Padres Select HS RHP John Barbato With 6th Round Pick in 2010 MLB Draft

With their sixth-round selection (184th overall), the Padres took John Barbato, a right-handed pitcher out of a Florida high school.

Barbato turns 18 next month, so he’s a very young draftee.

He’s got exciting stuff, starting with a low-90′s moving fastball. Like first-round high school righty Karsten Whitson, Barbato offers two fairly advanced offspeed pitches for a high schooler, including an already-average changeup.

The problem? Also like Whitson, Barbato has a commitment to Florida, and it’ll be tough to buy him out of that. Obviously, given Whitson’s draft status and the amount of money typically given to top-10 overall picks, there will be more of a budget to sign him than Barbato.

Then again, would the Padres spent a fairly high pick on Barbato if they didn’t think they had a shot at signing him? He’s at least a second-round talent, so getting him in the system would be huge.

Barbato’s selection is the third high-upside righty already, and the Padres have made some good calls on position players thus far as well. If Barbato signs, this could be a tremendous first draft for Jed Hoyer and Co.

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  • New Padres Fan

    WOW! What a STEAL in the 6th round! He was projected to go late in the first but no later then early 2nd round! The Florida Coach has got to be very concerned about loosing these two pitchers!!!

  • bob

    Barbato will easily be a superstar soon!