Worst 5 Padres draft picks of the 2000s

Matt Antonelli of the San Diego Padres (R) tags out Xavier Paul of the Los Angeles Dodgers (L/#75) sliding into second base during the second Major League Baseball game in China on March 16, 2008 at the Wukesong Baseball Stadium in Beijing, venue for the 2008 Olympics baseball event. Some 11,890 fans saw the second game of a two-game series between California rivals, with the San Diego Padres defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3. Both teams are using only a half dozen players who will be on the opening day 25-man roster. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
Matt Antonelli of the San Diego Padres (R) tags out Xavier Paul of the Los Angeles Dodgers (L/#75) sliding into second base during the second Major League Baseball game in China on March 16, 2008 at the Wukesong Baseball Stadium in Beijing, venue for the 2008 Olympics baseball event. Some 11,890 fans saw the second game of a two-game series between California rivals, with the San Diego Padres defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3. Both teams are using only a half dozen players who will be on the opening day 25-man roster. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Walker Weickel Padres
SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 10: Draft picks (L-R) Zach Eflin, Max Fried, and Walker Weickel of the San Diego Padres wait before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Petco Park on September 10, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /

2012 — Padres select Walker Weickel in Round 1, Pick 55

Walker Weickel was selected by the Padres in the first round as a right-handed pitcher with a $2 million bonus. He was drafted out of Olympia High School in Orlando, Fla. Unfortunately, he never played at a level higher than Double-A.

Over his minor league career, Weickel pitched an ERA of 4.68, BAA of .267 and WHIP of 1.42. He didn’t have great results in the minors and played less than 25 games each season, excluding his final season in 2019.

Weickel seemingly had more success in high school. According to Max Preps, he was 6-4 with an ERA of 2.94 and a mid-90s fastball his junior year. He also played internationally and won the Junior Pan Am Championship.

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He wasn’t able to repeat his success in the minor leagues. He played his best season in 2017 with an ERA of 3.01, BAA of .221 and WHIP of 1.00. This was uncommon considering his best ERA prior was 4.38, but he also finished two seasons above 5.00.

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