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Padres sign 20 Draft picks

Padres sign 20 Draft picks

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SAN DIEGO -- The Padres announced Wednesday that they have signed 20 players from the First-Year Player Draft that was held earlier this month.

Among those players are their second-round pick, infielder Jedd Gyorko of West Virginia, and another infielder, fourth-round pick Chris Bisson, out of the University of Kentucky.

Both players will begin their professional career Friday with short-season Eugene of the Northwest League.

The Padres also signed outfielder Houston Slemp (10th-round pick, Eastern Oklahoma St. Junior College) and their 12th-round pick, right-handed pitcher Christopher Franklin out of Southeastern Louisiana University.

Slemp and Franklin will join Gyorko and Bisson in Eugene.

Also Wednesday, the Padres had right-handed pitcher A.J. Vanegas, their seventh-round pick out of Redwood Christian High School in Northern California, in for a workout at PETCO Park.

Vanegas, who has committed to Stanford, threw a bullpen session before the game under the watch of Padres manager Bud Black.

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