Burke headlines four more draft signings

Burke headlines four more draft signings

The San Diego Padres today agreed to terms with supplemental first-round pick, outfielder Kyler Burke, and right-handed pitcher Tyler Mead, their 17th round selection. The two high schoolers join college prospects David Freese and Michael Campbell in signing contracts this week.

Kyler Burke, the 35th overall pick from Ooltewah (TN) High School, hit .459 (51-for-111) with 20 home runs and 58 RBI in 45 games for the Owls including the high school playoffs. Demonstrating the patience at the plate the club likes, he also finished with 49 walks. Burke, 18, was selected to play in the 2006 All-American Baseball Game and named to the Louisville Slugger Pre-season High School All-American Baseball Team.

Tyler Mead, a native of Vancouver, WA, was a first-team all-class 4A Greater St. Helens League pitcher after posting a 5-2 record with a 3.19 ERA this season. The Skyview High School standout is the son of former minor league pitcher Timber Mead.

David Freese led the University of South Alabama with a .414 average, .503 on-base percentage and .661 slugging percentage while slugging 12 homers in his senior season this year. The big third baseman earned second team All-America honors from the NJCAA after hitting 10 homers in his sophomore year at Meramec (Mo.) Community College.

Michael Campbell, the club's 20th round selection, was a four-year starter for the Univesity of South Carolina, hitting .364 with a .453 on-base percentage this season after making the preseason Wallace Award watch list.

Burke and Mead will begin the season with the Padres' Arizona League club, while Freese and Campbell look to start in Eugene.

The Padres have now signed or agreed to terms with 22 players selected in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, including six players selected in the first 10 rounds.

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