We’re back with the breakdown of the Giants picks from Rounds 11-20 of the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft. This list combines the rest of Day 2 and the first rounds from Day 3.
Rounds 21-30 are coming at you on Saturday and we wrap it up with rounds 31-40 on Sunday.
Here’s the table for the picks covered in this post.
|Round||pick number||Player name||school||position|
|Ryan Jones||Michigan State||2B|
|Tyler Hollick||Chandler Gilbert CC (Az.)||CF|
|Leo Rojas||Miami Dade College (Fla.)||C|
|Matthew Duffy||Long Beach State||SS|
Round 11 – Ryan Tella, CF, Auburn
Ryan Tella’s Auburn profile: http://www.auburntigers.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/tella_ryan00.html
Ryan Tella’s 2012 stats: http://www.auburntigers.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2011-2012/teamcume.html
Ryan Tella is another local guy from Fremont. He starred at Irvington High, winning East Bay Player of the Year, and he played one season at Ohlone College in Fremont, where he was Coast Conference MVP, 1st Team All-Conference, an All-American, and the Northern California Player of the Year.
Tella improved his draft stock over last year, when the Twins selected him in the 34th round. In his first year at Auburn, he was named an All-SEC second team pick. His .360 batting average was best on the team and fourth in the conference. He was 11th in the SEC in slugging at .508, sixth in OBP at .448, fourth in hits with 85, and tied for third with 17 steals. He walked very well with 35 walks to 48 strikeouts and led the team with 236 at-bats and was the everyday starter in center for the Tigers.
Tella has played with a heavy heart all year following the death of his father in January. His father Bob was a huge influence in Ryan’s life and the center fielder plays his heart out in his father’s memory.
Tella chose Auburn over other West Coast schools, thanks to a visit from Tigers assistant coach Link Jarrett. The coach came out to the Bay Area to visit with Tella, and the youngster made his mind up almost immediately.
At 6’0″, 185, he’s below average on size so he could profile as a Gary Brown type guy, with much less emphasis on speed.
Round 12 – Jeremy Sy, SS, Louisiana-Monroe
Jeremy Sy’s Louisiana-Monroe profile: http://www.ulmwarhawks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=19000&ATCLID=205006520
Jeremy Sy’s 2012 stats: http://www.ulmathletics.com/fls/19000/stats/baseball/2012/teamcume.htm
Jeremy Sy is a stocky infield prospect who can hit and adds a little speed to his game. He won Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year with a .330 average, 37 RBIs, 77 walks, and 14 steals. He had a tremendous walk rate of 41 walks to 49 strikeouts over 60 games for Louisiana-Monroe.
Sy has a bit of injury trouble in his past. He missed 11 games last year with a wrist injury and he broke his hand in 2010. All that meant 2012 was a pivotal year for him, and he responded well.
He led the Warhawks (seriously, cool name) this season in batting average and hit a walkoff homer in the 13th inning in Game 5 of the 2012 Sun Belt Conference tournament to beat Florida Atlantic. If the game-winning hack in that video is any indication, he has a very loopy swing.
Sy’s fairly quick, with 11 steals last year to complement his 14 thefts this season. He’s been a good hitter since his career began at Olney Central College in Illinois, where he hit .373 with seven home runs and 38 RBIs as a freshman. That campaign earned him a scholarship at Louisiana-Monroe.
Justin Conn of the Herald Review (Decatur, Ill.) reported that Sy said the Giants would contact him this week to discuss a contract.
Round 13 – Ryan Jones, 2B, Michigan State
Ryan Jones’ Michigan State profile: http://www.msuspartans.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/jones_ryan00.html
Ryan Jones was a three year player for Michigan State and switched to second base in 2012 after two years as a third baseman. The shift worked to Jones’ favor, as he became the highest drafted second baseman from the Spartans program and is also the only Spartans second baseman to win All-Big Ten honors in each of his three seasons. He’s among the program’s all time leaders in doubles with 46, hits with 240, and runs with 147.
This season Jones hit .352 with a conference-best 92 hits. He had an outstanding walk rate at 35 walks to 20 strikeouts, plus he hit 16 doubles in 60 games. He’s a strong defensive player with good range, just the kind of guy you need to shore up the middle of the diamond. Jones earned an All-Star nod as a member of the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod League last summer.
Perhaps he can give some depth to the middle infield in the system. Beyond Joe Panik, the pool is mighty shallow.
Round 14 – Tyler Hollick, CF, Chandler Gilbert Community College (Arizona)
No stats or profile available
Tyler Hollick is a center fielder who first excelled in a baseball academy near his hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He was part of the Okotoks Dawgs academy program since he was 13. His latest success came at Chandler Gilbert Community College in Arizona, where he hit .397 with a .480 OBP. Hollick was an All-ACCAC first team and All-region pick.
I had to check around to confirm his steal total for 2012 but it checks out. He had 61 steals for CGCC and was caught 11 times. He also had a .633 slugging percentage and hit .475 in 48 games. He had 77 hits, seven doubles, and eight triples while scoring 58 runs and driving in 29 runs.
Hollick played two seasons for the Okotoks Dawgs and enjoyed his best year there in 2011. He hit .407 with 36 RBIs and 25 walks to 28 strikeouts. He was especially good in the playoffs, going 14-for-44 with 13 runs scored.
Hollick hits well to all fields with power to left. He was recruited by Ohio State last December for the 2012-2013 recruiting class.
Round 15 – Leonardo “Leo” Rojas, C, Miami Dade South College
No stats or profile available
Leo Rojas grew up in Venezuela and attracted attention as a teenage prospect. Rather than take offers from the Yankees or the Phillies, two teams that pursued him, Rojas opted to come to the United States to pursue his education.
