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Padres 2004 Draft

NEWS
Eugene Emeralds announce opening day roster.

2003 draft info

Player notes are taken from mlb.com, baseball america, and other websites

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1. Matt Bush INF 5-10 170 Mission Bay (CA) HS San Diego, CA

From BA: At 5-foot-10, his size would be an issue if not for his exceptionally strong arms and legs. His arm is also a special tool. His best asset may be his glove. He has outstanding lateral movement, lays out for balls in the hole and is quick at turning the double play. He's more of a contact hitter than a power hitter, but scouts say he should hit better with wood than aluminum. He projects as a .270-.290 hitter.

Bush has speed and athleticism for the middle infield and a chance to hit. Also throws low 90s off the mound, but body is more like infielders.

TeamOneBaseball Profile

Bush has signed for $3.15 million, and will report to Peoria on 6/11. Bush is expected to begin at the Arizona Rookie League, but could be promoted to short-season Eugene.
2. No pick
 

Yankees compensation for David Wells.

3. William Killian C 6-1 190 Chippewa Hills (MI) HS Stanwood, MI

From mlb.com: COMMENT: WELL PROPORTIONED BODY. BROAD SHOUDERS, TAPERS TO NARROW WAIST. MUSCULAR LEGS. SIMILAR TO BRENT MAYNE. STEADY BAT, SLIGHT CROUCH, SPREAD, STRAIGHT AWAY STANCE. SHOWS BAT SPEED. STRENGTH W/HANDS. HARD, LINE DRIVE CONTACT HITTER. OCCAISIONAL PULL PWR. SELECTIVE HITTER. THROWS CARRY, ACCURATE. GOOD GLOVE, REACH, SHIFTS & BLOCKS. WORKS W/PITCHER. PLUS MAKE-UP. WORK ETHIC THAT WON'T QUIT. ARM & DEFENSIVE QUALITIES ARE THERE.

Top rated player in Michigan according to BA. Throws extremely well, release to second base has been clocked at near major league level. Excellent knowledge behind the plate. Hit .388 with 3 homeruns and 23 RBIs as a junior. Played for U.S. Junior National Team in '03 with Matt Bush. Father is a part-time Padre area scout. Verbal agreement with Kentucky

Live-bodied catcher has advanced receiving skills and a line-drive swing from the left side. Could be the best pro draft prospect in Michigan for 2004.

TeamOneBaseball Profile

Killian has agreed to terms and will report to Peoria. Killian recieved a $450,000 signing bonus.
4. Daryl Jones 1B 6-4 205 Westchester (CA) HS Los Angeles, CA

FROM MLB.COM: COMMENT: TALL, POWERFUL, WELL PROPORTIONED PHYSIQUE. NARROW, SLOPED SHOULDERS. TRIM WAIST. LONG, THICK ARMS. STRONG, WELL BUILT LEGS. LONG, LOOSE MUSCLES. WIDE, BALANCED, UPRIGHT STANCE. SHORT, COMPACT SWING W/ GOOD EXTENTION. LOFT IN SWING, PWR TO ALL FIELDS. GENERATES GOOD BAT SPEED. CHANCE TO BECOME PRODUCTIVE HR HITTER. SURE HANDS. PLENTY OF ARM FOR 1B. BETTING ON BAT, PWR POTENTIAL.

BA rated him as having the 5th best raw power at the Area Code Games last August. Has a verbal commitment to play for Cal State Fullerton.

Strong hitting actions and pro potential with the bat, but Jones needs to make adjustments.

TeamOneBaseball Profile

Jones has agreed to terms and will report to Peoria.
5. Sean Kazmar SS 5-10 170 Southern Nevada CC Las Vegas, NV

A defensive standout, Kazmar hit hit .359 with 2 HR and 52 RBI including a league-high 88 hits for the CCSN Coyotes as they won the 2003 Junior College World Series . . . National letter of intent to Georgia . . . Played with wood bats at CCSN . . . Earned 2003 ABCA and NJCAA Division I All-Region honors . . . In American Legion summer baseball with an aluminum bat, Kazmar hit a league-best 19 home runs in 30 games . . . He was drafted in the 37th round by the Oakland Athletics last year and by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 32nd round out of Las Vegas High School in 2002 . . . Three year varsity starter in highschool. Batted .419 with 9 HR and 50 RBI his senior year. Batted .405 his junior year.

