The MLB draft is tomorrow, televised on MLB Network at 4 PM PST. The San Diego Padres select ninth in the first round and then not again until 59th.
The Mock Draft: Attempting to predict what all 30 teams are going to do in the first round. Generally fun, generally sort of useless and hard to do. Good for discussion, though. Below, I have listed, from difference sources of various credibility, a few mock drafts:
|Keith Law||Karsten Whitson, RHP, HS|
|Baseball America||Kolbrin Vitek, 2B, Ball State|
|Kevin Goldstein||Nick Castellanos, 3B, HS|
|Minor League Ball||Michael Choice, CF, UT-Arlington|
|Jon Heyman||Zack Cox, 3B, Arkansas|
|MLB Bonus Baby||Kolbrin Vitek, 2B, Ball State|
There are more at the Mock Draft Database.
The name I’ve heard most is Kolbrin Vitek, the 2B from Ball State, but that surely doesn’t mean the Padres will take him. If they do, it sounds like a position change is a no-brainer, and that he will be targeted for center field.
From what Jed Hoyer and company have said, and based on their track records, it appears that the Padres are going to take the “best player available.” Not a bad philosophy when, you know, the idea is to get a good baseball player. In all seriousness, I have a lot of faith that the front office is following a good process here. We will have to wait and see if the results follow.