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Padres hail Cesars for the hill

Padres hail Cesars for the hill

SAN DIEGO -- Employing a tried and true formula in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, the Padres decided you never can have enough pitching.

They made a pair of pitching Cesars -- Cesar Carrillo and Cesar Ramos -- their first two choices in the opening round and took nine more pitchers among their first 18 picks. They finished with 29 moundsmen among the 52 players they drafted. During one stretch during the second day, 12 of 14 picks were pitchers.

"Everything our staff does is for the Major League club," said Padres scouting director Bill "Chief" Gayton. "Our job is to give [general manager] Kevin Towers options, not only with the Major League club but in terms of talking about deals."

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Having seen how PETCO Park plays across its first season and a third, Padres management clearly arrived at the conclusion that the franchise will go as far as its pitching will take it. No Bash Brothers will flourish here.

In Carrillo, 2005 ACC Pitcher of the Year with a 13-2 record and 2.29 ERA at the University of Miami, and Ramos, third-team All-America at Long Beach State, the Padres hope they've acquired a talented pair to blend with their potent pitching mix in the near future.

"Cesar Carillo was a dominant pitcher in a strong baseball conference," Gayton said of the 6-foot-3, 177-pound right-hander. "When guys put together seasons that are productive at the highest level of college baseball, you have to take that into consideration."

Ramos, a sandwich pick in the first round, is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound lefty who also excelled at big moments for the 49ers.

An advocate of taking college players over less experienced high school prospects during his five-year run as leader of the Padres' draft team, Gayton kept to the game plan. Only 13 of San Diego's 52 selections were from high school ranks, and just one of the team's top 20 choices did not attend college. Their first 16 picks through 14 rounds were collegians.

Their first prep player came in the 15th round at the No. 458 pick overall in lefty Josh Romanski from Norco High School in Riverside County.

The approach was altered somewhat on Day Two. The Padres used their 19th-round pick on Gabriel Fargas, a 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy. Four more high school arms were tabbed from rounds 29 through 34, including Tae Kwon, a 6-4 right-hander who will have knockout appeal to headline writers if he makes it to the Major Leagues.

"We weren't opposed to taking high school kids," Towers said.

They had their eyes on John Drennen, an outfielder from Rancho Bernardo High School, with their compensation pick at No. 35, but the Indians beat them to Drennen two picks earlier. The Padres went with lefty Ramos, out of Long Beach State, in what clearly was a priority area. Five of their top 17 picks were southpaw pitchers.

The largest of the Padres selections was 6-foot-9, 250-pound right-hander Gary Moran of Fresno City College. They also had a little run on Canadians, taking in succession in rounds 41 through 43 a shortstop, Terrence Dayleg, from British Columbia; a catcher, Justin Worby, from Ontario, and a right-handed pitcher, Troy Dawe, from Toronto.

The Padres have two players on the Major League roster who were recently drafted in the first round out of the college ranks in shortstop Khalil Greene (No. 13 overall in 2002) and right-hander Tim Stauffer (No. 4 overall in 2003).

Here are the Padres' picks in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, listed with round, overall slot, name and school, and a comment:

1. (18) RHP Cesar Carrillo, Univ. of Miami: "Cesar is a solid pitcher with three quality pitches, including a fastball that has great life and late movement in the zone." -- Gayton

1A. (35) LHP Cesar Ramos, Long Beach State: "He has four pitches he can throw for strikes. ... His stuff really fits PETCO Park. He gets fly balls and keeps guys off balance." -- Gayton

2. (66) 3B Chase Headley, Univ. of Tennessee: "He's had huge offensive numbers, and he fills a need in the organization as a big third baseman." -- Towers

2A. (76) C Nick Hundley, Univ. of Arizona: "He's a very good receiver, very athletic. The thing that really stood out to me was how well he frames pitches. He's got very strong hands." -- Gayton

3. (98) RHP Joshua Geer, Rice Univ.: "He kind of grew on me. He has a good mix of pitches, and outs come pretty easy." -- Gayton

4. (128) 1B Mike Baxter, Vanderbilt Univ.: "He's a first baseman, but he runs well enough to play center field." -- Gayton

5. (158) SS Seth Johnston, Univ. of Texas: "He's a shortstop but he can play third, he can play second, he can play first. He's a big kid with good actions." -- Gayton

6. (188) RHP Neil Jamison, Long Beach State: "He's a kid who's just had a great year. He hasn't had a lot of innings, but people had trouble scoring against him." -- Gayton

7. (218) OF Will Venable, Princeton Univ.: "He's an athlete who can play all three outfield positions." -- Towers

8. (248) RHP John Madden, Auburn Univ.: "We were really excited about having a chance to him at this stage of the draft." -- Gayton

