San Francisco Giants

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 20 Chris Stratton RHP Mississippi State Miss. $1,850,000
Undrafted out of high school, Stratton just missed being eligible as a sophomore last year; he'll turn 22 in August, so he's a bit old for his class. Stratton went just 10-10, 5.25 in his first two seasons but gained needed confidence last summer in the Cape Cod League. He has a perfect pitcher's frame at 6-foot-2, 197 pounds, and has shown flashes of three above-average pitches this spring. He had everything working in a mid-March start against LSU, striking out 17, and has maintained a similar quality of stuff since then. His fastball sits in the 91-93 mph range with his fastball, regularly touching 95 and at times reaching back for a bit more. His fastball also features natural, late tailing action that he has learned to harness. His slider is his best secondary pitch, a true plus offering, but Stratton also throws a solid-average curve that at times is above-average as well, if a bit shy of plus. Scouts laud his poise and improved feel for pitching. He's able to throw his slider both for strikes and as a chase pitch, leading scouts to give him average to slightly above-average grades for his overall command.
2 84 Martin Agosta RHP St. Mary's Calif. $612,500
Agosta pitched to Andrew Susac at Jesuit High (Carmichael, Calif.) before going on to have a successful career at St. Mary's, where he'll finish among the school's career wins and strikeouts leaders. He has won nine games this season, the Gaels' first nine-game winner since Toby Foreman won 10 in 1991, though he has been up and down from a scouting perspective. He showed above-average velocity in the fall, but has mostly pitched in the 90-92 mph range this spring. When he does reach back for 94-96, he usually leaves the ball up in the zone. His main secondary pitch is a cutter, and he mixes in a slider. He would need to add a changeup to profile as a back-of-the-rotation starter. That's why some scouts prefer him as a reliever in pro ball, where he can air out his fastball for an inning or two and just focus on his cutter and slider. Agosta has an average build at 6-foot-1 and 178 pounds, the ball comes out of his hand easily and his fastball shows good life. He has good control, but still needs to work on his command.
3 115 Mac Williamson OF Wake Forest N.C. $390,000
While offense in college baseball has trended down with the new bats, Williamson's power has trended up. In 181 at-bats as a redshirt junior, Williamson had 17 home runs and a .608 slugging percentage. He puts out plus-plus raw power from his 6-foot-4, 240-pound frame. It comes with some swing-and-miss and scouts have reservations about his ability to hit, but he has toned down his strikeouts a little this season and walked at a solid rate. He plays center field for Wake Forest and runs well, but he fits best in right. He has a strong arm that would profile fine there.
4 148 Steven Okert LHP Oklahoma Okla. $270,000
The Brewers drafted Okert after each of his two seasons at Grayson County (Texas) CC, in the 43rd round in 2010 and in the 33rd round in 2011. If they want him this June, they're going to have to pull the trigger much earlier. Okert has blossomed after transferring to Oklahoma and moving to the bullpen a month into this season. A fastball that sat at 88-91 mph a year ago now resides at 90-93, consistently touches 95 and peaks at 97. He has added velocity to his slider, and it's death on lefthanded hitters. Some scouts think it's still worth giving Okert a chance to start in pro ball, though he may lack the changeup and command to make that work. They love his effortless delivery and note that he has firmed up his 6-foot-2, 219-pound frame.
5 178 Ty Blach LHP Creighton Neb. $224,500
Blach has been a steady starter at Creighton for three years, claiming a role in the weekend rotation as a freshman, winning 10 games in 2011 and leading NCAA Division I with 18 regular-season starts this spring. Though his stuff hasn't been quite as crisp as it was a year ago, he finished the regular season with a streak of 18 innings without an earned run. Blach's stuff isn't overwhelming, though in a down year for college lefthanders he's attractive as a southpaw who commands three average pitches. His fastball sits at 89-92 mph and occasionally hits 94. His changeup is more effective than his breaking ball, a hybrid between a curveball and a slider that usually arrives at 80-82 mph. There isn't room for projection in his 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame, so he's pretty much a finished projection, but as a potential No. 4 starter he could come off the board around the fifth round.
