Here at Bay City Ball we (the other Chris and I) will bring you roster breakdowns for each of the San Francisco Giants full season minor league affiliates. Today it’s the Advanced-A San Jose Giants.
Overall the club has a solid potential lineup, rotation, and bullpen. Of course the big names here are Andrew Susac and Joe Panik, as evidenced by their marquee presentation at the season preview event yesterday at San Jose Municipal Stadium.
I haven’t been told what the lineup or rotation order will be but I expect the team to employ a six man rotation. Augusta’s doing it (as you’ll read about tomorrow) and San Jose has done it in the past.
Here’s a handy dandy table of San Jose’s pitchers, complete with when and how they were acquired.
|RHP||Drew Bowlin||23rd round 2007|
|LHP||Ryan Bradley||30th round 2010|
|RHP||Edward Concepcion||Free agent 2006|
|RHP||Stephen Harrold||12th round 2010|
|LHP||Phil McCormick||31st round 2011|
|LHP||Josh Osich||6th round 2011|
|RHP||Taylor Rogers||25th round 2009|
|RHP||Luis Rojas||Free agent 2012|
|RHP||Seth Rosin||4th round 2010|
|RHP||Shawn Sanford||13th round 2009|
|RHP||Justin Schumer||NDFA 2010|
|LHP||Jack Snodgrass||27th round 2011|
|RHP||Jose Valdez||Free agent 2005|
|RHP||Chris Wilson||38th round 2008|
The one I’m really looking forward to is Josh Osich. He impressed me in the scouting videos I’ve seen on YouTube. I recall Taylor Rogers throwing well in Augusta, even though his strikeouts were low (86 in 154 2/3 innings).
Luis Rojas came over from the Mets organization, where he’s been since 2007. He pitched in the rookie leagues and spent the last two years in the Class-A South Atlantic League. He walks a lot of batters: 120 walks to 113 strikeouts over 147 2/3 innings over his career. I hope they can work him out in San Jose this year.
Shawn Sanford is the Opening Day starter, going up against Tyler Matzek in Modesto Thursday. If I had to guess, it would be Osich, Rogers, Ryan Bradley, Seth Rosin, and Justin Schumer behind Sanford. Edward Concepcion was a starter his entire career except for last season when he made 43 appearances, so he’s a possibility.
|C||Jeff Arnold||26th round 2010|
|C||Dan Burkhart||10th round 2009|
|C||Andrew Susac||2nd round 2011|
As you can see, catcher is sewn up for Susac. Dan Burkhart strikes out a lot. Jeff Arnold showed a bit of pop with six home runs and 23 RBIs in 268 at-bats last year in Augusta.
|1B||Luke Anders||32nd round 2009|
|3B/C||Alex Burg||24th round 2010|
|SS||Juan Ciriaco||Rule 5 2007|
|3B||Adam Duvall||11th round 2010|
|SS||Bobby Haney||22nd round 2010|
|SS||Carter Jurica||3rd round 2010|
|1B||Ricky Oropesa||3rd round 2011|
|SS||Joe Panik||1st round 2011|
On this table and on the outfielders table I put their positions based on how many games they’ve played at the positions listed and/or the positions I’ve seen them play more than a few times. Panik played second base for the duration of his Arizona Fall League season. Carter Jurica played shortstop most games last year for the Giants when he was healthy. I expect those two to remain in those positions. Adam Duvall and Ricky Oropesa will make fine corner infielders. I’m especially excited to see if Duvall can continue his power hitting at the higher level and if Oropesa is able to hit more than he strikes out. I like how versatile Alex Burg is as a catcher and third baseman. I saw him play a bit here last year and he’s a very good utility guy to have around. Also, he had a really good year in Australian Winter League, if you take stock in those things.
|LF/CF||Devin Harris||48th round 2010|
|CF||Chris Lofton||9th round 2010|
|RF||Ryan Lollis||37th round 2009|
|RF||Jarrett Parker||2nd round 2010|
Jarrett Parker repeating the level is kind of a drag but since he had a meh year at the plate last year it’s not surprising. I’m really excited to see Chris Lofton in center. He was part of UAB’s football recruiting class in 2010. He can walk well with 49 walks to 98 strikeouts in 418 at-bats last year.
I will be in San Jose for their home opener next Thursday. I’m planning to interview manager Andy Skeels about the team and I might talk to a few other guys if I can fit it in.