9. (278) 1B John Smith, Erskine College: "Our scout there [Hank King] found him looking around on the Internet, and once he saw him he said nobody in the draft has the raw power this guy has." -- Gayton

10. (308) OF Josh Alley, Univ. of Tennessee: "He's a scrappy little center fielder. He's another guy that grows on you." -- Gayton

11. (338) RHP Josh Tomlin, Angelina College: "He's been a shortstop so he didn't throw a lot of innings, but he just has a good arm, very loose and the ball comes out of his hand well." -- Gayton

12. (368) RHP Aaron Breit, Garden City (Kan.) CC: "He's a guy we drafted last year but weren't able to come to agreement with him, but we obviously like him enough to reselect him." -- Gayton

13. (398) LHP Arnold Hughley, Auburn Univ.: "He's just a good pitcher we've had our eye on." -- Gayton

14. (428) SS William Richardson, East Carolina Univ.: "He's a smaller guy who picks the ball up well and throws it across the field." -- Gayton

15. (458) LHP Joshua Romanski, Norco (Calif.) HS: "He came out and worked out with us last week at PETCO. He's not real physical, but he's got a good arm with a very good delivery." -- Gayton

16. (488) LHP Brent Carter, Univ. of Alabama-Tuscaloosa: "He's a soft-throwing lefty who's put up some good numbers." -- Gayton

17. (518) LHP Chad Decker, UC-Riverside: "He's a kid who can throw up to 92 and he's left-handed, so he's worth a chance in this area of the draft." -- Gayton

18. (548) CF Michael Sansoe, St. Mary's College: "He can run and that's a good tool to have, because he can play the game a little bit, too." -- Gayton

19. (578) RHP Gabriel Fargas, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy HS "Nice size with some arm strength. Our top draft-and-follow priority, he's scheduled to go to junior college." -- Gayton

20. (608) 3B Chad Steiner, Lamar Comm. College (CO) "Line-drive hitter who can really field." -- Gayton

21. (638) CF Brian Cavanaugh, East Carolina Univ. "Long-striding left-handed hitter who can get down the line." -- Gayton

22. (668) LF Drew Davidson, U. Illinois Champaign This kid has been productive in college. He has some tools, and the staff is eager to work with him." -- Gayton

23. (698) RHP Joshua Conover, Univ. of Washington "Has an idea how to get people out, with enough fastball and a good slider." -- Gayton

24. (728) C John Slone, Miami (OH) "A catch-and-throw guy who will give you the long ball now and then." -- Gayton

25. (758) RHP Grant Varnell, Univ. of Texas Arlington

26. (788) RHP Jon Link, Bluefield (Va.) College

27. (818) 1B Erniest Gill, Brevard (N.C.) College

28. (848) LHP Brandon Higelin, Cal State LA

29. (878) RHP Robert Garramone, Denver North HS

30. (908) RHP Todd Conerly, Angelina (Texas) College

31. (938) RHP Tae Kwon, Hoover (Glendale) HS

32. (968) RHP Tyson Ford, Timpanogos (Utah) HS

33. (998) RHP Adam Gold, UC Berkley

34. (1,028) LHP Geoff Vandel, Shaw (Ga.) HS

35. (1,058) C Andrew Morgan, Norcross (Ga.) HS

36. (1,088) RHP Gary Moran, Fresno City College

37. (1,118) RHP Andrew Miller, Seminole (Okla.) State College

38. (1,148) RHP Jeremy McBryde, Midwest City (Olka.) HS

39. (1,178) OF Patrick Norris, Butler County (Fla.) CC

40. (1,208) LHP Donnie Show, Grossmont (Calif.) HS

41. (1,238) LHP Bret Bochsler, Inglemoor (Wash.) HS

42. (1,258) SS Terrence Dayleg, N.Surrey Secondary (B.C.)

43. (1,288) C Justin Worby, Georgetown District (Ont.) HS

44. (1,318) RHP Troy Dawe, Cardinal Newman Catholic (Toronto)

45. (1,338) C Daniel Towe, Charlotte (Miss.) HS

46. (1,368) OF Jeremy Shelby, Tates Creek (Lexington, Ky.) Senior HS "Son of former Major League outfielder and Dodgers coach John Shelby, he's a draft-and-follow kid with some tools." -- Gayton

47. (1,398) OF Mark Letchworth, Louisburg (N.C.) College

48. (1,428) RHP Carson Bryant, College of Southern Idaho

49. (1,458) OF Josh Thomas-Dotson, Univ. of Oregon "Big, strong, athletic kid at 6-3, 230. A football player who played baseball in high school and is certainly worth a look." -- Gayton

50. (1,488) SS Jason Ogata, Westview (Ore.) HS

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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