Orange Coast College outfielder Mykal Stokes, 19, was the Padres’ 29th rounder in the 2010 MLB Draft.
Stokes batted .315/.365/.521 in 34 games in 2010. Like many Padres draftees, he rarely strikes out–he only did so 12 times all year.
Stokes has some raw speed, but is still figuring out how to use it, as he went just 6-for-12 in steals.
He has some power potential in his projectable frame, but it hasn’t come out too much yet, as he only hit three homers last year.
For some reason, I get the feeling that Stokes isn’t going to sign and is then going to break out in college and become a much higher draft pick later on. Call it a hunch.
On one level, I’d like to see him signed, because he’s got some potential, but on the other hand, he doesn’t have too many well-developed skills yet, so he may never figure it out. Who knows–there are plenty of people out there who know way more about Stokes (and other draftees) than I, and still get plenty wrong.