Padres have five of first 58 Draft picks

Padres have five of first 58 Draft picks

HOUSTON -- Major League Baseball on Thursday announced the selection order for the June 6-8 First-Year Player Draft, a Draft that will certainly have the Padres busy early on.

San Diego has five of the first 58 overall selections.

The Padres have the No. 9 overall pick as compensation for not signing their 2010 first-round pick, high school pitcher Karsten Whitson. The team has its own first-round pick later, at No. 25 overall.

The Padres then have three picks in the compensation round for losing free-agent pitcher Jon Garland (who signed with the Dodgers), catcher Yorvit Torrealba (Rangers) and then pitcher Kevin Correia (Pirates).

Those picks are Nos. 48 (Garland), 54 (Torrealba) and 58 (Correia).

"We have five early picks in one of the deepest Drafts in recent memories. We need to get it right," Padres general manager Jed Hoyer said last month. "... We need to fill the farm system. The best way to do that is to add depth.

"Some of the guys we'll miss on. But having proper depth in your system and developing those players, you really increase your odds of being successful at the Major League level."