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The credit to this goes to my mother. She enjoys making cakes for our family when there are times of celebration. Last year there was a Giants logo on my cake. This year, however, she may have outdone herself:
Since my birthday is during the week, my parents drove down to celebrate my 28th this weekend. They’re great, and I love them. If you can’t see what’s written on the side of the cake, it says “MVP.” On the back she also wrote “GO GIANTS.” My mom wins. I’ll have a hard time forgetting this one. The cake was also delicious.
A week ago today the Houston Astros kicked off the MLB Draft by taking Mark Appel with the first pick. The Giants, twenty-four picks later chose Christian Arroyo and then the continued rebuilding for the future officially was back on its way. In case you are hoping for news from the Giants draft picks and wondering where you might be able to hear them from, the prospects themselves are a great place to start. Keep in mind that eleven of the picks from 2012 did not sign, including their 7th, 10th, 11th, and 14th round picks. Nothing has been officially announced on the Giants website about picks signing, but slowly announcements of contract signings have been coming in. Picks are listed in the order they were picked by the Giants.
Christian Arroyo — @arroyo_c
Ryder Jones — @Jonesy_56
It’s official, starting my professional career with the San Francisco Giants and flying out to AZ Wednesday! #Blessed
— Ryder Jones (@Jonesy_56) June 10, 2013
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisBA) June 15, 2013
Chase Johnson — @chaserton32
Daniel Slania — @Dan_Slania40
Nick Vander Tuig — @Nick21VT
Brandon Bednar — @BrandonBednar1
@andrew_polly Arizona to do physicals and pre workouts for a week then to Oregon for short season A ball
— Brandon Bednar (@BrandonBednar1) June 10, 2013
Tyler Horan — @SirMeatBall27
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisBA) June 13, 2013
Donald Snelten — @DJSnelten
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisBA) June 13, 2013
Tyler Rogers — @tyrogers2020
Now time to take advantage of a great opportunity!
— Tyler Rogers (@tyrogers2020) June 8, 2013
Johneshwy Fargas — @Johneshwy
Ty Ross — @TyRoss26
Pat Young — @patyoung26
Nick Jones — @Njjones7 ”Pitcher for the San Francisco Giants organization” in his bio along with a big picture of the Giants logo
Eugene Escalante — @G_Escalante3
Jonah Arenado — @ArenadoJonah
Garrett Hughes — @BDHughes_27
Brett Kay — @BKurWay17
Reality is starting to kick in. On my way out AZ. Couldn’t do it w/o the endless support from my family, friends and of course my girlfriend
— Brett Kay (@BKurWay17) June 10, 2013
William Simpson — @CalebSimpson9
Brandon Zajac — @ZAJAC37
Nicholas Gonzalez — @Nicolasito_16
Blake Miller — @bjm425 has “#SFGiants” in his bio
Michael Connolly — @mikecon12
— Ben Johnson (@BenJohnsonTDP) June 12, 2013
Ryan Tuntland — @RTuntland_11
John Riley — @johnriley_25
Nick Cieri — @nick_cieri
Craig Massoni — @FLYmanCRAIG Has “Baseball player in the San Francisco Giants Organization” in his bio
Aubrey McCarty — @AubreyMcCarty55
Grant Goodman — @TheGoodMayne_17
Will Callaway — @CallawayGuy has “#Giants” and “#minorleaguer” in his bio
Christopher Viall — @chrisvSHS
— Tommy Wright (@WrightScribe) June 9, 2013
Ryan Kirby — @rkirby_09
So that’s what I could find, some of the findings in thanks to Lauren (@sfgiantsgirl). That list has ten picks pretty firmly in the Giants pocket, and from my own scouring on the twitter machine, I don’t think the first round pick is too far off.
After a 12-8 drubbing last night, the Giants decided it was time for some moves!
Shakeup today. Ramirez DFA’d, Pill optioned. RHP Dunning, H Sanchez coming up from Fresno #sfgiants.
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) June 13, 2013
Not only was Pill not playing, but with H.Sanchez back, Posey is an option to start at 1B again.
