Alderson Sets Sights For San Fran

The Giants were one of a handful of clubs that that had a plethora of extra picks in the early rounds of the 2007 draft, and they distributed them wisely. With high-end high school talent represented in their first four selections and more conservative choices they knew they could sign for slot money thereafter, the Giants have successfully signed 10 of their first 12 picks, and brought in a bevy of talent in the process.
The team announced Monday that they had reached agreements with righthander Tim Alderson, the Giants’ second selection of the first round (22nd overall), as well as lefthander Joseph Patterson; righthanders Chance Corgan, Kyle Nicholson and Daniel Turpen and infielders Ramon Corona, Andy D’Alessio, Josh Lopez and Evan McArthur. Alderson is believed to have signed a barely over-slot deal, receiving a bonus of $1.29 million, $7,500 over his MLB slot.

Alderson had the best command among draft eligible high school pitchers this year, and though his velocity ranges between 88-91 mph and he lacks significant projection, he steps into pro ball with two plus pitches in a fastball with movement and life and a hard, low-80s slider.

North Carolina prep lefty Madison Bumgarner and toolsy Mississippi prep outfielder Wendell Fairley are two additional Giants’ first-round picks who remained unsigned, though both were expected to come to terms before the Aug. 15 signing deadline.