With the seventh overall pick, the Padres selected Ryan Weathers, 18, from Loretto High School in Tennessee. Last year, the team picked MacKenzie Gore. It was also the third year in a row the Pads picked a pitcher for their top-10 picks.
Weathers, son of 19-year MLB veteran reliever David Weathers, has a three-pitch mix, a fastball in the 90s, curveball and changeup. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder was a Gatorade High School Player of the Year in Tennessee.
“He’s just a very natural kid that is extremely confident and a fierce competitor,” Padres scouting director Mark Conner said.
In his senior season, he allowed only one hit while striking out 148 in over 76 innings.
“One of the best high school pitchers in the country this year, and another premium lefty that we add to our system,” Padres general manager A.J. Preller said. The Padres have one of the best farm systems in the league.
Weathers previously committed to Vanderbilt before being drafted by the Pads. The recommended bonus for a No. 7 pick is $5.23 million, the team is allowed to pay more or less than that. The Padres have $10,462,200 to spend on their selections in the first 10 rounds.
The Padres also selected high school shortstop Xavier Edwards from Florida and college outfielder Grant Little from Texas Tech as their next two draft picks on Monday. Edwards was the 38th overall pick and Little, who is still playing in the NCAA Tournament for Texas Tech, was No. 74.
“It’s a pretty surreal moment,” said Edwards, who, like Weathers, is also a Vanderbilt commit. “It’s something I’ve always dreamed of and it’s finally here. It’s the first step in the right direction. I can only thank my friends, family and God, first and foremost.”
The Friars gave up their second-round pick when they signed Eric Hosmer but swung a trade with the Twins for Phil Hughes and the 74th pick in today’s pick.
The draft continues Tuesday with rounds 3-10.
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