Andy Baggarly

Giants Organization Report

Andy Baggarly -Premium Content

The Giants aren't shy about drafting athletes and turning them into pitchers. They might have entertained that thought when they spent a fifth-round pick on Mike McBryde, who played the outfield and served as the hard-throwing closer at Florida Atlantic. But when the Giants watched McBryde cover ground in center field, their jaws dropped—and so did any notion of putting him on the mound.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#San Francisco Giants

Giants Organization Report

Andy Baggarly -Premium Content

The Giants more than made a splash in the international market. They did a full cannonball. They signed 16-year-old Dominican infielder Angel Villalona to a contract that includes a $2.1 million signing bonus—the largest the franchise has ever offered to an amateur. It even exceeds the $2.025 million the Giants gave to righthander Tim Lincecum, the 10th overall pick in June.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#San Francisco Giants