06/09/07 1:17 AM ET
Day 2: Giants go for experienced arms
Officials happy with balance of high-ceiling, quick-rising picks
By Becky Rogan / MLB.com
|1. TB||LHP||David Price||Vanderbilt U|
|2. KC||SS||Michael Moustakas||Chatsworth HS (Calif.)|
|3. CHC||3B||Josh Vitters||Cypress HS (Calif.)|
|4. PIT||LHP||Daniel Moskos||Clemson U|
|5. BAL||C||Matthew Wieters||Georgia Tech|
|6. WSH||LHP||Ross Detwiler||Missouri St U|
|7. MIL||LF||Matthew LaPorta||U Florida|
|8. COL||RHP||Casey Weathers||Vanderbilt U|
|9. ARI||RHP||Jarrod Parker||Norwell HS|
|10. SF||LHP||Madison Bumgarner||South Caldwell HS|
Day 2, however, was mostly spent ignoring pre-college talent, at least for San Francisco. Possibly the largest high school Draft class didn't tempt the Giants as they took 48 college players and just one high school shortstop to close out the final day of the Draft.But director of player personnel Bobby Evans said the drop off in high school players was to be expected. "High school players are hard to sign if they're not taken high because the bonuses go down significantly, and a lot of those guys would just as soon go to college and get an education as well as boost their values," Evans said. The first pitcher the Giants selected on Friday was Texas A&M right-hander Kyle Nicholson, taken with the 224th pick. Nicholson is on the short side at 5-foot-11, but he throws a fastball in the 88-91 mph range mixed in with sinkers, sliders and change-ups. Nicholson spent most of his junior year in the bullpen, but took on a starting role last year and went 11-2 with a 2.17 ERA. Nicholson was San Francisco's second pick of the day following All-American catcher Michael Ambort from Lamar University, taken at No. 194. After Nicholson, the Giants consecutively picked up three more pitchers -- right-hander Daniel Turpen from Oregon State University (No. 254) and left-handers Daniel Runzler from UC Riverside (No. 284) and Joseph Paterson, also from Oregon (No. 314). The Giants also picked up some local community college talent with picks No. 824 and 854. Center fielder Myles Schroder from Diablo Valley College was pick No. 824 followed by right-handed pitcher Daniel McDaniel from Chabot College in Hayward, Calif. "We had a chance to see them a lot more because they're in our backyard," Evans said. "We hope that they're ready for pro ball and to give the Giants a chance to develop them." Overall, Evans said the Giants are extremely pleased with the Draft results. "It's a fun time of year. All these guys have really fulfilled a dream in being drafted, and now they just have to carry out the ultimate dream of playing in the big leagues," Evans said. "It's a great beginning, though, with a lot of hopeful stories."
Becky Regan is an associate reporter at MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.