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) June 13, 2013
Odd that after all this time Pill is going back down, didn’t play to the narrative we hoped we’d never see. In 19 games, Hector put up a .320/.370/.460 slash line in the hitter’s league that is the Pacific Coast League.
Newbies land at 6:30
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) June 13, 2013
That would be a little less than an hour before game time.
Dunning is a converted SS from Indiana U. He’s got a 1.75 ERA at Fresno and was on the 40-man. His first call-up.
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) June 13, 2013
No doubt his 20.3 K% and 6.5 BB% in Fresno will be a point of discussion when he finally takes the mound for the Giants.
Tonight’s #SFGiants lineup: Blanco CF, Crawford SS, Posey C, Pence RF, Belt 1B, Torres LF, Arias 3B, Noonan 2B, Cain RHP
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) June 13, 2013
You’ve probably heard today’s the anniversary of Matt Cain‘s perfect game. Where was I? At a graduation for most of the game, came home (drove safely, of course), then ran to my residence where my wife had the game on, and there was much happiness.
Newsflash: The Giants are struggling. They saw a double digit number of runs cross the plate against them (again) last night for the seventh time this season. They allowed double digits six times in all of last season and five times each in 2010 and 2011, and we still have ninety-eight games to go in 2013. The injuries are notable in Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro, Pablo Sandoval (1-2-3 in the order), Ryan Vogelsong, Santiago Casilla, and the starting pitchers have struggled to remain consistent while the bullpen has been overused and has seen ten different men toe the slab for them this year (eleven if you count Kickham, but he was supposed to be a starter). The Giants are 33-31, 4-6 in their last ten, 9-11 in their last twenty, and 13-17 in their last thirty. This has given them time to sink to .500, and allow a team that’s performing better than them to catch up. That team would be Bud Black‘s Padres (sorry, Dodgers, not you this time). In their L10, L20, and L30 they are 6-4, 11-9, and 16-14, respectively. It’s nothing over-the-top fantastic, but it’s enough to get you to .500 and get you out of the cellar if the pattern holds, and right now only two games separate the Friars and the Champs. The table below is from baseball reference and while there are some fancy abbreviations and acronyms, don’t be scared, but don’t get depressed if you’re a Giants fan.
At least the Giants are 14.5 games ahead of Miami! So the Giants are just below average in runs per game, and run differential, but that 12-20 record away from home, and actually have a better record against teams at or above .500 (20-18) than below .500 (13-13) which is a little puzzling for a team that is supposed to have that championship swagger.
Here’s who the teams have coming up for the rest of the month:
Giants — @ Pirates (1), @ Braves, vs. Padres, vs. Marlins, @ Rockies
Padres — vs. D-Backs, @ Giants, vs. Dodgers, vs. Phillies, @ Marlins
I’m going to say the Giants have a little bit tougher of a schedule, so with the Padres only two games back of the Giants entering play on Thursday, it wouldn’t shock me if the Giants continue their business of salvaging one game out of three in every series that isn’t against the NL West. Then again, Hunter Pence could give a speech and inspire the Giants to a ten-game winning streak and then they’re tied for first or something while the second place Rockies (one game ahead of the Giants) work their way to fourth place. Who knows, but the way injuries have been going SF’s way, no sign of a rotation producing the production we’re used to, it’s no wonder the Giants are rumored to be in the market for a starting pitcher to help stop the bleeding. This wasn’t a post about selling off the team, rather just a warning about where they happen to be going. When the healthy come back, the Giants will be stronger, and it is yet to be seen if they will be given the room from the other NL West teams to climb back to the top.
After surprising the masses and drafting SS Christian Arroyo with their 25th pick, the Giants selected with the 64th pick Ryder Jones, a prep player from Boone, North Carolina that can play 3B and pitch with the right hand. Jones is a Stanford commit, and was ranked #197 by Baseball America. There are a couple videos of him on Youtube available… at least I believe they’re him, since I’m not sure how many other Ryder Joneses that play 3B/RHP.
