Giants general manager Brian Sabean hopes to cash in on a relatively deep draft class.
Thanks to a recent run of success that includes two World Series titles, the San Francisco Giants haven’t had a Top 10 pick in the draft since 2009.
2013 is no different for the Giants, as they hold the 25th pick in the first round.
Most—if not all—fans are happy with the trade-off, especially since Giants management has still been able to find decent prospects in the latter stages of each round.
In 2011, the Giants selected Kyle Crick—the team’s No. 1 overall prospect according to MLB.com—with the 49th pick in the draft.
With the help of John Barr, who oversees amateur and international scouting for the Giants, general manager Brian Sabean has been able to build a decent cache of minor league players.
In 2013, they will do their best to find a few more diamonds in the rough.
Christian Arroyo, a shortstop out of Hernando High School in Florida, fills a need for a minor league system that lacks overall skill and depth at the shortstop position.
Although he won't be stealing Brandon Crawford's job anytime soon, Arroyo offers solid skills across the board. MLB.com had this to say about the 18-year-old:
Arroyo was Team USA’s starting shortstop on the 18-and-under team last summer in the World Championships in South Korea. He hit .341 in the tournament and helped the national team to a gold medal. Arroyo is a steady presence on the field. He doesn’t stand out for his tools as much as his good baseball instincts and his ability to seemingly rise to the occasion. He makes all the routine plays and has solid range. Arroyo likely won’t ever have much power, but makes good contact and covers the plate well. He is committed to Florida.
Greg Amsinger of MLB TV said, "This is a shocking pick."
There were certainly some more attractive names on the board when the Giants made their selection, but they clearly believe that Arroyo was the best player available.
There are, however, a few questions surrounding the shortstop. First and foremost, he has committed to play for University of Florida. Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area speculates that luring Arroyo away could cost the Giants a pretty penny.
The Giants will have to pay big to buy out Arroyo's commitment to Univ. of Florida, and they know it.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) June 7, 2013
Second, some scouts believe that Arroyo will be unable to remain a shortstop as he progresses through the minor leagues. At 5'11", 185 pounds, he certainly has the right frame. Jonathan Mayo of MLB TV believes that he will ultimately remain at the position.
The Giants again made a surprise pick with Ryder Jones, a left-handed third baseman out of Watauga High School in North Carolina who was rated the 193rd draft prospect by Baseball America.
Jones also pitched in high school, so the Giants could try him on the mound if his bat doesn't play at third base.
MLB.com said this about the 18-year-old:
Because Jones' father, Billy, is Appalachian State's baseball coach, he has spent a lot of time around the diamond. His upbringing shows and he has a good feel for the game. While Jones is a two-way prospect, his future is probably as an everyday player. He plays shortstop now, but his range and 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame are better suited for third base. At the plate, Jones has good power. On the mound, Jones' fastball has been clocked in the low-90s and he also throws a solid breaking ball. If he becomes a pitcher, scouts see him as a reliever. Jones is committed to Stanford.
Like with their first round pick, the Giants are taking a gamble by drafting a high-school player who is committed to a well-known university. Obviously, the club feels that Jones will sign eventually.
The Giants finally selected a pitcher with their third overall pick in the draft.
Chase Johnson, a 6'3" righty from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, had a good sophomore year with the Mustangs before being supplanted as the team's closer.
While Johnson has the arsenal to pitch as a starter, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com's Draft Live speculates that Johnson could be a nice bullpen arm.
MLB.com said this of the lanky 21-year-old:
Chase Johnson's junior year has been curious, to say the least. The big right-hander threw well in the Cape Cod League over the summer, following up a sophomore season as Cal Poly's closer. But he's been used sparingly in 2013, yielding the closer role to Reed Reilly. Johnson still has good stuff, though, with a fastball up to 93 mph that has good sink to it to go along with a slider and changeup that both have the chance to be Major League average. Command has been a bit of an issue, but he's generally around the strike zone and a team that feels they can help him improve on that may get a solid setup-type of a reliever as a bargain in the Draft.
The Giants will likely try Johnson as a starter and transition him to a bullpen role if the experiment doesn't go well.
Staying local with their fourth pick, the Giants selected Stanford's Brian Ragira.
At 6'2", 185 pounds, Ragira could eventually shift to the outfield if his bat doesn't play at first base. While Jim Duquette of MLB Draft Live believes that Ragira has "big time power," the first baseman hit only five home runs as a sophomore in 2012.