CCSN stats

Kazmar has agreed to terms, and will begin the season in Eugene.
6. Jonathan Ellis RHP 6-0 190 The Citadel, SC Thomasville, SC

From BA: He has a small frame but worked five complete games for the Bulldogs this year, and has impressed scouts by maintaining his 88-91 mph velocity deep into games. His changeup is his next-best pitch, and his breaking ball is fringy.

Finished the 2004 season with a 12-3 record and a 2.18 era. Ellis set new single season records in innings pitched and complete games. He pitched a record high 136.1 innings and tied Jeff Barkley with nine complete games.

Cannon and Ellis Picked On First Day of MLB Draft
Egleton and Ellis Named to All-Regional Squad
Profile at Citadel Sports

Ellis has agreed to terms and will begin the season in Eugene.
7. Richard Steik RHP 6-3 210 Golden West Col (CA) Buena Park, CA

FROM MLB.COM: COMMENT: TALL, LARGE FRAME. BROAD BACK, SHOULDERS. SOFT THROUGH MIDDLE. STRONG, STURDY LEGS. LONG, LOOSE MUSCLES. LOST 15 LBS. NO WINDUP, 3/4 ARM. HIGH LEG LIFT. LOOSE, EASY ARM ACTION W/ OCCAISIONAL ML FB, TAILING, SINKING MOVEMENT. GOOD MOTION ON SINKING CHANGEUP. EFFECTIVE CB WHEN STAYS ON TOP & PITCH IS DOWN IN ZONE. THROW K'S W/ ALL PITCHES. CHANCE TO BE EFFECTIVE SINKER BALL PITCHER.

Drafted by the New York Mets in the 27th round of the 2002 draft . . . 2004 Conference Pitcher of the Year - Orange Empire Conference . . . 8-1, 3.47 era in 2003.

From 2002 - Righty has good size with low-to-mid-80s arm-strength

2003 stats (pdf)

Steik has agreed to terms and will report to Peoria.
8. Vern Sterry RHP 6-2 210 North Carolina St. U Rowland Heights, CA

Battery-mate of 2003 draftee Colt Morton at NC State . . . 9-2, 2.20 era in 2004 . . . 11-0 with a 3.02 era in 2003 earning first team all-american honors . . . Second team All-American in 2004 . . . 16th round pick of the Oakland A's in 2003 . . . Drafted by Rockies in 2002 . . . Teammate Michael Rogers went in second round to Oakland A's.

College Sports Profile
2003 Stats
Rogers, Sterry Await Baseball Draft
Baseball Draft: Wolfpack's Rogers to Athletics

Sterry has signed. He will begin the season in Eugene.

9. David O'Hagan RHP 6-1 200 Stanford University Wayzata, MN

MLB.COM: COMMENT: MEDIUM FRAME. WELL DEVELOPED BUILD. THICK NECK. BROAD, ROUNDED SHOULDERS. BARREL CHESTED. WIDE WAIST. MUSCULAR LEGS. NO WINDUP, LOW 3/4 DELIVERY. FB CRUISES 87-89 W/ ARM SIDE RUN & SINK. 11 TO 5 CB DROPS W/ GOOD DEPTH, TIGHT & LATE. HARD, 3/4 TILT SLIDER FOR 3RD PITCH, LATE BITE. CONFIDENT W/ ALL PITCHES. AGGRESSIVE. COMES AFTER HITTERS W/ CB THAT FALLS OFF TABLE, HITTERS GIVE UP ON. KEEPS OFF BALANCE W/ HARD SLIDER. WORKS AVG FB OFF BREAKING STUFF.

General – Anchors the Cardinal bullpen and pitches in big situations, whether it be to close a game or in middle relief • Had an excellent 2003 College World Series • Throws a big curve ball and has a sneaky fastball that can get into the low 90’s • Pitches well in clutch situations with runners on base • A veteran pitcher accustomed to pitching in big spots • A hard-nosed and tough athlete who knows how to compete • Has improved tremendously since his arrival at Stanford, especially with the command of his pitches.