I, of course, am not related to him, though it’d be cool if I was.
The assigned slot amount for this pick is $872,100, but with Arroyo’s selection, the Giants should have room to overpay if they want with this pick, or in future picks.
The Giants have no more picks today, but will have a pick in each round from here on out. The third through tenth rounds will make up tomorrow’s action, which MLB.com will air beginning at 10AM PST. The rest of the rounds will air on Saturday.
Thursday’s Draft has finally come, and the Giants have selected shortstop Christian Arroyo with their first pick of the Draft, whom scouts say profile best as a catcher, per MLB Network.
Christian Arroyo’s scouting report from Keith Law, because I don’t have access to other reports:
“Arroyo has received some late-spring buzz as a potential first-round pick, although his offensive upside is somewhat limited and he’s not going to stay at shortstop.
At the plate, he overstrides and shifts his hips early, keeping his hands back and making up for some mechanical inconsistencies with quick hands and good bat speed.”
Arroyo was ranked near the #100 mark of most lists I could see, with him being at #102 overall for Baseball America, and #99 for Keith Law’s list. There is no doubt the Giants will save money with this pick, but it’s a wonder who will fall to them in #64. I am not going to say this is a “bad pick,” because I haven’t done the scouting, but I would not be surprised to see evaluators call this pick a “reach.” We’ll see what the front office has to say about the pick of Arroyo, and I have no doubt they are happy with nabbing Arroyo.
The Giants have ten picks within the first ten rounds and have $4,712,200 total budgeted for them for these rounds.
Last year, with the 20th overall pick, the Giants picked Chris Stratton, whom is pitching in Low-A Augusta right now.
As for division rivals, the Rockies selected RHP Jonathan Gray 3rd overall, Padres OF Hunter Renfroe (13th), D-Backs RHP Braden Shipley (15th), and Dodgers RHP Chris Anderson (18th). The Padres, Rockies, and Diamondbacks have two more picks today, while the Dodgers and Giants have one each left for the day.
MLB Draft Day is today, and the drafting will get going at 4:00PM PST with the Houston Astros making the first pick. Picks won’t go down one right after another like they will on Day 3 of the Draft, so if you tune in at 4, get comfortable. There will be 73 picks made total today, with the Giants picking 25th and 64th in the first and second rounds, respectively. Some links and article to get you ready:
ESPN Insider Top 100
MLB.com Top 100
Baseball America’s Top 500
Grant Brisbee’s conversation with Chris Crawford
As for names that MLB Draft experts have linked the Giants to, there has really been one name that’s appeared more often than others, but with the Giants front office so good at keeping their movements (understandably) quiet, don’t be surprised if/when they go another direction:
Matt Krook (ESPN Insider req’d for link) – lefty from St. Ignatius Prep in San Francisco is right in their backyard. Has been taken by the Giants in every Baseball America Mock Draft, and two of Keith Law’s mock drafts.
Eric Jagielo — Two way player outta Notre Dame, went in a Keith Law mock in May, and is a Top 20 player in Baseball America’s Top 500 list.
Hunter Harvey — A high school prep arm of the right-handed variety, one of five players named “Hunter” in the draft, and likely won’t even be the first one off the board. Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com has had him going to the G’s in both of his mocks.
For those wondering how the Giants have done with their draft for the past five drafts, here are some names from the first two rounds (overall pick in parenthesis):
2012 1st Round (20) — Chris Stratton, pitching in Low-A Augusta, and #3 prospect in the organization per Jonathan Mayo and Baseball Prospectus
2012 2nd Round (84) — Martin Agosta, also pitching in Low-A Augusta, and a Top 10 prospect according to previously named evaluators
2011 1st Round (29) — Joe Panik, playing in Double-A Richmond, but evaluators don’t project his ceiling to be much more than a second-division player
2011 2nd Round (49) — Kyle Crick. Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Giants draft prep-pitcher, becomes highly regarded prospect. Pitching in High-A San Jose and has been the consensus top prospect for the Champs, estimated time of arrival (ETA) in 2015.
