Draft Report: Ryan Butler, College Pitcher

The Padres used their seventh-round pick Friday on University of North Carolina-Charlotte right-handed pitcher Ryan Butler.

Butler, the 207th overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft, had a 3.47 ERA in 13 games, all starts, for the 49ers. He struck out 49 in 83 innings and allowed 91 hits.

Butler, who stands at 6-foot-6, was selected in the 13th round of the 2013 Draft by the Yankees, but he chose not to sign. His fastball touched 97 mph in a pre-draft workout for the Yanks.

Charlotte was Butler's third school after attending Marshall, and later Northwest Florida State. This past season, Butler threw two complete games.

Butler's strength is his velocity, and he consistently works at 91-95 mph deep into games and has topped out at 99 mph. His father, Michael, reached Triple-A as a left-handed pitcher in the Angels' system.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. PT.

Rice righty Lemond highlights Day 2 of Padres' Draft

2014 Draft: Padres draft RHP Zech Lemond No. 86

After taking two position players on Thursday, the Padres continued their run on Friday, as they took four more along with four pitchers as the First-Year Player Draft went through 10 rounds.

With the 86th-overall selection, the Padres used their third-round pick on Rice University right-handed pitcher Zech (pronounced Zach) Lemond, which started their day on good note.

Second-year Padres scouting director Billy Gasparino liked the way the second day played out -- right from the start, too.

"We always play out these scenarios, looking at our A, B and C choices. When we got Lemond, he was our 'A.' That started the day off on a good note," Gasparino said. "Out of the picks, we went eight college guys and two high school guys. We were able to get two big college arms.

"It was just a really nice mix of players."

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Scout Kevin Ellis recommended Lemond, and Ellis also recommended McNeese State infielder Jace Peterson in the 2011 Draft.

Lemond, a right-hander, compiled a 1.34 ERA for the Owls in 15 games, including five starts. He struck out 52 in 53 2/3 innings and allowed just 40 hits. He had three saves a season after setting the school record with 14 saves.

Lemond likely would have closed the entire season again, but after an injury to pitcher Jordan Stephens, he moved into the starting rotation. Some considered him a lock to be selected in the top 50 picks.

Lemond had some elbow inflammation and was shut down after making five starts. But after being watched by school's medical and coaching staff, he returned and pitched well out of the bullpen.

"The ball was really jumping out of his hand," Ellis said. "He looked healthy and his ball had lots of life and good velocity."

What if Lemond never came down with the elbow inflammation?

"If that doesn't happen, he goes [Thursday]," Ellis said. "He doesn't make it to the end of the second round."

With Lemond, Ellis said, everything starts with his plus fastball.

"Of course it's the big velocity, but there are a lot of guys who light up the radar gun," Ellis said. "He has a lot of late hop. Sometimes it's arm-side run at the end or sink. But even if hitters are geared up and try to cheat a little, they still get beat. He's got a big league slider, too."

Rice finished the season 42-20 and was eliminated last week in an NCAA regional.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. PT.

Padres use fourth-rounder on outfielder Torres

Draft Report: Nick Torres, College Outfielder

The Padres continued to add position players on Friday when they selected outfielder Nick Torres with the 117th overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft.

Three of San Diego's first four picks in the Draft have been position players, starting with No. 13 overall selection, North Carolina State shortstop Trea Turner on Thursday.

Torres, who played at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, hit .322 with six home runs, 52 RBIs in a team-high 242 at-bats for the Mustangs, who were eliminated by Pepperdine in an NCAA Tournament regional last weekend.

In a 10-6 loss to the Waves in the regional final, Torres had two hits, including a home run, and knocked in three runs.

Torres had 19 doubles and seven home runs in 2013 and hit .333. At one point, he had an 18-game hitting streak.

Torres was recommended by Padres scout Brent Mayne, who spent 15 years catching in the big leagues.

"Torres is a physical, athletic right-handed-hitting slugger [from the] Carlos Quentin mold," Mayne said. "[He has] potential average power down the road, he's an average corner-outfield defender, average runner, plus arm and great makeup. He's a leader that plays hard with passion. [He's shown] consistent improvement every year since high school. He's a great addition to the Padres' organization."

