Hey, everyone. Thanks for sticking with us for Draft coverage. The next 39 picks will come at you in a four-part segment and run through the rest of the week. Today is Rounds 2-10.
Here’s a quick table for you to consult for the Giants’ draftees from Rounds 2-10.
|Round||pick number||Player name||school||position|
|1||20||Chris Stratton||Mississippi State||RHP|
|2||84||Martin Agosta||St. Mary’s||RHP|
|3||115||Mac Williamson||Wake Forest||RF|
|6||208||Stephen Johnson||St. Edward’s U (Texas)||LHP|
|8||268||Joe Kurrasch||Penn State||LHP|
|9||298||Shilo McCall||Farmingham HS, N.M.||CF|
Here’s the breakdown of each guy, minus Stratton because we covered him already. All the links on this page for stats lead to the college team’s stats page.
Round 2 – Martin Agosta, RHP, St. Mary’s College
Agosta’s SMC profile: http://www.smcgaels.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=21400&ATCLID=204847105
Agosta’s 2012 stats: http://www.smcgaels.com/fls/21400/stats/baseball/2012/teamcume.htm
Martin Agosta wowed the masses with a great junior year at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. He was a three year starter for the Gaels and this past season he led the team in innings at 103 1/3 and strikeouts at 95. He posted a 9-2 record, a 2.18 ERA, and a .231 batting average against. His 19 career wins tied him for third best all time in SMC history. Agosta boasts great presence on the mound and a solid repertoire, headlined by a fastball that comes in at 92-94 MPH.
His secondary pitches are a curveball at 79-81 with some slurvy action to it and an above-average changeup. The fastball also has some sink to it. His stuff and his mound presence allow him to keep hitters off balance.
He’s come a long way in his three seasons at St. Mary’s. The kid earned his stripes through some tough love via his coaches at the school, who encouraged him to unleash his velocity and think about command second; usually, it’s the other way around. Thanks to his power awakening, Agosta has thrown some outstanding outings in the last few seasons, which put him on the map as a prospect and put him among the best in SMC baseball history. One of his best performances this year was a 12-strieout game against Portland on May 11.
Like most top tier college talent, Agosta played in a summer college league in 2011. He won the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League title with the Bethesda Big Train and posted an 0.99 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings pitching mostly in relief. I included this tidbit about the Big Train not only to show how dominant Agosta was, but also because I love the team name.
The picture of Agosta on his SMC profile shows a tall, skinny kid with the right kind of body for the whiplike motion that generates speed in his delivery. This is a guy who was undrafted out of Jesuit High in Sacramento three years ago. The word was he was undersized and thus undesirable as a prospect. Is he really that small at 6’1″, 180? I mean, I like my power pitchers at or over 6’3″ as much as the next person, but dude can throw 94 regularly. I can’t complain.
Agosta seemed destined for the Giants, as he’s a lifelong fan of the club, played high school ball with current catching prospect Andrew Susac, and he admires Tim Lincecum. Like first round pick Chris Stratton, Agosta could be ready quickly. In fact, I think he has a shot at making it before Stratton due to his secondary pitches being so good already.
Round 3 – Jonathan “Mac” Williamson, RF, Wake Forest
Mac Williamson’s Wake Forest profile: http://www.wakeforestsports.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/williamson_mac00.html
Mac Williamson’s 2012 stats: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/wake/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2011-12/stats/season_stats.pdf
Mac Williamson was one of 11 picks from four year universities on Tuesday; the rest of the 14 picks came from high school or community college programs. The Giants went heavy on college talent. Perhaps it’s their way of making a quick push for another farm system renaissance.
Whatever the case, Williamson is also the first position player the Giants picked in this year’s Draft and a standout due to the fact that six of the first seven picks were all pitchers.
He’s also a standout because of his size, power hitting, and speed. He’s a 6’4″, 240 pound right fielder who hit 36 homers and stole 35 bases in 47 attempts over his three year career at Wake Forest. He has a huge arm, thanks to a background as a pitcher in high school. Williamson was the top-ranked pitching prospect in North Carolina his senior season and could throw in the low 90s.
