The 2013 Major League Baseball Amateur draft is five days away and the San Diego Padres will have the No. 13 overall pick. This will have a great local impact because the selectee is likely to be brought down to A baseball and play his first days under the Eugene Emeralds’ organization.
Numerous draft boards have ranging prospects going to the Padres. Baseball America has the Padres slotted to draft Phil Bickford, a right-handed pitcher from Oaks Christian High School (Ventura, CA) class of 2013. Rawlings has Bickford as s 3rd Team All-American and California All-Region 1st Team.
However, MLB.com projects the Padres to draft Fresno State outfielder Aaron Judge. The Ems’ minor league page has the following description of Judge:
[gn_quote style=”1″]Judge is a physical specimen, drawing comparisons in size and in power to Frank Howard. The California native was selected in the 31st round in 2010 by the Oakland Athletics but turned down the offer to attend college at Fresno State.
He finished his junior season batting .369 with 12 homeruns and 36 RBI’s. He also boasted an impressive .655 slugging percentage as well as winning the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby last summer.
Scouts believe he has the potential to be a consistent slugger at the professional level and his raw talent makes him a very intriguing prospect.[/gn_quote]
Eugene Daily News will bring coverage of the MLB draft and any players who will come to Eugene. We will be there all season long with up-to-date Ems coverage.