Round Taken: 3
San Francisco's fourth pick, Ricky Oropesa, is one of the biggest risk/reward picks in the whole draft. Mocks had him going anywhere between the compensation round to the third, where he eventually was taken.
According to the MLB Draft guide, the 6'3", 225-pound corner infielder "has one of the most powerful lefthanded bats available" in the draft class.
Oropesa has hit .300 each of his three years in the Pac-10, but saw his home run total decline from 20 a year ago, to just seven this past year.
Many consider this numerical decline a result of USC's poor team play (25-31 record last year), and pitchers pitching around the slugger in favor of the much weaker supporting cast.
But Oropesa has always been a pure fastball hitter, and it is likely pitchers just started throwing him off-speed stuff.
Oropesa cannot really field well at all, making him best suited as a DH.
The USC product is not what you'd call an all-around player. He is a power hitter, but has already struggled to maintain his big numbers.