The San Diego Padres drafted yet another collegiate pitcher, as they selected Dominic Taccolini out of the University of Arkansas.
He did not have the best numbers, but has shown a major league-quality arm.
He went 4-1 last year in 20 games (five starts) for the Razorbacks, while posting a 4.24 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. His overall numbers at the school are 17-10 in four seasons with a 4.83 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. He struck out 197 batters in his 231 collegiate innings, while walking 106.
The Padres surely need to work with him a bit on his mechanics, but he could provide some decent depth for the team.
Taccolini is 6′ 3″ and 230 lbs and from the state of Texas. He was drafted last season by the Blue Jays in the 16th round.
He has a power sinker and a moving fastball that should bode well against further-developed talent.
A.J. Preller is aware of his abilities since the young man was in high school.
Taking a look at this video, you will see he has some movement on his fastball.
His delivery isn’t too bad. So there is much to work with for the Padres’ coaching staff.
The Padres are taking a chance on this young man, and I think he is well worth it.
Day two of the 2017 MLB Draft is in the books and the Padres have had a successful day.
Stay tuned for more in-depth analysis of each prospect in the coming days.