MLB.com said this about Ragira before the draft:
Scouts will undoubtedly be watching the Stanford lineup closely, with two of the more intriguing advanced bats in Austin Wilson and Ragira. Some think Ragira is a better pure hitter than Wilson. He was perhaps the most consistent college bat on the West Coast for his first two years, though he has struggled a bit in his junior season. He has some serious raw power, though it hasn't always shown up in games, perhaps because of the Stanford approach to hitting. A team that thinks the power will come once he's a professional -- he did hit nine homers with wood bats in the Cape last summer, equaling his long ball total for his first two years at Stanford -- will take the first baseman off the board early.
If Ragira can tap into his raw power, the Giants could potentially be looking at a major draft steal.
The Giants selected another potential reliever with their fifth pick in the draft.
Daniel Slania, a right-handed pitcher from Notre Dame, is a big presence on the mound. He's 6'5", 265 pounds according to MLB.com, who had this to say about the righty:
College relievers are often in high demand because of the well-founded belief they can impact a big league staff rather quickly. Slania was on radars as a result and a solid junior season certainly didn’t hurt his stock. The big right-hander has been extremely effective closing games for the Fighting Irish and he’s more than just a pure power guy blowing college hitters away. Yes, he can run his fastball up into the mid-90s. And his sharp slider acts as a strikeout pitch. But he has really good feel for a changeup that has good fade and deception. With a three-pitch mix and pretty good command, it might be interesting to see if a team gives him a chance to start. Whoever it is knows that he has the ability to get hitters out late in games as well.
In this case, the Giants likely drafted Slania with the sole intention of using him out of the bullpen. Jonathan Mayo of MLB Draft Live suggested that the towering pitcher "won't take long to get to the big leagues."
If that's the case, the 2014 Giants could possess an intimidating, overpowering bullpen that features Heath Hembree, Slania and closer Sergio Romo.
Although he doesn't possess the upside of former UCLA pitchers Trevor Bauer and Gerrit Cole, Nick Vander Tuig is an interesting pick for the Giants.
The right-hander had Tommy John surgery in high school, but he has shown no lingering effects in his college career. In 2012, Vander Tuig went 10-4 with a 4.43 ERA for the Bruins. He wasn't dominant though, as he only struck out 77 batters in 109.2 innings.
But the Giants clearly see something in the right-hander. MLB.com believes that Vander Tuig could profile as either a starter or reliever:
Vander Tuig was an intriguing prospect in high school, but he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2009 and missed his senior year. He re-established himself at UCLA, where he was a right-handed reliever as a freshman before moving into the rotation last year. Vander Tuig commands four pitches well. His fastball sits in the low-90s and his best pitch is his straight changeup, which has the potential to be a plus offering. His breaking balls are still developing, giving him a chance to be a solid back-of-the rotation starter. If starting doesn't work out, Vander Tuig should find a role in a Major League bullpen.
At 6'3", 195 pounds, Vander Tuig is certainly a presence on the mound. If he develops as the Giants hope he can, the righty could eventually be a solid No. 3-4 starter in the big leagues.
With their seventh selection, the Giants chose another shortstop.
This time, however, they chose a player who likely profiles as a utility infielder. Brandon Bednar, a tall, lanky shortstop out of Florida Gulf Coast, is known more for his glove than his bat.
MLB.com had this to say about Bednar:
Florida Gulf Coast has produced some high-profile pitching prospects in recent years, but no Eagles position player has ever been drafted in the top 25 rounds. Bednar is poised to end that drought. Bednar is a solid fielder who can play anywhere in the infield. He has a strong arm and is good enough defensively to handle shortstop. Bednar's plus speed could help him run down balls in the outfield and make him a fit as a super-utility player. His future role will depend on his bat, which is not as advanced as his glove. Bednar has a quick, line-drive swing, allowing him to make a lot of contact.
Although the Giants probably could have had Bednar later in the draft, the obviously liked him enough to not risk missing out on him.
With Tyler Horan, a left fielder out of Virginia Tech, the Giants are drafting a projectable power bat. Last summer, the left-handed outfielder launched 16 home runs in the Cape Cod League.
Horan had a big year leading up to the Draft that included leading the Cape Cod League in homers last summer. Power has never been an issue for Horan as he has good bat speed and generates good loft. He hit well during his junior season but many scouts question how much he will hit in pro ball due to a good amount of swing and miss in his game. He is a below average runner and can handle left but will never be anything better than average there. A team that believes in his bat could take Horan in the early rounds of the Draft.
