Who San Diego Padres should take in the 2020 MLB Draft

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07: Starting pitcher Karl Kauffmann #37 congratulates relief pitcher Jeff Criswell #17 of the Michigan Wolverines after a save in the ninth inning of game 1 of the NCAA Super Regional against the UCLA Bruins at Jackie Robinson Stadium on June 7, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Michigan Wolverines defeated the UCLA Bruins 3-2. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07: Starting pitcher Karl Kauffmann #37 congratulates relief pitcher Jeff Criswell #17 of the Michigan Wolverines after a save in the ninth inning of game 1 of the NCAA Super Regional against the UCLA Bruins at Jackie Robinson Stadium on June 7, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Michigan Wolverines defeated the UCLA Bruins 3-2. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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Players of the Florida Gators. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
Players of the Florida Gators. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images) /

34th Overall Pick — Aaron Sabato (1B)

After making a risky pick at eight, the Padres have to go safe at 34 with a college player.

Sabato is someone I’ve really enjoyed watching at North Carolina and he absolutely mashes. The righty hit .335 as a freshman in 2019 with 13 home runs and had 7 home runs in just 19 games this season before it was canceled.

Being a draft-eligible sophomore, this pick does come with some risk as well. They’d have to pay him well to keep him from going back to North Carolina for another year, but I also think he could be the first baseman of the future in the not so distant future.

45th Overall Pick — Tommy Mace (RHP)

If this guy is available at 45 — he’s ranked 47th on FanGraphs’ big board — the Padres better jump all over him.

This is a righty who has the talent to be a top 10 pick but couldn’t really put it together in his first two seasons at Florida and fell out of favor with a lot of scouts.

He was proving just how dominant he can be this year with a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings before the college season was shut down.

80th Overall Pick — Gage Workman (INF)

Now I’m just kind of going with names that I recognize. Workman was part of a deadly offensive lineup at Arizona State along with Spencer Torkelson.

He broke out in 2019 as a sophomore hitting .330 with 8 home runs in 57 games. And then he hit .266 in the Cape Cod League that summer.

With the first three guys likely being hard to sign, this is someone the Padres could probably get under slot.

Workman has the ability to be a solid utility player at the big league level.

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