San Francisco Giants: Comparing Each of the First 10 Picks to Current Giants
Over the past five years, the San Francisco Giants have selected some amazing talent in the amateur draft, including players like Tim Lincecum, Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner.
The 2011 MLB draft was as successful as any other for San Francisco. After winning a World Series Championship last season, the Giants received the 29th pick in the draft, which is a lot lower than they have become accustomed to.
Still, a new batch of excellent players can now call themselves San Francisco Giants, and it will be a treat to watch them grow. So how does the new crew compare to players currently on the roster? Let's take a look.
No. 10. Derek Law: RHP
Round Taken: Ninth
Player Profile: 6'3", 218 lbs, 9/14/1990
Giants Comparison: Brian Wilson
Most of these comparisons are going to seem unrealistic, but I am using them more as the type of player that the prospect could eventually be.
Derek Law is a nasty right-handed pitcher who has a fastball that reaches mid-90s and an above-average slider. He can strike out any type of hitter if given the opportunity.
Law is still pretty young, so he won't be in the majors anytime soon, but he has a very similar build to Brian Wilson with similar pitches, so he has a great shot to get there someday.
No. 9. Jean Delgado: SS
Round Taken: Eighth
Player Profile: 5'11", 150 lbs, 2/5/1993
Giants Comparison: Manny Burriss
Jean Delgado is a very young prospect who has a lot of developmental time ahead in his future. He is a quick shortstop with a strong arm who relies on his defense.
Unlike Delgado, Manny Burriss can play anywhere in the infield and is also a switch-hitter. Still, Delgado is only 18 years old, and there's really no telling what's ahead in his future. With a lot of work, he could be a Burriss type player a few years from now.
No. 8. Raymond Black: RHP
Round Taken: Seventh
Player Profile: 6'5", 225 lbs, 6/26/1990
Giants Comparison: Sergio Romo
Ray Black has a high velocity fastball that reaches upper-90s and a fantastic slider as well. He's shown consistency problems during his career at Pittsburgh, but he has the tools to be a good pitcher in the future.
Even though he doesn't share the same frame as Sergio Romo, the two are comparable pitchers. Black looks to be more suited as a relief pitcher than a starter in MLB, and if he can focus his efforts on making his slider effective, he may be a great setup man like Romo is currently.
No. 7. Joshua Osich: LHP
Round Taken: Sixth
Player Profile: 6'3", 235 lbs, 9/3/1988
Giants Comparison: Jonathan Sanchez
Josh Osich is a strong left-handed starting pitcher, who makes a living off striking out his opponents. He was one of the oldest players taken by the Giants in 2011, so we could see him in the majors sooner than later.
The comparison between Osich and Jonathan Sanchez shouldn't be too hard to explain. Both are lefties, and both have a ton of strikeout material. Osich isn't know for his lack of control like Sanchez is, but obviously Sanchez is playing against a much higher level of talent.
With the right training, Osich could be a good starting pitcher in the majors a few years from now.
No. 6. Christopher Marlowe: RHP
Round Taken: Fifth
Player Profile: 6-feet, 175 lbs, 10/26/1989
Giants Comparison: Matt Cain
Another pitcher who has the build of a typical starting pitcher in the majors, Chris Marlowe has tremendous "stuff."
He recorded 71 strikeouts in 41 innings in his last season at Oklahoma State, but he still lacks the control needed to be an effective starter.
Matt Cain is tremendously effective when he can strikeout batters, but he knows how to get ground balls as well. Marlowe needs to work on producing outs in other ways besides the strikeout and could be a nasty pitcher if that happens.
No. 5. Bryce Bandilla: LHP
Round Taken: Fourth
Player Profile: 6'4", 230 lbs, 1/17/1990
Giants Comparison: Javier Lopez
Bryce Bandilla appeared in both the starting rotation and the bullpen in 2010 for Arizona, but he seems to be better suited as a reliever.
Javier Lopez is one of the best lefty specialists in all of MLB, and that should be the type of player that Bandilla aims to become. He has bullpen experience already and has a strong left arm that could do a lot of damage with the right development.
No. 4. Ricky Oropesa: 1B
Round Taken: Third
Player Profile: 6'3", 225 lbs, 12/15/1989
Giants Comparison: Miguel Tejada/Aubrey Huff
Ricky Oropesa is a powerful first/third baseman who hits from the left side. He had 40 career home runs and 159 RBI during his career at USC.
I compare him to a mix between Miguel Tejada and Aubrey Huff. He is definitely not a speedy guy and has the raw power that Tejada has. Oropesa is mainly a first baseman though, and he bats lefty just like Huff does.
The Giants have so many talented corner infielders in their farm system right now, but Oropesa should still be able to work his way into the higher stages and eventually the major leagues.
No. 3. Andrew Susac: C
Round Taken: Second
Player Profile: 6'1", 200 lbs, 3/22/1990
Giants Comparison: Chris Stewart
Andrew Susac was taken by San Francisco from Oregon State just like his pitcher Osich was. Susac is really an unknown and is actually a quite confusing pick from the Giants.
There is really no current Giant to compare Susac to. He has the typical build of a catcher and is nothing special defensively or offensively. I'm not saying he isn't a good player, because he was taken in the second round after all, but he has no chance of making an impact anytime soon.
The Giants still have Buster Posey, Eli Whiteside, Chris Stewart, Tommy Joseph and Hector Sanchez, who would all get the chance to play before Susac. Maybe in a good five years, if the whole team changes, Susac will get a shot at the big leagues.
No. 2. Kyle Crick: RHP
Round Taken: CA
Player Profile: 6'4", 220 lbs, 11/30/1992
Giants Comparison: Santiago Casilla
Kyle Crick got a lot of attention when he showed off his consistent mid-90s fastball, but that is really the only developed tool that he has.
If he can work on his breaking balls and changeup to the point where he can command them effectively, I may consider him to be a starting pitcher, but for now I like the Santiago Casilla comparison.
The two have similar builds with strong fastballs, and both have had command problems. Crick is still very young though, as the Giants drafted him out of high school, so he has a long way to go.
No. 1. Joseph Panik: SS
Round Taken: First
Player Profile: 6'1", 193 lbs, 10/30/1990
Giants Comparison: Mark DeRosa
Joe Panik has big shoes to fill because the last five players taken first overall by the Giants have all been excellent.
Panik is a shortstop who is more offensive minded than the Giants are used to, which is why I'm comparing him to a player like Mark DeRosa rather than Brandon Crawford.
Believe it or not, DeRosa is actually a very good hitter when he's healthy, and he's not bad on defense as well. I think management would be thrilled to see Panik turn out to be a DeRosa type player in the years to come.