The 2012 MLB Draft concluded today, finishing the 16th through 40th rounds. With no compensation picks, the Giants had 40 selections in the draft and after taking Mississippi State right-hander Chris Stratton in the first round, here’s who they took the rest of the way…
2.84 Martin Agosta-RHP-St. Mary’s
The Giants stayed local and took Agosta, a Sacramento native, from the Moraga school. Agosta has an advanced feel for pitching and his stuff has ticked up since his freshman year. While he hasn’t been overwhelmingly dominant (8.27 K/9) , he’s posted solid results and was expected to be drafted around this pick. He should have a chance to start and has upside as a back of the rotation starter, but he could shift to the bullpen where his stuff would play up.
3.115 Mac Williamson-OF-Wake Forest
The only position player taken by the Giants in the first eight rounds, Williamson has some similarities to 2009 3rd round pick Chris Dominguez, in that they were both red shirt juniors with a strong arm, big raw power, but a propensity to swing and miss. Williamson though, has better speed than Dominguez as he spent some time in CF for the Demon Deacons this spring, but profiles in RF. Williamson also has a patient approach at the plate and is not afraid to take a walk.
4.148 Steven Okert-LHP-Oklahoma
Okert was part of an Oklahoma bullpen that also featured flame thrower Damien Magnifico. He is a left-handed power arm who also spent time in the rotation and does have some similarities to last year’s 4th round pick Bryce Bandilla. Okert hasn’t gotten a huge amount of K’s, and has had control issues but he has the hard throwing profile that the Giants have taken in these rounds in recent years.
5.178 Ty Blach-LHP-Creighton
Blach is a very good college pitcher, posting a 2.69 ERA for Creighton. However, he seems to lack overpowering stuff as he only recorded 83 strikeouts in 120 and 1/3 innings.
6.208 Stephen Johnson-RHP-St. Edwards
Johnson is a power reliever who was a good value pick here as he had been mentioned earlier in the spring as possibly being as high as a 2nd round pick. He’ll need to polish his control but he has a live arm.
7.238 Eduardo Encinosa-RHP-Miami (FL)
Encinosa shifted to the bullpen this year and had a good spring for the Hurricanes. He struck out 39 batters in 29 innings without allowing a HR. While he did walk too many he is another good value for this spot.
Other players of note:
9.298 Shilo McCall-OF-HS (New Mexico)
McCall was the first high school player selected by the Giants, and he reportedly already has a deal in place to sign.
11.358 Ryan Tella-OF-Auburn
Tella is a CF who made the all 2nd team SEC. He was a draft eligible sophomore.
12.388 Jeremy Sy-SS-Louisiana-Monroe
Sy was the first of three players selected from Louisiana-Monroe (Randy Ziegler-LHP, 19th rd, Joey Rapp-1B/OF, 28th round).
14.448 Tyler Hollick-OF-Chandler-Gibert CC
Hollick was drafted from an Arizona JC. He stole over 60 bases this year, and is likely the fastest player the Giants selected in this draft.
16.508 Ian Gardeck-RHP-Alabama
Gardeck was a JC transfer who was picked in the 8th round by the White Sox last year. This year he fell 8 rounds and threw just 12 and 1/3 innings for the Tide. This is another nice value pick, gambling that Gardeck still has good arm strength.
37.1138 Drew Jackson-SS-HS (CA)
Jackson is the brother of the Cubs’ Brett. I imagine he would likely be the target for an overslot deal if the Giants find room in their budget.
All in all, while I don’t think this was a bad draft, it definitely seemed to be floor heavy and does not feature a ton of upside.