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Scouting Padres Prospect: Geoff Vandel

Scouting Padres Prospect: Geoff Vandel

When you get an 18-year old pitcher in the 34th round of the draft, there is certain risk-reward involved. The risk is minimal and Geoff Vandel turned into all reward for the Padres in 2005.

Geoff Vandel was looked at as a draft-and-follow candidate after signing a letter of intent to play for Chipola College in Florida. But Vandel wanted to get a deal done to begin his career and the Padres offered him a sweet enough deal to entice him. "Vandel was a neat story," Padres scouting director Bill Gayton recalled. "Hank King, our scout at the time, he was excited about the kid...

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