Williamson put up a slugging percentage of .589 and an OBP of .396 this year. He had 23 strikeouts to 41 walks and was hit by pitches 13 times. He was second on the Demon Deacons with 55 hits and had a .992 fielding percentage in right.
Wake Forest coaches call him a five tool player who came into his own this past season and he was a high achiever off the diamond as well, making the ACC Honor roll his first two seasons. He was extremely impressive in his redshirt junior season who missed his freshman season in 2009. Williamson, who is from Wake Forest, NC, was a member of the National Science Honor Society as a high schooler and is an accounting major at WFU.
Okay, how does this person actually exist? He’s huge, has power, speed, and a cannon for an arm, gets on base, and he breaks the mold for the prototypical college athlete with smarts and direction.
Given the Giants’ tendency to push top college talent through the system quickly and Williamson’s already strong development, I’d say he could be in San Francisco’s lineup and playing right field rather quickly. He’d make a nice compliment to the outfield with Gary Brown in center.
Round 4 – Steven Okert, LHP, Oklahoma
Steven Okert’s Oklahoma profile: http://www.soonersports.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/okert_steven00.html
Steven Okert’s 2012 stats: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/okla/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2011-12/stats/season_stats_final.pdf
Steven Okert is the latest in a line of dedicated closers the Giants have drafted recently. Okert flip-flopped between starting and pitching in the bullpen in Oklahoma this past season and earned five saves in 29 appearances, which included five starts. He’s a big left-hander with a fastball that sits at 91-93 MPH and can reach 95.
The Brewers selected him twice in the last two years; first in the 43rd round in 2010 and then in the 33rd round in 2011. He jumped up significantly this time around after throwing hard in his first season for the Sooners. Prior to this season, he pitched two years at Grayson County College in Texas.
He racked up 65 strikeouts in 69 innings this year, which is great. His 33 walks are not. He’s always been a big strikeout guy, going back to his days at Grayson CC, but he also has had problems with allowing too many walks.
He’s also already put a lot of wear on his arm, with 81 innings this year and 66 innings at Grayson CC in 2011.
An MLB.com scouting report says he was lights out this year, but the high walk numbers concern me. It’s also hard to find a quality video of him pitching, so I can’t contribute anything on his mechanics at this time.
Going off what MLB.com says about him and his projection as a lefty who throws hard, he’s another guy who could be ready fast. Proceed with caution on this one, though, and not just because of the red flags mentioned in this blurb. Remember that Jason Stoffel was once great and then turned out to be a bust. I’m not nearly as excited about Okert as I was about Stoffel when the latter was drafted.
Round 5 – Ty Blach, LHP, Creighton
Ty Blach’s Creighton profile: http://www.gocreighton.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=1000&ATCLID=204841813
Ty Blach’s 2012 stats: http://www.gocreighton.com/fls/1000/stats/baseball/2012/teamcume.htm
Ty Blach continued the run of college arms when the Giants selected him with their fifth round pick. The left-hander threw four complete games and led the Creighton staff with 120 1/3 innings and 83 strikeouts in 2012. He held his opponents to a .219 average and posted a 2.69 ERA.
He threw a complete game one-hitter in the opening game of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament in late May and retired the last 18 batters of the game. He led the nation with 21 starts and pitched eight innings against UCLA in the Los Angeles Regional.
Steven Pivovar of the Omaha World-Herald wrote up the pick and had a great quote from Blach: “I’ll go there and meet with them this week and try to get things worked out.”
Blach was the Blue Jays’ ace for the last two years and was a big arson the team made back-to-back appearances in the NCAA tournament. He was ranked in the top 200 for Draft prospects this year by Baseball America and was predicted to go in the fifth or sixth round. The lefty throws his fastball at 89-91 and can go as high as 94. He also throws a changeup and slider and has strong command.
This guy looks like another Eric Surkamp but with a little more velocity.
