The San Diego wrapped up the final day of the 2022 amateur draft taking seven college players and three preps in rounds 10-20.
The Padres started Sunday by taking two well-regarded prep pitchers in Dylan Lesko and Robby Snelling – both of whom were ranked in the top 20 by MLB Pipeline. Monday, they continued a pitcher-heavy draft with the selections of two college pitchers, Adam Mazur and Henry Williams before breaking the streak with the pick of prep catcher Lamar King Jr., the son of the former Seattle Seahawks defensive end.
“Lamar was the number one high school catcher in the country on our board, and our area scout Danny Sader and regional cross-checker Mike Kanen did an unbelievable job of getting us in a position to get to know him better,” said Chris Kemp, the Vice-President of Amateur and International Scouting.
“His ability to command the field, his ability to defend, and overall makeup and leadership was a guy we have been following for a long time.”
According to Baseball America, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound King is more power over hit, and those highest on him see him as a catcher at the next level.
Another highlight from Day 2 was the selection of Duke’s Henry Williams, a 6-foot-5, 200-pounder from Darien, Connecticut. Williams underwent Tommy John surgery in December of 2021. He should be ready for Spring Training next year.
Although he only threw 37.2 innings in college, when he was on, he showed a three-pitch mix; a fastball that touched 95 and a plus slider, according to Baseball America. Also, according to his Duke bio, he played four years of basketball in high school, serving as team captain his senior year.
The first pick of Day 3 was another young pitching prospect, Isaiah Lowe, a right-handed prep from Shelby, North Carolina who was committed to Wake Forrest before the Padres took him in the eleventh round.
“Isaiah Lowe has been throwing 92-96, plus slider 2600 plus spin on it, and he has a feel for a change; we think there is a chance for special mix as a young starting pitcher,” said Kemp.
“We feel pretty confident that we will be able to sign Isaiah.”
Other notable picks of Day 3 were Duke third baseman Graham Pauley, 21, in the 13th round, who hit .293/.402/.449 for the Blue Devils this season, and left-hander Austin Krob of Texas Christian University, who had a big year in 2021, but injuries slowed him down this season.
San Diego grabbed some relatively unheralded high school players in right-handed pitcher Henry Martinez (16), catcher Hugh Pinkney (17), and shortstop Spence Coffman (19) late on day three. Still, Kemp believes that the Padres can find players anywhere.
“I believe we are area scout driven. Our cross-checkers are bouncing all over the country from airport to airport, but at its base layers, it’s that day-to-day buzz within a region; within an area, you must have area scouts dialed in.
“And I think our group is as good as any. That will lead you to that extra layer of information and lead to a player and getting a guy to a workout for an up-close look at the workout, meet the family and get that extra edge to build a class.
“I feel like we are in a position to sign all the players we drafted, and we will see how it shakes down.”