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. PT.

Bousfield goes to Padres with fifth-round pick

Ole Miss outfielder Auston Bousfield was drafted in the fifth round.

San Diego remained hitter-friendly on the second day of the First-Year Player Draft as the club selected Ole Miss outfielder Auston Bousfield in the fifth round with the 147th overall pick.

Bousfield, who will play against Louisiana-Lafayette in an NCAA Super Regional game on Saturday, hit .349 with six home runs and 48 RBIs and 17 steals in 62 games.

Bousfield was recommended by Padres scout Andrew Salvo, who also recommended outfielder and second-round pick Michael Gettys on Thursday.

"Sold defense at all three outfield spots, but definitely stick in center field," Salvo said. [He has a] feel to hit with surprising power for his size. He does all the little things right. He's instinctual."

With the selection of Bousfield in the fifth round, the Padres selected four position players in their first five picks.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. PT.

Prep catcher Risedorf selected in sixth round

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.

Padres go back to hill with Watrous in eighth round

The Padres selected Utah right-hander Mitch Watrous in the eighth.

The Padres selected their first player from the Pac-12 Conference on Friday when they used their eighth-round pick on University of Utah right-handed pitcher Mitch Watrous.

Watrous, the 237th overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft, recently completed his junior season for the Utes, posting a 3.91 ERA. He was eighth in the conference in strikeouts (76). He had a big sophomore season, posting a 2.81 ERA.

Watrous becomes the third pitcher taken in the first eight rounds by the Padres. Zech Lemond (Rice) was a third-round pick and Ryan Butler (UNC-Charlotte) went in the seventh round.

"He's strong. He's got a great arm," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg told the Salt Lake City Tribune. "Arm strength is one of the, if not the No. 1 asset that professional scouts are looking for. And he knows how to pitch now. He's got three quality pitches."

"Mitch is a kid with a plus fastball and solid change, with a slider that has a chance to be solid-average," said scout Dave Lottsfeldt, who recommended Watrous. "He's the guy that has an extra plus tool with the 'grit' factor. He competes extremely well and is a leader."

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. PT.

College infielder Vilter the pick in round nine

The Padres drafted UC Riverside infielder Ryan Vilter in the ninth round.

The Padres continued their run on college position players on Friday when they selected UC Riverside infielder Ryan Vilter in the ninth round of the First-Year Player Draft.

Vilter, who was the 267th overall pick, is 6-foot-3, 220 pounds. He hit .294 this spring with a team-best 10 home runs. He also knocked in 33 runs, was hit 14 times and had a .442 on-base percentage.

Vilter was recommended by Padres scout Josh Emmerick.

"Vilter is big strong athletic kid with good actions, arm and pop in his bat," Emmerick said. "He can really drive the ball through the middle of the field when he squares it. Good makeup kid with work ethic. Has a chance to be an infielder with power."

Vilter played shortstop and some second base this past season, but he pegs more as a corner infielder in the future. He became the fifth college position player the Padres drafted in the first nine rounds.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. PT.

Padres finish Day 2 with NAIA lefty Dorminy

The Padres used their final selection on the second day of the First-Year Player Draft on a pitcher from an NAIA school -- Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala.

The Padres selected left-handed pitcher Thomas Dorminy in the 10th round (297th overall).

Dorminy was recommended by scout Andrew Salvo, who also recommended second-round pick Michael Gettys and fifth-round pick Auston Bousfield. Both are outfielders.

"He's a pitch-ability lefty who throws up to 93 mph with a feel for a curveball and changeup," Salvo said. "Maybe a Randy Wolf /Ted Lilly comp. He's a good athlete and an outstanding competitor."

Dorminy was 11-3 with a 3.22 ERA in 18 games (16 starts) with five complete games for a team that advanced to the NAIA World Series last month.

Dorminy struck out 131 batters in 109 innings and allowed 89 hits. He had 24 walks and opponents hit .222 against him.

Dorminy originally signed with the University of South Florida and later attended Lurleen B. Wallace Community College.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 10 a.m. PT.