2010 1st Round (24) — Gary Brown, playing in Triple-A. Former Top 50 prospect, but the hype has tailed.
2009 1st Round (6) — Zack Wheeler, playing with the Mets, and is a top prospect in their system and in baseball as well. He should be getting called up within the month. Was traded for Carlos Beltran in 2011.
2008 1st Round (5) — Buster Posey. Complete bust of a pick. Never did anything for the organization.
2008 Supplemental 1st Round (37) — Conor Gillaspie, now a member of the Chicago White Sox.
You see how important the first two rounds of draft picks can be, whether they become the centerpieces of the organization, they become pieces to bring in help to the 25-man roster, they don’t provide the depth you hoped they could, or they give the organization hope for the future. That building for the future will get going on a formal basis today at 4:00PM. See you there.
Baseball Reference has a nifty tool where you can check out how Draft Picks rank based off positions, names, years, rounds, franchises, and you can sort it by hits, home runs, stolen bases, whatever. I’m going by BR’s version of Wins Above Replacement, or what some call “bWAR” or “rWAR.” BR has data from 1965, which is when the Draft was first implemented, so I’m going to go as far down as I can to see how high overall Giants Draft Picks have performed at the MLB level, which is difficult to reach itself. I’ll start from the first overall pick and tell you some of the notables and progress all the way to the 30th pick. The Giants will be selecting 25th overall, then 64th overall on Day One of the MLB Draft, which you can see on MLB Network. Their coverage of the Draft will begin at 3PM PST.
1st overall pick — Never picked 1st overall
3rd — Matt Williams (3rd overall, 43.5, 1986)
5th — Buster Posey (8th overall, 14.4, 2008)
6th — Johnnie LeMaster (last place of players that made the MLB, -6.8, 1973)
**The Giants signed a pretty good 6th overall pick once upon a time, he wore the #25 for them, you’ve probably heard of him?
7th — Calvin Murray (down the list, 1.9, 1992)
8th — No 8th pick made the Majors
9th — Alan Cockrell (0.0, 1984) had 8 AB in the bigs
11th — Steve Stanicek (-0.1, 1982) had 16 AB, but it wasn’t for the Giants since he was traded to Milwaukee for Rob DeWolf
12th — Never picked 12th overall
13th — Never picked 13th overall
14th — Al Gallagher (2.2, 1965 — the Giants’ first ever amateur draft pick!)
16th — Mike Remlinger (9.5, 1987), though he was traded for a pitching package of names with an old star to the Seattle Mariners in ’91
17th — Gary Matthews (3rd overall, 27.3, 1968)
18th — Dave Rader (3.5, 1967), and two other guys were just above 0.0.
19th — Rob Dressler (2.0, 1972), though he wasn’t with the professional club long
20th — No 20th pick made the majors, though 2012 pick Chris Stratton hopes to change that
21st — Brad Hennessey (2.3, 2001)
22nd — David Aardsma (1.7, 2003) whom is still active, and only pitched in 11 games for the Gigantes
23rd — Never picked 23rd overall
25th — Matt Cain (2nd overall, 31.5, 2002) and might get his spot taken by the AL Rookie of the Year some day
26th — Never picked 26th overall
27th — Never picked 27th overall
28th — Never picked 28th overall
29th — Ted Wood (near the bottom, -1.1, 1988) didn’t do so well, but hopefully Joe Panik (2011) and Wendell Fairley (2007) do better, though the public really never hears anything on Fairley from scouts
30th — You remember Noah Lowry, don’t you? (9.5, 2001)
Yesterday the counts for the American League were released, and so today the home National League’s vote count is out to the people where you can view here. Some facts and reactions:
NL @allstargame voting leaders:1B: Votto2B: Phillips3B: SandovalSS: TulowitzkiC: PoseyOF: J. Upton OF: Harper OF: Braun
— MLB (@MLB) June 4, 2013
Surprises for me are Pablo Sandoval at third, Bryce Harper gets the celebrity vote, as you could argue Carlos Gomez, Carlos Gonzalez, and Shin-Soo Choo are among those more deserving with the stats, but I’ll let that slide.
