Giants Draft Report Card

The Giants were pleasantly surprised to find talents as Wheeler, Joseph and Stoffel available  where they drafted them. Joseph and Dominguez were welcome additions to a system lacking in power hitters.

BEST PURE HITTER: C Tommy Joseph (2) was one of the best high school hitters in the draft and plays a premium position, so the Giants were thrilled to get him with the 55th pick. >> BEST POWER HITTER: 3B Chris Dominguez (3) has 80 raw power on the 20-80 scouting scale, though making contact is an issue. He won four conference or summer league home run titles while at Louisville, and he set a school record with 25 homers as a junior before launching 11 more in his pro debut. Joseph hit a 465-foot blast at the 2009 International Power Showcase, a high school home run derby. >> FASTEST RUNNER: OFs Evan Crawford (9) and Jonathan White (40) both have plus-plus speed. >> BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: 1B Brandon Belt (5) is slick around the bag. Dominguez has jaw-dropping arm strength to match his power, but his range is fringy.


BEST FASTBALL: RHPs Zack Wheeler (1), Jason Stoffel (4) and Matt Graham (6) all touch 95. Stoffel is the lone reliever of the group and does it more consistently, while Wheeler has the most projection. Wheeler also spots his heater well down in the zone. >> BEST SECONDARY PITCH: Stoffel's slider is unhittable at times.


BEST PRO DEBUT: 3B Drew Biery (22) won short-season Northwest League MVP honors after hitting .326/.406/.484. Stoffel posted a 0.90 ERA and 19-1 K-BB ratio in 20 innings between two clubs. RHP Craig Westcott's (30) deceptive delivery helped him go 7-0, 2.48 with 63 strikeouts in 43 innings at two stops. >> BEST ATHLETE: Crawford. >> MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:: Stoffel was the closer on Arizona's 2008 College World Series team, ahead of Ryan Perry and Daniel Schlereth, who went from the first round of the 2008 draft to major league bullpens in 2009. RHP Shawn Sanford (13) has a second-degree black belt in tae kwan do. >> CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS:  A candidate for the first round before an inconsistent junior season, Stoffel righted himself in pro ball and could join the Giants by mid-2011. >> BEST LATE-ROUND PICK: RHP Jeremy Toole (10) needs to tone down his delivery and improve his command, but there's nothing wrong with his 88-94 mph fastball and 12-to-6 curveball. Biery and SS Ryan Cavan (16) impressed San Francisco with their bats and gloves in the NWL. While watching his son Alex play at Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.), area scout Brad Cameron spotted RHP Kaohi Downing (50), who was primarily an outfielder for the Sea Lions. Now a full-time pitcher, Downing has run his fastball up to 94 mph. >> THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY: C Jonathan Walsh (18), a switch-hitter with power, opted to attend Texas. RHP Mitch Mormann (20), who throws in the mid-90s but is raw, transferred from Des Moines Area CC to Louisiana State.