San Diego Padres: Five current players missed in five-round MLB Draft

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San Diego Padres, Tommy Pham
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4. Tommy Pham

Similar to the first two, Pham was taken by the Cardinals in the 16th round of the 2006 MLB Draft. He verbally committed to Cal State Fullerton but opted to play professional baseball instead.

He had a breakout year in 2017 with regular playing time, but he was traded to the Rays in July 2018.

Pham broke a Rays’ record in April 2019, reaching base in 40 consecutive games. His ability to get on-base is a significant reason why the Padres made the trade for him.

As a team, the Friars finished with the most strikeouts in the National League a year ago.