Possesses a fastball in the high 80’s to go along with probably the top curve ball on the team.

Player Profile
David O'Hagan: Making The Most Of His Opportunity


O'Hagan has signed. He will begin the season in Eugene.

10. Christopher Kolkhorst CF 5-8 180 Rice University Houston, TX

MLB.COM: COMMENT: SMALL FRAME. SLOPED SHOULDERS. LEAN, MUSCULAR, PROPORTIONED, ATHLETIC BUILD. PHYSICALLY MATURE. BALANCED STANCE W/ SLIGHT CROUCH. GOOD HITTING APPROACH. SHORT, COMPACT, LINE DRIVE STROKE W/ QUICKNESS. PESKY SPRAY HITTER, USES WHOLE FIELD. GOOD EYE, PATIENT AT PLATE. TABLE SETTER, MAKES THINGS HAPPEN. AVG RUN W/ BASERUN INSTINCTS. EXCELLENT MAKE-UP. FIERCE COMPETITOR.

"The Gritman" — Hard-nosed competitor who developed into a top lead-off hitter... Made the most of his opportunities since joining the Owls, culminating with the national championship season... Arguably the most “valuable” player in the ‘03 CWS.

Player Profile
Kolkhorst sparked Rice's title run
BALLPARK CHATTER: Chris Kolkhorst
Kolkhorst earns his nickname against Stanford
2003 stats

Kolkhorst has agreed to terms and will report to Peoria.
11. Matthew Varner RHP 5-11 200 University of Houston West Columbia, TX

MLB.COM: COMMENT: MEDIUM FRAME. BROAD, SLOPING SHOULDERS. THICK, STOCKY, MUSCULAR FRAME. PHYSICALLY MATURE, NO WINDUP, HIGH 3/4 TO 3/4 DELIVERY. STRONG ARM, WORKS PROPER. STRAIGHT FB 86-90, MOST 88-89, OCCAISIONAL RUN IN ON RHH. POTENTIAL FOR PLUS VELOCITY IN SHORT RELIEF STINTS. 3/4 CB OCCAISIONAL ROTATION, DEPTH. FEEL FOR CHANGEUP. COMMAND, MOVEMENT. SMALL RHP W/ ARM STRENGTH.

Bush will play SS for San Diego. He was drafted for financial reasons. Very strong defensiveley, blah, blah blah
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Varner has signed. He will begin the season in Eugene.

12. Michael Ekstrom RHP 6-0 185 Point Loma Nazarene U Gresham, OR

COMMENT: COMPACT, EVENLY PROPORTIONED, ATHLETIC FRAME. ROUNDED SHOULDERS. FAIR UPPER BODY STRENGTH, STRONGER THAN APPEARS . TRIM WAIST. STRONG LOWER HALF. SIMILAR TO JAKE PEAVY. NO WINDUP, HIGH 3/4 DELIVERY. QUICK, LIVE ARM. HEAVY BORE & SINK ON FB. TOUGH ON RHH, TOUCHES 92, SETS 89. SHARP, LATE SLIDER FOR K'S W/ GOOD COMMAND. VERY DECEPTIVE CIRCLE CHANGEUP, APPEARS TO BACK-UP. SCRAPPER W/ MOUND PRESENCE. KNOWS HOW TO PITCH, MIXES VERY WELL & KEEPS HITTERS GUESSING & OFF BALANCE. COMMAND OF ALL PITCHES.

