Pitching and infield was the theme on the final day of the MLB draft
The San Diego Padres finished off the draft before the 2022 MLB All-Star Game started. Here are all the names drafted to San Diego and brief statistics of their game.
The Friars took a pair of pitchers with the first two selections on the day. In rounds 11 and 12, general manager A.J. Preller selected right-hander Isaiah Lowe from the Combine Academy (NC) and lefty Austin Krob out of TCU.
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The high school product has a big frame at 6-foot-2 220 pounds. His fastball maxes out at 96 but throws in the low 90’s on average. Lowe also contains a sweeping slider and changeup and is committed to Wake Forest University.
Krob is a strikeout pitcher who ended the 2022 season with 45 strikeouts in 31 innings. He did allow 18 runs and finished with a 5.12 ERA, but the stuff is there as he started and pitched in relief for the Horned Frogs last season.
— TCU Baseball Data (@Frogball_Data) April 5, 2021
Moving on to the 13th round, the Padres took third baseman, Graham Pauley. Pauley joins Duke teammate Henry Williams in San Diego, where he will be looking to make it to the big leagues. The infielder hit .292 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs last season.
Outfielder Tyler Robertson was the selection in the 14th round. The senior out of Louisiana Lafayette hit .314 with five bombs and 33 RBIs. The right-handed platoon player can play anywhere and proves to be a solid contact hitter. He is 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, and stole 21 bases last year.
TR is off the board.
— Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns® Baseball (@RaginCajunsBSB) July 19, 2022
Right-handed pitcher Thomas Balboni Jr. went in the 15th round out of Northeastern University. He finished the season with a 4.29 ERA, 25 strikeouts, and seven saves. Balboni Jr. is primarily a relief pitcher and is also 6-foot-4.
The Padres selected Henry Martinez from Miami Christian School in Florida in the 16th round. Martinez is a right-handed pitcher who finished with a 2.80 ERA and struck out 38 hitters in 2022.
With the next two picks, the Padres selected Huge Pickney from Silverthorn Collegiate Institute and Romeo Sanabria from Indian River State College.
They mark the second and third catcher taken in the draft for San Diego. Pickney is committed to Rutgers University, while Sanabria will likely sign his contract.
Romeo Sanabria (@IRSCTheRiver) • Good presence behind the plate, clean catch+throw w/above avg arm down to 2B⬇️.. Simple and balanced at the plate, double to RCF late in the game here. @PSBaseballinc pic.twitter.com/xKgfNS8ZD5
— Brando Centrone (@BcentronePS) February 6, 2022
Sanabria could be a steal for the Friars. Not only can you see his ability to gun down a runner, but he can hit at an elite level as well. He batted .400 last season with four home runs and 52 RBIs. The 1.049 OPS is what really stands out.
Just two picks remained for the Padres.
The Padres surprisingly took a shortstop with their pick in the 19th round. High school product Spence Coffman from Tishomingo County High School marks the fourth infielder take and fifth position player on Day 3. Coffman is committed to Southeastern Louisiana.
With the 600th pick in the 20th round, San Diego selected left-handed pitcher Andrew Vail from Rowan University. He previously pitched for the University of Maryland and the University of Missouri.
That does it for the Padres. 2022 proved to be another successful draft for A.J. Preller.
Chris is a graduate of the University of San Diego. He is the former Sports Editor for the USDVista newspaper. Chris is also an athlete and is huge fan of San Diego sports. Chris has covered the San Diego Loyal, and contributes regularly about the Padres.