This biggest question surrounding Horan is whether or not he will be able to handle major league caliber pitching. Through 493 college at-bats, the big senior has struck out only 95 times while amassing 47 walks.
The Giants will hope that Horan can display the same pitch selectivity as he progresses through their system.
With left-handed pitcher Donald Snelten, the Giants are taking a player who has the chance to be a No. 3 starter if all goes well.
Pitching behind potential first-rounder Tom Windle in the Minnesota Golden Gophers' rotation, Snelten, a left-hander, has made it worthwhile for scouts to stick around to see him pitch. Snelten's fastball sits in the low-90s and he regularly touches 94 mph. His curveball and changeup both need work, but with some improvement he could have a solid Major League arsenal. He attacks hitters and has good poise on the mound. Snelten is more athletic than his 6-foot-7, 230-pound frame might suggest. He profiles as a starter as a professional. Snelten missed the first month of the season with an elbow injury, but has been healthy since returning in March.
The Giants will hope that the 21-year-old can follow the same path as Madison Bumgarner, a fellow towering lefty.
With their final pick on Day 3 of the draft, the Giants selected submariner Tyler Rogers out of Austin Peay University in Tennessee.
Rogers, who projects as a reliever due to his funky delivery, is reminiscent of former MLB reliever Chad Bradford.
The Giants hope that the 6'7" right-hander can eventually serve as a specialist out of the bullpen.
Round 11, Pick 342: Johneshwy Fargas, CF, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy (6'1", 163)
Round 12, Pick 372: Ty Ross, C, Louisiana State University (6'2", 205)
Round 13, Pick 402: Pat Young, RHP, Villanova (6'5", 200)
Round 14, Pick 432: Nick Jones, LHP, Chattahoochee Valley CC (6'6", 220)
Round 15, Pick 462: Eugene Escalante, C, Mount Olive College (5'11", 210)
Round 16, Pick 492: Jonah Arenado, 3B, El Toro High School (6'3", 195)
Round 17, Pick 522: Rene Melendez, C, Caguas Military Academy (6'1", 190)
Round 18, Pick 552: Christian Jones, LHP, Oregon (6'3", 210)
Round 19, Pick 582: Garrett Hughes, LHP, Stanford (6'8", 245)
Round 20, Pick 612: Brett Kay, SS, Illinois State (5'11", 165)
Round 21, Pick 642: William Simpson, RHP, Seminole State (6'4", 210)
Round 22, Pick 672: Ethan Miller, RHP, San Diego State (6'5", 220)
Round 23, Pick 702: Brandon Zajac, LHP, Cleveland State CC (6'4", 210)
Round 24, Pick 732: Nick Gonzalez, LHP, South Florida (6'3", 200)
Round 25, Pick 762: Blake Miller, SS, Western Oregon State (6'3", 195)
Round 26, Pick 792: Jacob McCasland, RHP, New Mexico (6'2", 220)
Round 27, Pick 822: Michael Connolly, RHP, University of Maine (6'00", 190)
Round 28, Pick 852: Dusten Knight, RHP, University of Texas Pan American (6'00", 180)
Round 29, Pick 882: Ryab Tuntland, 3B, West Virginia (6'1", 195)
Round 30, Pick 912: Dylan Brooks, RHP, Lord Dorchester Secondary School (6'7", 230)
Round 31, Pick 942: John Riley, C, Willow Glen High School (6'00", 210)
Round 32, Pick 972: Nick Cieri, C, Rancocas Valley Regional High School (6'2", 215)
Round 33, Pick 1002: Craig Massoni, 1B, Austin Peay (6'2", 215)
Round 34, Pick 1032: Rayan Hernandez, RHP, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy (6'4", 230)
Round 35, Pick 1062: Aubrey McCarty, 1B, Colquitt County Sr. High School (6'3", 205)
Round 36, Pick 1092: Grant Goodman, RHP, Burlingame High School (6'3", 175)
Round 37, Pick 1122: Will Callaway, 2B, Appalachian State (6'00", 190)
Round 38, Pick 1152: Osvaldo Garcia, RHP, Miami Southridge Senior High School (5'11", 185)
Round 39, Pick 1182: Christopher Viall, RHP, Soquel High School (6'9", 230)
Round 40, Pick 1212: Ryan Kirby, OF, Granada High School (6'2", 175)