The 2016 MLB Draft is just one week away, and with the current Padres failing to keep fans happy with their play, many are looking to the draft for some positivity and hope. General Manager AJ Preller is in his second year with the Padres and his performance this upcoming draft will be scrutinized closely for years to come. With the Padres' severely unsuccessful draft history behind them and the farm system still having to be rebuilt following Preller's 2014-2015 offseason, it's even more important than usual for the Padres to come out of this with some good pieces.
Thankfully they have a lot of opportunities early in the draft, with three picks in the first round alone. Here are some of the latest Mock Draft Round 1 results from various sources.
8. Padres: Forrest Whitley, RHP, Alamo Heights H.S., San Antonio, Texas
The Padres have often been linked to high ceiling and upside, and they have shown considerable interest in this big Texas high school right-hander. There are other prep arms like Matt Manning or Ian Anderson to consider if they want to go in this direction.
24. Padres: Cal Quantrill, RHP, Stanford
This is another oft-mentioned rumor, that the Padres will make a deal with Quantrill, who could've been a top third of the first-round pick had he not required Tommy John surgery in 2015. He didn't return the mound this season, but he did work out for a select number of teams.
25. Padres: Gavin Lux, SS, Indian Trail Academy, Kenosha, Wis.
Lux is gaining some steam, and his name has popped up in the top half of the first round, as he's swung a very good bat and continued to prove that he can play shortstop long-term.
8. PADRES: San Diego GM A.J. Preller has been out seeing the country as much as most scouting directors, as has his own scouting director Mark Conner. The Padres rolled very, very deep into the SEC tournament with at least five evaluators on hand, but there’s probably not an SEC fit at eight unless San Diego cuts a below-slot deal for righthanders Jordan Sheffield (Vanderbilt) or Dakota Hudson (Mississippi State). San Diego does have the money to meet the rumored $4-5 million price tag of NorCal prep righty Matt Manning. The Padres have also been linked strongly to Stanford’s Cal Quantrill, with word of a private bullpen session in recent weeks. PICK: Cal Quantrill, rhp
24 & 25. PADRES: After taking Quantrill early, the Padres are expected to go the prep route, as GM A.J. Preller has been out as much as many scouting directors to see high school hitters. PICKS: Josh Lowe, 3b/of | Video and Forrest Whitley, rhp
8. San Diego Padres: Ian Anderson, RHP, Shenendehowa HS, NY
The Padres lean pretty heavily towards prep arms and college bats in the first round. I have a feeling they are going with an arm this year. Ian Anderson is the best on my board. The cold weather product has a decent floor for a prep arm, yet he still has the projectability you look for this early in the draft. If they decide to go with college bats, the two best players left on my board at this point are both college bats, in Nick Senzel and Corey Ray. I could see the Padres go for either player with the eighth pick.
24. San Diego Padres: Bryan Reynolds, OF, Vanderbilt
For their second pick in the first round, the Padres go with a college bat and grab outfielder Bryan Reynolds from Vanderbilt. They would think about Buddy Reed here for sure. They would also look at Matt Thaiss here. But the skills and tools package that Reynolds brings to the table is too much to ignore at this point in the draft.
25. San Diego Padres: Cal Quantrill, RHP, Stanford
With their third pick in the top 25, the Padres could double down on the college bats with Matt Thaiss or Buddy Reed. But the talent is stacking up at college arms at this point, and I think they will look to diversify. Three picks this high up also allows them to take a risk here, so they could look to take a shot with Cal Quantrill, who could've been a top five pick if healthy.