Frankie Piliere, a former scout for the Texas Rangers, says the 2011 draft class is better than average and especially deep in pitching prospects. With two picks in the first round, the Padres are set up nicely. The Padres have the 11th pick overall as compensation for not signing Karsten Whitson. The pick is unprotected, so the Padres will need to make doubly sure that the player will sign with them.
How will the Padres spend the $2.1 million that Whitson declined to accept from them? Will it go into the Adrian Gonzalez Fund? Did some of the money go to other draftees this year? Or, will it all go into next year's draft budget?
For what it's worth, Padres general manager Jed Hoyer told me that the club offered more than $2 million to high school pitcher A.J. Vanegas, who, as the Padres and other clubs expected, will go to Stanford.