06/08/06 12:36 AM ET
Padres turn to pitching on Day 2
Club selects 14 hurlers after loading up on bats Day 1
By Amanda Branam / MLB.com
On Wednesday, where rounds 19-50 took place, the Padres took 14 pitchers, three of them left-handers. Overall, the Padres took 22 pitchers, 17 of them right-handed.As always, you never know what diamonds in the rough will come out of Day 2 of the draft, and fans may want to remember the name Justin Pickett, whom the Padres took in the 22nd round. Fuson said the first baseman has been out half the season with a dislocated elbow, but still hit 19 home runs before getting injured. "This guy has incredible numbers," Fuson said of the Walters State, Tenn., Junior College player. "We're looking forward to getting him." The Padres also took some players that must have a high baseball IQ, as evidenced by their academic abilities.
Second baseman Nicholas Kliebert, who came out of Pepperdine in the 25th round, was the valedictorian of his high school class in 2002. In the 29th round, the Padres took Andrew Davidiuk from Furman, a third baseman who just graduated with a degree in neuroscience.Last but certainly not least, the Padres drafted Bryce Lefebvre in the 45th round, a third baseman who knows what it takes to be a Major League Baseball player. The right-handed Lefebvre has genetics on his side, the son of former Major-Leaguer Jim Lefebvre. Jim was the National League Rookie of the Year for the Dodgers in 1965, and an All-Star in 1966. With the final pick of Lefebvre, the Padres 2006 draft came to a close. They made 47 picks through the two days, taking 30 from the college ranks and 17 high school players. With the draft comes plenty of possibilities and hopes for the future of any organization, and the Padres are no different. Picking the players is done, but the job is far from over. Now, the organizations must sign their players, and after that comes the hardest part of all: waiting to see what happens.
Amanda Branam is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.