2011 Draft Report Card: San Francisco Giants


Despite not picking until No. 29 overall, the Giants got a pair of potential quality up-the-middle regulars in Panik and Susac, and supplemented them with a promising group of power arms.
Bonus Spending: $6.3 million
BEST PURE HITTER:  SS Joe Panik (1) proved he could hit with wood when he batted .297 in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2010, and he proved it again when he won the short-season Northwest League batting title with a .341 average in his pro debut. He makes consistent hard contact with a short lefthanded swing. BEST POWER HITTER:  C Andrew Susac (2) has more usable power than 1B Ricky Oropesa (3), who has more raw strength but also swings and misses a lot. They also starred in the Cape League in 2010, with Susac pacing the circuit in slugging (.500) and Oropesa tying for the lead in homers (seven). FASTEST RUNNER:  OF Kentrell Hill (10) and SS Travious Relaford (44) both have well above-average speed and can run the 60-yard dash in 6.5 seconds. BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:  Panik isn't flashy, but he's a reliable shortstop with good hands. SS Kelby Tomlinson (12) and Cristian Otero (18) may have better pure tools at the position. C Drew Stiner (43) has a plus-plus arm and solid receiving skills.


BEST FASTBALL:  The Giants landed five pitchers in the first seven rounds who are capable of reaching 97 mph: RHPs Kyle Crick (1s), Chris Marlowe (5) and Ray Black (7) and LHPs Bryce Bandilla (4) and Josh Osich (6). Crick holds his velocity the longest and is the best bet of the group to remain a starter. BEST SECONDARY PITCH:  Marlowe has a hard breaking ball that tops out at 84 mph and generates swings and misses.


BEST PRO DEBUT: Panik was the NWL MVP and also led the league in runs (49), hits (82), RBIs (54) and total bases (126). OF Shawn Payne (35) led the league with a .431 on-base percentage and stole 21 bases. RHP Clayton Blackburn (16) had a 1.08 ERA and a 30-3 K-BB ratio in 33 innings in the Rookie-level Arizona League. BEST ATHLETE: Hill and Relaford have arm strength to go with their speed, though they're works in progress at the plate. MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND: 3B Garrett Buechele's (14) father Steve and Relaford's cousin Desi each played 11 seasons in the big leagues. Unsigned 2B Benny Sosnick's (49) brother Matt is an agent. CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS: Panik. Bandilla, Marlowe and Black could move fast as relievers. BEST LATE-ROUND PICK: Blackburn got lost in the shadow of an extraordinary crop of Oklahoma high school pitchers this spring, but area scout Daniel Murray and crosschecker Arnold Brathwaite did a nice job of staying on him and gauging his signability. Inked for $150,000, Blackburn throws four pitches for strikes, including a 91-93 mph sinker. THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY: RHP Tyler Leslie (15), who's raw but can reach 94 mph, headed to the JC of Southern Nevada. RHP Andrew Triggs (21), a sinker/slider guy, shocked San Francisco by opting to pursue a master's degree at Southern California instead of turning pro.