San Diego, CA- Tonight is the 2014 MLB Draft and the San Diego Padres have the 13th overall pick in 1st round of this years draft.
Last year the Padres selected Mississippi State’s Hunter Renfroe with the 13th overall pick.
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This year the Padres could very well take another college bat at No. 13. The Padres need to add offensive talent to a minor league system that desperately lacks impact offensive talent.
Here are college position players the Padres could select at No. 13:
Trea Turner SS NC State
Many mock drafts have Trea Turner going to the Padres at No.13. Turner hit .321 with eight home runs and stole 26 bases this season for NC State.
"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"
Michael Conforto OF Oregon State
"Conforto has athletic bloodlines, as his father Mike was a Penn State linebacker and his mother Tracie (Ruiz) won two gold medals in synchronized swimming at the 1984 Olympics. Conforto considered a college football career like his dad but made a wise choice — he was the Pacific-12 Conference’s Freshman of the Year in 2012 and Player of the Year in 2013, when he led Oregon State to the College World Series.Conforto’s signature tool is his left-handed power, which could produce 25-plus homers on an annual basis once he gets to the Major Leagues. He doesn’t get cheated at the plate, taking a big uppercut hack that produces nice loft on his drives.While he’s willing to take a walk when pitchers won’t challenge him, Conforto swings and misses too much to hit for a high average. Most of his value comes from his bat, because while he has some athleticism, he’s a left fielder with subpar speed, range and arm strength. – Jonathan Mayo MLB.com"
Bradley Zimmer OF San Francisco
"Zimmer’s older brother Kyle went fifth overall in the 2012 Draft and reached Double-A in his first full pro season. Bradley won’t go quite that high but looks like a first-rounder and also could move quickly through the Minor Leagues. He performed well last summer, leading the U.S. college national team with 11 steals and winning playoff MVP honors in the Cape Cod League.Zimmer has a nice package of tools, with his bat standing out the most. He has a sweet left-handed stroke, and he manages the strike zone and recognizes pitches well. His body has enough strength and leverage to possibly produce plus power if he were to add some loft to his swing, though he’s content to spray line drives all over the field for now.He enhances his solid speed with keen instincts, which make him an asset on the basepaths and in the outfield. He has a chance to play center field, and if not, his strong arm will fit well in right. – Jonathan Mayo MLB.com"
Kyle Schwarber C/1B Indiana
"Schwarber powered Indiana to its first College World Series appearance and first outright Big Ten Conference regular-season championship since 1932 last year, slugging a school-record 18 homers and ranking third in NCAA Division I in that category. Undrafted and relatively unknown coming out of an Ohio high school, he has since established himself as the premier power hitter in the 2014 college Draft class.He offers lots of strength and bat speed from the left side of the plate, and he’s not a one-dimensional hitter either. Schwarber controls the strike zone well and repeatedly barrels balls, so he should hit for a high average as well.His offensive ability could make him a star as a catcher — provided that he can stay behind the plate. While he moves well for his size, his throwing and receiving both grade as below average and could prompt a move to the outfield, where he has seen time for the Hoosiers. – Jonathan Mayo MLB.com"
Here are high school position players the Padres could select at No. 13:
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Derek Hill OF Elk Grove HS (Calif.)
"Orsino Hill reached Triple-A as an outfielder and now scouts Northern California for the Dodgers. One of the best 2014 prospects in his area also happens to be his son.Derek Hill is one of the fastest players and best defensive players in this year’s high school class. He ran sub-6.4 60-yard-dashes on the showcase circuit this summer, and he glides around center field. He also has a solid arm, stronger than most at his position.An Oregon recruit, Hill has offensive potential as well. With his wheels, bat speed, line-drive swing and mature approach, he should have no trouble hitting for average. He also displays some gap power, with the potential for perhaps more once he adds strength. – Jonathan Mayo MLB.com"
Michael Chavis SS Sprayberry HS (Ga.)
"While Chavis doesn’t wow scouts with any single aspect of his game, he could develop into a player with solid tools across the board. He also offers interesting versatility, as he could play the middle infield if he attends college at Clemson, profiles best as a third baseman in pro ball, also has seen some time in the outfield and might even get a shot at catcher.Known as more of a line-drive hitter, he surprisingly won the home run derby at the Perfect Game All-American Classic, beating out noted prep sluggers such as Braxton Davidson, Michael Gettys and Alex Jackson. Chavis consistently makes hard contact at the plate and projects as a possible .275 hitter with 18-20 homers in his prime in the big leagues.Chavis has the arm strength to play anywhere in the infield. While he may have enough quickness to play second base or shortstop, he likely will wind up at the hot corner. – Jonathan Mayo MLB.com"
Jacob Gatewood SS Clovis HS (Calif.)
"Gatewood made a name for himself on the national stage last summer, winning the junior portion of the All-Star Game Home Run Derby by bashing 13 homers with a metal bat at Citi Field in July. A month later, he won the Home Run Derby at the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field.Gatewood has tremendous power and bat speed, not to mention quality athleticism and arm strength. The best-case scenario is that he develops into an annual 30-homer hitter as a big league shortstop. Whether he realizes that upside depends on how much he develops at the plate and how much weight he’ll eventually pack on his lean 6-foot-5 frame. Concerns about his hit tool were impacting his Draft stock a bit as the spring progressed.The Southern California recruit has a busy setup at the plate and can struggle with his timing. He definitely has the arm for shortstop, but his speed and defense may not be more than average, which could eventually lead to a move to third base. – Jonathan Mayo MLB.com"