Player Bio
Baseball's Mike Ekstrom and Jud Richards Selected in MLB Draft

2004 stats
Four Sea Lions Named to 2004 All-American Team

Ekstrom has agreed to terms and will begin the season in Eugene.
13. Jake Vose LHP 5-10 185 University of Nevada Las Vegas, NV

MLB.COM: COMMENT: MEDIUM FRAME. SOLID BUILD. SLOPING SHOULDERS. BODY MAXED. SIMILAR TO JOHN FRANCO. NO WINDUP, OVERHEAD DELIVERY. SLIGHT UPPER HALF BODY TILT AT RELEASE. MOST FB 86-87, MORE WHEN NEEDED, OCCAISIONAL RIDING LIFE W/ LATE GIDDY-UP. THROWS DOWNHILL. CB THROWN HARD & TIGHT, 11-7 BREAK W/ DEPTH. MILD SINK TO CIRCLE CHANGE, GOOD DECEPTION. LHP W/ SOME ARM STRENGTH. FB WAS 81-83 AS FRESHMAN, TOUCHES 90-91 OCCAISIONALLY NOW.

Failed-knuckleballer. Strikethrower with high 80s fastball. Also throws curve and change.

Player Bio
UNLV'S JAKE VOSE: Not afraid of changes

Vose has signed. He will begin the season in Eugene.

14. Matthew Montgomery RHP 6-2 215 Okalosa Walton (FL) CC Montgomery, MD

34th round pick of Montreal Expos in 2003 - Strong-bodied righty has shown arm-strength in the past and will be followed in the spring.

15. Brandon Thomson LHP 5-11 175 Gilbert HS (AZ) Mesa, AZ

High 80s/Low 90s fastball, good curve.

16. Benjamin Krosschell LHP 6-1 165 Highlands Ranch HS (CO) Highlands Ranch, CO

MLB.COM: COMMENT: MEDIUM FRAME. LEAN, ANGULAR, IMMATURE BUILD. SOME PHYSICAL PROJECTABILITY. BODY TYPE SIMILAR TO ROY OSWALT. STARTS FROM STRETCH, 3/4 DELIVERY. EASY, QUICK ARM, PROPER ACTION. FB VELOCITY AVG W/ RIDING LIFE. SLIDER ROTATION TIGHT AT TIMES W/ STRIKE ZONE BITE. EASY THROWER. FB, SLIDER POTENTIAL.

Krossschell may have had the quickest arm in Peoria. He throws 88-90 mph with a somewhat cross body delivery that hides the ball well. Krosschell’s secondary pitch is a 78-80 mph slider that had good bite and was made more effective by his delivery. At 6-0, 170, Krosschell isn’t the biggest pitcher around by any means, but he has a young body and plenty of room to fill out.

The 6'1, 175 lbs. Krosschell was selected as a Pre-Season All-American by the Baseball Factory this fall, and was ranked in the Top Ten (#6) Players in Colorado by Perfect Game. Krosschell posted very impressive numbers over the spring of his Junior year and the following summer, posting a 16-0 record with 178 K's in 123 innings. During this fall, Krosschell was a member of the highly touted Colorado Slammers Select Team where he pitched against the stiff competition of the top Junior Colleges in the states surrounding Colorado.

National Letter of Intent to New Mexico State

Profile from worldwoodbat.com

Krosschell has agreed to terms and will report to Peoria.
17. Clayton Hamilton RHP 6-5 200 Penn St. University Beaver Falls, PA

 

 

Tall lanky hard-throwing right hander . . . Selected by the Pirates in the 21st round of the 2003 draft . . .

 

Q&A With Clayton Hamilton
Player Profile
Blackhawk pitcher hopes to throw in with Penn State 08/07/2000 - NSN Staff

Hamilton has agreed to terms and will begin the season in Eugene.
18. Michael Moon 3B 6-0 205 USC Alta Loma, CA

MLB.COM: COMMENT: COMPACT, STOCKY BUILD. ROUNDED SHOULDERS. GOOD UPPER BODY STRENGTH. STRONG ARMS. THICK THROUGH MIDDLE. CONDITIONED LOWER HALF. SIMILAR TO LANCE BLANKENSHIP. CROUCHED, STRAIGHT AWAY STANCE. SHORT, QUICK, COMPACT STROKE. LEVEL, LINE DRIVE SWING. CONSISTENT CONTACT TO ALL FIELDS. GAP PWR. AVG WHEELS, 4.2 TO 1B, AGGRESSIVE ON BASE. SOLID AVG, ON-LINE ARM. ALERT FIELDER, ON TOES. SCRAPPY COMPETITOR.

