Padres’ legendary hurler Randy Jones. Mandatory Credit: utsandiego.com
The San Diego Padres recently announced that former Cy Young award winner Randy Jones along with top scout Jimmy Nelson will be the team’s two representatives at the MLB First Year Amateur Player Draft at the start of June. Jones was the first member of the Padres to win the top pitching award in 1976, posting a record of 22-14, with an ERA of 2.74. Jones also notched 8 shutouts and 25 complete games. He remains the franchise’s all-time pitching leader in multiple categories including shutouts, complete games, innings pitched, and starts.
Jimmy Nelson works out of the state of Louisiana, having served in the same capacity for both the Anaheim Angels and the New York Mets prior to joining the Padres, and has been a scout for over 15 years. His notable signings during his career include pitcher Seth Lugo and outfielder Jerome Moore. It’s expected that the Friars will be searching for impact bats to complement their deep level of organizational pitching depth.