It’s that time of year again. The San Diego Padres are on the verge of setting up their draft board in preparation for the First-Year Player Draft that is going down next month. The Padres have the 13th overall pick, meaning that many of the prospective names on their draft board could likely be gone by the time the team gets their turn.
Chad MacDonald, the Padres’ vice president and general manager of player personnel, is presiding over the draft picks and will be responsible for scooping up the most eligible players. This is his second time in charge of the draft.
The Padres are hoping to score some of the best players in the proceedings. The team has three of the top 69 picks in the draft, as well as four of the top 86 overall. MacDonald, in addition to the Padres’ management, has been working tirelessly to ensure that the draft board reflects what the team needs to fill into the holes in its current roster. Mainly: players with consistency, and strong pitchers to beef up a bullpen that frequently sees injuries take players to the disabled list.
Padres scouting director Billy Gasparino has played a big part in figuring out how to put together the draft board. As scouting director, he knows who to look for, what works and what doesn’t.
The draft will be held June 6, when the Padres will find out who will be joining their organization for better or for worse. Until then, they play the waiting game.