6 208 Stephen Johnson RHP St. Edward's (Texas) Texas $180,000
The draft's best college prospect outside of NCAA Division I, Johnson had middling success in two years as a starter at Division II St. Edward's. He rocketed up draft boards when he worked as a reliever last summer for the California Collegiate League's Santa Barbara Foresters and helped them win the National Baseball Congress World Series. Johnson's fastball sat at 94-96 mph last summer and has been even better this spring, hitting 98 mph and topping out at 101 mph. He has been much more dominant coming out of the bullpen, leading D-II with 16 regular-season saves while striking out 63 in 36 innings and limiting opponents to a .131 average and two extra-base hits. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder pitches mostly off his fastball, which features some run and sink, and his hard slurve parks at 81-85 mph when it's on. Johnson has a funky arm action with a stab in the back, resulting in just decent command and perhaps limiting his realistic ceiling to set-up man rather than closer. Diagnosed with a partial elbow tear as a Colorado high school senior three years ago, Johnson eschewed surgery and hasn't had any health problems in college.
7 238 E.J. Encinosa RHP Miami Fla. $144,000
Miami's closer legacy is lengthy, but Encinosa hasn't been able to live up to it despite moving back to relief after starting last spring. With a physical 6-foot-5, 242-pound frame, he produces excellent sink and life on his 93-94 mph fastball, though at times the pitch isn't that firm. He lacks control, not to mention command, with15 walks, seven hit batsmen and five wild pitches in 28 innings en route to losing the closer role to A.J. Salcines. That said, Encinosa is hard to square up (one extra-base hit, .129 opponents average). His mound demeanor doesn't help matters; he's not shy about showing up his infielders if they make a mistake.
8 268 Joe Kurrasch LHP Penn State Pa. $134,500
Kurrasch was Penn State's best arm in 2012 after sitting out 2011 because he transferred from California. He went 4-2, 2.05 in 16 appearances (11 starts) and struck out 78 in 88 innings while walking 46. He has solid size at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds. He can get up to 92 with a solid changeup, but his breaking ball is below-average. He throws a little across his body and likely profiles as a reliever.
9 298 Shilo McCall OF Piedra Vista HS, Farmington, N.M. N.M. $200,000
McCall helped lead Piedra Vista to its third straight New Mexico 4-A title. He has a muscular, 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame, runs well for his size and has strength in his swing, though he has a tendency to pull off balls. He shows an average arm. Some scouts think there's too much stiffness to his game and don't think he's speedy enough for center field or powerful enough for a corner spot. McCall is committed to Arkansas.
10 328 Trevor Brown C UCLA Calif. $125,000
Brown's versatility has been a major asset for the Bruins, as he can play all around the infield and behind the plate. His primary role this spring has been as starting first baseman, but he catches on Tuesdays to give Tyler Heineman a break. Scouts aren't sold that the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Brown is agile enough to catch as a pro, but he does have a quick transfer and a serviceable arm. Whoever drafts him will likely give him a chance behind the plate, and his decent infield actions provide versatility. Brown has a nice righthanded swing and a feel for his barrel, giving him a chance to be a fringe-average hitter, but with well below-average power.
11 358 Ryan Tella OF Auburn Ala.
A 34th-round pick in 2011 out of Ohlone (Calif.) JC, Tella fits the center-field profile. The 6-foot, 175-pounder bats lefthanded and is a plus runner who repeats his short swing. He sees a lot of pitches and needs to improve his two-strike approach to fulfill his potential as a leadoff threat. The eligible sophomore has shown surprising pop and has an above-average arm, leading to some comparisons to former Auburn outfielder Clete Thomas.
12 388 Jeremy Sy SS Louisiana-Monroe La.
13 418 Ryan Jones 2B Michigan State Mich.
Jones is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound scrapper without a true plus tool, but he has hit line drives since the day he entered the Michigan State lineup as a redshirt freshman in 2010. A career .359 hitter, he makes consistent contact from the right side of the plate and provides gap power. His below-average speed plays up on the bases and in the field due to his instincts. He's a surehanded defender but lacks the arm strength to play much on the left side of the infield, which restricts his usefulness as a utilityman.
