Draft Report Cards: San Francisco Giants
BEST PURE HITTER
|The Giants intended to get more athletic, leading them to Brown, OF Jarrett Parker (2) and SS Carter Jurica (3). Then they found their usual stash of power arms and might have hit a sleeper in the physical, toolsy Jones.
Bonus spending: $4.1 million
: The Giants believe in OF Gary Brown (1), who gained confidence in his hitting ability with a .310 showing in the Cape Cod League in 2009. He's a slasher with gap power who could use a bit more patience. » BEST POWER HITTER
: Just 17 when drafted, 6-foot-3, 235-pound OF Chuckie Jones (7) has big tools, topped off by his power. He has present strength and generates good bat speed while showing the aptitude to make adjustments. » FASTEST RUNNER
: Brown was one of the draft's better runners, turning in top-of-the-scale times in getting to first base in less than 4.0 seconds from the right side. » BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER
: Brown's speed and average arm strength should make him a plus-plus center fielder with more experience. He spent parts of his first two seasons at Cal State Fullerton in the infield.
: Scouting director John Barr saw RHP Heath Hembree (5) hit 99 mph, and Hembree sits in the 94-97 range. He's got a clean arm and ideal pitcher's body at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds. » BEST SECONDARY PITCH
: LHP Mike Kickham (6) got an above-slot $410,000 bonus thanks in part to being a southpaw, an eligible sophomore and running his fastball up to 94 mph. But his breaking ball stands out, a power breaker with depth that's more of a curve than a slider. RHP Stephen Harrold (12) has shown an average-to-plus slider since signing and locates it well.
ODDS AND ENDS
BEST PRO DEBUT
: A college senior, RHP Austin Fleet (16) predictably dominated the Rookie-level Arizona League, ranking fourth in strikeouts (65) while going 6-3, 2.65 in 51 innings. Jones hit .279/.360/.461 in the AZL with a team-best five homers. » BEST ATHLETE
: Brown stands out, but OF Chris Lofton (9) also merits mention. He also hit .268/.350/.343 with 15 stolen bases for short-season Salem-Keizer, a pleasant surprise considering he hit just .331 with one homer at the Division II juco level. » MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND
: Lofton had planned to transfer to Alabama-Birmingham to play football as a cornerback. RHP Brett Bochy (20), son of big league manager Bruce, is a legitimate prospect who was Kansas' closer with a low-90s fastball and solid slider before having Tommy John surgery in early April. » CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS
: Brown should race to San Francisco as he gets some distance between the broken hand that ended his college season early. He was rusty after signing but could break out in 2011. » BEST LATE-ROUND PICK
: Harrold, whose fastball sits in the 90-92 mph range, and Fleet are two intriguing college arms. » THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY
: The Giants really liked OF/1B Austin Southall (19) for his lefthanded bat and power potential. He wound up spurning an earlier commitment to Louisiana State in order to attend Chipola (Fla.) JC.