With their 13th selection in the 2010 MLB Draft, the Padres picked left-handed pitcher Miguel Pena from San Jacinto College North.
Pena, 19, is a junior college freshman who is good value for the 13th round.
Pena went 13-1 with a 1.96 ERA and 83/22 K/BB ratio in 87 1/3 innings in 2010. Not bad.
Pena is a medium-sized lefty with very good mechanics and command.
He throws his fastball in the 87-88 range now, and could sit around 90 when he physically matures. He complements the heater with a plus 74-76 mph curveball with hard two-plane break that flummoxes lefties and righties alike.
In order to stay a starter, Pena will need to refine his changeup, which he hasn’t really needed to this point. He has the aptitude and pitchability to refine it, however.
An intriguing pick here for the Padres, Pena has no obvious star potential, but then again, how many 13th-rounders do? He looks like a pretty polished pitcher for his age with good command and a good, well-developed second pitch. A solid late-round selection.