14 448 Tyler Hollick OF Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
Hollick, an Alberta native, put up video game numbers on his way to being named the region's junior college player of the year. Over 162 at-bats he hit .475/.605/.636 with seven doubles, eight triples and one home run. He drew 52 walks and stole 61 bases. Hollick has a 6-foot-1, 185 pound frame and came to Chandler-Gilbert as a pitcher and a second baseman. The Coyotes moved him to center field. He is an above-average runner, but his calling card is his lefthanded bat. He has a short, compact swing and always puts together quality at-bats. He's a gap-to-gap leadoff type, and some teams are interested in moving him back to second base. He is committed to Ohio State.
15 478 Leo Rojas C Miami Dade JC Fla.
16 508 Ian Gardeck RHP Alabama Ala.
The University of Alabama's top prospect was supposed to be Gardeck, a juco transfer and unsigned eighth-round pick of the White Sox last June. His fastball has reached 98 mph and he's flashed a plus-plus slider, but neither of those were in evidence this spring. He was tough to scout as he didn't throw enough strikes to earn consistent innings for the Crimson Tide, even on a 21-34 team. He threw just 12 innings, walking 12 and striking out 16, and got just seven outs in Southeastern Conference play while walking four.
17 538 Chris Johnson RHP Portland Ore.
18 568 Matt Duffy SS Long Beach State Calif.
19 598 Randy Zeigler LHP Louisiana-Monroe La.
Ziegler was Louisiana-Monroe's ace, and while he doesn't always command the strike zone, he gets his share of swings and misses with an 87-91 mph fastball that has late run. He also adds a slider and changeup.
20 628 Mitch Delfino INF/RHP California Calif.
21 658 Ben Turner C Missouri Mo.
22 688 Brennan Metzger OF Long Beach State Calif.
23 718 Drew Leenhouts LHP Northeastern Mass.
24 748 Andrew Cain OF UNC Wilmington N.C.
25 778 Sam Eberle 3B/C Jacksonville State Ala.
26 808 Mason McVay LHP Florida International Fla.
The 6-foot-7, 240-pound McVay made a successful transition to starting from the Florida International bullpen in 2012, posting a 3.36 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 64 innings. That showed needed durability for the Tommy John surgery alumnus, who hit 94 mph last year as a reliever and sat in the 87-90 mph range this spring. He has fringy secondary pitches and lacks the control (41 walks) to stick in a rotation long-term, but his size and arm strength are assets.
27 838 Chris Fern LHP Union (Ky.) Ky.
28 868 Joey Rapp 1B/OF Louisiana-Monroe La.
Louisiana-Monroe got hot late to win the Sun Belt Conference tournament and automatic regional berth. Rapp, who belted nine home runs, was the team's top prospect entering the season and has been drafted twice before out of Chipola (Fla.) JC.
29 898 Shayne Houck OF Kutztown (Pa.) Pa.
30 928 Michael Blanchard OF Austin Peay State Tenn.
Blanchard is a premium runner whose feel for hitting is short; he struck out 57 times in 234 at-bats. Despite his top-of-the-scale speed, Blanchard stole just 15 bases this spring.
31 958 Jason Forjet RHP Florida Gulf Coast Fla.
32 988 Chris Pickering LHP Rhode Island R.I.
33 1018 Brandon Farley RHP Arkansas State Ark.
34 1048 Zak Edgington LHP UC Santa Barbara Calif.
35 1078 Danny Grazzini RHP San Mateo (Calif.) JC Calif.
36 1108 Clint Terry LHP San Mateo (Calif.) JC Calif.
37 1138 Drew Jackson SS Miramonte HS, Orinda, Calif. Calif.
Jackson is the younger brother of Cubs prospect Brett Jackson. Drew is an above-average runner and a premium defender, but scouts aren't sure about his bat at this point, so teams will probably be content to let him head to Stanford.
38 1168 Nolan Long RHP Waterford (Conn.) HS Conn.
39 1198 Kevin Fagan 2B North Broward Prep, Coconut Creek, Fla. Fla.
40 1228 Tyler Ferguson RHP Clovis (Calif.) West HS Calif.
Ferguson already has an imposing frame at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds. He was up to 94 mph early in the year, but his stuff dropped off as the year wore on and was more in the 88-90 mph range. His slider wasn't consistent, though it has shown flashes of being a plus pitch. There's also some effort to his delivery. Ferguson could be a tough sign, as he's committed to Vanderbilt and reportedly has aspirations of being a doctor.