2004 MLB Draft
The first day of the draft is complete and the San Diego Padres took high school prospects with their first three picks and did not take a pitcher until round six, their fifth pick of the day. They did plan for the future with the selection of a catcher and much like their current staff, placed a priority on right-handers.
The Padres took position players with their first four picks, starting with shortstop Matt Bush out of Mission Bay high school. They followed that with William Killian, a catcher out of Chippewa Hills and rounded out their high school run with Daryl Jones, a first baseman out of Westchester.
Killian is the son of a Padres area scout and was viewed as the top prospect out of the state of Michigan. He has a commitment to Kentucky but he is a shoe-in to sign with the Padres.
Jones is a pure power hitter from the LA area with a lot of upside. He is a 6-foot-4, 210 pounder that has unbelievable power for his age. Ironically, he was voted as one of the top five players with the best raw power coming out of high school by former Baseball America reporter and newest Padres scout Josh Boyd. Jones has a commit to Cal-State Fullerton.
Sean Kazmar, a shortstop, was the first college player they took. He is known as a defensive wizard, but also has some pop. It is the third time Kazmar has been picked in the draft. Kazmar, a three-year varsity starter at short, also had an impressive year at the plate, hitting .419 with nine homers, four triples and 50 RBIs. He hit .359 with two home runs and 52 RBIs last season.
After Kazmar, the Padres made their run on pitchers for almost all of their other picks. Only two, centerfielder Christopher Kolkhorst out of Rice and Michael Moon, a third baseman out of USC were position players. Kolkhorst is in the Lenny Dykstra – Todd Donovan mold. He does not have one aspect of his game that is overpowering but is pesky and gets results with a hard work ethic. Moon has raw power that is still developing. He was a little disappointing as a senior as his numbers declined from his junior season.
The Friars ended the first day with nine right-handed pitchers, the first of which was Jonathan Ellis from The Citadel. Ellis had five complete games for The Citadel. He does not have overpowering stuff but finds a way to get outs and is durable.
They mixed in two lefthanders, picking the litter from a variety of places including high school, junior colleges and major universities. Jake Voss was the first lefty to be picked by the Padres. He has a good makeup and has consistently added velocity to his fastball as he has aged. His likely role is middle relief.
Through 18 rounds, they took five high school players, four junior college players and eight from universities.
The Padres expect to get many of them signed over the next week.
The official tally of San Diego draft picks:
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