Padres First 22 Picks of 2002 Draft

Here are the Padres’ first 22 picks from yesterday (comments abstracted from Baseball America and

  1. Khalil Greene, ss, Clemson U., R/R, 5-10, 190, 10/21/79. Good power for a middle infielder; solid plate discipline. May move to second base due to lack of range.
  2. Michael/William Johnson, 1b, Clemson U., L/R, 6-2, 220, 6/25/80. Short stroke; above-average power. May be able to play the outfield as a pro.
  3. Kennard Jones, cf, U. of Indiana, L/L, 5-11, 180, 9/8/81. Runs well. Contact hitter with good plate discipline. Solid makeup.
  4. Aaron Coonrod, rhp, John A. Logan (Ill.) JC, R/R, 6-4, 215, 5/17/80. Features low-90s fastball, low-80s slider, and developing changeup. Good body; able to sustain velocity deep into games.
  5. Sean Thompson, lhp, Thunder Ridge HS, Denver, L/L, 5-11, 165, 10/13/82. Mid- to high-80s fastball, plus curve. Good mechanics, command, and attitude. Similar in build to Billy Wagner.
  6. Adam/John Shorsher, c, San Jose State U., R/R, 6-2, 205, 10/8/80. Body similar to Jeff Reed.
  7. Matt Lynch, lhp, Florida State U., L/L, 6-1, 185, 1/4/81. Mid-80s fastball; good control and attitude.
  8. Luke Steidlmayer, rhp, UC Davis, R/R, 6-5, 195, 8/13/80. Body similar to Andy Ashby. Fastball runs 89-91. Good poise.
  9. Brian Burgamy, 2b, Wichita State U., S/R, 5-10, 190, 6/27/81. Also has played center field.
  10. L.J. Biernbaum, of, Florida Atlantic U., L/L, 6-3, 185, 7/30/79. Body similar to Luis Gonzalez. Good bat speed; gaps power. Can play all three outfield positions and first base.
  11. Brandon Wilson, rhp, Okaloosa-Walton (Fla.) CC, R/R, 6-1, 180, 2/3/83. Body similar to Brad Radke. Good breaking ball; easy delivery. Challenges hitters.
  12. Paul McAnulty, 1b, Long Beach State U., L/R, 5-11, 220, 2/24/81.
  13. Lance Pendleton, rhp, Kingwood (Texas) HS, L/R, 6-3, 185, 9/10/83. Body similar to Orel Hershiser. Loose, free, easy arm. Converted outfielder lacks pitching experience.
  14. Gabriel Ribas, rhp, Northwestern U., R/R, 6-4, 210, 2/3/80.
  15. Rolando Agosto, ss, Union (Tenn.) U., R/R, 5-9, 165, 1/10/81.
  16. Kevin Beavers, lhp, Pepperdine U., L/L, 6-5, 195, 10/22/79.
  17. Rashad Smith, cf, Lambuth (Tenn.) U., L/R, 6-4, 210, 1/20/80.
  18. Michael Gallaway, lhp, Grayson County (Texas) CC, R/L, 6-4, 190, 9/17/82.
  19. John Grogan, lhp, Okaloosa-Walton (Fla.) CC, L/L, 6-4, 215, 10/10/82.
  20. George Kottaras, c, Connors State (Okla.) JC, L/R, 6-0, 180, 5/10/83.
  21. Andrew LaRoche, ss, Grayson County (Texas) CC, R/R, 5-11, 180, 8/13/83. Body similar to Mark Grudzielanek. Good baseball instincts. Son of former big-leaguer Dave LaRoche.
  22. David Krisch, lhp, California Poly Pomona, L/L, 6-7, 205, 5/25/80.

So I guess you could say that Bill Gayton likes college players. Here’s a breakdown of the Pads’ picks from yesterday:

By experience

  • 4-year college: 14 (12 seniors)
  • junior college: 6
  • high school: 2

By position

  • lhp: 6
  • rhp: 5
  • c: 2
  • 1b: 2
  • 2b: 1
  • 3b: 0
  • ss: 3
  • of: 2

The Padres envision Greene as a potential five-tool shortstop, in the mode of San Francisco’s Rich Aurilia. Assuming they sign, he and Johnson are expected to start their pro careers at Ft. Wayne or Lake Elsinore.

Elsewhere, Matt Harrington was drafted in the 13th round by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. That’s a mighty fall for a kid who was considered the best amateur player in the country just a few years ago.

Two Toreros were drafted back-to-back in the seventh round. The Dodgers picked third baseman David Bagley at #211, while the Twins snagged southpaw Ricky Barrett at #212. Barrett draws comparisons to Philadelphia left-hander Randy Wolf, another former WCC competitor. And speaking of the Phillies, they grabbed two Rancho Bernardo kids, lefty Cole Hamels in the first (#17 overall) and third baseman Jake Blalock in the fifth.

And on the big-league front, which is becoming increasingly difficult to stomach, right-hander Josh Boyd has been designated for assignment and replaced on the roster by curveballing southpaw Jason Pearson, yet another Indy League veteran. And righty Brian Tollberg has decided to undergo season-ending "Tommy John" surgery. Rehab is expected to take 9-18 months.

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