Short hops

Short hops

• The Padres put a tidy bow on their 31-player 2013 Draft class Wednesday when Tulane pitcher Tony Rizzotti signed for an over-slot deal ($175,000). Rizzotti, a right-hander who has touched 95 mph, was a Draft-eligible sophomore who had a 2.22 ERA in 12 starts.

Rizzotti has had surgeries on both of his knees, the last in 2011. The Padres feel he would have been a fourth- or fifth-round pick had he returned to Tulane. He will eventually head to short-season Eugene.

"There's a lot to like," said San Diego scouting director Billy Gasparino.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.