San Francisco Giants MLB Draft Results: Scouting Profiles for 2012 Picks

Beni ShpringerContributor IJune 4, 2012

San Francisco Giants MLB Draft Results: Scouting Profiles for 2012 Picks

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    The Giants front office has been lauded for its recent successes in the MLB draft, and with good reason.

    GM Brian Sabean and his staff have wisely selected some of the cornerstones of the franchise through the draft. Though the Giants haven't had a top 3 selection since 1986, they have used their first round picks to grab top-tier players like Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, and Buster Posey.

    In addition, they have made some wise later round steals like Brian Wilson (24th Round), and Sergio Romo (28th Round).

    However, for every great pick, there are at least two busts, and the Giants have had plenty of those as well. Kurt Ainsworth, Jason Grilli, and Tim Alderson come to mind as first round picks who never reached their potentials.

    Will the Giants select the next Buster Posey or the next Tony Torcato in this year's draft? Be sure to check this article throughout the draft for a full recap and analysis of the Giants picks in 2012.

Draft Needs and Picks

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    The organization and their fans are kicking themselves after giving away Zach Wheeler to the Mets in exchange for Carlos Beltran last July. It was a major risk that did not go in the Giants favor, despite Beltran playing relatively well when not injured.

    Thankfully, Sabean and Co. have shown skill in selecting young starting pitching. It would be no surprise to see the Giants draft an arm with their first pick. It would serve to fill the hole left by the Wheeler trade, and is logical considering they have selected position players in the first round the previous two years.

    The Giants have also been exposed this year for a lack of depth in their middle infield—something they should look to address in this draft. Many wonder whether Freddy Sanchez will ever be able to come back from his string of injuries. Emmanuel Burriss has struggled offensively and has been marginal in the field, and does not look to be the kind of player that can contribute to a playoff contender.

    Charlie Culberson could be helpful down the line, but from my eyes, he is also not someone who will be making any all-star games. The Giants would be wise to spend one of their top picks on a second baseman of the future.

    First base has been an enormous problem for the Giants this season. First base is typically an offense-dominated position; however, Giants first basemen are batting .240 with just three home runs on the season. It is especially troubling for a team that has historically had problems scoring runs.

    Brandon Belt's power has been worse than expected and he hasn't made the necessary adjustments to be successful against major-league pitching. He has not instilled confidence in fans or coaches, hence his spotty playing time.

    Angel Villalona was once considered as a promising prospect, but his off-the-field issues have cast doubt on his character. The Giants need to grab a first baseman with one of their first five picks to have another option should Belt and Villalona not pan out. There is also an argument for selecting a catcher assuming Posey eventually moves to first.


    Per, The Giants' pick order will look like this:

    Round Pick Number (Overall)
    1 20 (20)
    2 24 (84)
    3 20 (115)
    4-40 20 (148, 180, etc.)

Round 1, Pick 20: Chris Stratton

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    College: Mississippi St.

    Year:  JR

    Position: RHP

    Height/Weight: 6'2"/197

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Click here for B/R draft guru Mike Rosenbaum's Full Scouting Report on Chris Stratton.


    As predicted, the Giants selected a potential hoss with their first pick in this draft. Dreams of Cain-Bumgarner-Stratton could become reality in just a few years, as Stratton is already 22.

    Brian Sabean did the wise thing here to reload the farm system with a stud arm that is already developed.

    Losing Zach Wheeler hurt the Giants, but this pick could be redemption. Stratton can get his fastball up to 96mph, and has a plus-slider he can mix in to keep batters off balance.

    Stratton was the 2012 pitcher of the year in the SEC - one of the top conferences in college baseball. The Giants just got themselves an established winner who has faced tough competition.

    You have to love that the Giants avoided selecting a high school pitcher who's ETA would have likely been 4-5 years down the road, and instead went with a guy who could potentially contribute as soon as 2014.

