San Francisco Giants

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 24 Gary Brown OF Cal State Fullerton Calif. $1,450,000
Grades and stats can be dry and don't tell the full story about Brown, one of the most electrifying players seen in Southern California in years. The 6-foot, 180-pounder is one of the fastest players in the nation at any level of amateur play. An early-season game found him blazing down the line from the right side in 3.69 seconds on a bunt attempt. On two separate infield grounders, Brown got down to first base in 3.91 and 3.94 seconds, giving him 80 speed on the 20-80 scale. The rap on Brown since he failed to sign with the Athletics as a 12th-round pick out of high school in 2007 has been his hitting ability, or perceived lack thereof. After slow but steady improvement in his first two seasons, he has exploded as a junior, ranking among the national leaders with a .449 average in mid-May. Brown has shown interesting pop with a slugging percentage well over .700 as well, and he projects as an above-average hitter as a pro. Brown owes his turnaround to a better stance. He keeps his feet planted to maintain his foundation at the plate, then simply lets his exceptionally quick hands work to attack the ball. An aggressive hitter, the only drawback in Brown's offensive game is his miniscule number of walks and below-average home run power. In the field, Brown has found a home in center field after playing the outfield corners, second and third base in previous seasons. He sports an average arm, and his combination of speed and fly-chasing skills permit Brown to project as a plus defensive center fielder.
2 74 Jarrett Parker OF Virginia Va. $700,000
Parker was a key player in Virginia's College World Series run in 2009, and he looked like a likely first-rounder with his body and track record. He slowed down by the time the Cavaliers arrived in Omaha, though, and he hit just .188 in the Cape Cod League. He got off to a slow start in 2010, and his stock continued to fall. His average dipped below .300 for some time, though he turned it on as the draft approached, raising his line to .322/.414/.574 with seven home runs in mid-May. At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Parker would be the final product if someone were asked to draw up the body of a major league outfielder with his long, lean frame. He's a good defender in center field with plus speed and an average arm. At the plate, Parker's strength and leverage give him good raw power. Against Duke this season he crushed a hanging changeup that one-hopped an office building in right field at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, which is also home of the Triple-A franchise. Parker's long arms do make him prone to a long swing and high strikeout numbers, and most scouts think he won't hit for a very high average. He would benefit from shortening up his swing and utilizing his speed more. Many hoped for a better season out of him and see him as a risky pick, but there's a lot of upside as well. He could go in the sandwich round, though it's possible that he could slide into the second round.
3 105 Carter Jurica SS Kansas State Kan. $304,200
Jurica, who could go in the seventh to 10th round, is the best 2010 prospect on the state's lone NCAA regional team. He's a 5-foot-11, 185-pounder with solid if not spectacular all-around tools. He has a sound righthanded stroke with some pop, good plate discipline and slightly above-average speed. He gets the job done as a college shortstop, but his range and arm may be better suited for second base or a utility role in pro ball.
4 138 Seth Rosin RHP Minnesota Minn. $191,700
Few pitchers who are Rosin's size (6-foot-6, 245 pounds) can match his body control. He repeats his delivery and throws strikes so easily that he posted one of the top K-BB ratios (88-12 through 95 innings) in NCAA Division I this spring. Rosin topped out at 96 mph in the Cape Cod League last summer and has pitched at 91-92 mph with a peak of 94 this spring. His fastball is pretty straight, which makes it easier to throw for strikes but also easier to hit. His curveball and changeup have improved but still are fringy, and he's going to need more fastball life and better secondary pitches to miss bats in pro ball. He may fit better in the bullpen, where he would project as a possible set-up man.
