2016 Draft Talk

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With the Padres having a ton of top picks and the draft a couple of weeks away I figured I would put a post up to talk about it. Who do you guys think the Padres should be targeting? Who do you not want the team to have? Any news?

Supposedly this is a very topsy turvy draft as there's no clear top 5 group and alot of players who could go anywhere after the supposed first round pick (AJ Puk - LHP - Florida - unfortunate last name) goes to Philadelphia.

To date the loudest rumor I've heard is that the Padres are talking with RHP Cal Quantrill (Stanford, son of Paul Quantrill) with one of their picks and signing him to a below market deal. This does two things; frees up draft $ to pursue more players with sign-ability issues and gives the team a player who is on the road to recovery that would've been a top 10 pick. Quantrill is dealing with the padre specialty; tommy john surgery.

Couple of mocks for your enjoyment

Purple Row Mock Draft 2016

(they do pretty good work even if its Rockies)

8. San Diego Padres Cal Quantrill, RHP, Stanford

With the top high school talent off the board, the Padres look to cut a deal with Quantrill, a former 1-1 candidate who sat out this season due to Tommy John surgery. He has been throwing bullpen sessions and the Padres may be looking to save money for their two comp picks.

24. San Diego Padres Nolan Jones, SS/3b, Holy Ghost Prep

After selecting Quantril at No. 8, the Padres target upside at No. 24. Jones has seen his power surge after being introduced to the weight room and has a chance of sticking at short.

25. San Diego Padres Forest Whitley, RHP, Alamo Heights HS

The Padres continue to reap the benefits of going underslot with Quantrill and pick up a top prep arm whose signability may have scared some other teams off. The Padres, however, should have the bonus room to make it work. Mock Draft 2016

8. Padres: Delvin Perez, SS, International Baseball Academy (Ceiba, P.R.)

San Diego GM A.J. Preller is willing to gamble on high ceilings, so he probably wouldn't walk away from Groome. Perez fits that mold, too, as do high school right-handers Matt Manning (California) and Ian Anderson (New York) and prep lefty Braxton Garrett (Alabama).

24. Padres: Cal Quantrill, RHP, Stanford

Perhaps the biggest wild card in the first round, Quantrill was projected as a top-10 pick before he had Tommy John surgery in March 2015 and hasn't pitched for the Cardinal since. Rumors are rampant that San Diego will do a deal with him as its second or third first-rounder, though the weak college-starter crop could mean that he won't make it to No. 24.

25. Padres: Taylor Trammell, OF, Mount Paran Christian School (Kennesaw, Ga.)

San Diego can afford to gamble with its three first-rounders, so it could go with another high-ceiling talent along the lines of Georgia prep outfielders Trammell, Benson and Marsh.

Players of interest to me:

Riley Pint RHP NJ HS - Considered to be best polished HS arm in draft, seen him go anywhere from 3rd to 13th

Mickey Moniak OF La Costa Canyon - all the tools but pure power, do we need more OFs?

Joshua Lowe 3B/RHP GA HS - Prefers to be a third baseman and has tools/power/athleticism to make it stick

Buddy Reed OF Florida - Could've been a top 10 pick but has played horribly this year. Perfect CF/table setter

Carter Kieboom 3B HS - Another power happy 3B with incredible upside.

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