With their sandwich pick (No. 49 in the Draft), the Giants grabbed their high school pitcher. He’s a tall right-hander (listed as 6’4″, 220 lbs, but he looks even taller in the scouting video from MLB.com) from Texas named Kyle Crick. He appears to have a low 90′s fastball and at least one plus breaking pitch, at least as far as I can tell from the scouting video.
Crick has already committed to go to Texas Christian next year, so it remains to be seen whether the Giants can sign him. Where the Giants drafted him, you’d have to think he’d command a $1 million signing bonus, which is plenty of reason to forego college. Needless to say, Garrit Cole’s selection as the No. 1 overall pick this year after foregoing a similar payday three years ago when the Yankees selected him near the end of the first round may affect Crick’s decision.
After Crick, the Giants’ picked mostly selected college players. Including Joe Panik and Kyle Crick, 17 of the Giants’ 23 picks, as I write this, were college players.
At 86th overall (2nd round) the Giants picked Oregon State catcher Andrew Susac. He’s something of a local boy, having been born in Roseville and going to high school in Carmichael, both just beyond Sacramento.
Many of the mock drafts I saw had Susac going in the first 30 picks, so you have to think he’s a great selection at 86th. To be honest, though, I kind of wondered why he was rated so high, given that he only had 104 plate appearances at Oregon State in 2010 (.752 OPS), and posted a .996 OPS this year, which is good for a catcher, but not especially exciting for a top college prospect.
However, Susac hit well in the Cape Cod League last year, finishing 8th in the league in batting at .290. He also hit five HRs, good for a third place tie, in only 100 at-bats, which gave him the highest home run rate in the wood bat league for any player with at least that many ABs.
Late in the 3rd Round (116th overall), the Giants selected USC 1Bman Ricky Oropesa. Mlb.com says he has “plus raw power”, but he had a bad year with the bat in 2011, which is why he fell out of the top 100.
After positing .968 and 1.148 OPS numbers his freshman and sophomore years, Ricky’s OPS plummeted to .883 this year, despite playing in all 56 of USC’s games. However, he did get three hits and a HR off No. 1 pick Garrit Cole this year.
MLB.com says Oropesa’s defense isn’t great, and his bat will determine how far he goes.
After Oropesa, the Giants loaded up on college pitchers from major schools, selecting Bryce Bandilla (147th), Chris Marlowe (177th), Josh Osich (207th) and Raymond Black (237th). Bondillo and Osich are lefties, while Marlowe and Black throw from the right side. Bandilla, Marlowe and Black have good arms but are extremely wild, and Osich had Tommy John surgery two years ago.
You should be able to find the rest of the Giants’ 2011 Draft picks here.