5 168 Heath Hembree RHP College of Charleston S.C. $185,000
Hembree has one of the draft's freshest power arms, having pitched fewer than 30 innings in three years. He also didn't pitch during his senior season in high school, due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee that he injured during prep football. Hembree made only one appearance at South Carolina, recording one out, then went to Spartanburg Methodist JC and transferred to College of Charleston, getting irregular work as the Cougars' closer. Scouts weren't happy with how he was used, though it's hard to argue with Charleston's 40-win season and regional berth. Hembree displayed mid- to upper 90s velocity, regularly hitting 98 mph and sitting in the 94-96 mph range. He has a long, lean pitcher's body at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds with wide shoulders, as well as a clean arm action. His secondary pitch is a slider that flashes mid-80s power potential. Much of Hembree's game is raw. His fastball tends to straighten out at higher velocity, and he has proved hittable due to spotty command. He doesn't have a pitch to combat lefthanded hitters, though some think his power repertoire and big hands make him an excellent future candidate for a split-finger fastball. Hembree's modest numbers and inexperience may slot him behind college closers such as Texas Tech's Chad Bettis or Florida's Kevin Chapman, but his pure arm and velocity are as good as the college ranks have to offer this season.
6 198 Mike Kickham LHP Missouri State Mo. $410,000
Missouri State has produced six big league pitchers (Ross Detwiler, Jeff Gray, Shaun Marcum, Matt Palmer, John Rheinecker, Brad Ziegler) and two first-round arms (Detwiler, Brett Sinkbeil) in the last decade. The Bears have another quality pitching prospect--it's just not who scouts expected. Aaron Meade was coming off a strong sophomore season and summer in the Cape Cod League, but fellow lefthander Kickham has surpassed him. Missouri State didn't recruit him out of a local Springfield, Mo., high school, and he didn't turn any heads while going 3-3, 5.62 at Crowder (Mo.) JC in 2009. When his velocity increased to the high 80s in the MINK League last summer, the Bears offered him the opportunity to transfer. Kickham's fastball has continued to improve, sitting at 90-92 mph and touching 94 consistently throughout the spring. A strong 6-foot-4, 210-pounder, he backs up his fastball with a true slider that has good depth. He also throws a solid changeup and an overhand curveball. Scouts like his size, stuff and command, but also wonder why that hasn't translated into more success, as he went 4-9, 5.25 in 15 starts. Though he's a draft-eligible sophomore, he's expected to go high enough in the draft to sign. Kickham's twin brother Dan, a righthander who helped pitch Crowder to the Junior College World Series, also has seen his velocity spike this spring and should get drafted in the later rounds.
7 228 Chuckie Jones OF Boonville (Mo.) HS Mo. $125,000
Jones keeps fine company. He's the state's high school player of the year, following in the footsteps of pitchers Tim Melville and Jacob Turner, both of whom turned pro for seven-figure bonuses. He's committed to Maple Woods CC, the program that also launched the careers of Albert Pujols and Logan Morrison. A 6-foot-3, 230-pound outfielder, Jones stands out for his raw righthanded power and has solid hitting ability, speed and arm strength. His swing can get long at times, though he does a good job of making adjustments at the plate.
8 258 Joe Staley C Lubbock Christian (Texas) Texas $95,000
Joe Staley has played at three schools in three years since turning down the Rays as a 39th-round pick out of high school in 2007. He was part of a Junior College World Series championship at Grayson County (Texas) CC in 2008, spent last season at Stephen F. Austin State, then transferred to NAIA power Lubbock Christian for 2010. The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder is an offensive-minded catcher who hit .443/.544/.710 this spring, finishing the season on a 24-game hitting streak. The highest-drafted position player in Lubbock Christian history, he has the strength and plate discipline to hit for some power and average. He's just a fair defender behind the plate, splitting the season between catcher and DH.
9 288 Chris Lofton OF Jones County (Miss.) JC Miss. $85,000
Lofton is an athletic 6-foot-1, 175 pound outfielder and lefthanded hitter. Speed is his best tool, and he's raw offensively, as he hit just .331 with one homer at the Division II JC level. He's also a football player who was a Alabama-Birmingham football recruit as a cornerback.
