Padres take outfielder Gettys in second round

Padres take outfielder Gettys in second round

SAN DIEGO -- After using their first-round Draft pick on a college position player, the Padres dipped into the prep ranks on Thursday with their second-round selection.

The Padres tabbed Michael Gettys, a toolsy outfielder from Gainesville High in Georgia, with the No. 51 overall pick.

Gettys, who has committed to play at the University of Georgia, didn't fare well this spring and it might have hurt his Draft stock, though the Padres weren't scared off in the least.

"You're looking at a guy who could have four plus-tools in power, speed, defense and arm," said Padres scout Andrew Salvo, who recommended Gettys. "He's an excellent athlete with plus-plus speed and arm and a potential plus-game power. He's a high energy and hard-nosed player with very good makeup."

According to, Gettys ran a 6.43-second 60-yard dash, clocking 100 mph on a throw from the outfield and working at 91-94 mph from the mound at the Perfect Game National Showcase in June.

Now the Padres have to find a way to get Gettys to sway from his commitment to Georiga. If he signs, he'll likely head to Arizona and the team's Spring Training facility before playing for the Arizona League entry this summer.

The Draft will continue Friday with Rounds 3-10. The pregame show begins at 9:30 a.m. PT, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 3-10 beginning at 10.

Corey Brock is a reporter for Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.