Profile

19. Craig Johnson RF 6-1 185 Cal State Sacramento Sacramento, CA

Johnson finished his first year with the program after transferring from Porterville JC. The right fielder ended the year leading the squad in batting average (.337), doubles (13), triples (three), RBI (42), slugging percentage (.488), walks (47), on-base percentage (.471) and sacrifice bunts (10). His sacrifice total ties him for first in the program single-season record book. During the year, Johnson was named NCAA Div. I Independent Player of the Week (May 17, May 5), Independent Newcomer of the Week (March 31) and Hornet Bookstore Student Athlete of the Week on March 28. He was also selected to the Academic All-District VIII first team and was named to the Div. I Independent All-Academic team. Johnson became the second Hornet to receive Independent Newcomer of the Year honors (Mikela Olsen - 2003).

JOHNSON AND ACHA ARE SELECTED ON THE FINAL DAY OF THE MLB DRAFT

Johnson has agreed to terms and will report to Peoria.
20. Brian Fryer CF 6-1 185 New Mexico Highlands U. Las Vegas, NM

Fryer was selected to the NCBWA All-West Region First Team and to the ABCA/Rawling All-West Region Second Team. Fryer led New Mexico Highlands in batting average (.493), runs scored (62), total bases (166), at-bats (209), slugging pct. (.794), hits (103), triples (8), steal attempts (40), on base pct. (.540), RBI (71), home runs (9), stolen bases (34), total plate appearances (235), and game starts (56).

The Ventura, Calif. native set single-season records for batting average, hits, and RBI, and placed in the program's single-season top five in runs scored (second), doubles (20, fourth), triples (second), home runs (nine, tied-ninth), and stolen bases (second). Nationally, Fryer ranked fourth in batting average, eleventh in triples per game, seventeenth in slugging pct., twenty-first in stolen bases, and twenty-fourth in RBI.

Player Profile
Fryer Selected By San Diego Padres in 20th Round

Fryer has agreed to terms and will report to Peoria.
21. Gary Gallegos LHP 6-4 210 Biola University Riverside, CA

MLB.COM: COMMENT: ANGULAR, SOLID BUILD. ROUNDED SHOULDERS. FAIR UPPER BODY STRENGTH. STRONG LOWER HALF. SIMILAR TO EX-MAJOR LEAGUER SCOTT RADINSKY. 3/4 DELIVERY. FAIR ARM SPEED. NATURAL LEFTY SINK ON FB, EFFECTIVE WHEN DOWN IN ZONE. FAIR CB ROTATION WHEN ARM ANGLE STAYS UP. ADEQUATE CIRCLE CHANGE, NEEDS TO THROW MORE OFTEN. COMPETITOR.

Player Profile
Phillies Get Orr and Galloway, Padres Draft Gallegos

Gallegos has agreed to terms and will begin the season in Eugene.
22. Kyle Stutes LHP 5-10 185 Lamar University Port Neches, TX

The Southland Conference pitcher of the year, Stutes posted a 10-2 record with a 2.49 ERA and three saves. He struck out a team-high 84 with 21 walks in 90.1 innings pitched and limited opponents to a .225 batting average.

 

BASEBALL: Five more Cardinals taken on second day of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft
Stutes, Gordon and Gilligan earn Southland specialty awards;Cards place league-high eight on 2004 All-SLC teams
2004 stats
2003 stats

Stutes has agreed to terms and will report to Peoria.
23. Rielly Embrey 1B 6-2 200 San Diego State Poway, CA

MLB.COM: COMMENT: LARGE, FULLY MATURE BODY. GOOD UPPER BODY STRENGTH. ROUNDED SHOULDERS. SOLID THROUGH MID-SECTION. CONDITIONED LOWER HALF. SIMILAR TO WALLY JOYNER. STRAIGHT AWAY STANCE. STRENGTH GENERATES BAT SPEED THROUGH ZONE. GOOD LEVERAGE & EXTENTION. AVG PWR, RIGHT & CENTER FIELD. PWR BEST TOOL. HARD CONTACT ON BALL ON INNER HALF OF PLATE. ADEQUATE DEFENSIVE TOOLS FOR POSITION. PLAYS GAME HARD.

