Giants Organization Report
SAN FRANCISCO--While announcing general manager Brian Sabean's two-year contract extension, owner Peter Magowan said the organization would place a greater emphasis on developing position players through the farm system.
They made an investment toward that goal by signing 16-year-old Dominican outfielder Angel Joseph, one of the better players on the international market this year.
Joseph, a switch-hitter, will receive a $350,000 bonus. It pales in comparison to the club-record $2.1 million the Giants gave infielder Angel Villalona at this time last year. But Joseph, who turns 17 in October, is a 6-foot-2, 175-pounder who has been compared to Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano.
"Of all the outfielders we saw, he was one of the top three as far as having well-rounded tools," said Rick Ragazzo, the Giants' international scouting director. "He has a similar body type as Soriano. It's hard to say he'll be a 65 runner (on the 20-80 scouting scale), but he'll be a 55 for sure."
The Yankees, Indians, Braves and Red Sox also scouted Joseph, who began hitting lefthanded two months ago.
"He's still getting a clue, but it's a good-looking swing," Ragazzo said. "He's got more power righthanded but it's not as fluid. His skills will play. In three or four years, if he progresses with the bat, he could be a good-looking kid."
Joseph is expected to fill out and become a corner outfielder.
The Giants are hopeful about one other lesser international signing. Lefthander Maladi Perez was primed to receive a bonus near seven figures before verified birth records showed that he was 20, not 16.
"He's still 6-foot-5, and throws with good velocity and movement," Ragazzo said. "If he moves fast, which he has to now, he could be a sleeper."GIANTICS
• Triple-A Fresno center fielder Clay Timpner, always a plus defensive player, has made huge strides at the plate this season. He hit .431 during a 14-game hitting streak and his .348 average ranked second in the Pacific Coast League.
• Short-season Salem-Keizer roared out to a 25-5 start, with 23-year-old righthander Danny Otero picking up a save in each of his first 10 outings without allowing a run. The Volcanoes had a 2.62 ERA to lead the league while also setting the pace with 179 runs.