Opportunity abounds for Giants in Draft
San Francisco has six of the first 51 selections
NEW YORK -- The First-Year Player Draft represents an opportunity for the Giants that they might not experience again for a long time.The defection of several free agents last offseason left San Francisco with six of the Draft's first 51 selections, including three in the first round -- Nos. 10, 22 and 29. "Whenever you have a chance to get one of the better athletes in the Draft, that's a sure benefit," said Bobby Evans, the Giants' director of player personnel. "Our system is only going to get stronger." Asked whether the depth of available talent makes this year's Draft an especially advantageous one for teams with such a surplus of picks, Evans said, "I don't think there's such a thing as a bad year." The 2007 First-Year Player Draft takes place June 7-8 at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando. The first round will be aired on ESPN2 beginning at 11 a.m. PT, and MLB.com will have every pick of the 50-round Draft, from start to finish. Evans said that the Giants, who also have the 32nd, 43rd and 51st choices, must weigh whether to spend high picks on players who have the most potential or those who seem primed to reach the Major Leagues quickest. They got both with Tim Lincecum, last year's No. 1 selection, who already has settled into San Francisco's starting rotation. The success of Lincecum, who was plucked from the University of Washington, doesn't mean that the Giants will ignore high school prospects.
"There's an abundant amount of high school talent out there -- a little more than in the past," Evans said.Last Three Top Picks:
2006: Lincecum: The No. 10 overall selection already has begun to shine in the Majors, catapulting delivery and all, with his electrifying fastball/curveball combination. 2005: OF Ben Copeland, University of Pittsburgh: Because of the Giants' loss of numerous selections stemming from free-agent signings, Copeland was only a fourth-round pick. He's currently with Class A San Jose. 2004: OF Eddy Martinez-Esteve, Florida State University: Shoulder and foot injuries have slowed Martinez-Esteve's progress. Regarded as the Giants' top hitting prospect, he has yet to crack .300 at Double-A Connecticut.
|1. TB||LHP||David Price||Vanderbilt U|
|2. KC||SS||Michael Moustakas||Chatsworth HS (Calif.)|
|3. CHC||3B||Josh Vitters||Cypress HS (Calif.)|
|4. PIT||LHP||Daniel Moskos||Clemson U|
|5. BAL||C||Matthew Wieters||Georgia Tech|
|6. WSH||LHP||Ross Detwiler||Missouri St U|
|7. MIL||LF||Matthew LaPorta||U Florida|
|8. COL||RHP||Casey Weathers||Vanderbilt U|
|9. ARI||RHP||Jarrod Parker||Norwell HS|
|10. SF||LHP||Madison Bumgarner||South Caldwell HS|
Rising Fast: Shortstop Brian Bocock, who began the season with low-Class A Augusta, has risen to San Jose. Bocock complements his robust offense with sound defensive fundamentals.
Cinderella Story: Right-hander Adam Cowart, a 35th-round selection last year from Kansas State, finished the season 10-1 with a 1.08 ERA for Rookie-league Salem-Keizer. This season, Cowart has remained dominant at Class A Augusta, where he has maintained superb control despite an unorthodox delivery.In the Show: Lincecum, left-hander Jonathan Sanchez (2004), infielder Kevin Frandsen (2004).
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.