Hello, I'm the Giants mock draft director over at minorleagueball, I wanted to get some draft discussion started as it's not that far away. This week I've decided to hone in on our second pick number 74 overall. Note: I don't expect Deshields to fall to us, and Shipman's a reach to and yes, I'll admit the majority of my opinions are formulated from baseball america scouting reports.
ERIC JAFFE-Jaffe, is a local product from Bishop O' Dowd in nearby Oakland. Many scouts have likened Jaffe to 09 Orioles first rounder Matt Hobgood. Like Hobgood, Jaffe is a large man standing 6 foot 3 and weighing 230 pounds. Also like Hobgood, Jaffe has to present plus pitches with a fastball that reaches 95 and a proclaimed "wipeout curve." One thing holding Jaffe back is his command, but he's a two way player who also plays a solid first base and scouts feel his command will improve once he gives up first base.
Garin Cechini-If not for tearing his ACL, there's a very good chance Cechini would be taken in the first 20 picks or so. Cechini, who is committed to LSU, will be forced to move from SS to 3b at the next level, but scouts think he should be able to stay there long term. Cechini has a fluid stroke and plus raw power from the left side.
Delino Deshields Jr.-Deshields, son of the former big leaguer by the same name has been a hot commodity this spring. As a result I don't expect him to fall in our lap but, you never know, Deshields features true 80 speed and great bat speed that makes scouts believe he'll hit for average power down the road. Though he is fairly raw in center field he figures to stay there, given his ability to coverage serious ground albeit a below average arm
Aaron Shipman-Shipman shares many similarities to Deshields for one both are prep center fielders from Georgia, Shipman lacks Deshields true 80 speed but possess many other qualities that could get him drafted high than Deshields. Shipman earns above average grades for his arm, center field defense and speed. His swing excites scouts because it's simple and fluid. He's not the most polished player around, but he has plenty of tools to warrant a high selection.
Mike Foltynewicz- Foltynewicz, is far and away the best prospect in an otherwise barren Northeast region. Clocking in at 6 foot 4 and 190 pounds his fastball ranges anywhere from 91-94 though scouts report he has hit 96 on occasion. His second best pitch is a changeup that features good sink and scouts feel it could potentially become a plus pitch down the road. He throws a change and slider, though scouts feel the latter shows more promise.