Chris Paddack was one of the state’s most dominant pitchers in 2015. Turns out he’s also one of the most dominant pitchers in the country.
The Miami Marlins drafted Paddack in the eighth round during the Major League Baseball draft last week. The recently-graduated Cedar Park senior was considered a steal by some draft experts at 236th overall, who looked at his intangibles as a potential first-round talent. Paddack only pitched in 12 games for Cedar Park during his senior season, but they were gems. He went 11-0 and posted a minuscule 0.46 ERA. He also struck out 134 batters in 75.1 innings. He currently stands at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, giving him an imposing build on the mound for his three-fourths delivery. Before being drafted Paddack was a Texas A&M signee. Both his college scholarship and draft position are products of his dangerous fastball, which he combines with a change-up to baffle hitters.
Drafted players have the choice to sign a contract or go to college. Paddack elected to go pro and tweeted a picture with a signed contract on June 13 saying, “Off to start a new journey, it’s been real CP (Cedar Park).” Paddack was the first high school player from Central Texas taken in the draft, while fellow Leander ISD alumnus Colin Chapman was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays. Chapman graduated from Leander in 2011 and spent the past three seasons pitching for Lamar University, where he battled injuries that limited his time on the mound. That didn’t stop Tampa Bay from taking him with the 988th pick in the 33rd round. Paddack and Bowie’s Joe Davis were the Austin area’s only high school representatives in the draft. Several local products, however, were drafted out of college programs in addition to Chapman:
• Texas P Parker French (Dripping Springs, 2011): Colorado, 5th round
• TCU OF Cody Jones (Stony Point, 2011): Kansas City, 6th round
• Texas OF Ben Johnson (Westwood, 2012): Kansas City, 11th round
• Angelo State P Dillon Becker (Bastrop, 2012): New York Mets, 16th round
• Oregon State P Travis Eckert (Austin High, 2012): San Francisco, 20th round
• Sam Houston State P Ryan Brinley (Georgetown, 2011): Washington, 27th round
• Texas INF Brooks Marlow (Giddings, 2011): Houston, 29th round
• Cisco College P Chris Falwell (Round Rock, 2013): Pittsburgh, 29th round
• Navarro College OF Sam McDonnell (Georgetown, 2013): LA Angels, 36th round