After taking an elite high school athlete in the first round of the 2019 MLB draft, the Padres selected another toolsy high schooler in the second round.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) June 4, 2019
Joshua Mears is a 6’3″, 235lb outfielder who hits and throws from the right side. You read those numbers correctly, this is a teenager with size that already shows plus raw power along with solid defense and decent speed. Here’s Baseball America’s draft scouting report:
Mears is a 6-foot-3, 235-pound outfielder who is committed to Purdue. He has plenty of natural strength and scouts believe he could still add more weight, which he’ll need to carefully maintain. Mears is lively in the batter’s box, showing quick hands and plus bat speed. He creates natural loft with his swing and has plus raw power, though he will need to continue refining his approach to get to it regularly. He has performed well with the bat this spring in front of plenty of higher-level evaluators. Despite a lack of pure instinct and only an average run tool, Mears is athletic and evaluators think he will be fine in the outfield, though he’ll definitely be in a corner.
Mears is what some call a “pop-up” prospect, meaning that his draft stock rose sharply in this calendar year. He’s described as a raw athlete with the body and tools to become an impact player some day. If that sounds familiar, it’s for good reason because AJ Preller and his evaluators seem to love that profile. The writeup on Fangraphs projects Mears as a 5th-to-7th round selection, so there’s a good chance that the team will sign him well below the $1,543,600 value allocated to the 48th overall selection. The team may use those extra funds to take a calculated gamble later in the draft.