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Padres select SS Allen Cordoba from Cardinals with third pick of 2016 Rule 5 Draft

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In addition to trading for the first two players selected in the Rule 5 Draft, the Padres also used a pick of their own to select shortstop Allen Cordoba from the Cardinals organization. The Friars chose Cordoba with the third overall pick and are not expected to trade his rights in the deal for top pick Miguel Diaz or otherwise.

Cordoba is, to put it mildly, raw. He has yet to play A-ball, having spent two years each in the Dominican Summer League and stateside rookie ball. Last year with the Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League, Cordoba hit .362/ .427/ .495 with 16 doubles, five triples, and no homers in 220 plate appearances over 50 games. He also stole 22 bases while being caught just four times.

He seems like quite the longshot to stick, but so did the fast shortstop straight out of the low levels who the Padres chose in 2008's Rule 5 Draft, and Everth Cabrera managed to not only stay on the roster but also led the National League in stolen bases and made the 2013 All-Star team in 2013. Or he could go the way of Callix Crabbe.