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2013 MLB Draft roundup

The Giants took high-school hitters with their first two picks, then raided the college ranks to fill out their 2013 draft class.

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Giants draftees in the College World Series

There are two of them. So buckle up?

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2013 MLB Draft: The reviews are in

The reviewers just don't appreciate the avant-garde like we do, apparently.

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Open draft thread, day 3

You probably aren't going to care about who gets drafted. But you can root for Giants to take Sicnarf Loopstok. Beg, even.

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Giants go all college on second day of draft

At least one of them will be worth arguing about in a couple years. Imagine that.

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The spectrum of knee-jerk draft analysis

On the subject of evaluating a team's draft based on consensus opinion ...

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Giants take Chase Johnson with third-round pick

The Giants drafted Chase Johnson, a right-handed reliever (who still could be a starter, settle down) out of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo*, which spawned Ozzie Smith, Kevin Correia, and Mike Krukow. The exchange on the MLB.com telecast:

"The Giants stay local ... what did they get here?"

"... I don't really know ..."

Oh, man. Just the best. But what they meant was that Johnson didn't pitch a whole lot this year, and John Manuel said it was frustrating for teams that wanted to scout him. They weren't sure if it was coach/player rift or something else, but that Johnson still flashed a 97-m.p.h. stuffball when he did pitch.

The high school hitters? Yeah, I'm pretty skeptical. A raw arm? I have a little more faith in the Giants with this one. Some video is here, and the MLB.com capsule:

Chase Johnson's junior year has been curious, to say the least. The big right-hander threw well in the Cape Cod League over the summer, following up a sophomore season as Cal Poly's closer. But he's been used sparingly in 2013, yielding the closer role to Reed Reilly. Johnson still has good stuff, though, with a fastball up to 93 mph that has good sink to it to go along with a slider and changeup that both have the chance to be Major League average. Command has been a bit of an issue, but he's generally around the strike zone and a team that feels they can help him improve on that may get a solid setup-type of a reliever as a bargain in the Draft.

Reed Reilly is probably an alter-ego, so maybe there were larger forces at work in that struggle. Still, an interesting pick. Someone on the Giants must have really liked the arm.

* sources describe this school as "Harvard of the West"

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Open Draft Thread, Day II

Thar be Belts and Crawfords on this day, I can feel it.

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MLB Draft 2013: Christian Arroyo video

Video of Christian Arroyo, the Giants' first-round pick:

Scouting terms that I've just made up about Arroyo:

  • His hands have a bit of the "jabberjaw" going on, as they glide through the zone like a wisecracking shark
  • His glove is a classic "Physical Graffiti" type at short -- probably would have been better combining all of those tools into one album instead of overextending himself with a double album
  • His arm is "mauve", though it has a chance to be "burnt umber" with work and practice
  • He probably doesn't have "any power," nor will he "develop any."

I can't tell why he isn't supposed to develop power; based on that swing and the fact that he's 18 with a chance to fill out, it doesn't seem out of the question. Dustin Pedroia is a dust mite, but he has pretty outstanding power for a second baseman. Dunno.

But if you're looking for video on the Giants' first-rounder, here you go. There isn't a lot of it. Probably because he was around the 100th-best prospect according to a lot of pundits, so he wasn't the most high-profile fellow.

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Giants nab Christian Arroyo with 25th pick

The Giants took a shortstop who probably won't stay at shortstop, and who wasn't generally considered one of the top 50 players in the draft. But other than that ...

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Open Draft Thread, 2013

I'm kind of hoping for Aaron Judge because I saw him go 5-for-5 with a million-foot homer against Stanford this year. Good enough for me!

Here's the draft thread. BYOS*.

*(Bring your own stairs**)

** (In case the Giants draft another mistake like Madison Bumgarner***)

*** (Inside joke)

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Best draft picks in Giants history, round-by-round

At least one name will alert your IT department. Doug Fister might, too.

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Six questions about the 2013 MLB Draft

Who will the Giants pick tomorrow? Wait, these are a bunch of high school kids? High school kids are morons. They'll crash the Giants' car. It's not like college kids are much better, either. This isn't shaping up well.

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2013 MLB Draft: Experts coming to a Krookcensus

The Giants are not not a Krook. Fan. They're not not a Krook fan. Oh, be quiet. We would still have years to perfect these puns.

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Mock drafts have Giants going all over the place

And he'll be from high school unless he's from college.

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