    I give this pick an A grade - Giants fans should be excited to have acquired such a promising young arm. I, for one, can't wait to see what Chris Stratton can do.

Round 2, Pick 84: Martin Agosta

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    College: St. Mary's

    Year:  JR

    Position: RHP

    Height/Weight: 6'1"/178

    Bats/Throws: R/R


    The Giants stay local with Agosta, who put up some nice numbers at St. Mary's. Last year he posted a 2.18 ERA with 95 strikeouts in 103 innings.

    The righty doesn't have ideal size but can get his fastball up to the low to mid 90's with some sink. He has a curve and a change that he'll need to develop. He's a hard worker who has performed, which can now be said about both of the Giants' first picks.

    San Francisco is loading up the farm with arms, which continues to be a wise strategy. There are few teams that have shown a track record of developing pitchers like the Giants. Agosta looks like he could be a solid starter with the right guidance, which the Giants are certainly able to provide.

Round 3, Pick 115: Johnathan "Mac" Williamson

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    College: Wake Forest

    Year:  SR

    Position: RF

    Height/Weight: 6'4"/240

    Bats/Throws: R/R


    The Giants get a big outfielder with power, which makes sense as the future outfield situation is far from clear. Who knows how long Cabrera and Pagan will stick with the team, and Gary Brown has struggled recently. This is a nice pick to get a solid hitter who should be ready to go in the majors by 2015.

Round 4, Pick 148: Steven Okert

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    College: Oklahoma

    Year:  JR

    Position: LHP

    Height/Weight: 6'3"/210

    Bats/Throws: L/L



    Scouting Report per

    Okert switched between the bullpen and the starting rotation before coming on strong as a closer this year. He has been lights out in that role and is one of the main reasons Oklahoma has done so well this year. In pro ball, he will definitely come out of the bullpen and could make it to the Majors quickly.


    San Francisco picks up another arm, this time out of the bullpen. Okert has a big frame and adds to a bullpen that already has good depth at LHP. Keeping in mind Dan Runzler's injuries and Jeremy Affeldt's age justify this pick. At worst he could be a lower end middle-relief guy, and at best a future set-up man for Heath Hembree.

Round 5, Pick 178: Ty Blach

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    College: Creighton

    Year:  JR

    Position: LHP

    Height/Weight: 6'1"/200

    Bats/Throws: R/L



    In his senior season at Creighton, Blach was the ace of his staff with a 2.69 era and a .219 opponents' batting average. He led his team in innings by over 50 ip, and had a 3:1 k/bb ratio.

    Blach as recently as May 22nd pitched a 1-hit shutout against top-seed Indiana state in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. It's good to know he came up large for his team against a favored opponent.

    San Francisco has yet to select a high schooler in this draft. Some teams like the Phillies prefer to take on risky projects; however, the Giants have done better selecting more established players. I like what the Giants are doing - taking mature prospects with track records against college level competition.

Round 6, Pick 208: Stephen Johnson

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    College: St. Edwards University

    Year:  JR

    Position: RHP

    Height/Weight: 6'4"/205

    Bats/Throws: R/R


    Scouting Report per

    Sometimes a role change is all a player needs. When Johnson went from starter to reliever, his Draft stock took off. Johnson was up-and-down as a starter for Division II St. Edwards. He gave the bullpen a try over the summer, threw extremely well and then stayed there for the 2012 season. His plus fastball plays extremely well in a short relief role, touching triple digits. He throws a hard breaking ball that is a bit inconsistent as well. Poor arm action hinders his command. If he can improve his mechanics to help his control, he has the chance to close at the next level like he did in college.


    That makes 5 pitchers out of 6 picks so far for the Giants, and again they go reliever. Johnson played for Div II school St. Edwards where he excelled out of the pen, posting a 1.01 ERA in 26 innings as their closer. According to fellow B/R contributor Alberto Chapa, Johnson has been overlooked despite exceeding 100mph with his fastball. I would have rather seen the team take an everyday player at this point, but the Giants must have really liked what they saw out of this big righty.

