Victor Roache is a junior right fielder for Georgia Southern University. He's widely-regarded as the best college power hitter available in the upcoming June draft, after leadng all college players with 30 HRs in 2011 and following it up by hitting 6 HRs and being one of the top htters in the 2011 Cape Cod Summer League.
Roache is the player that I most wanted the Giants to draft with their first round pick (#20 overall) in this year's draft, but I didn't think that he would still be available when the Giants pick since most evaluators have projected Roache to go off the board somewhere between #5 and #15 overall. That may have all changed now, becuase Roache broke a bone in his left (non-throwing) hand while attempting to make a diving catch during Saturday afternoon's game. Preliminary reports have Roache being sidelined for at least 6 weeks, but more likely it will be closer to 10 weeks - and he could even be out of action for the entire final 14 weeks of the college regular season.
It's too soon to say how this will end up affecting where Roache gets drafted in June, but for a recent example we only have to look at what happened to Andrew Susac last year. Susac started off the 2011 college season on a hot streak at the plate and with much-improved defense behind the plate. Early projections had him going off the draft board somewhere between the #15 to #30 overall pick. Susac broke his hand about 5 weeks into the season, had to sit out 7 weeks to rehab it, came back in time to play the final 3 weeks of the regular season, and ended up falling all the way to the 2nd round (#86 overall spot) in the draft. Obviously, I never want to wish an injury on any player, but Roache's loss could very well mean a big gain for the Giants come the first week of June.
Here's a link to a story describing what happened to Roache in yesterday's game: