The San Diego Padres are widely regarded to have the best and deepest minor league system in the game. From elite potential top-of-the-rotation stars and workhorse starters, to up-the-middle athletes, the team has interesting options everywhere across the diamond.
But if there’s one profile that isn’t as easy to find in the organization, it’s power bats in the corners.
The team added one to the fold with their second round pick Monday night, selecting Washington state high school outfielder Joshua Mears. While the right-handed slugger wasn’t as highly-regarded in public predraft rankings as many names still on the board, he’s seen his stock rise dramatically over the last year.
Mears has several characteristics that have been common among high school picks called by scouting director Mark Conner. He has a clear carrying tool in his plus power, and he’s relatively young for his class, having turned 18 in February. He also represents a possible savings against his $1.54 million bonus pool slot.
AJ Preller’s penchant for raw, powerful prospects has been a key part of his profile dating back to his work with the Texas Rangers.
Mears was recommended by Northwest area scout Justin Baughman, whose recent signees include Joey Cantillo, infielder Chris Baker and Alaskan catcher Jonny Hozma.