Embrey batted .353 overall, the second-best average on the squad and led SDSU with 57 runs batted in. He hit .390 in league play and was named to the all-conference squad at the conclusion of the season. Hit first homerun in Petco Park during Aztec Invitational.

Player Profile
Five More Aztecs Selected In Major League Draft
A quick study; Both on the field and in the classroom, Rielly Embrey has been ...
SDSU's Embrey gets HR ball back

Embrey has agreed to terms, and will begin the season in Eugene.
24. Jodan Rivera SS 5-10 180 Academia Bautista Hatillo, PR

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25. Brian Burks RHP 5-9 178 Georgia Tech Alpharetta, GA

MLB.COM: COMMENT: SAME BODY TYPE AS JEFF BRANTLEY. HIGH WINDUP, HIGH 3/4. SLIGHT SHORT ARMER. FALLS OFF TO 1B W/ SOME HEAD BOB. LOCATES FB, MOST 87-89, NEVER STRAIGHT, GOOD ARM SIDE SINK & RUN. THROWS CUTTER WHICH IS TRUE SLIDER. GOOD ARM SPEED ON SINKING CHANGE UP. CB MEDIUM DEPTH. K'S W/ ALL PITCHES.

Record 10 Tech Players Taken in MLB Draft
Player Profile

Burks has signed. He will begin the season in Eugene.

26. Kelvin Vazquez SS 6-1 170 Indian Hills (IA) JC Gurabo, PR

MLB.COM: COMMENT: MEDIUM, THIN, ATHLETIC FRAME. WELL PROPORTIONED. FAIR MUSCULAR DEVELOPMENT. ROOM TO FILL OUT, GET STRONGER. STRAIGHT UP, OPEN STANCE. LINE DRIVE TYPE SWING, CONTACT HITTER. SIMILAR APPROACH FROM BOTH SIDES. GLOVE INSTINCTS, POTENTIAL PLUS FIELDER, STARTS, TURNS DP WELL. FLASHES AVG ARM. GOOD BASERUNNER, LIKES TO RUN. ACCOMPLISHED DEFENSIVE PLAYER. ADDED STRENGTH GAINS WILL AID IN DEVELOPMENT OF BAT. GOOD BASEBALL HABITS.

Younger brother of current Padre Ramon Vazquez. One of three players selected by the Padres from Indian Hills Junior College (Adam Miller- round 33, Brian Joynt - round 50).

2003 Stats

27. Orlando Diaz 3B 6-2 195 Jacksonville University Downers Grove, IL

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Diaz, a preseason all-conference honoree, finished the 2004 season tops among A-Sun third basemen in home runs, RBI, slugging percentage (.508), stolen bases (11-13) and fielding percentage (.965), while committing just five errors in 139 chances at the hot corner. He ended the regular season tied for fifth in the conference in home runs, ninth in RBI and tied for 11th in stolen bases. Diaz hit .304 with 19 extra-base hits, while playing in all 56 games of his senior season.

"Defensively, Orlando has all the tools to play at the Major League level," says JU head coach Terry Alexander, who has had 36 players drafted during his 14 years as head coach. "The key is how he progresses offensively through the minor leagues. I'm happy that his strong senior season paid off for him personally, as well as for our team."

Diaz played two seasons at JU after transferring from Iowa Western Community College, where he led IWCC to the Junior College World Series as a freshman in 2001. Diaz was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 32nd round of the 2000 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

Orlando Diaz & Chris Kelly Selected In Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft
Robinson, Diaz and Brickle Earn A-Sun All-Conference Baseball Honors
Player Profile

Diaz has agreed to terms and will begin the season in Eugene.
28. Billy Jenkins RHP 6-2 195 Trevecca Nazarene U. Hendersonville, TN

 

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2003 stats
Player Bio

Jenkins has agreed to terms and will report to Peoria.
29. E.J. Shanks RHP 6-5 230 Oklahoma City University Las Vegas, NV

 

MLB.COM: COMMENT: EXTRA-LARGE FRAME. STRONG, MATURE, WELL PROPORTIONED BUILD. SIMILAR BODY TYPE AS CURT SCHILLING. NO WINDUP, 3/4 DELIVERY. ARM STRENGTH TO GENERATE AVG VELOCITY FB, MOST HAVE RIDING LIFE. CB SLOW UP & DOWN. SHOWS STRAIGHT CHANGEUP. PHYSICALLY, STRONG & MATURE. ARM TO GENERATE FB VELOCITY.

