Giants Draft Report Card
Best Pro Debut: Managers named OF Freddie Lewis (2) the top position player in the short-season Northwest League, where he batted .322-1-23. RHP Greg Bruso (16) went 4-3 with a NWL-best 1.99 ERA. RHP Luke Nelson (17) went 7-0 and had a lower ERA (1.87) but not enough innings to qualify for the title. OF David Stone (36) hit .281-4-21 and led the NWL with a .435 on-base percentage. In the Rookie-level Arizona League, LHP Jesse English (6) went 4-1, 2.68 with 68 strikeouts in 47 innings.
Best Athlete: Lewis played more football than baseball at Mississippi Gulf Coast JC before transferring to Southern as a junior. His speed is his best tool, hes developing as a center fielder and he should hit for power and average. OF Randy Walter (9) also has five-tool potential.
Best Pure Hitter: Lewis. The Giants also like the bats of OF Dan Ortmeier (3), Walter, 2B Aaron Sobieraj (13) and 1B Travis Ishikawa (21), all of whom hit .283 or better in the NWL.
Best Raw Power: Once he fills out and learns to drive the ball, Ishikawa will surpass Ortmeier. Lewis is also developing his power.
Fastest Runner: Lewis is a true burner with 6.4-second speed in the 60-yard dash and a 3.85-second home-to-first time from the left side.
Best Defensive Player: Lewis still is refining his center-field skills, but his potential is obvious. SS Jake Wald (11) is a pure shortstop who needs to get stronger at the plate.
Best Fastball: RHP Matt Cain (1) continued to touch 94-95 mph through instructional league. RHP Kevin Correia (4) also has a resilient arm and sits in the low 90s.
Best Breaking Ball: Cains curveball over Correias slider and RHP Clay Hensleys (8) curve.
Most Intriguing Background: RHP Glenn Woolard (10) was the NCAA Division II player of the year last spring, going 14-2, 2.81 with 148 strikeouts in 106 innings at Kutztown (Pa.). Unsigned RHP Justin Gee (25) was MVP of the 1999 Babe Ruth World Series.
Closest To The Majors: When Lewis puts everything together, hell rush toward San Francisco.
Best Late-Round Pick: Ishikawas bonus demands were all that stood between him going in the first three rounds. A strong student who had a college commitment to Oregon State, he signed for $950,000, a record for a 21st-rounder. With a solid fastball-slider-changeup repertoire, Bruso is for real.
The One Who Got Away: Some clubs liked SS Neil Walton (23) better as a pitcher, but the Giants liked his offensive potential and lanky build. He opted for Cal State Fullerton over pro ball.
Assessment: The Giants continued to add to one of the games more underrated farm systems. They got a frontline pitcher in Cain, a top athlete in Lewis and a potentially special bat in Ishikawa.
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