Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Newsstand

The Padres are playing so well, their draft position for 2013 has gone from No. 1 to No. 11 in the last 10 weeks, with no sign of stopping. Over at U~T San Diego, I wrote about the Chargers, who opened their season last night with a victory over the Raiders.

6 comments:

  1. I wonder if the Padres had had the #11 pick in 2009 (rather than the #3 pick) if they might have taken Mike Trout (rather than Donovan Tate) ... just wondering ... dreaming :-)

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  2. Howard: Interesting scenario. I see your point. At No. 11, Tate's probably not there and SDP aren't likely to pay anyone $6.25 million. Would they have taken Trout? Pretty doubtful. Look at the AZ connection. Dbacks had two picks in the teens and used neither on Trout. Their GM was Byrnes, their scouting director was Allison. Generally speaking, they preferred college players in the first round. Byrnes' sponsors in AZ were Moorad/Garfinkel, who were part of the AZ scene until spring of 2009 and may have had some review input on the draft, at least in terms of budget, but Moorad had recused himself by January because he was negotiating to buy the Padres. As for San Diego's brainstrust, Fuson, the draft overseer, generally preferred college players for the first round. Towers had presided over several HS picks in the first round, including top-10 duds Phillips and Davis. I suppose Trout could've been at No. 11, but I've never heard the SDP had any great insight into his potential. AZ actually had good reports on him from the area scout, I'm told.

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  3. The SI cover story on Trout a couple of weeks ago went pretty in-depth on this ... very fun article ... and it's what prompted my dreaming ... though it also indicates (by omission) that the Padres were not "on" Trout at all. I was just dreaming that if they were OK with Tate @ 3, then they might have been in the mood for Trout @ 11 :-)

    Also, sometimes I get bum'd that the team's good play in Aug & Sep is costing us position in the draft ... but there are plenty of studs that fall to #11 and beyond, Trout just being one fantastic example.

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  4. Sure. Probably the best pitcher the SDP have drafted in the last 15 years was Peavy, and he was a late-rounder. Headley, their best player, was taken after the 30th pick. Look at Matt Kemp.

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  5. How much hope is there still for Tate?

    Not much, I'd say, to be a super-star ... but to have a couple of years of being an above-average MLB player? Still seems possible ... just unlikely ...

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  6. Haven't asked about him in recent months. Entering the season, heard nothing that indicated he's ready to make a big jump.

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