In an attempt to give you an advanced look at Monday’s draft, we here at EVT have specifically put out tons of content on potential picks for the San Diego Padres in the 2017 MLB Draft.
It is impossible to predict exactly who the Padres will select with their picks, but we did our best to cover the likely suspects.
With the third overall selection, we get a decent idea who the team is targeting, but it is still unclear. Hunter Greene, Kyle Wright, MacKenzie Gore, Brenden McKay, and Royce Lewis are the top five players the Padres are potentially looking at.
Below are the links to each past article and podcast that pertains to the 2017 draft.
In this podcast, Jonathan Mayo tells us about the “Big Five” players of interest. He also tells us some names the Padres have been linked to in recent weeks. Great stuff here. This is the kind of content that you dream about. He does not often speak about the Padres, so picking his brain about the team was certainly enjoyable.
We welcome back Hudson to the show, as he gives us amazing scouting reports on the “Big Five” prospects. He breaks down each player and tells us a little bit about them and what to expect. We speak to him about possible second-round picks as well, and he throws some interesting names at us.
The night before the draft we visit with Kyle Glaser and speak about the possibilities for the Padres #3 pick. He tells us a little more about Hunter Greene, MacKenzie Gore, Brenden McKay, Kyle Wright and Royce Lewis. This was an interesting conversation.
Here is a great breakdown of the first round and a prediction of who each team will take with their first selection in the draft.
Potential First Round Selections (Pick #3) The Big Five
With 102 MPH from the mound, and a power bat with the ability to play shortstop, Hunter Greene is everyone’s favorite for the #1 pick. The Twins hold that right, but it is not clear if they intend to take the prep athlete. In this breakdown, we discuss the possibility that he falls to the Padres with the #3 pick.
The Vanderbilt right-handed pitcher is arguably the best Collegiate pitcher in the draft. At the age of 21, he is considered well-developed, but does come with some concerns about his control. The Padres have not had any connection to him, but there is always a possibility.
This seems to be everyone’s favorite pick for the Padres on Monday. He is a left-handed prep pitcher, with above-average control and demeanor. He possesses a mid to high 90’s fastball and ridiculous, polished breaking stuff. He is also deceptive with his delivery, where he features a high leg kick, reminiscent of Clayton Kershaw.
The best two-way player in the draft out of college is, easily, McKay. He is a polished hitter with an excellent eye and developing pop. On the mound, he features a mid 90’s fastball with an above average curve ball. He could go either way as a professional.
This prep shortstop out of California is considered a decent value selection. He is athletic and has very good speed from the right side of the plate. He is still very young, but Lewis should be able to progress through a major league system. We will see.
Potential Second Round Selections (Pick #39)
This Puerto Rican prep outfielder is an interesting option for the team. He has a high ceiling and could be a steal at #39.
A power arm capable of throwing triple-digit fastballs is definitely worth a look. Preller has shown interest.
A prep athlete that could be an excellent value pick for the Padres at #39.
Another prep shortstop who fits the mold of who the Padres may be looking at in the second round.
Impressive switch-hitting, prep center fielder, with polished tools. A lot to like with this young man.
Standford pitcher, who, like Cal Quantrill, had arm issues, but could be an excellent value pick for the Friars
Pick #69 Competitive Balance Round B
A left-handed hitting prep center fielder with loud tools. He could be a nice pick here at 69
Son of former major league Gary Varsho, this Collegiate backstop could be an excellent balue pick at #69 if he is still there.
Others To Keep an Eye On
Local prep shortstop who will probably be gone at #39, but is an interesting story.
Also will likely be gone at pick #39, but has excellent skill and could be one to keep an eye on.
As the weekend rolls in, we will update this thread with new info that comes to the surface. There are still more names we are looking at in an attempt to keep you prepared on draft day. Keep your eye out. Go Padres!