Padres add more arms on day two of the draft

The San Diego Padres continued to add pitching on the second day of the draft, as the organization added three right-handed pitchers and two southpaw hurlers. The organization also added an outfielder and a pair of infielders on day two. 

San Diego also used their first six picks on high school players — something the organization has never done in franchise history. 

The organization began the day by drafting Mason House in the third round. House is a left-handed outfielder from Whitehouse High in East Texas.

House played center field in high school but probably profiles more as a corner in professional baseball. He wasn’t a player that was heavily scouted and has limited experience with a wooden bat and there are questions about the competition he faced. 

“Our area scout Matt Schaffner identified him very early. He wasn’t a guy that was on the scene during the summer. Matt went in, saw a big body, left-handed hitter, shows power.

 “Will he stay in centerfield? Potentially. Most likely [House] moves into a corner as his body expands. But good swing, power [and] pretty good feel for the game, “ said Mark Conner, the Padres’ director of scouting during a post-draft press conference. 

With their fourth round pick, San Diego selected RHP Sam Keating, a prep pitcher from Florida. The righty can touch the mid 90’s with his fastball. He stands at 6’3, 175 lbs. and signed collegiately with Clemson. The slot value assigned to the pick is $497,000. 

In the fifth round, San Diego made a very interesting pick, selecting Alaska prep star Jonny Homza. Homza, who turned 18 Tuesday, has played shortstop and third base in high school but figures to transition to the hot corner as a pro. 

“They don’t play a lot of baseball up there [in Alaska] during the spring but he was a player in the summer circuit. 

“He is one of those guys that has a really good swing, good makeup,” said Conner. 

In the sixth round, San Diego finally selected a college player: Morehead State LHP Aaron Leasher

Leasher’s ERA was over four during his junior season but he did have impressive strikeout totals in his junior season. 

“[Leasher] throws strikes. The track record of punching out guys is good. When you have the professional hitter, time will tell if he will be a big punch-out guy but he has a lot of ingredients to like,” said Connor. 

The Padres finished the day by selecting LHP Nick Margevicius out of Rider University in the seventh round, shortstop Olivier Basabe out of Faulkner University in the eighth round, RHP Alex Cunningham in the ninth round and RHP Dominic Taccolini in the tenth round. 

San Diego signed all of their picks from the first round to the tenth round, so most, if not all, should be agreeing to terms in the coming days. The Tri-City Dust Devils start games Thursday and many of the college players selected will fill out the open spots on the roster that was announced yesterday. 

The club has just under $12.4 million to spend on the draft, with $6.7 million slotted for their first selection (3rd overall).

The draft concludes tomorrow at 9 am with rounds 11-40. 

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