With the MLB Draft being shortened to five rounds this year, let’s look at five players on the San Diego Padres roster who would not have been drafted.
In April, MLB had tossed around the idea that the MLB Draft could potentially be reduced to just five rounds, given that the collegiate and high school baseball seasons have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve been covering draft prospects that the San Diego Padres should target, under the assumption that the draft would be just five rounds.
On Saturday, that idea was confirmed. This has a strong impact on fringe players projected to be drafted just outside the first five rounds. Juniors in college will almost certainly be returning for their senior year, and high school players will attend colleges they have verbally committed to.
We likely won’t see the true ramifications of the MLB Draft being shortened until two to three years from now, but it is intriguing to look at the Padres roster to see how many guys who have missed out on being selected. Granted, several were taken by other teams initially, but their paths to San Diego could have looked drastically different or not happened at all.
Selected by the Miami Marlins in the eighth round of the 2015 MLB Draft, Paddack had a verbal commitment to play collegiate baseball at Texas A&M. Instead, he chose professional baseball, and he was traded to the Padres in June 2016 for Fernando Rodney.
A torn UCL temporarily set him back, but he posted big numbers in his rookie season. Last year, Paddack spun a 3.33 ERA in 26 starts while striking out 153 batters in 140.2 innings.
No longer on an innings limit, Paddack is looking at a monster year with the Friars. Had he gone to Texas A&M, he would have had to play at least three injury-free seasons before entering his name in the draft.
Given the state of the Padres roster, there’s a chance they still could have ended up with him, but there are no guarantees.