Padres reportedly sign pair of top Draft picks

Padres reportedly sign pair of top Draft picks

The Padres agreed with a pair of catchers from their Draft class on Tuesday, inking both Luis Campusano and Blake Hunt, according to Draft expert Jonathan Mayo. The club has not confirmed the deals.

Campusano signed for $1.3 million, below the $1,760,700 recommended bonus for the 39th overall selection in the 2017 Draft. Conversely, Hunt, a supplemental second-rounder, signed for $1.6 million, nearly double the $858,600 recommendation for the 69th pick.

San Diego also reportedly signed third-rounder Mason House and fifth-rounder Jonny Homza. House went for his precise pick value of $732,200, while Homza inked for a below-slot $250,000. On Monday, the Padres signed fourth-rounder Sam Keating for $900,000 nearly doubling his slot's value.

The club has not yet confirmed any of those three deals. Third overall pick MacKenzie Gore remains unsigned.

Padres' Draft results

Campusano, whose father played five seasons in the Minors in the Pirates' and Rangers' organizations, was the first catcher taken in the Draft thanks to his potential on both offense and defense. Both his power and arm strength rate as plus, with 15-20 homer upside. While his swing can get long, he has still been able to make loud contact.

Padres draft C Hunt No. 69

House is a center fielder from Whitehouse High School in Texas, though many project him as a corner outfielder in the long term. He batted .409 with an .833 slugging percentage and 16 steals in his senior year, when he shot up Draft boards across the country.

Keating, meanwhile, went 11-1 with a 1.06 ERA at the Canterbury School in Florida. The Padres plan to develop the 18-year-old right-hander as a starter.

Homza is a high schooler out of Alaska who could try his hand at third base and catcher at the next level. A two-time winner of Gatorade Player of the Year in Alaska, Homza also threw a no-hitter as a pitcher in May.

Jack Baer is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.