The Padres dipped into the prep ranks Friday for yet another position player, as they selected catcher Zach Risedorf from Northwestern Regional High School in Connecticut in the sixth round.
Risedorf, the 177th overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft, was the fifth high school catcher that was selected in the Draft.
Risedorf, a right-handed hitter, has impressed in showcase events and regarded as a strong defensive catcher. He was recommended by Padres' scout Jim Bretz.
"Zach is a high-upside high school catcher with a plus arm, solid defensive skills and a chance to have a solid bat," Bretz said. "He's a very heady player with excellent game awareness. A "baseball rat" who brings a solid work ethic to the field every day. This is the kind of player that coaches and instructors will love working with and pitchers will enjoy throwing to."
The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. PT.