The San Diego Padres typically don’t make the best selections in the annual MLB draft. Though they have made some great picks, they’ve made several bad ones that weren’t worthwhile.
The Padres have invested a lot of money in some draft picks that didn’t end up playing in MLB at all. Other players played very short careers that didn’t go far.
These five players stand out as the worst Padres draft picks of the 2000s.
2001 — Padres select Jake Gautreau in Round 1, Pick 14
Jake Gautreau was drafted by the Padres in 2001 in the first round as a third baseman with a $1.875 million bonus. He was drafted from Tulane University. However, he never played an MLB game.
He played his last minor league season in 2007 at the Triple-A level. Throughout his minor league career, he hit .255/.326/.426 for an OPS of .752. He seemed to show promising potential at the beginning of his career in the minors, but he lost steam toward the end.
During his first ever minor league season in 2001 at the High-A level, he hit .309/.389/.517 for an OPS of .906. In his last season at Triple-A, he hit .226/.250/.363 for an OPS of .613. Despite not having a career in MLB, he stuck with baseball and helps develop young prospects.
Gautreau is now a D1 assistant baseball coach at Mississippi State University.