San Diego, CA- The San Diego Padres have signed their top three draft picks Trea Turner, Michael Gettys and Zech Lemond.
According to Corey Brock of Padres.com, Trea Turner and Zech Lemond in are in Arizona and will be heading to short season Eugene in a few days. Gettys will remain in Arizona to play in the AZL.
Turner announced this afternoon on twitter that he has officially signed with the San Diego Padres.
— Trea Turner (@treavturner) June 13, 2014
Trea Turner was the 13th overall pick by the San Diego Padres in last weeks MLB Draft and will receive a $2.9MM bonus, which is about $177K above the salary slot for the 13th overall pick according to John Manuel of Baseball America.
Trea Turner was ranked as the ninth best prospect by Baseball America, 14th by MLB.com and 18th by ESPN.com’s Keith Law. Turner hit .321 with eight home runs and stole 26 bases this season for NC State.
Here is the scouting profile by Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com on Turner:
Though Turner stands out most for his top-of-the-scale speed, he’s more than just a burner.
With his wheels and ability to make contact and control the strike zone, he has the tools to become a quality leadoff hitter at the Major League level. The key will be toning down his swing, which can get long, and his approach, which can get a little out of control. He can get home run-conscious and would be best served by focusing on getting on base, where his speed and instincts make him a prime basestealing threat.
A third baseman as a freshman, Turner moved to shortstop in 2013. He has the quickness and arm strength to stick at shortstop, something few college players do, though he needs to improve his defensive consistency. - Jonathan Mayo MLB.com
Earlier this morning the San Diego Padres signed Zech Lemond to a $600K bonus for about $31K below the assigned pick value. Lemond was the San Diego Padres 3rd round pick and is viewed by many as a steal for the Padres.
Zech Lemond was a first-round talent coming into the season, but his recent elbow injury raises about whether he can be a starter long term or a hard throwing reliever out if the bullpen. Most scouts project Zech Lemond as a No. 3 starting pitcher/late-inning reliever with good command, an above average fastball, curveball and a developing change-up and slider.
Here is the scouting profile by Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com on Zech Lemond:
Zech Lemond set the Rice record for saves last year with 14, one more than future big leaguers David Aardsma and Tony Cingrani posted in their best seasons with the Owls. He began 2014 as Rice’s closer once again, but when projected ace Jordan Stephens blew out his elbow, Lemond moved to the rotation in March.
Because he pitched so well and didn’t see any dropoff in stuff in much longer outings, Zech Lemond put himself in position to go in the top 50 picks of the Draft. But because the Owls didn’t exactly ease him into his new role, he was sidelined with elbow inflammation after five starts.
Before he went out, Zech Lemond operated with a 92-96 mph fastball with some arm-side run on a nice downward plane. His spike curveball can climb as high as 85 mph and makes batters look silly, though it also can be tough to command. He had no problem working his fading changeup into his mix and continued to throw strikes. - Jonathan Mayo MLB.com
Yesterday the Padres signed Michael Gettys for $1.3MM bonus, which is about $217K over the assigned pick value.
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.
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.