Posey leads all NL with 1,275,956 votes, J. Upton is second w/ 1,184,249. Upton leads all OFs. Would be 1st fan selection for 2-time AllStar — David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) June 4, 2013
Buster Posey is the story of the day with the amount of votes he’s getting, but he’s not blowing away the competition.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) June 4, 2013
Brandon Crawford is about 350,000 votes behind Troy Tulowitzki, Brandon Belt is about 500,000 behind Joey Votto, and Marco Scutaro is 200,000 behind Brandon Phillips. I really feel like Matt Carpenter needs to be getting more of a look, as he’s quietly put up a pretty valuable year.
Giants fans vote a lot. Belt 2nd, Scutaro 2nd, Sandoval 1st, Crawford 2nd, Posey 1st; Pence 6th, Pagan 8th, Blanco 11th in OF
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) June 4, 2013
The challenge for other clubs is can they get their fanbase to vote their one guy (for the Brewers two guys) in to out do what the Giants fans are doing for all their outfielders.
This will be a real test for Giant fans — to see how many unworthy players they can vote into the starting lineup
— Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) June 4, 2013
Right now, I’d say Posey is the only ASG starter I could argue that the Giants have. Yadier Molina winning that over Buster would not be a problem by me, he’s really good as well. We saw what Giants fans did last year, voting in Melky Cabrera in addition to Panda and Posey, and Matt Cain took the bump for the NL. There were many unhappy within the NL, although the NL would end up winning, with the Giants players providing plenty of production, in a shutout victory over the American League, giving the Giants of all teams home field advantage in the 2012 World Series.
The 2013 All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, on Tuesday, July 16.
Even after the Cardinals lose a game that didn’t finish until after 1:00AM PST, the Giants are limping into St. Louis and have rolled into the underdog role even more, and it’s hard to say that we expected this to happen:
Pablo has left foot sprain, won’t start this series. Could miss up to a week, but Giants don’t think he’ll go on DL.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 31, 2013
Ok, so Pablo Sandoval‘s out for a bit, that should give Joaquin Arias some more starts. He hasn’t looked as great this year as he did last year in his limited role, but as long as he’s doing well defensively that should be cool, right?
Sandoval isn’t sure when he hurt it. Had MRI this morning. Pagan to play for sure Sunday, possibly tomorrow. — Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) May 31, 2013
Angel Pagan coming back may make the defense better in that Andres Torres will get a break to get all the demons out of his head, although I wonder if Andres doing well in the outfield is the only way to exorcise those thoughts.
Gaudin now officially listed to start Sunday. — Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) May 31, 2013
One more to add on to Sandoval, Pagan … Scutaro is pretty sick and Bochy said he would check with him after BP to see if he starts. — Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 31, 2013
So if Marco Scutaro‘s sick, that would make three regulars in Pagan, Sandoval, and Scutaro out and Nick Noonan would be getting the start(s) depending on how Marco’s feeling, but this flu bug has really been running amuck in the Giants clubhouse. Whomever gave this to them owes us. I don’t know what they owe us, but they owe us. Lineups for the Giants:
Tonight’s #SFGiants lineup: Blanco cf, Scutaro 2b, Pence rf, Posey c, Belt 1b, Torres lf, Crawford ss, Arias 3b, Cain p
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) May 31, 2013
and for the Cardinals:
#STLCards lineup vs SF: Carpenter 2B, Beltran RF, Holliday LF, Craig 1B, Molina C, Freese 3B, Jay CF, Kozma SS, Miller P
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 31, 2013
Normally a blatantly obvious “key to the game” but this is especially true against the Cardinals: If the Giants can get to the bullpen of the Cards early on, there will be much rejoicing. The rotation and the lineup for the Cardinals is scary good, while their bullpen wasn’t as great as it was in the beginning of the season. No reports of game start being delayed from what I’ve seen yet. 5:15PM PST scheduled start since they’re two hours ahead of the west coast party peoples.