Your friend - Padres Scout, is absolutely correct. The consensus in the circles that I traveled in, labeled these high school, and even college pitchers, as "damaged goods." I know this is unfair, and even unreasonable, but that's the way it was for my work.
Your friend who is with the Padres brings up an excellent point about the surgery and rehabilitation. Since the amateur world has so many variables in regards to controlling who does what surgery wise, how long and what quality of attention goes into rehab, I really couldn't see putting money on the line for something "if-ee" down the road that's going to possibly have greater odds of wasting that money. There are just too many healthy amateurs with good arms in the marketplace - a bumper crop in fact.