Round 7-40

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    Check below for each of the Giants' later round picks. The deeper we get into the draft, the less likely it is that these guys will see major league playing time. Still, you never know when the team might find a diamond in the rough. This is where the scouting department can really makes its mark.

     Round (Pick) Player Selected
    7 (238)

    Eduardo Encinosa, RHP, Miami

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 6'5"/225

    8 (268)

    Joseph Kurrasch, LHP, Penn State

    Bats/Throws: L/L, 6'0"/205 

    9 (298)

    Shilo McCall, CF, Piedra Vista HS (NM)

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 6'1"/210 (video)

    10 (328)

    Trevor Brown, C, UCLA

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 6'2"/195 

    11 (358)

    Ryan Tella, CF, Auburn

    Bats/Throws: L/L, 6'0"/185

    12 (388)

    Jeremy Sy, SS, U Louisiana Monroe

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 5'8"/180 

    13 (418)

    Ryan Jones, 2B, Michigan St

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 5'10"/175 

    14 (448)

    Tyler Hollick, CF, Chandler Gilbert CC

    Bats/Throws: L/R, 6'1"/185  

    15 (478)

    Leonardo Rojas, C, Miami Dade CC

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 5'11"/182  

    16 (508)

    Ian Gardeck, RHP, Alabama

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 6'2"/225

    17 (538)

    Christopher Johnson, RHP, U. of Portland

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 6'4"/205

    18 (568)

    Matthew Duffy, SS, CSU Long Beach

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 6'2"/170

    19 (598)

    Randall Zeigler, LHP, U Louisiana Monroe

    Bats/Throws: L/L, 6'1"/183

    20 (628)

    Mitch Delfino, 3B, California

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 6'2"/210

    21 (658)

    Benjamin Turner, C, Missouri

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 6'5"/225

    22 (688)

    Brennan Metzger, CF, CSU Long Beach

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 5'11"/180 

    23 (718)

    Andrew Leenhouts, LHP, Northeastern

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 6'3"/200

    24 (748)

    Andrew Cain, CF, UNC - Wilmington

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 6'6"/220

    25 (778)

    Sam Eberle, C, Jacksonville State U

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 6'0"/215

    26 (808)

    Mason McVay, LHP, Florida International

    Bats/Throws: L/L, 6'7"

    27 (838)

    Chris Fern, LHP, Union College

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 6'4"/215

    28 (868)

    Joseph Rapp, 1B, U Louisiana Monroe

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 6'3"/220

    29 (898)

    Shayne Houck, OF, Kutztown U

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 6'1"/210

    30 (928)

    Michael Blanchard, CF, Austin Peay St U

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 6'0"/180

    31 (958)

    Jason Forjet, RHP, Florida Gulf Coast U

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 6'2"/185

    32 (988)

    Chris Pickering, LHP, U Rhode Island

    Bats/Throws: L/L, 6'1"/190

    33 (1018)

    Brandon Farley, RHP, Arkansas State

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 6'2"/215

    34 (1048)

    Zachariah Edgington, LHP, UCSB

    Bats/Throws: L/L, 6'0"/190

    35 (1078)

    Daniel Grazzini, RHP, Col San Mateo

    Bats/Throws: L/R, 6'3"/195

    36 (1108)

    Clinty Terry, LHP, Col San Mateo

    Bats/Throws: L/L, 6'2"/195 

    37 (1138)

    Drew Jackson, SS, Miramonte HS

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 6'2"/175

    38 (1168)

    Nolan Long, RHP, Waterford HS (CT)

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 6'9"/225 (Video)

    39 (1198)

    Kevin Fagan, 2B, North Browand HS (FL)

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 5'11"/175

    40 (1228)

    Tyler Ferguson, RHP, Clovis West HS

    Bats/Throws: R/R, 6'4"/225