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California youngster Bauers projects as outfielder

Jake Bauers, a 17-year-old out of Marina (Calif.) High School, was the youngest player the Padres selected Friday in the First-Year Player Draft, going in the seventh round (208th overall).

The Padres think the 6-foot-1, 195 pound left-hander can hit. He put up impressive numbers as a senior -- a .571 average with seven doubles, 10 home runs and 25 RBIs.

Bauer was named to Rawlings California Region All-High School Senior team in 2013. But he is a late bloomer and didn't make the varsity team until his junior season.

He has a short, compact swing and his power numbers will have to improve, as the team projects him as a corner outfielder, but they think that will come as he gets stronger with age. He is committed to Hawaii if he does not sign with the Padres.

Bauers and eighth-round selection, Adrian De Horta, were two players the Padres said they were pleased to see fall to them and that they got "good value picks."

Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for
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