Rojas came to the US at age 17 to complete high school in Florida and attended Miami Dade College this past year. Rojas takes his studies in accounting very seriously and has said he puts school before sports. Rojas is a first base/catcher who hit .448 as a pull hitter, but he can have power to right.
Washington, Kansas City, San Diego, and Atlanta were among the clubs interested in Rojas this spring. Whether or not he signs will definitely depend on how much freedom he has to pursue his accounting degree while developing his baseball skills.
Round 16 – Ian Gardeck, RHP, Alabama
Ian Gardeck’s Alabama profile: http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/gardeck_ian00.html
Ian Gardeck’s 2012 stats: http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2011-2012/teamcume.html stats
Ian Gardeck has a wealth of experience already, with three college seasons and two summer league seasons under his belt. He pitched one year at the University of Dayton. His 2010 season he had a 5.93 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings and found his best stuff after a move to the bullpen. In 2011 Gardeck then transferred to Angelina College in Texas, where he had three saves and 36 strikeouts as the top junior college prospect by Perfect Game. He came out of high school as the top rated right-hander in the state of Illinois.
He pitched one summer for the Danbury Westerners in the Northeastern Collegiate Baseball League and one year for the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod League, were he had a 5.87 ERA in nine games.
The White Sox drafted him in the 11th round last season but he opted not to sign and headed to his third school in three years. Gardeck pitched in relief for the Crimson Tide and had a 5.84 ERA over 12 1/3 innings with 16 strikeouts and 12 walks.
There seems to be a lot stacked against Gardeck already with a dip in his draft stock and three schools in as many years. However, Gardeck’s stuff doesn’t lie. He has a good fastball that can reach 98 and he throws a slider–a combination that works well for a reliever. His arm action and command need a lot of work and he also has to keep his arm slot consistent to succeed as a pro.
Round 17 – Christopher “Chris” Johnson, RHP, Portland
Chris Johnson’s Portland profile: http://portlandpilots.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=2653&path=baseball
Chris Johnson’s 2012 stats: http://portlandpilots.com/custompages/Baseball/2012/overall.pdf
Chris Johnson was a three year pitcher for the Portland Pilots and has a history of pitching in the rotation and out of the bullpen. In 2012 Johnson made 13 starts and pitched 76 innings with 57 strikeouts and 21 walks. He finished the year with a 3.08 ERA.
A Perfect Game scouting report from his high school days put his fastball at 87 and mentioned a curveball and a changeup with some sink. He’s a quick worker who attacks the zone and challenges hitters right away.
At 6’4″, 195, he’s tall with long arms so he’s got the build for a pitcher. I’d be shocked if he didn’t add velocity to his fastball since his high school days, although he’s only put five extra pounds on his frame since graduating from Meadowdale High in Edmonds, Wash.
Round 18 – Matthew “Matt” Duffy, SS, Long Beach State
Matt Duffy’s Long Beach State profile: http://www.longbeachstate.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/duffy_matt00.html
Matt Duffy’s 2012 stats: http://www.longbeachstate.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2011-2012/teamcume.html stats
Perfect Game lists this Matt Duffy as the same one who was drafted by the Astros last year, but it’s not the same guy. The Astros pick is from Massachusetts. The Giants pick is a three year starter at Long Beach State.
Duffy was a standout in the Cape Cod League, hitting .348, which was third best in the league. This past season Duffy was an everyday hitter for the Dirtbags and drove in 22 runs with 25 walks.
Round 19 – Randall “Randy” Zeigler, LHP, Louisiana-Monroe
Randy Zeigler’s Louisiana-Monroe profile: http://www.ulmwarhawks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=90634&SPID=10978&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=19000&ATCLID=205006524&Q_SEASON=2011
Randy Zeigler’s 2012 stats: http://www.ulmathletics.com/fls/19000/stats/baseball/2012/teamcume.htm
The Giants selected another Warhawks pitcher on Day 2 of the Draft, choosing the workhorse of the staff in Randy Zeigler. The lefty made a team best 18 starts and pitched 112 1/3 innings. He was impressive with 111 sickouts but walks were high at 56. He threw three complete games and posted a 3.69 ERA.
Louisiana-Monroe is Zeigler’s third stop in his career. He made three appearances for LSU his freshman year and then pitched one season at Bossier Parish Community College. He threw 33 1/3 innings with 21 strikeouts and had great command there. He could also hit a bit with .372 and 19 RBIs.
Zeigler had a commitment to pitch for Florida State out of high school but opted for LSU for his freshman year. He tore his ulnar collateral ligament early that your and had to have Tommy John surgery. The injury paved th way for him to transfer to Bossier Parish, due to LSU’s reluctance to allow Zeigler to become a position player. Zeigler wanted to pitch, so he found a school that would let him chase his goals.
Round 20 – Mitchell “Mitch” Delfino, 3B, California
Mitch Delfino’s Cal profile: http://www.calbears.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/delfino_mitch00.html
Mitch Delfino’s 2012 stats: http://www.calbears.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2011-2012/teamcume.html
Mitch Delfino played three years at Cal and ended up with his favorite team when the Giants selected him with their 20th round pick.
The kid from Santa Rosa hit .355 in 51 games for the Golden Bears with 11 doubles, which tied him for second on the team. He also hit five home runs and was second on the club with 38 RBI. Delfino slugged .485 and walked well with 17 walks to 26 strikeouts.
Last year in the Northwoods League Delfino had six doubles and 17 RBIs with 18 walks in 31 games.