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Go Greene? Padres eye top prospect at No. 3

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SAN DIEGO -- The 2017 Draft will take place from Monday, June 12, through Wednesday, June 14, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m on the 12th. MLB Network will broadcast the first 36 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 75 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, starting at 1 p.m. ET. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com on June 14, beginning at noon ET.

Go to MLB.com/draft to see the Top 200 Prospects list, projected top picks from MLBPipeline.com analysts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, the complete order of selection and more. And follow @MLBDraft on Twitter to see what Draft hopefuls, clubs and experts are saying.

SAN DIEGO -- The 2017 Draft will take place from Monday, June 12, through Wednesday, June 14, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m on the 12th. MLB Network will broadcast the first 36 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 75 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, starting at 1 p.m. ET. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com on June 14, beginning at noon ET.

Go to MLB.com/draft to see the Top 200 Prospects list, projected top picks from MLBPipeline.com analysts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, the complete order of selection and more. And follow @MLBDraft on Twitter to see what Draft hopefuls, clubs and experts are saying.

:: 2017 MLB Draft coverage ::

Here's how the Draft is shaping up for the Padres, whose first selection is the third-overall pick.

In about 50 words
Last year, the Draft was about quantity for the Padres, who had six picks in the top 84. This time around, they don't have as many early selections. But they've got a better chance to take a potentially franchise-changing player at No. 3 overall. Scouting director Mark Conner will be pulling most of the strings.

The scoop
MLBPipeline recently released its Top 200 Draft prospects, and the Padres have been linked with each of the top five players on the list. General manager A.J. Preller has established a very clear long-term vision for the club, meaning he won't be shy about taking a high school player who could need a few years of development.

First-round buzz
It's hard to imagine the Padres passing on Hunter Greene, a right-hander/shortstop prospect from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks -- and arguably the player with the highest ceiling in the Draft. Greene might not fall to No. 3, but there are still plenty of options, including Louisville lefty/first baseman Brendan McKay, high school lefty MacKenzie Gore and high school shortstop Royce Lewis.

Money matters
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team has an allotted bonus pool equal to the sum of the values of that club's selections in the first 10 rounds of the Draft. The more picks a team has, and the earlier it picks, the larger the pool. The signing bonuses for a team's selections in the first 10 rounds, plus any bonus greater than $125,000 for a player taken after the 10th round, will apply toward the bonus-pool total.

This year, the Padres have MLB's fourth biggest pool at $11,839,000. Their first pick is valued at $6,668,100. Any team going over its allotted pool will be taxed on the overage. And in some extreme cases, that team could lose a future pick.

Video: Hunter Greene talks about his future on MLB Tonight

Shopping list
The Padres' decade-long search for an answer at shortstop is ongoing. In that sense, both Greene and Lewis are options, but it's unclear whether they project as shortstops long-term. And while the Padres went heavy on starting pitching candidates last season, they're consistently looking for ways to fill out their rotation of the future.

Trend watch
Last year was all about pitching. Ten of the Padres' first 12 selections were hurlers, including their top pick, Cal Quantrill, and two others on Day 1. The club has loaded up on arms over the past year, but that certainly wouldn't prevent them from adding a few more. Preller has long spoken about player development as a numbers game. The more young pitchers he can bring on board, the greater the likelihood that a few will pan out.

Rising fast
Left-hander Joey Lucchesi was the fifth pitcher taken by the Padres in last year's draft, but he has been arguably the most impressive of the bunch so far. Through 11 starts this season with Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore, Lucchesi has posted a 2.41 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings. Opponents are hitting just .194 against him. His funky mechanics and his penchant toward whiffs have, thus far, translated to professional ball.

Cinderella story
Thirty teams passed on Phil Maton when he graduated from high school in 2011. They passed on him again after his junior season at Louisiana Tech. The Padres drafted the right-hander at No. 597 overall in '15, and he has quickly developed into one of the game's elite relief prospects. Using primarily his high-spin fastball, Maton has whiffed 165 hitters in just 107 2/3 innings. He has posted a 1.92 ERA in parts of three Minor League seasons, and has already risen to Triple-A El Paso. A 2017 big league callup could be on the horizon.

In the show
The Padres' 2011 Draft is paying dividends, with Cory Spangenberg, Austin Hedges, Kevin Quackenbush and Colin Rea all having made an impact for the Friars. Meanwhile, 2013 first-rounder Hunter Renfroe is off to a solid start to his rookie campaign and figures to anchor right field for years to come.

Padres' recent first-round picks
2016: Cal Quantrill, RHP, Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore
2016: Hudson Potts, IF, Class A Fort Wayne
2016: Eric Lauer, LHP, Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore
2014: Trea Turner, SS, Nationals
2013: Hunter Renfroe, RF, Padres
2012: Max Fried, LHP, Double-A Mississippi Brave

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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