After Blayne Enlow and Jacob Heatherly had their names called in the first two picks of the third round, the Padres went on the clock with Nick Allen still available; yet, they opted to select Mason House, an outfielder from Whitehouse High School in Texas, which happened to be a position of particular need in the organization.
House was ranked as the 83rd best prospect in the draft by MLB Pipeline in large part to his power potential and projectable frame; in fact, the 6’3” and 210 lbs. southpaw already looks the part of a major leaguer. He didn’t face the strongest competition in high school, so there are concerns about his ability to hit, especially after he declined to play in the showcase circuits. Nevertheless, he has the type of bat speed that you need to succeed in the major leagues, and some draft gurus thought it was enticing enough that he might sneak into the second round of the draft.
Although House played center field in high school, he doesn’t have the range to play there and will likely be shifted to right field where he should be a more than capable corner outfielder even if his arm isn’t the cannon type that Hunter Renfroe possesses.
If you’re interested a little more reading material on House, Baseball America had an opportunity to catch up with Mason House last month as he prepared for the draft.
*Nick Allen was taken by the Oakland Athletics a couple of picks later, so he still won’t be playing too far from home.