USF baseball signee Lockett drafted in 4th round
In what's becoming an annual nemesis for USF baseball, today's MLB draft saw Bulls signee Walker Lockett of Jacksonville taken in the fourth round by the San Diego Padres, likely taking away a key member of Lelo Prado's incoming recruiting class.
Lockett, a 6-foot-5 two-way standout drafted as a right-handed pitcher, wasn't projected to go that high entering the draft, not being listed among the top 500 prospects in Baseball America's pre-draft rankings. If there was a hope that Lockett might not be lured by a pro contract, he addressed just minutes after being drafted, writing "Gonna be a Padre!" on his Facebook page.
Lockett hit 18 home runs as a junior, drawing praise -- and apprehension -- from Prado when USF announced its fall signees last year. "I don't care what league you're playing in, that's pretty good," Prado said. "He's got some big power. With him, it's just hoping he gets on this campus because he's going to get drafted."6
Baseball America had Lockett rated as the state of Florida's No. 66 prospect, just outside its top 500 rankings. According to Baseball America's slot values for draft picks, the No. 135 overall pick should command a signing bonus worth about $340,000.