Round 6 – Stephen Johnson, RHP, St. Edwards U (Austin, Texas)
Stephen Johnson’s 2012 stats: http://livestats.stedwards.edu/stats/mens-baseball/stats2012/teamcume.htm
Tremendous arm strength shot Stephen Johnson to the top of the Draft, with a big boost after a switch to relief last year. Johnson pitches in a DII program at St. Edwards University in Texas and showed the world what he can do: hit 100 on fastball and throw a ton of strikes. However, he needs a lot of work on mechanics and control.
Johnson’s mechanics are bad–for now. I watched a scouting video of him pitching in summer ball and he does this weird reachback thing with his right arm before delivering the ball. He places his arm down on his side, level with his hip, before he throws. It’s awkward and looks like it would strain his wrist and forearm something fierce. He looks down at the mound before each pitch, in the middle of his delivery, which adds unnecessary clutter to his motion.
The necessary to iron out the trouble with his mechanics is worth it to utilize his plus fastball, which took on a life of its own in Johnson’s first year as a reliever. It was a monumental switch from a so-so starter to closer, allowing him to spotlight his key pitch. Johnson made headlines for pitching over 100 MPH a few times.
Johnson was named Baseball America’s DII Preason Pitcher of the Year and the top prospect in the whole tier. This year for St. Edwards he had 74 strikeouts and 17 walks in 43 1/3 innings. It’s safe to say he blew away the competition. He had a 1.45 ERA in 30 appearances and collected 18 saves–more than anyone in the entire nation.
All this is thanks to the summer he spent in Santa Barbara. He turned to the bullpen and closing while playing for the Santa Barbara Foresters in the California Collegiate Baseball League in 2011 with a dominant campaign: 23 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings with a 1.31 ERA and a .205 batting average against.
At 6’4″, 205, and armed with that powerful fastball, Johnson profiles either as a powder keg of a closer or a tough as nails ROOGY. The drawbacks for him are pretty dire right now, but the Giants wouldn’t have spent this early of a pick on him if they thought it was impossible to work him out.
Also do yourself a favor and if you do a search for Stephen Johnson, DO NOT follow Google’s suggestion for Stevens-Johnsons syndrome. Don’t do it. It’s straight from the big book of medical nightmares. I suffered through that imagery so you wouldn’t have to.
Round 7 – Eduardo “E.J.” Encinosa, RHP, Miami
E.J. Encinosa’s Miami profile: http://hurricanesports.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/encinosa_e.j.01.html
E.J. Encinosa’s 2012 stats: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/mifl/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2011-12/stats/season_stats_final.pdf stats
E.J. Encinosa is a big guy at 6’5″, 242, and has a big arm that works best in short bursts. It fit him well in his role as the Miami Hurricanes closer this year. Encinosa saved eight games in 24 appearances and had 39 strikeouts in 29 innings, but his walks were rather high with 17. He was tough on opposing batters with a .129 batting average against.
There currently isn’t a scouting video of Encinosa but I watched some video of him from his senior year of high school in 2009, courtesy of MLB.com. It showed him with the strong ability to stay back on the mound through most of his delivery. Unfortunately it also shows him being a little jerky with his lower body in the follow through.
Since all we have for scouting reports and video on Encinosa is from high school days, I’ll give you what I found with that. His Perfect Game profile had him at 89-93 MPH on the fastball on the high school showcase circuit and diagnosed him with poor command while pitching in the stretch. The report praised him with good arm action. He threw a curveball with a little sweeping motion to it.
The main draw here is Encinosa’s potential plus-plus power. He drew a ton of praise for his fastball since his role change to closer. He was a starter last season with mixed results. His stuff jumps up to plus when pitching in short stints. Encinosa has much more experience in relief, with 29 appearances his freshman year at Miami in 2010.
Another Perfect Game report on Encinosa noted that he threw across his body in 2008, which was also the same year he missed due to an undisclosed injury.
Here’s another potential closer who’s rough around the edges but is worth a look if he can work through the flaws in his game. Given the two closer-type arms the Giants drafted ahead of Encinosa, he might be destined as a power setup man.
