With their third selection on the night, the Padres took catcher, Blake Hunt.
Yes, I know they already took a catcher with their second pick. But you can never figure out what A.J. Preller is up to. You just have to let it go.
He, again, is a high-upside pick that should help solidify the Padres’ minor league system.
The young man has all the tools for success and the Padres scouting staff is surely happy with him being there when the team picked at #69.
After taking Mackenzie Gore, the Padres took a catcher out of Georgia named Luis Campusano. He was a bit of a surprise as the Padres have Austin Hedges, and he should be around for a long time. However, when you have a selection that high in the draft, you pick the player who you believe has the highest ceiling. They must have felt the same intangibles are in place with the young catcher out of Mater Dei High School.
I enjoy the Padres’ new approach towards evaluating and drafting talent. It is surely a different style than past regimes.
Why do the norm? I do not know if this was their plan coming in, but Hunt has value and his stock has been on the rise in recent months.
He has a decent swing and the ability to stay behind the dish long-term.
Take a look at this young man on video for yourself.
The Padres are satisfied with their first night’s work. Landing Mackenzie Gore had to really make the team smile.
A.J. Preller is a scouting guru, so I expect these first three picks to work out just fine for this rebuilding franchise.
Another video of this young man showcases his footwork and arm. He ranks above average on defense presently.
It can not be said enough. It is a great time to be a Padre fan. Enjoy the draft.