San Diego, CA- With the 51st overall selection in the 2014 MLB Draft, the San Diego Padres have selected outfielder Michael Gettys out of (Gainesville HS, Ga.).
This is a great pick for the Padres. Michael Gettys might be the most gifted athlete in this years draft class.
Getty’s possesses above-average raw power potential, legitimate plus-plus speed, elite arm strength and a decent bat with plus bat speed and power, but also needs to work to make more consistent contact.
Gettys is similar to Colorado Rockies Drew Stubbs as they’re both exceptional athletes with plus tools.
In a minor league system filled with excellent pitching prospects, the Padres needed to add offensive talent to a minor league system that desperately lacks impact offensive talent.
The Padres took a step toward improving their system by drafting Michael Gettys.
Here is the scouting profile by Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com on Gettys:
Michael Gettys, a Georgia recruit, entered the spring with a chance to follow in the footsteps of Byron Buxton, Clint Frazier and Austin Meadows as a Georgia high school outfielder selected in the top 10 picks. Though his tools are among the best of any of this year’s prepsters, his performance during the spring hurt his chances to be such an early selection.
Michael Gettys made waves at the start of the showcase circuit last summer, running a 6.43-second 60-yard dash, clocking 100 mph on a throw from the outfield and working at 91-94 mph from the mound at the Perfect Game National Showcase in June. He has an explosive swing to match his athleticism, giving him above-average raw power.
But Gettys has struggled to make consistent contact. He swings and misses more than scouts like and especially struggles against breaking balls. Still, his combination of speed and power makes him an enticing prospect.