2003 Teammate of 2003 Padre draftee Brandon Kaye

Two More Stars Go In the MLB Draft
Player Profile

Shanks has agreed to terms and will report to Peoria.
30. Adam Kroft RHP 6-5 230 University at Albany Ballston Lake, NY

Kroft holds the school’s career records for strikeouts (197), appearances (45) and innings pitched (247.2). In 2004, Kroft posted an 8-3 record with a 4.08 ERA in 12 starts on the mound, and established a single-season mark with 86.0 innings pitched. He capped his career by allowing four hits and recording 11 strikeouts in an 8-1 victory over Northeastern at the America East Conference Tournament. The eight victories tied teammate Steve Emmerthal for the most-ever by a Great Dane hurler.

UALBANY’S ADAM KROFT SELECTED IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DRAFT
2004 Stats | 2003 Stats | 2002 Stats | 2001 Stats

Kroft has agreed to terms and will report to Peoria.
31. Matt Thayer CF 5-10 173 UCLA Woodland Hills, CA

 

The 2004 leader in stolen bases, Thayer has stolen 27 bases in his UCLA career. This season, he claimed the team batting title with a .323 average. He also paced the Bruins with 35 walks and 49 runs scored.

Player Bio
Four Bruins Selected in Second Day of MLB Draft

Thayer has agreed to terms and will begin the season in Eugene.
32. Toddric Johnson CF 6-1 165 Meridian (MI) JC Jackson, MS

Drafted in the 27th round by the Florida Marlins in 2003

 

33. Adam Miller RHP 5-11 180 Indian Hills (IA) JC Knoxville, IA

One of three players selected by the Padres from Indian Hills Junior College (Kelvin Vazquez - round 26, Brian Joynt - round 50). Miller and Joynt have been teammates since high school.

2003 - Projectable righty with all the ingredients to become an early draft in June.

TeamOneBaseball Profile

34. Gary Moran RHP 6-8 250 Fresno City JC Madera, CA

Big tall right-hander with a heavy fastball and signs of a good tight curve. Also swung the bat hard showing some serious power.

from perfectgame.org

35. Josh Bartusik 1B 6-2 195 Golden West (CA) JC Huntington Beach, CA

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36. Chorye Spoone RHP 6-1 215 Catonsville (MD) JC Pasadena, MD

MLB.COM: COMMENT: COMPACT BUILD. UPPER BODY STRENGTH. SLIGHTLY SLOPED SHOULDERS. THICK LEGS, HIPS. MUST WATCH WEIGHT. BUILD SIMILAR TO KERRY WOOD. QUICK ARM. FB RUNS DOWN & AWAY FROM RHH. 12 TO 6, TIGHT CB FOR STRIKES AT TIMES. OCCAISIONAL HARD, RUNNING SLIDER. WILL BRING IT TO HITTER. MOVES PITCHES AROUND. HAS IDEA. LOCATES PITCHES. HAS ARM STRENGTH.

37. Erik Lovett LF 6-1 180 Louisburg (NC) JC Goldsboro, NC

For me, the best pure hitter from the left-side in North Carolina other than Yarbrough. He's got plenty of juice at the plate to hit the long ball. He can really "pick it" at first base too. He's a guy that can win games at first base for you. He's got some arm strength as well. I've seen him off the bump up to 84 mph. Running speed does not seem to be much of a concern at first base, but Lovett can motor a little bit. I've seen him at 7.0 seconds before.

