I don't pay enough attention to college (much less high school) baseball to really form opinions regarding the draft. Even if I did, I don't pay any kind of significant attention to other teams enough to figure how well the Padres do in comparison to others. Therefore, my technique when I need to speak intelligently about the draft picks is to read a few sources and then semi-blindly go along with 70% of what everybody else says, admit to not knowing about 15% of it, actually know 5% of what I'm talking about and then form a completely outlandish opinion on the final 10% of opinions I use in conversation.
Incidentally, I'm positive that this is how sports commentators manage to comment on so many different topics and still say sane, though the ratios obviously differ. For example, Skip Bayless probably goes with percentages of 10, 2, 2 and 86, respectively. Somebody like Bob Costas probably goes with 50, 0, 40 and 10.
Now that I've let you in on my secret, let's look at what everybody else is talking about so that we can pretend to know what we're talking about later in the comments section.
- Paul DePodesta provides notes on all the guys drafted in various here, here, and here.
- Ducksnorts recap - Geoff does me one better and notes that he comments and analyzes information from reliable sources, which makes him sound much more standup than me, because I basically admit to being a fraud.
Friar Forecast recap - I know that my opening paragraphs might seem like shots at others doing recaps, but also keep in mind that there really are people who pay a lot more attention to baseball at those levels, and for now, I trust Padman to be one of those people.
- Scout.com doesn't list the Padres as a "winner". In this world, there are winners and losers. There is no "try".
My analysis: The Padres were a little surprising in the fact that they fixated on hitting rather than pitching, what with pitching apparently being their wheelhouse for evaluating talent. I'm not concerned so much with loading up at certain positions and I also thinking fielding talent (defense) at the high school and college levels is poorly evaluated. One thing I think is very interesting is the number of Taurus birth signs that were drafted. That bodes well for our chi.
Draft Grade: B--