Round 8 – Joseph “Joe” Kurrasch, RHP, Penn State
Joe Kurrasch’s Penn State profile: http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/kurrasch_joe00.html
Joe Kurrasch’s 2012 stats http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2011-2012/teamcume.html
Joe Kurrasch came full circle, two years after he left the West Coast for a change of scenery with Penn State. The Giants picked the redshirt junior in the eighth round of the Draft, fulfilling a lifelong dream for Kurrsach. He grew up in the Bay Area before moving to Southern California for middle and high school, returned north to Berkeley for college, and eventually ended up at Penn State.
Kurrasch transferred to Penn State after a 10 game season for the Golden Bears. He sat out the 2011 season after transferring and got a chance to really shine in his new setting.
Kurrasch started 11 games for the Nittany Lions and posted a 2.05 ERA, lowest among Big Ten starting pitchers. He had a swingman role this year, pitching as the closer for the first five games of the year before succeeding as a starter. He had one complete game and had 78 strikeouts and 46 walks in 87 2/3 innings.
His freshman year at Cal was unsuccessful, which prompted the transfer. Kurrasch allowed 14 runs in 9 2/3 innings for the Golden Bears. Two years later, Kurrasch put it together and is now living the dream. He looks up to Brian Wilson and his favorite team is the Giants.
Notes from Perfect Game have his fastball at 88 and good curveball. A high school report on PG said he had a compact motion, tilt to the slider, and threw slider and fastball for strikes. A scouting video on the PG website confirms his compact motion.
Round 9 – Shilo McCall, CF, Piedra Vista HS (Farmingham, New Mexico)
No stats or profile available.
The first high school pick for the Giants in the 2012 Draft might be the first draftee from this class to suit up for the team. The Farmington, N.M Daily Times reports that McCall plans to sign with the Giants. John Livingston’s story on McCall had this gem of a quote:
“The first thing I did was go buy Giants hats for me and my family,” McCall said. “Phase one of my dream is complete. Phase two is working like hell to get to the Giants.”
The Giants fought just as fiercely to get McCall. The same article described a lengthy negotiation between prospect and team. The two went back and forth on money and draft position before deciding on the ninth round pick and the money associated with it.
The whole article is great; read it here: http://www.daily-times.com/ci_20787513/piedra-vistas-shilo-mccall-drafted-by-san-francisco
As for the fundamentals on McCall, he has power and speed in the outfield but needs to work on his throwing fundamentals. He profiles as a left fielder due to his arm strength. He has plus bat speed. All these scouting tidbits come from a Perfect Game report on him from 2011.
McCall was the New Mexico player of th year as a two-way threat. He hit .561 with seven home runs and 52 RBIs while scoring 46 runs. Take note of his .667 OBP. As a pitcher, he went 7-2 with a 2.90 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 54 innings
The Giants beat out Arizona and Miami to get McCall, who has a commitment to Arkansas for the fall. Safe to say he’s sticking with the Giants.
Round 10 – Trevor Brown, C, UCLA
Trevor Brown’s UCLA profile: http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/brown_trevor00.html
Trevor Brown’s 2012 stats: http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2011-2012/teamcume.html
Trevor Brown is a versatile player who can play all infield positions, including catcher. He was at second and third base last year, and at catcher and third in 2010. Giants took him as a catcher, despite the fact that he had 38 starts at first base. He also made 12 starts at catcher, seven at second, and two at third. No matter where Brown was on the diamond or in the lineup, he hit .322 with a team best 50 RBIs and 13 doubles.
Brown was especially hot for the Bruins in late May, smoking the opposition and powering his team to the NCAA Super Regional tournament. Brown matched up with Ty Blach of Creighton in the Blue Jays’ deciding game of 2012 in the Los Angeles regional; Brown was 1-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs in that contest and made the All-Regional team.
He can walk a bit, with 14 walks to 32 strikeouts in his junior season. Brown is also quite experienced for a college junior, with two seasons in summer leagues under his belt. He played in the West Coast Collegiate League in 2010 for the Wenatchee Apple Sox and in the Northwoods League in 2011 for the La Crosse Loggers and had 21 RBIs and 19 walks.
Stay tuned for picks 11-20!