Erik Schoenrock, whose father Daron is the coach at the University of Memphis, made the most of his first season in the Tigers' rotation. Schoenrock was 4-2 with a 2.21 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 53 innings this past season as a junior at Memphis, and the Padres selected the left-hander in the 11th round (328th overall) as their first pick on the third day of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Schoenrock was named Conference USA Pitcher of the Year and beat Marshall right-hander Aaron Blair, who was drafted 36th overall by the D-backs.
Schoenrock was the sixth pitcher drafted by San Diego, but the previous five had all been right-handed.
Schoenrock has a good feel for pitching, attacking hitters with a three-pitch mix. His fastball sits in the upper-80s and touches 91 mph. He also throws a good changeup and a curveball that has the potential to be an above-average offering.
Schoenrock might return to the bullpen as a professional, where he could move quickly as a left-handed specialist.
Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.