The Padres took Johnny Manziel, a football player of some renown, with their 28th-round pick in the 2014 first-year player draft. It’s a publicity stunt that had some fans wishing the team would pick a baseball player who might, you know, help on the field.
Problem is, 28th-round picks generally don’t. Paul Molitor is in the Hall of Fame, but he didn’t sign when the Cardinals drafted him in 1974.
Here are the best signed players ever drafted in the 28th round, listed in descending order by rWAR:
- Woody Williams, 1988, 30.9
- Dave Roberts, 1994, 9.0
- Sergio Romo, 2005, 7.9
- Luke Gregerson, 2006, 5.0
- Shane Spencer, 1990, 4.9
As the Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres prepare to wrap-up their 3 game series tonight, I thought it would be fun to springboard off of Son of a Duck’s post on Friday morning and examine the players who have spent time in both a Padres and Blue Jays uniform. There are some obvious names (and we’ll get to those) that will come to mind – names seared into our collective memory. But let’s not forget Ricky Henderson and Dave Winfield who spent time in Toronto and San Diego as well.
Using Baseball-Reference.com’s multi-franchise tool I discovered that there are 58 players who have played for both the Padres and Blue Jays, 29 of whom were pitchers.
Let’s start with the current players. Justin Germano, the Padres’ 13th round pick in 2000, managed 2 IP before being optioned back to AAA (It should be noted that 2013 Padre Thad Weber is also with the AAA affiliate for the Blue Jays). Former Padres catcher Hank White is also in Toronto where he’s used sparingly – such is the plight of 41 year-old catchers.
What about players from the recent past?
Well, the 2013 season got underway with a resounding thud. There’s really no other way to put it. By the time Jedd Gyorko got his first Major League hit the Padres trailed 7-1. Brad Brach surrendered a grand slam to close out the scoring. RJs Fro put it succinctly:
Our starter, Edinson Volquez, didn’t get an out in the fourth. He also walked his opposite number on four pitches, one of three walks he allowed, and gave up two doubles to go along with 4 singles and 4 strikeouts. Woe, Doctor! shared this interesting factoid:
There were 3 other games worse than yesterday’s? Research project!
Okay, so the Padres apparently don’t believe bobblehead giveaways sell tickets.
But some of us here at Padres Public think they just need to show a little creativity to get people out to the ballpark with bobbleheads. And by some of us, I mean me. Because Avenging Jack Murphy wasn’t nearly as creative as he thinks.
Oh, great! Another bobblehead post? Where’s the analysis? Where’s the reports on the farm system? Where’s the counter-response to that one Bleacher Report article that no one read?
You haven’t been “reading” my stuff for very long, have you?