SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' 25th overall Draft pick, Joe Ross, was at PETCO Park before Saturday's game to get acquainted with everyone and throw some pitches.
Ross is committed to UCLA, and like the Padres' second-round pick and Ross' potential future teammate, Austin Hedges, he's expected to be a tough sign.
"I actually talked to [Hedges] this week," Ross said. "He said he wasn't sure what he was going to do either so, I mean hopefully, whichever way I go, I can stay with him."
The Padres hope that the two of them will stay together as well -- in their organization.
Padres manager Bud Black watched Ross throw, and he liked what he saw.
"First thing you look for is just the arm action: how he separates his hands, where his hand is on the ball, how that circle works, how that throwing motion works," Black said. "It's a very clean arm action. It's a live arm. He's got good size and strength. Solid throwing mechanics and he's 18 years old. I like him a lot.
"Joe Ross threw well. We've got to get him on the dotted line, keep him away from UCLA."
Ross' older brother, Tyson, is a pitcher for the Oakland A's and has encouraged his brother to make the decision that makes him most happy.
Ross said meeting everyone on Saturday, especially on a personal level, will make his decision that much tougher, especially since he's getting the same from the UCLA side of things.
"I've talked to the head coach a couple of times," Ross said. "He's just kind of trying to get me to go down to school but I don't know. It's kind of undecided so far right now."
Ross has a good set of tools to work with as is, and the Padres are hoping they'll be the ones developing those skills.
"I've got a power fastball and plus breaking pitches that I can throw pretty much any time in the count," Ross said.