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Reviewing the San Francisco Giants' 2012 draft

Blach party!

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Welcome back to our pre-draft look at past drafts. Last time we looked at the 2011 draft, which sure looks like a good draft now. In five years, it could look like the best draft in major-league history, or it could look like a total wasteland of squandered potential. It's still an incomplete.

So you probably don't have to be told that's exponentially true for the 2012 draft, which looks a little iffy right now, but is still very much an incomplete. It will probably not be the best draft in major-league history. (Don't be a grumpy Gus, though.) 

First pick: Chris Stratton, first round, #20 overall

The scuttlebutt is that the Giants really, really wanted Michael Wacha, who went to the Cardinals at #19. That would have been cool. I was a huge Marcus Stroman fan -- that is, I watched a two-minute video of him and fell in fake-scout love with him -- and that would have been cool. As is, Stratton still has a chance, even if he's scuffling a bit in the Cal League as a 23-year-old.

Best pick: Ty Blach, fifth round, #178 overall

Subject to change, of course, and there were several candidates. Blach's strikeouts were eaten by a grue this year, but he's still been oddly effective. He's walked 24 in 172 innings, which is borderline freaky for a minor leaguer. There are two kinds of Zito impersonators, fast Zito and slow Zito. It's a big argument in the Zito-impersonating community, which one is preferable. There's going to be a vote to see which one gets a postage stamp and everything. Blach is a fast Zito impersonator, throwing in the low 90s. Considering his command, that's a steal for #178.

Now let's all go out back and whistle for those strikeouts. Maybe they'll come back.

Best name: ?

Horrible draft. Nolan Long sounds vaguely dirty. But that can't be it, right? Shilo McCall sounds like something out of a Raymond Chandler novel, so that's probably the default winner. Really, though, one of the worst name drafts in Giants history. Try harder next time, fellas.

Other notable players

Mac Williamson is out for the season following Tommy John, but he's still one of the Giants' best (only) hitting prospects. Steven Okert took an in-season tumble down the draft boards while at Oklahoma, and the Giants look pretty cagey by swooping on him in the fourth round, as the lefty is doing quite well as a closer in San Jose. Matt Duffy is hitting .313/.371/.400 in Richmond, which translates to about .380/.498/.903 in another league, so even if he can't stick at shortstop, keep an eye on him.

Martin Agosta is temporarily out of order, though not officially, but he was an interesting prospect last year.


Junior college: 3
High school: 5
Four-year: 32

The Giants like college players. I’m not going to argue with them.

Year Rnd OvPck Pos Drafted Out of
2012 1 20 Chris Stratton (minors) RHP Mississippi State University (Mississippi State, MS)
2012 2 84 Martin Agosta (minors) RHP St. Mary's College of California (Moraga, CA)
2012 3 115 Mac Williamson (minors) RF Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC)
2012 4 148 Steven Okert (minors) LHP University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
2012 5 178 Ty Blach (minors) LHP Creighton University (Omaha, NE)
2012 6 208 Stephen Johnson (minors) RHP St. Edward's University (Austin, TX)
2012 7 238 Eduardo Encinosa (minors) RHP University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL)
2012 8 268 Joseph Kurrasch (minors) LHP Pennsylvania State University (State College, PA)
2012 9 298 Shilo McCall (minors) CF Piedra Vista HS (Farmington, NM)
2012 10 328 Trevor Brown (minors) C University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
2012 11 358 Ryan Tella (minors) CF Auburn University (Auburn, AL)
2012 12 388 Jeremy Sy (minors) SS University of Louisiana at Monroe (Monroe, LA)
2012 13 418 Ryan Jones (minors) 2B Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
2012 14 448 Tyler Hollick (minors) CF Chandler-Gilbert Community College (Chandler, AZ)
2012 15 478 Leonardo Rojas (minors) C Miami-Dade College, Kendall Campus (Miami, FL)
2012 16 508 Ian Gardeck (minors) RHP University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
2012 17 538 Chris Johnson (minors) RHP University of Portland (Portland, OR)
2012 18 568 Matt Duffy (minors) SS California State University Long Beach (Long Beach, CA)
2012 19 598 Randy Zeigler (minors) LHP University of Louisiana at Monroe (Monroe, LA)
2012 20 628 Mitchell Delfino (minors) 3B University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
2012 21 658 Ben Turner (minors) C University of Missouri Columbia (Columbia, MO)
2012 22 688 Brennan Metzger (minors) CF California State University Long Beach (Long Beach, CA)
2012 23 718 Andrew Leenhouts (minors) LHP Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
2012 24 748 Andrew Cain (minors) CF University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Wilmington, NC)
2012 25 778 Sam Eberle (minors) C Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, AL)
2012 26 808 Mason McVay (minors) LHP Florida International University (Miami, FL)
2012 27 838 Chris Fern (minors) LHP Union College (Barbourville, KY)
2012 28 868 Joseph Rapp (minors) 1B University of Louisiana at Monroe (Monroe, LA)
2012 29 898 Shayne Houck (minors) OF Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (Kutztown, PA)
2012 30 928 Michael Blanchard (minors) CF Austin Peay State University (Clarksville, TN)
2012 31 958 Jason Forjet (minors) RHP Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers, FL)
2012 32 988 Chris Pickering (minors) LHP University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI)
2012 33 1018 Brandon Farley (minors) RHP Arkansas State University (Jonesboro, AR)
2012 34 1048 Zak Edgington (minors) LHP University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
2012 35 1078 Daniel Grazzini (minors) RHP College of San Mateo (San Mateo, CA)
2012 36 1108 Clint Terry (minors) LHP College of San Mateo (San Mateo, CA)
2012 37 1138 Drew Jackson (minors) SS Miramonte HS (Orinda, CA)
2012 38 1168 Nolan Long (minors) RHP Waterford HS (Waterford, CT)
2012 39 1198 Kevin Fagan (minors) 2B North Broward Prep HS (Coconut Creek, FL)
2012 40 1228 Tyler Ferguson (minors) RHP Clovis West HS (Fresno, CA)