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2011 Draft Redo....the Padres actually drafted well?

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Though the Padres are universally linked to draft failure because of a pretty fail-tastic draft record, they actually did really good in 2011. I mean surprisingly good.

How do I know this?

Because the Padres tied the Red Sox in this re-draft for most number of players drafted by Organization with four. That's not exactly a small thing.

Yes half of those aren't with the organization anymore and Spang might be considered a throw in, but hey there's some hope for this team yet when it comes to drafting.

10. Padres: Blake Snell, LHP, Shorewood HS, Shoreline, Wash.
(Actual pick: Cory Spangenberg, 2B, Indian River, Fla., CC. Snell: supplemental first round, Rays.)
This was an unprotected compensation choice for failing to land first-rounder Karsten Whitson in 2010, so San Diego took the very signable Spangenberg, who was more of a late-first-round talent. Also considered somewhat of a signability reach as a supplemental first-rounder, Snell has proven to be far and away the best of Tampa Bay's record 10 choices before the second round.

11. Astros: Joe Ross, RHP, Bishop O'Dowd HS, Oakland, Calif.
(Actual pick: Springer. Ross: first round, No. 25, Padres.)
As Northern California high school pitchers, Ross and Robert Stephenson were mentioned in the same breath all spring before going two picks apart in the late first round (and back-to-back in our redraft). Surrendered by San Diego in the Wil Myers trade, Ross is the type of power arm Houston could use in its rotation -- though it certainly would prefer Springer.

21. Blue Jays: Austin Hedges, C, JSerra HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
(Actual pick: Tyler Beede, RHP, Lawrence Academy, Groton, Mass./did not sign. Hedges: second round, Padres.)
The best defensive high school catcher to come out of the Draft in years, Hedges signed for $3 million in the second round, which would have been a record if not for the guy redrafted two choices after this. He still has to prove he can hit, and if he does, he'll move considerably higher on this list. Beede turned down $2.4 million and headed to Vanderbilt, where he won a College World Series and became a Giants first-rounder three years later.

25. Padres: Archie Bradley, RHP, Broken Arrow, Okla., HS.
(Actual pick: Ross. Bradley: first round, No. 7, Diamondbacks.)
An Oklahoma quarterback recruit, Bradley gave up football for a $5 million bonus and emerged as one of baseball's best pitching prospects in 2013. He had elbow and shoulder woes the next two years and is still ironing out his control and command, though his upside remains high.

26. Red Sox: Matt Wisler, RHP, Bryan (Ohio) HS.
(Actual pick: Swihart. Wisler: seventh round, Padres.)
Ohio's top high school prospect in 2011, Wisler lasted seven rounds because he got off to a slow start and had a strong commitment to Ohio State. Signed for $500,000, he went from San Diego to Atlanta in the Craig Kimbrel trade in April 2015 and has become the Braves' No. 2 starter.

33. Rangers: Cory Spangenberg, 2B, Indian River (Fla.) CC.
(Actual pick: Kevin Matthews, LHP, Richmond Hill, Ga., HS. Spangenberg: first round, No. 10, Padres.)
One of the best hitters and fastest runners among juco players in the 2011 Draft, Spangenberg hasn't made the impact hoped for with either tool but did claim San Diego's second-base job last year. He's the fourth Padre on this list, tying the Red Sox for the most redraftees of any club. Matthews rivaled Hager as the biggest reach in the first round and didn't make it past Class A before Texas released him last year.

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