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Luis Campusano-Bracero

The Padres’ second-round pick (#39 overall) is catcher Luis Campusano-Bracero (named just Luis Campusano by the Padres’ tweet although the -Bracero was his full name said in the draft) from Cross Creek High School in Georgia.

Here are some quick links from draft experts on who was considered one of the best catching prospects in the draft:

Eric Longenhagen from Fangraphs wasn’t overly impressed when he posted this in August 2016: “He has interesting hitting tools and a chance to catch, but other than his impressive physicality there isn’t anything loud about the skillset.”

A pre-draft article fron John Sickels of Minor League Ball said: “As recently as two weeks ago he looked like a second rounder, but the freshest rumors have him moving into first round consideration for some clubs. High school catching is a very risky demographic but his upside as a power hitter with a good glove is enticing.”

CBS Sports said: “He has big raw power, particularly to the pull side, and while it might come with a low batting average, that is not unusual among starting backstops. His arm is his best defensive tool, as he has some work to do as a receiver and blocker. While he is committed to South Carolina, he is a good bet to sign and get to work in pro ball this summer.”

He was named Baseball America’s #46 overall 2017 draft prospect last month.

We’ll see how it goes!

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