Day 2: Giants go for experienced arms
Officials happy with balance of high-ceiling, quick-rising picks
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants stopped picking up high school players in Round 2 of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, but continued their pursuit of pitchers.Pitchers remained the common theme for Day 2 of the Draft as the Giants picked up 26 more pitchers on Friday. All told the Giants took 29 pitchers, eight lefties and 21 righties, five catchers, 10 infielders and eight outfielders with their 52 Draft picks. "There's obviously more pitching out there than there is position players, so inherently you're going to get more pitchers," Evans said. "You always just try to get the balance between guys who have the high ceiling and guys who get to the big leagues the fastest." The high school theme from Day 1, however, disappeared Friday. Five of the Giants' six picks in the first 51 overall selections Thursday were high school players, including their first two prospects who were high school pitchers. "We haven't been in this position in a long time, and we've definitely taken some risks," Giants owner Peter Magowan said. "Five of the first six players we took were high school players, and they are the riskiest ones to draft. But they are also the ones with the highest upside and potential." Magowan said the Giants budgeted for and would most likely be able to sign their top six selections. The Giants' top prospect, taken 10th overall, was left-handed pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who finished his senior year by leading Hudson's South Caldwell High School to the North Carolina state championship. He also put up a 1.05 ERA (13 earned runs in 86 1/3 innings pitched) and an 11-2 record with a save. The Giants' second pick, taken 22nd overall, was right-handed pitcher Tim Alderson out of Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. Alderson's 6-foot-6, 217-pound frame is almost as impressive as his 12-0 record and 1.05 ERA his senior year.
|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|
Day 2, however, was mostly spent ignoring pre-college talent, at least for San Francisco. Possibly the largest high school Draft class didn't tempt the Giants as they took 48 college players and just one high school shortstop to close out the final day of the Draft.But director of player personnel Bobby Evans said the drop off in high school players was to be expected. "High school players are hard to sign if they're not taken high because the bonuses go down significantly, and a lot of those guys would just as soon go to college and get an education as well as boost their values," Evans said. The first pitcher the Giants selected on Friday was Texas A&M right-hander Kyle Nicholson, taken with the 224th pick. Nicholson is on the short side at 5-foot-11, but he throws a fastball in the 88-91 mph range mixed in with sinkers, sliders and change-ups. Nicholson spent most of his junior year in the bullpen, but took on a starting role last year and went 11-2 with a 2.17 ERA. Nicholson was San Francisco's second pick of the day following All-American catcher Michael Ambort from Lamar University, taken at No. 194. After Nicholson, the Giants consecutively picked up three more pitchers -- right-hander Daniel Turpen from Oregon State University (No. 254) and left-handers Daniel Runzler from UC Riverside (No. 284) and Joseph Paterson, also from Oregon (No. 314). The Giants also picked up some local community college talent with picks No. 824 and 854. Center fielder Myles Schroder from Diablo Valley College was pick No. 824 followed by right-handed pitcher Daniel McDaniel from Chabot College in Hayward, Calif. "We had a chance to see them a lot more because they're in our backyard," Evans said. "We hope that they're ready for pro ball and to give the Giants a chance to develop them." Overall, Evans said the Giants are extremely pleased with the Draft results. "It's a fun time of year. All these guys have really fulfilled a dream in being drafted, and now they just have to carry out the ultimate dream of playing in the big leagues," Evans said. "It's a great beginning, though, with a lot of hopeful stories."
Becky Regan is an associate reporter at MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.