After going heavy for pitching in recent drafts, the San Diego Padres broke with form Thursday and took position players with their three picks.
--With the 13th overall pick, the Padres took Mississippi State corner outfielder Hunter Renfroe.
--With the 50th overall pick, the Padres selected shortstop Dustin Peterson, a senior at Gilbert (Ariz.) High.
--With the 69th overall pick, the Padres took outfielder Jordan Paroubeck from Serra High in San Mateo, Calif.
"We really did take the best players we thought had the biggest chance to impact the organization," said assistant general manager Chad MacDonald, who was running his second draft for the Padres. "If it had been three arms, we would've gotten that."
The Padres apparently were focused on taking New Mexico corner infielder D.J. Peterson -- Dustin's older brother -- with the 13th pick. But the senior Peterson went to Seattle a pick earlier.
"I'm sure the Mariners are happy," MacDonald said. "But we're very excited to have a foundation of Renfroe, Peterson and Paroubeck. They are three bats we liked. They're all pretty dynamic athletes, too. They impact both sides of the ball."
The Padres are short on position players in their system. And their top offensive prospect, right fielder Rymer Liriano, isn't playing this season after having elbow reconstruction surgery during spring training.
Renfroe hit .352 with 15 home runs and 58 RBIs this season as a junior at Mississippi State after two disappointing seasons as a freshman and a sophomore. Renfroe is 6 feet 2 and 216 pounds and grades out with three plus tools -- power, running speed and throwing arm. He also caught and pitched in his first two collegiate seasons.
Dustin Peterson is a shortstop who could move to second or third base. He is 6-2 and 180 pounds with a college commitment to Arizona State.
Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said Peterson has "expressed interest in playing pro baseball ... and now that we've selected him, we feel like he wants to go out and start his pro career."
Paroubeck is a 6-2, 190-pound switch-hitter. "He's a little bit on the raw side," said Padres scouting director Billy Gasparino.
The Padres have $6,808,900 to spend on their first 11 draft picks. The slot value for Renfroe at No. 13 is $2.678 million.