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Padres agree to terms with first-round compensation pick Mitch Canham and second-round pick Eric Sogard06/26/2007 11:15 PM ET
San Diego Padres
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres announced today that the club has agreed to terms with catcher Mitch Canham, the team's third pick in the compensation round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. San Diego has also agreed to terms with second baseman Eric Sogard, the club's first selection in the second round. Additionally, the Padres have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Robert Woodard, selected in the 20th round of this year's draft. Vice President of Scouting & Player Development Grady Fuson and Director of Scouting Bill Gayton made the announcements.
Canham, the 57th overall pick in the draft out of Oregon State University, batted .326 (74-for-227) with 13 doubles, a triple, 10 home runs, 59 RBI and 52 runs scored in 65 games for the College World Series Champion Beavers in 2007. The 6-2, 215-pound junior catcher was Oregon State's 2006-07 Pacific-10 Conference Medal winner, awarded annually to each member institution's outstanding female and male student-athlete based on the combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership. Canham, who majored in business at Oregon State, was also a first-team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America selection, a Pac-10 All-Academic first-team honoree and the recipient of the Pacific-10 Sportsmanship Award. A native of Lake Stevens, WA, he was named to the Louisville Slugger All-America Baseball squad as a third-team selection.
The 2007 Pacific-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Sogard was taken with the 81st overall pick out of Arizona State University. The 5-10, 180-pound junior second baseman batted .400 (100-for-250) with 12 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs, 62 RBI and 74 runs scored in 64 games for the Pac-10 Conference Champion Sun Devils this season. A native of Phoenix, AZ, Sogard also earned All Pac-10 honors for the second straight season.
Woodard, taken in the 20th round out of the University of North Carolina, went 11-2 with a 3.30 ERA (42 ER/114.2 IP) in 19 games (18 starts) in 2007, helping to lead the Tar Heels to their second straight College World Series finals appearance. He compiled 84 strikeouts compared to 28 walks. A 6-1, 205-pound senior right-hander, Woodard became the winningest pitcher in UNC history this season and finished his career with a 34-5 record. A native of Charlotte, NC, he also garnered second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in 2007.
The Padres have now signed or agreed to terms with 31 players selected in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
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