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Padres stick with position players
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06/05/2002 10:45 pm ET 
Padres stick with position players
By Sandy Burgin / MLB.com

The Padres drafted Bruce Bochy's son, Greg, who has had some arm problems. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)
Padres' round-by-round picks

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres may have kept with their plan of drafting more position players, but they still reached out in the 36th round to selected a 6-2, 200-pound senior right-hander from Cal Poly.

Greg Bochy is his name and, yes, indeed it is the son of Padres manager Bruce Bochy.

"I'm happy for Greg," said Bochy after Thursday's 12-2 debacle at the hands of the San Francisco Giants. "I haven't had a chance to speak with him. He's been drafted a couple of times, once by us and once by Texas. He's a senior at Cal Poly and I think he's going to be very appreciative of it.

"This year hasn't been the best for him, but he's been throwing better lately," Bochy said. "It's something he can be very proud of."

Does he want to give it a go at the next level?

"I don't know, I haven't had a chance to speak with him about it," Bochy said. "He felt like his arm was coming around. He had surgery about a year ago. Sometimes it take some time. I think more than anything he wanted an opportunity and he's very appreciative of it."

Bochy said that his son had thrown in the 88-to-89 mph range, but then had Labrum surgery. The healing process takes time, but Bochy says his son "feels like he's turned the corner and is getting his stuff by."

As for the Padres draft, scouting director Bill "Chief" Gayton, said, "Our plan all along was to go with more positional players like we did a year ago."

Gayton helped select 24 position players. Included in that group were no less than five catchers, an area where the organization needs some beefing up in the minor leagues.

"We're just kind of stock piling them especially with the depth in the organization being pitching," Gayton said. "We didn't feel like the depth in this year's draft was particularly good from a pitchers standpoint.

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"We went after as many positional players as possible," Gayton said. "And with what we were able to do last year, our organization is going to be in much better shape in the near future."

Gayton said the Padres are looking at their No. 1 pick shortstop Khalil Greene from Clemson "as a guy that will hopefully stay up the middle for us. No. 2 (Clemson first baseman Michael Johnson) we went power, and No. 3, (Indiana University outfielder Kennard Jones) we got the speed guy we wanted. So we addressed three areas and ended up with speed and power.

Jones is a cousin of Boston Celtics great Sam Jones.

"We addressed some of the needs of the organization," Gayton said. "There's an awful lot of strategy involved. There's a lot of flip-flopping and stacking the board that works best for the organization."

As for selecting Bochy's son?

"This is the third time he's been selected," Gayton said. "He's had some arm problems, but hopefully he'll stay healthy for us. And we'll see how well he can progress through our system."

Greg Bochy was one of 26 pitchers selected by the Padres including right-hander Aaron Coonrod from John A. Logan College and left-hander Sean Thompson from Thurder Ridge (CO) High School, who were taken in the fourth and fifth rounds, respectively.

In addition to Johnson, the Padres selected three other first basemen. They also chose three shortstops, one second baseman, one third baseman and 10 outfielders.

And what will Gayton do the next couple of days?

"We start negotiations," said Gayton.

Gayton hopes that he and the Padres fans will have the opportunity to see some of their players, particularly Greene and Johnson in the upcoming College World Series.

PADRES 2002 DRAFT PICKS
13 KHALIL T GREENE SS CLEMSON U
54 WILLIAM M JOHNSON 1B CLEMSON U
85 KENNARD D JONES CF INDIANA U
115 AARON J COONROD RHP JOHN A LOGAN COL
145 SEAN D THOMPSON LHP THUNDER RIDGE HS
175 JOHN A SHORSHER C SAN JOSE ST U
205 MATTHEW J LYNCH LHP FLORIDA ST U
235 LUKE P STEIDLMAYER RHP U CALIFORNIA
265 BRIAN R BURGAMY 2B CF WICHITA ST U
295 LEONARD J BIERNBAUM LF FLORIDA ATLANTIC U
325 BRANDON L WILSON RHP OKALOOSA WALTON CC
355 PAUL M MCANULTY 1B CALIFORNIA ST U
385 LANCE M PENDLETON RHP KINGWOOD HS
415 GABRIEL RIBAS RHP NORTHWESTERN U
445 ROLANDO AGOSTO SS UNION U
475 KEVIN E BEAVERS LHP PEPPERDINE U
505 RASHAD B SMITH CF LAMBUTH U
535 MICHAEL B GALLAWAY LHP GRAYSON COUTY CC
565 JOHN S GROGAN LHP OKALOOSA WALTON CC
595 GEORGE KOTTARAS C CONNORS ST COL
625 ANDREW C LAROCHE SS GRAYSON COUNTY COL
655 DAVID N KRISCH LHP CALIFORNIA ST POLY U
685 RUSTY L MOORE LF BETHUNE-COOKMAN COL
715 ADAM W MONTARBO RHP 3B CALIFORNIA ST U
745 CHARLES BECHTEL RHP MARIST COL
775 EDWARD J LARATTA RHP OHIO ST U
805 BRIAN WHITAKER RHP U NORTH CAROLINA
835 MICHAEL L RICHARDSON LF C SONOMA ST U
865 STEPHEN A BAKER RF LIBERTY U
895 DANNY DELAO LHP FRESNO CC
925 JARED L WELLS RHP TYLER JC
955 JESUS N ESTRADA RHP SOCORRO HS
985 JOHN W BANACH 3B LAKEWOOD HS
1015 WILLIAM F SILVESTRI RHP DIXIE COL
1045 DREW A MACIAS CF CHAFFEY JC
1075 GREG D BOCHY RHP CALIFORNIA POLY ST U
1105 COREY D HALL RHP SEMINOLE JC
1135 BRENDAN J KATIN C OKALOOSA WALTON CC
1165 SCOTT D LONERGAN RHP POWAY HS
1195 DANIEL L FITCH C MT CARMEL HS
1225 RYAN S WERNER C SAN DIEGO CC
1255 BRIAN A WAHLBRINK CF U CAL RIVERSIDE
1284 JASON CATALA RF MARGARITA JANER HS
1312 MARCUS D BARRIGER RHP KASKASKIA CC
1339 CHAD R ETHERIDGE LF COLUMBIA STATE CC
1366 CRAIG D BARTOSH CF GRAYSON COUNTY COL
1392 STEPHEN NAM 1B 2B IONA CSS
1418 MATTHEW P MORIZIO RHP SS WALTHAM HS
1444 JOHN R PARSCAL LHP NORTHGLENN HS
1468 CHRISTOPHER T REGAN 1B LF EARL WOOSTER HS

Sandy Burgin covers the Padres for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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