With the 2014 Rule 4 Draft kicking off this afternoon, here are some links from around Gaslamp Ball and SBNation to give you everything you need to know going into the draft. Take a look back at Padres draft history, read up on the team's organizational depth, get a better understanding of how the draft works, and peep draft coverage from around the network. Then join us later this afternoon to get your chat on in our upcoming draft day open thread.
Remembering past Padres drafts
Wonko's reviews of recent years' drafts:
Padres draft 2010 review: Jed Hoyer's Biggest Whiff
The 2010 draft will be remembered for having a big miss as well as a big hit. And not much else.
Padres draft 2011 review: Jed Hoyer's Legacy Draft
Jed Hoyer's final draft with the San Diego Padres left the farm system stocked for years to come.
Padres draft 2012 review: Josh Byrnes' initiation
Many of the picks under Hoyer's regime were high upside high school arms and athletic position players. Those two archetypes would again make up the majority of higher pick selections in the [Byrnes' first draft for the Padres].
Padres draft 2013 review: A bevy of bats
The previous two [drafts] seemed to focus a lot on high upside pitching and would dabble with some position players that were athletic, but lacking in power. The 2013 draft seemed to flip the script.
Padres Draft History: The barren wasteland of 1996
A look back at the least productive draft in Padres history, which yielded only two eventual major leaguers.
Quiz: Padres Top Draft Picks
Nine minutes to name as many of the Padres' first overall picks since 1969 as you can.
Grant Brisbee's Best Names in Draft History (from 2011)
Power rankings "based on awesome names throughout draft history."
A look at Padres' organizational depth going into the 2014 Draft
What you need to know going into the draft
First round draft order (via Scott Coleman)
Complete first round draft order, as well as comp picks for free agents.
A primer on competitive balance rounds (via Bryan Kilpatrick)
What are the competitive balance rounds? How does a team qualify for them?
MLB Draft guide: basics, rules, and regulations (via Craig Goldstein)
... the 2014 draft is the first in three years not to add a new wrinkle -- and given that the draft has been in place since 1965, there are some arcane aspects to it that have only been made more confusing by recent alterations. Consider this a non-comprehensive guide to the MLB draft.
Overall MLB Draft coverage
Updates & Important Info
Padres MLB Draft 2014
Padres-related pre-draft reading material and live updates from the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft
Updates & Important Info
Minor League Ball's MLB Draft / open discussion (via John Sickels)
Morning thoughts by John Sickels, rumor discussion, and live blogging of the draft.
MLB 'Franchise Heroes', as chosen by MLB and SBNation (via Nick Bond)
Each team's MLB-designated "Franchise Heroes," along with the arguably more suitable recommendations by SBN staff.
Consensus 2014 MLB mock draft (via Craig Goldstein)
A consensus based on mock drafts from six different draft "experts"/websites.
MLB Daily Dish mock drafts (via Tyler Drenon)
A few different takes on how the MLB Draft might unfold.
Fake Teams' Top 10 fantasy pitchers (via Spencer Silva)
Rating the top 10 fantasy pitching prospects in the 2014 draft.
MLB Draft invitees (via Bryan Kilpatrick)
A quick look at the seven high school players who will be in attendance for the 2014 MLB Draft.