Padres take chance on first-year college arm

Padres take chance on first-year college arm

Padres take chance on first-year college arm

Justin Livengood is an older prospect, but he has a young arm.

The 23-year old senior out of North Carolina-Wilmington pitched for the first time in his college career this season, but the Padres still selected the right-hander Friday in the 10th round (298th overall) of the First-Year Player Draft.

When the Padres selected him, they knew that his arm still has a lot of innings left on it.

The 6-foot-3, 215 pounder went 1-3 in 29 relief appearances with a 2.94 ERA. He struck out 48 against 26 walks and 28 hits in 33 2/3 innings.

He was an all-conference pitcher at Ledford (N.C.) High School and went 10-0 with a 1.01 ERA during his senior season.

His fastball can get up to 95 mph, and he complements it with a curveball.

"We're hoping we can get him into the Minor Leagues, fix his delivery a little bit, and hope that stuff plays well in the zone," said Padres director of scouting Billy Gasparino.

Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.