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2011 MLB Draft Results, NL West Day 2: Padres Selection Of Kyle Gaedele, Great-Nephew Of Eddie Gaedel, Among Division Highlights

Did the rest of the NL West pick up any interesting players on Day 2 of the 2011 MLB Draft? Let's take a look.

The Arizona Diamondbacks appeared to have spent most of their draft budget on Day 1 with the additions of Trevor Bauer and Archie Bradley, but they did selected Coastal Carolina RHP Anthony Meo. He started in college, but his mid-90s fastball and his curveball remain his two best pitches. Unless his changeup improves, we could see him out of the D'Backs' bullpen. In the 10th round, they drafted TCU RHP Kyle Winkler, who left his start in the regionals early due to an elbow injury.

The Dodgers took high schooler Alex Santana, son of former major leaguer Rafael Santana, in the second round. Unlike his father who played shortstop, Alex plays at the hot corner and should develop into a power hitter. In the 21st round, they selected Zak Qualls from a Nevada high school, but he is so far away that college is a better option for him.

In the sixth round, the San Diego Padres took Kyle Gaedele, an outfielder from Valparaiso. Well, there's more to the story than that. He's the great-nephew of Eddie Gaedel. Yep, the 3-foot-7 Eddie Gaedel who had one major league at bat as a stunt by Bill Veeck. If everything works out, the Padres could have a center fielder who hits for power.

The Giants picked up two good players with their first two picks on Day 2. In the second round, they selected Oregon St. C Andrew Susac. What seems apparent among most NL West draftees, Susac has power, but he did break his hamate bone in his left wrist during the season. He'll be able to stay behind the plate as a pro. In the third round, they took USC 1B Ricky Oropesa, a huge power-hitting first baseman. The new metal bats decreased his power, but we should see the power translate to a wooden bat. Also, in the sixth round they took Oregon St. LHP Josh Osich who no-hit UCLA on April 30.