10 318 Dan Burkhart C Ohio State Ohio $90,000
Ohio State signed catcher Dan Burkhart before starting to recruit his Moeller High (Cincinnati) batterymate, Alex Wimmers. After hitting 10 homers as a sophomore, Burkhart has hit just one in 277 at-bats between the Cape Cod League and his junior season at Ohio State. Though he has a good lefthanded swing and a fine sense of the strike zone, he lacks bat speed and can't turn around good fastballs. A good receiver with a fringe-average arm, he threw out 44 percent of basestealers this spring. Some scouts wonder if his 5-foot-11, 205-pound body could go south on him in a few years. Burkhart didn't have the season scouts hoped for, but a lefthanded-hitting catcher who provides sound defense figures to go in the top 10 rounds.
11 348 Adam Duvall 2B Louisville Ky.
12 378 Stephen Harrold RHP UNC Wilmington N.C.
Harrold, a 6-foot-1 junior who closed and has a higher ceiling, improved his command working out of the bullpen and flashed some 94s on radar guns, sitting at 91-92 mph. His slider has improved to give him a second average pitch, and his changeup has shown signs of life.
13 408 Tyler Christman RHP South Carolina-Sumter JC S.C.
14 438 Raynor Campbell 2B Baylor Texas
15 468 Andrew Barbosa LHP South Florida Fla.
16 498 Austin Fleet RHP Coastal Carolina S.C.
Fleet, a rotation stalwart for Coastal Carolina with 31 starts his first three seasons, moved into the closer role this year and ran his fastball up to 93-94 mph at times, with solid sink.
17 528 Ryan Bean RHP Edmonds (Wash.) CC Wash.
18 558 Brandon Allen RHP Milton (Fla.) HS Fla. $110,000
19 588 Austin Southall OF University HS, Baton Rouge La.
Louisiana State could surround current shortstop Austin Nola with three talented freshman infielders next spring—that is, if the pros don't snap up Garin Cecchini (Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La.), Jacoby Jones (Richton, Miss., HS) and Southall first. All three made Baseball America's Top 200 Prospects list and may not make it to school. Southall has a polished lefthanded bat. He fared well on the showcase circuit last summer, showing the ability to hit with wood bats and to use the whole field. He has the strength in his 6-foot-2, 210-pound frame to hit home runs. Southall has the arm strength to play right field, but his below-average range and speed could limit him to left field or first base. Even if he doesn't provide much defensive value, his bat should make him an asset.
20 618 Brett Bochy RHP Kansas Kan.
Kansas righthander Bretty Bochy would have been one of the top picks in the state had he not blown out his elbow and had Tommy John surgery in early April. Before he got hurt, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound redshirt junior was dominating hitters with his 91-93 mph fastball and his slider. He's the son of former big leaguer and current Giants manager Bruce Bochy.
21 648 Zach Arneson RHP Cal State Bakersfield Calif.
22 678 Bobby Haney SS South Carolina S.C.
23 708 Alec Asher RHP Lakeland (Fla.) HS Fla.
24 738 Kyle Wilson 3B North Carolina State N.C.
N.C. State's top position player is Wilson, a switch-hitter and plus runner who set the school stolen-base record with 30 in 2009 but didn't hit enough to get drafted. He moved to center field this spring and hit .381 but had just 12 steals thanks to a hip injury. Initially diagnosed as a groin pull, it turned out to be a stress reaction in his pelvis. He won't need surgery, but he will need rest and may not be able to do more than DH after signing. He hadn't played in the field since April.
25 768 Brett Krill OF UCLA Calif.
Krill possesses a big league corner outfielder's frame at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds. For a big man, he runs well and has a decent arm, but his bat rarely fulfilled its promise in previous seasons, as he didn't even homer and got just 38 at-bats in his first two years at Westwood. He made noticeable strides at bat in 2010. In a game against Southern California, Krill blasted a mammoth home run that cleared both the center-field fence and the tall hitting backdrop at UCLA's ballpark. For some scouts, Krill is still a tease, as he was batting just .297/.359/.480 with six homers this season. His intriguing package of size and tools gives him a shot at a single-digit round, though.
26 798 Jeff Arnold C Louisville Ky.
27 828 Eric Sim C South Florida Fla.
