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Feb
09

Another Example Why the Padres are Pathetic


of9ozoknMatt Bush was the first pick of the 2004 MLB amateur draft, he was a touted shortstop although was not considered the top prospect in the draft. Of course, expert scouts that the Padres are, that obviously led them to taking him with the first pick in the entire draft. A few years in the minors proving that he was unable to play in the field or hit a ball thrown towards him, Bush converted to being a pitcher. That didn’t go so well either. Yesterday the Padres released Bush who has undergone Tommy John surgery and has never advanced higher than High A ball.

The next player picked in the draft was Justin Verlander, who despite a down year last year has a no-hitter on his resume and is still considered one of the top young starters in the league. Among the other players the Padres could have drafted include Dustin Pedroia (2nd round), Huston Street (supplemental round), Stephen Drew (1st round), Yovani Gallardo (2nd round) or Hunter Pence (2nd round). But sure, wasting the number one overall pick is another strong strategy…

Oh yeah, and the reason the Padres are releasing Bush at long last? They signed Cliff Floyd. Yikes!


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