The San Diego Padres continued a pretty successful draft by signing 25 of their first 27 draft picks before Friday’s signing deadline. In addition, the club managed to sign 30 of the overall 40 draft picks from this year’s First-Year’s Players Draft and this is definitely a step in the right direction especially with the assumed fire sale about to take place and the arrival of a new General Manager.
The Padres’ got first round draft pick outfielder Trea Turner to sign for $2.9 million bonus. Turner has already moved his way to Single-A Fort Wayne after beginning June with the Eugene Emeralds in the Northwest League of Class Short-Season A. In six games with Fort Wayne, he is batting .440 with four RBI and four SB.
Will Laws of Padres.com highlights that San Diego signed 20 pitchers and 10 position players, including four infielders, four outfielders and two catchers. The club agreed to terms with 28 players out of college and two prep players, including second-rounder Michael Gettys, an outfielder from Gainesville (Ga.) High School.
However, it was not a shocker to note that former GM Josh Byrnes’ wasted pick on Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was one of those that did not sign only reiterating to many why he drafted him in the first place.
No one is expecting any of these players to make an impact in the near the future, but it does show the organization’s commitment to stick to a developmental strategy and structure to get the right players into the farm system. The Padres’ already have one of the top farm systems in the league and it only adds depth to help push those players to the next level.