28 858 Gaspar Santiago LHP Ranger (Texas) JC Texas
29 888 Jose Cuevas SS Lee (Tenn.) Tenn.
30 918 Ryan Bradley LHP Southern Illinois Ill.
31 948 Kyle Hardy 3B Crowder (Mo.) JC Mo.
32 978 Kevin Couture RHP Southern California Calif.
33 1008 Jim Birmingham LHP Coastal Carolina S.C.
Birmingham sits 88-91 mph and has deception thanks to a quick arm and 6-foot-5 frame. His lack of command of his secondary pitches (a curve and change) kept the transfer from Pennsylvania from dominating the Big South Conference
34 1038 Johnathan DeBerry OF Bethel (Tenn.) Tenn.
35 1068 Stephen Shackleford RHP Savannah College of Art & Design (Ga.) Ga.
36 1098 John Leonard RHP Boston College Mass.
Leonard, a righthander, missed most of the first half of the season with weakness in his shoulder, though MRIs revealed no structural damage. He showed a 93 mph fastball with life in indoor workouts in January, but he worked at 87-90 mph and topped out at 91 after returning to action in mid-April. Through six starts, he was 2-2, 6.04 with 22 strikeouts and 11 walks in 28 innings. Leonard throws strikes but has below-average command--he throws too many breaking balls over the fat part of the zone. Last year, Leonard flashed a solid-average curveball, but it has been loose and slurvy this spring, and he has leaned more on his fringy slider. His changeup is just a show pitch at this point.
37 1128 Jake Sisco RHP Davis HS, Modesto, Calif. Calif.
38 1158 Jake McCasland RHP Piedra Vista HS, Farmington, N.M. N.M.
Jake McCasland is 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds and has shown above-average arm strength. He throws three pitches for strikes, though his secondary stuff needs to be tightened up. He's a big kid and labors with his mechanics at times. McCasland is also committed to New Mexico. Nate Ross has a good bat and a strong arm. While he has played mostly at first base in high school, some teams have considered moving him behind the plate.
39 1188 Tommy Tremblay C Edouard Montpetit (Quebec) JC Quebec
40 1218 Wes Hobson 2B Appalachian State N.C.
41 1248 Ryan Honeycutt OF New Mexico N.M.
42 1278 James Roberts RHP Archbishop Mitty HS, San Jose, Calif. Calif.
Though more scouts seem to prefer shortstop James Roberts as a pitcher, he has more value and ability as a position player. Roberts has a chance to be an impact middle infielder similar to another Silicon Valley shortstop/pitcher from a few years ago, Troy Tulowitzki. Roberts is a lean and wiry strong at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, and is going to continue to fill out. He has plus bat speed and drives the ball to all fields, while consistently staying inside the ball. In the field he is capable of making the standout play but also has a tendency to unleash wild throws with his plus arm. Roberts is also an above-average runner, occasionally getting down the line in 4.2 seconds. He projects to have average power and above-average hitting ability. There will be growing pains in the field and if he can't stay at shortstop, he is a natural second baseman. He can get up to 92 mph on the mound and flashes an above-average curveball. Roberts has committed to Southern California.
43 1308 Raymond Ruggles RHP Tusculum (Tenn.) Tenn.
44 1338 Jake Shadle RHP Green River (Wash.) CC Wash.
45 1368 Greg Greve RHP Walsh Jesuit HS, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Ohio
46 1398 Caleb Hougesen 3B Lutheran HS, Indianapolis Ind.
47 1428 Ray Hanson RHP Cypress (Calif.) JC Calif.
48 1458 Devin Harris OF East Carolina N.C.
His former teammate, outfielder Harris, figured to be drafted again but not as high as the eighth round, where he went last year as an eligible sophomore. Harris has big tools with his plus arm and raw power potential. He also has shown a disappointing lack of aptitude for hitting, ranking second in Conference USA in strikeouts for the second consecutive season.
49 1488 Dan Pellegrino C UC Riverside Calif.
50 1518 Golden Tate OF Notre Dame Ill.