27 September 2010
In the last article, we looked
at the excellent trade record of the Diamondbacks' new GM Kevin Towers while he was with the Padres. Unfortunately, the excellent record is negated by Towers' poor performance in the June amateur draft, and ultimately was a big factor is his dismissal from the Padres. Let's take a look at the 1st Round Picks by the Padres during the Kevin Towers' regime. The table lists each pick from the 1st Round and Supplemental 1st Round Picks, the overall Pick number, and then their career major league Wins Above Replacement (WAR), their career Games Played in the Majors, and their career OPS or ERA.
The most remarkable thing about this list is that so few of these players even made the Major Leagues at all. The most successful of this group of 28 players was probably SS Khalil Greene
, who leads the group with 736 Major League games, and a total of 8.1 WAR. Next is 3B Sean Burroughs
at 1.7 WAR, and then SP Tim Stauffer
at 1.2 WAR. At least Stauffer and SP Cory Luebke
have a chance to provide positive value for the Padres, but very few others on this list are ever expected to contribute at the Major League level. One factor in the Padres' poor drafting has been the team's budget limitations - for example, the selection of Matt Bush
with the #1 Overall pick in 2004 was clearly driven by cost concerns, as players like Stephen Drew
and Justin Verlander
were clearly regarded higher than Bush, but were expected to be more expensive to sign. But that was just one case - many of the other selections were just picks that didn't work out for the Padres.
Towers and the Padres did manage a few notable picks in the later rounds of the drafts, in particular SP Jake Peavy
(15th Rd, 1999), SP Mat Latos
(11th, 2006), OF Will Venable
(7th, 2005), and recent 2nd round picks SP Wade LeBlanc
(2006), 3B Chase Headley
(2005), C Nick Hundley
(2005), and Xavier Nady
(2000). Still, the overall record is remarkable poor, is something that Kevin Towers must improve as GM of the Diamondbacks.