Padres Draft 2014: Day 2 open thread (rounds 3-10)

Discussing the rounds 3-10 of the draft as they happen.

The 2014 MLB draft continues today at 10:00 AM PT and will consist of rounds 3 through 10. Check here to get all the details on how to watch and/or follow the draft. The Padres will pick 12th in each of those rounds. The first two picks were the biggest keys to keeping the farm system stocked, but the next rounds are important as well. Hitting on just a couple of these picks could have a big impact on the future success of the Padres.

The Padres' first couple of selections, college SS Trea Turner and HS OF Michael Gettys, addressed the need for an advanced position player and a toolsy young position player. Both up-the-middle guys. This somewhat mirrors the strategyt from 2013 where the club went with a couple position players in the first two rounds and is also a throwback to 2010 when the club focused on athletic players. Now it would appear that in at least the next couple of rounds the Padres might be looking for some pitchers. This is about the time when a college pitcher with little signability concerns would be called for. A college 1B with some power prospects might also be a nice choice soon. But, I would also expect another athletic player or two.

We will update the Padres' picks here as they come in:

Round Pick # Name School Pos B/T Class Player Info
3 86 Zech Lemond Rice (TX) RHP R/R JR 6'4" 195lbs DOB: 10/09/92 | Scouting video
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, 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, 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.
4 117 Nick Torres Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo (CA) RF R/R JR 6'1" 220lbs DOB: 06/30/93 | Scouting video
With the typical dearth of college bats, one who performs well is bound to move up boards. Do it while hitting third for one of the better college teams in the country, and you're bound to make even more noise. Torres has the kind of offensive profile teams like to see from a corner outfielder. Strong and durably built, Torres has the ability to make hard contact consistently from the right side of the plate. His strength plus ability to square up the ball gives him a good amount of raw power to tap into. While he doesn't have a gun, he has enough arm for right field, or he could be a solid left fielder at the next level. Cal Poly had an outstanding 2014 season, and Torres was at the heart of it. His performance and potential with the bat should get him drafted within the first four rounds.
5 147 Auston Bousfield U Mississippi (MS) CF R/R JR 5'11" 190lbs DOB: 07/05/93
6 177 Zach Risedorf Northwestern Regional HS (CT) C R/R HS 5'11" 190lbs DOB: 03/11/96
7 207 Ryan Butler UNC Charlotte (NC)
RHP R/R SR

6'5" 210lbs DOB: 02/23/92 | Scouting video
Butler's career has taken several twists and turns since he pitched Charlotte's Kell High to the North Carolina 4A championship in 2010. He worked just 15 1/3 innings as a freshman at Marshall, prompting his transfer to Northwest Florida State JC, where he pitched 24 innings as a sophomore before blowing out his elbow and undergoing Tommy John surgery. He took classes at Central Piedmont (N.C.) CC while sitting out 2013, then hit 97 mph during a pre-Draft workout with the Yankees, who took him in the 16th round. Butler decided to attend Charlotte rather than sign, and he should go at least 10 rounds earlier this time around. He's all about velocity, consistently working at 91-95 mph deep into games and topping out at 99 mph. He has some sink on his fastball, but he doesn't miss as many bats as he should because he lacks a quality secondary pitch to keep hitters from sitting on his heater. Butler's No. 2 pitch is a changeup with some fading action. He has tried both a curveball and a slider, and he'd probably be better off focusing on the latter because he does a better job of throwing it for strikes. His father Michael reached Triple-A as a left-hander in the Angels system.

8 237 Mitch Watrous Utah (UT) RHP R/R JR 6'0" 205lbs DOB: 12/31/92
9 267 Nick Vilter UC Riverside (CA) SS R/R JR 6'4" 220lbs DOB: 10/06/93
10 297 Thomas Dorminy Faulkner University (AL) LHP L/L JR 6'0" 195lbs DOB: 06/01/92

All player info comes from mlb.com.

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