Matt Clark, 1B, Louisiana St U - At 6'5" and 230 lbs, one would expect that Clark has big power, and he doesn't disappoint. Matt hits tape measure home runs and is a threat every time he steps in the box. I don't have all of the updated stats after regional play last weekend, but Matt was in the top five in the country in home runs.
Erik Davis, RHP, Stanford U - The Friday night starter for Stanford, Erik matched up against all of the other top starters in the Pac 10 this year. His fastball ranges from 86-90, but what separates him is his changeup. He can throw the changeup for strikes any time in the count, and he does a great job of keeping hitters off balance.
Rob Musgrave, LHP, Wichita St U - Rob is another pitcher with very good command and an excellent changeup, which is a true plus offering. Over the past two years Rob has allowed just 35 walks in 200 innings while also striking out 173.
Brett Mooneyham, LHP, Buhach Colony HS, CA - Brett is 6'5", 215 lbs, throws up to 94 mph and has a plus curveball. Furthermore, Brett's dad, Bill, was a first round pick in 1980. Sounds pretty good, huh? That's why Baseball America rates him as one of top 100 prospects in the draft, and many people believe that he is the best left-handed high school pitcher in the country. At this point, though, Brett is planning to attend Stanford in the fall.
3 certainties: Death, taxes and the Padres not coming close to signing Brett Mooneyham.
Perhaps the increased budget for signing amateurs will allow the Padres to make a real play for Mooneyham. Busting slot recommendations and bringing a top arm into the fold from this spot in the draft would be a coup for the organization and something for the fans to celebrate.
Paul, any chance of this scenario unfolding? Thanks again for this blog, we love it.
You know that the Padres spent big money to sign another high upside pitcher who was taken in the 15th round due to a college commitment. That worked out pretty well for the club. Taking Mooneyham in the 15th is a move full of symbolism, right?
Paul, I read an post that brought up a question I don't know the answer to: who is ultimately responsible for each draft pick, Gayton or Fuson? We all realize that there are many opinions that go into each selection, but someone must be the final stop.
Here's a local perspective on Mooneyham's thoughts ...
Link courtesy of ramrodd @ MadFriars …
Bottom line appears to be … "It would have to be something really, really special," Mooneyham said of the Padres' offer. "Going to Stanford only comes around once and not a lot of people get that chance.
I have a general understanding of the Padres policy about signing draftees (ie. "stick to slot") ... but I would like to know how the policy is really stated ... especially in cases like Mooneyham. Clearly he won't sign for "15th round slot" ... so the policy must have some caveats. I'm not asking for specifics on how the Padres might approach Mooneyham, just some clarification on what the policy is.
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