- from impactbaseball.com

38. Michael Lorenston LHP 6-3 175 Malvern Prep (PA) Springfield, PA

no info

39. Robert Spain 3B 6-3 180 Norman (OK) HS Norman, OK

Letter of intent to Cal State Fullerton

World Wood Bat Association

40. Brandon Kintzler RHP 5-11 165 Dixie State (UT) JC Las Vegas, NV

Kintzler, a graduate from Palo Verde high school in 2002, will finish his sophomore year at Dixie State College where he will be a fixture in their starting rotation. Brandon features a power fastball that is regularly clocked in the 90's and a hard slider that will make an immediate impact on the Rebel's pitching staff. The New York Yankees drafted Brandon in the 40th round after his freshman season at Pasadena City College.

Letter of Intent to UNLV.

Top Prospects, JC Pitchers Highlight Class
2004 Stats

41. Taylor Bennett RHP 6-3 225 Okaloosa-Walton (FL) JC Covington, TN

Upper 80’s as a soph in high school. As a junior he had 6-5 record with a team-best 94 strikeouts and a remarkable 0.89 earned run average. "Many coaches consider Bennett to be one of the top pitching prospects in the Mid-South area," Polk said. "We are so happy that Taylor has signed a national letter of intent to attend Mississippi State University next fall. He was a highly recruited young man with a solid right arm and should be a major contributor to our pitching staff very soon." Bennett enjoyed a successful summer in 2002, posting an 8-0 record and earning the win for the Dulin Dodgers in the title game of the AAU 18-and-Under National Championship Tournament in Ft. Myers, Fla. "I've always wanted to play for one of the top baseball programs in the country and for respected coaches like Coach Polk and his coaching staff," Bennett said.) (#3)BA-top 10} {National BA-PPlus #173/350} (TeamOne rated) (Ninty-Plus Club "90") (2003 All-Metro) - Top Tennessee Players

42. Kyle Blanks 1B 6-6 270 Moriarty (NM) HS Edgewood, NM

Also a basketball player at Moriarty HS

43. Zach Shadle RHP 6-4 195 Tacoma (WA) JC Bethel, WA

40th round pick of Padres in 2003

Tacoma team photo / roster

44. Omar Kadir RHP 6-5 175 Lethbridge (Alberta) JC Surrey, B.C.

Member of 1997 Little League Canada Champions. Played for Prairie Baseball Acadamy in 2004

2004 PBA Stats

45. Cameron Nickell RF 6-2 200 Columbia State (TN) JC Columbia, IN

"Grant Nickell"

CSCC roster

46. Aaron Breit RHP 6-3 180 TMP (KS) HS Hays, KS

<no info>

47. Sean Cunningham 3B 6-2 190 Sinclair Secondary (Ont.) Whitby, Ontario

Played in World Wood Bat Association

48. David Minor LF 6-2 180 South Hagerstown (MD) HS Hagerstown, MD

MLB.COM: COMMENT: TALL FRAME. LONG ARMS, LEGS. SLIGHT SLOPED SHOULDERS. GOOD GROWTH POTENTIAL. ALL-AROUND ATHLETE. VERY QUICK ACTIONS. WIDE STANCE. PLUS SPEED. POTENTIAL MAJOR LEAGUE ARM & GLOVE. LINE DRIVE, CONTACT STROKE W/ GAP PWR. GOOD BASE RUNNER, WILL TAKE EXTRA BASE. KNOWS HOW TO PLAY. GETS TO FLY BALL QUICKLY. LEAD OFF TYPE, SINGLES, DOUBLES HITTER.

High School Quartarback

Scouting Video at mlb.com

49. Brandon Tuten RHP 6-2 185 Mt. Pleasant (TN) HS Mt. Pleasant, TN

high-80s fastball

50. Brian Joynt 1B 6-4 205 Indian Hills (IA) JC Knoxville, IA
One of three players selected by the Padres from Indian Hills Junior College (Kelvin Vazquez - round 26, Adam Miller- round 33). Miller and Joynt have been teammates since high school.
   

 

Last year's draft-and-follow's signed in the Spring:

29. Steve Delabar RHP     Volunteer State (Tenn.) CC  

Also selected in 2002 by the Angels in the 43rd round.

 

34. Chris Rayborn RHP   Meridian (Miss.) CC
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