Walter Mencken 2:37 p.m., March 1
Through the first 15 rounds of the 2012 Major League Baseball first-year player draft, the San Diego Padres selected eight pitchers and six infielders with their 19 picks, including compensation picks for players lost through free agency in 2011. Also selected were four outfielders and a catcher.
With their first-round pick, seventh overall, the Padres took left-handed pitcher Max Fried. Fried is listed at 6' 4", 170 lbs., and attended Harvard-Westlake high school in the Los Angeles area. He has a good fastball with velocity up to 92 miles per hour and an excellent curve ball that has downward movement. Max will need to develop a change-up in order to have a pitch to offset the fastball.
In the compensation round, the Padres drafted right-handed pitcher Zach Eflin out of Hagerty high school in Florida, center fielder Travis Jankowski from Stony Brook University in New York, and right-handed pitcher Walker Weickel of Olympia high school in Florida.
The 6' 5" Eflin commands a 95 miles per hour fastball and a good breaking ball, but like Fried, he needs to develop a change up. Jankowski is a 6' 3" center fielder who bats left-handed; he doesn't have much power but he hits well for average and steals bases and could be a legitimate lead-off hitter. Weickel, 6' 6", is a right-handed pitcher with a 95 miles per hour fastball and a decent change up, but his curve ball needs work.
The compensation picks, including one extra in the second round, were awarded to the Padres because Heath Bell and Aaron Harang were lost to free agency, and one of last year's draft picks, Brett Austin, chose not to sign with the Padres. With the two picks in the second round, the Padres chose Jeremy Baltz from St. Johns University and Dane Phillips from Oklahoma City University.
Baltz, a 6' 3" right-handed hitting outfielder, reminds some scouts of a young Pat Burrell. Although he might not have the power often associated with the corner outfield spots, his bat produces a lot of doubles and he drove in 60 runs for St. Johns. Phillips is a 6' 1" catcher, a solid left-handed hitter with some power but will need a lot of work behind the plate to improve his defensive skills.
In the third round the Padres drafted 6' 2" Fernando Perez from Chula Vista. Perez skipped his senior year of high school to attend Central Arizona College, a junior college. While playing third base, the left-handed Perez hit .341 and drove in 51 runs. The Padres drafted him as a short stop.
Rounds 16 through 40 of the draft concludes tomorrow, beginning at 9:00 AM PDST.
RD. PLAYER POS. HT WT SCHOOL HOMETOWN
1 Max Fried (7th) LHP 6-4 170 Harvard-Westlake HS (CA) Encino, CA
Comp. Zach Eflin (33rd) RHP 6-5 200 Hagerty HS (FL) Chuluota, FL.
Comp. Travis Jankowski (44th) CF 6-3 190 Stony Brook University (NY) Lancaster, PA
Comp. Walker Weickel (55th) RHP 6-6 195 Olympia HS (FL) Orlando, FL
2 Jeremy Baltz (68th) OF 6-3 205 St. Johns University (NY) Vestal, NY
2 Dane Phillips (70th) C 6-1 200 Oklahoma City University (OK) Nacogdoches, TX
3 Fernando Perez SS 6-2 190 Central Arizona College (AZ) Chula Vista, CA
4 Andrew Lockett RHP 6-5 225 Providence School Jacksonville HS (FL) Jacksonville, FL
5 Mallex Smith CF 5-9 155 Santa Fe CC (FL) Tallahassee, FL
6 Jalen Goree SS 5-10 195 Bibb County HS (AL) Brent, AL
7 Ramon Madrid SS 6-0 185 Central Florida University (FL) Victoria, TX
8 Brian Adams CF 6-4 215 University of Kentucky (KY) Gainesville, GA
9 River Stevens INF 6-0 165 Allan Hancock College (CA) Escondido, CA
10 Stephen Carmon SS 5-7 155 University of South Carolina Aiken (SC) Camden, SC
11 Maxx Tissenbaum INF 5-10 185 Stony Brook University (NY) Toronto, CAN
12 Drew Harrelson LHP 6-6 185 Berrien County HS (GA) Nashville, GA
13 Malcom Diaz RHP 6-2 185 Colegio Laico de Levittown (PR) San Juan, PR
14 Andrew Sopko RHP 6-2 180 Loyola-Sacred Heart HS (MT) Missoula, MT
15 Cory Bostjancic RHP 6-0 180 Marin Community College (CA) Fairfax, CA