-0 195 lbs
20-year-old Komar is not overpowering with his fastball, but he does have a four-pitch mix which he uses well. He uses his slider and curve effectively and combines that with a decent change that has movement and tumble on it. The velocity on his fastball is ticking upwards, but he will need to have plus command to excel in the upper minors. Komar has a great work ethic and is a player to watch moving forward.
Round 14-Pick 413: Bodi Rascon, LHP, Decatur High (Texas), 6-foot-5 205 lbs
18-year-old Bodi Rascon has a very loose arm and is described as athletic on the mound. The Texas high school product is committed to Oklahoma State but should sign with the Padres and start his pro career. His fastball is hitting 92 right now, and there is a belief that the velocity will improve with pro coaching. He has a decent breaking ball but will need to refine that a bit in the coming months.
Round 15- Pick 443: Andre Tarver, OF, Rinngold High (Georgia), 6-foot-2 210 lbs
This left-handed hitting outfielder has a plus bat. He is described as a physical specimen that will end up at a corner outfield position. Tarver has shown plus power this spring and is starting to recognize spin better. The teenager is more patient at the plate this season, and there is a belief that he could develop even more in the coming years. He was committed to Mississippi State but should sign with the Friars.
Round 16- Pick 473: Robert Briley, RHP, Seminole State Oklahoma, 6-foot-5 225 lbs
Briley is a 19-year-old pitcher who has shown success with the bat as well in the past. The former outfielder has great size, but his fastball usually sits in the low 90’s. He throws a slider as well and probably projects as a reliever moving forward. If the Padres can get more velocity from his arm, he could be a potential closer of the future. Briley is still very young and should grow even more in the coming years.
Round 17- Pick 503: Jared Alvarez-Lopez, C, Cypress Ranch High (Texas), 6-foot-2 200 lbs
The Padres took a young right-handed hitting catcher with their 17th round pick. Alvarez-Lopez committed to McNee State, but will probably sign his contract. He has shown plus defense with a pop time in the 1.9 range. The Texas high school product should be a plus power threat when it is all said and done. He has great size at 6-foot-2.
Round 18- Pick 533: Andrew Dean, LHP, University of Illinois Springfield, 6-foot-1 185 lbs
Dean went 10-1 with a 2.87 ERA and struck out 118 batters at the University of Illinois Springfield which was a division two school. The left-handed pitcher shows good velocity and has been able to maintain it throughout his starts. He is very raw, and a bit undersized but could develop in time. He is the career leader in wins at UIS with a 22-1 overall record and is the first pitcher from the school to attain All-American honors. He could be a decent pick in time for the Padres.
Round 19- Pick 563: Chris Given, SS, Xavier Ohio, 6-foot-2 188 lbs
22-year-old Chris Given hit .342 as a junior in 2018 but fell to .306 this season at Xavier. The right-handed hitter has a decent bat but has little power. Givin is a plus defender at shortstop where he shows plus range and good footwork. Entering his senior season, Givin was named Preseason All-BIG EAST, marking his third-straight preseason honor from the conference.
Round 20- Pick 593: Deacon Medders, RHP, Alabama, 6-foot-4 200 lbs
Medders pitched out of the bullpen for three years at Alabama and might be a decent option in the bullpen eventually for the Friars. He has a big arm, striking out 114 batters last year. He did make six starts for the team and saved seven games. He threw 109 innings last year and recorded a 4.02 ERA.
Round 21- Pick 623: Jack Stronach, 3B, UCLA, 6-foot-3 195 lbs
Stronach is a left-handed hitting third baseman with little power despite his 6-foot-3 frame. He only hit four homers in 405 at-bats with the Bruins. He did hit .331 this season and put up a .831 OPS in 154 at-bats. He puts the ball in play generally and has shown some gap power. The Padres must think they can get more from him offensively. He seems too big for second base, but that isn’t out of the question in his future.
Round 22- Pick 653: Joshua Rivera, 3B, IMG Academy (Florida), 6-foot-2 205 lbs
With the teams next two picks, the Padres went outside the box. The saved some money early in the draft in hopes of signing a high school player who slipped in the draft because of signability issues. Rivera is committed to the University of Florida and was regarded as a top 200 pick. He was ranked #197 according to MLB pipeline. He has plus skills across the board and will likely sign to play in College this fall.
Round 23- Pick 683: Maurice Hampton, CF, Memphis University High (Tennessee), 6-foot-1 200 lbs
Hampton was regarded as the #29 prospect by MLBpipeline and will surely go to school at LSU this fall. He has an opportunity to play both baseball and football there, and that will be tough to turn down. The Padres could offer him money, but his future seems bright. Hampton is very toolsy and has plus speed from the right side of the batter’s box.
Round 24- Pick 713: Taylor Lomack, CF, Tallahassee C.C. (Florida), 5-foot-11 185 lbs
19-year-old Taylor Lomack is a right-handed hitter with plus bat skills. He hit .393 this year with a .466 OPS in junior college. Lomack can drive the ball the other way and could grow to be a decent power threat. He gets good reads on the ball in center and profiles there longterm. Lomack has a great personality and leadership skills that bode well for his future. This was a solid value pick for the location.
Round 25- Pick 743: Blake Baker, RHP, Miami Dade C.C. (Florida), 6-foot-3 195 lbs
The Padres selected another JC talent with their 25th round selection as they took Blake Baker out of Miami Dade. The right-handed pitcher had a decent year in 2019 and could be a sleeper pick for the team. He has decent size and a reliable fastball but will need some work with his mechanics. He is only hitting the low 90s right now with his velocity. He also throws a split and a curveball. It will be a long road for Baker, but he could be relevant eventually. He is still only 20 years old.