Giants' 2013 draft picks

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Giants' 2013 draft picks
June 7, 2013, 10:45 am
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The Giants selected Cal Poly San Luis Obispo pitcher Chase Johnson in the third round on Friday. (AP)

Giants' 2013 MLB Draft Picks:

Round 1 (25th overall): Christian Arroyo -- Shortstop -- Hernando High School (Florida)
DOB: May 30, 1995 -- 5-foot-11 -- 185 pounds -- R/R

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Arroyo was Team USA’s starting shortstop on the 18-and-under team last summer in the World Championships in South Korea. He hit .341 in the tournament and helped the national team to a gold medal. Arroyo is a steady presence on the field. He doesn’t stand out for his tools as much as his good baseball instincts and his ability to seemingly rise to the occasion. He makes all the routine plays and has solid range. Arroyo likely won’t ever have much power, but makes good contact and covers the plate well. He is committed to Florida.

Round 2 (64th overall): Ryder Jones -- Third baseman -- Watauga High School (North Carolina)
DOB: June 7, 1994 -- 6-foot-3 -- 185 pounds -- L/R

Because Jones' father, Billy, is Appalachian State's baseball coach, he has spent a lot of time around the diamond. His upbringing shows and he has a good feel for the game. While Jones is a two-way prospect, his future is probably as an everyday player. He plays shortstop now, but his range and 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame are better suited for third base. At the plate, Jones has good power. On the mound, Jones' fastball has been clocked in the low-90s and he also throws a solid breaking ball. If he becomes a pitcher, scouts see him as a reliever. Jones is committed to Stanford.

Round 3 (101st overall): Chase Johnson -- Right-handed pitcher -- Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
DOB: Jan. 9, 1992 -- 6-foot-3 -- 190 pounds -- R/R

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.

Round 4 (132nd overall): Brian Ragira -- First baseman -- Stanford University
DOB: Jan. 22, 1992 -- 6-foot-2 -- 185 pounds -- R/R

Scouts will undoubtedly be watching the Stanford lineup closely, with two of the more intriguing advanced bats in Austin Wilson and Ragira. Some think Ragira is a better pure hitter than Wilson. He was perhaps the most consistent college bat on the West Coast for his first two years, though he has struggled a bit in his junior season. He has some serious raw power, though it hasn't always shown up in games, perhaps because of the Stanford approach to hitting. A team that thinks the power will come once he's a professional -- he did hit nine homers with wood bats in the Cape last summer, equaling his long ball total for his first two years at Stanford -- will take the first baseman off the board early.

Round 5 (162nd overall): Daniel Slania -- Right-handed pitcher -- Notre Dame
DOB: May 24, 1992 -- 6-foot-5 -- 265 pounds -- R/R

College relievers are often in high demand because of the well-founded belief they can impact a big league staff rather quickly. Slania was on radars as a result and a solid junior season certainly didn’t hurt his stock. The big right-hander has been extremely effective closing games for the Fighting Irish and he’s more than just a pure power guy blowing college hitters away. Yes, he can run his fastball up into the mid-90s. And his sharp slider acts as a strikeout pitch. But he has really good feel for a changeup that has good fade and deception. With a three-pitch mix and pretty good command, it might be interesting to see if a team gives him a chance to start. Whoever it is knows that he has the ability to get hitters out late in games as well.

Round 6 (192nd overall): Nick Vander Tuig -- Right-handed pitcher -- UCLA
DOB: Dec. 9, 1991 -- 6-foot-3 -- 195 pounds -- R/R

Vander Tuig was an intriguing prospect in high school, but he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2009 and missed his senior year. He re-established himself at UCLA, where he was a right-handed reliever as a freshman before moving into the rotation last year. Vander Tuig commands four pitches well. His fastball sits in the low-90s and his best pitch is his straight changeup, which has the potential to be a plus offering. His breaking balls are still developing, giving him a chance to be a solid back-of-the rotation starter. If starting doesn't work out, Vander Tuig should find a role in a Major League bullpen.

Round 7 (222nd overall): Brandon Bednar -- Shortstop -- Florida Gulf Coast University
DOB: March 21, 1992 -- 6-foot-4 -- 185 pounds -- R/R

Florida Gulf Coast has produced some high-profile pitching prospects in recent years, but no Eagles position player has ever been drafted in the top 25 rounds. Bednar is poised to end that drought. Bednar is a solid fielder who can play anywhere in the infield. He has a strong arm and is good enough defensively to handle shortstop. Bednar's plus speed could help him run down balls in the outfield and make him a fit as a super-utility player. His future role will depend on his bat, which is not as advanced as his glove. Bednar has a quick, line-drive swing, allowing him to make a lot of contact.

Round 8 (252nd overall): Tyler Horan -- Left fielder -- Virginia Tech
DOB: Dec. 2, 1990 -- 6-foot-2 -- 230 pounds -- L/R

Horan had a big year leading up to the Draft that included leading the Cape Cod League in homers last summer. Power has never been an issue for Horan as he has good bat speed and generates good loft. He hit well during his junior season but many scouts question how much he will hit in pro ball due to a good amount of swing and miss in his game. He is a below average runner and can handle left but will never be anything better than average there. A team that believes in his bat could take Horan in the early rounds of the Draft.

Round 9 (282nd overall): Donald Snelten -- Left-handed pitcher -- Minnesota
DOB: May. 29, 1992 -- 6-foot-6 -- 215 pounds -- L/L

Pitching behind potential first-rounder Tom Windle in the Minnesota Golden Gophers' rotation, Snelten, a left-hander, has made it worthwhile for scouts to stick around to see him pitch. Snelten's fastball sits in the low-90s and he regularly touches 94 mph. His curveball and changeup both need work, but with some improvement he could have a solid Major League arsenal. He attacks hitters and has good poise on the mound. Snelten is more athletic than his 6-foot-7, 230-pound frame might suggest. He profiles as a starter as a professional. Snelten missed the first month of the season with an elbow injury, but has been healthy since returning in March.

Round 10 (312th overall): Tyler Rogers -- Right-handed pitcher -- Austin Peay State University
DOB: Dec. 17, 1990 -- 6-foot-4 -- 190 pounds -- R/R

Round 11 (342nd overall): Johneshwy Fargas -- Center fielder -- Puerto Rico Baseball AcademyDOB: Dec. 15, 1994 -- 6-foot-1 -- 163 pounds -- R/R

Fargas is one of the best Puerto Rican prospects in this year’s Draft. He is still fairly raw, but his tools make him an exciting, projectable outfielder. Fargas has above-average range in center field and a strong, accurate arm. Offensively, he needs more development. Fargas has a good, level swing, but doesn’t project to hit for much power. His speed has the potential to be a weapon offensively, as well. Fargas is aggressive and has good instincts on the bases. With time, he could develop into a base-stealing threat.

Round 12 (372nd overall): Ty Ross -- Catcher -- LSU
DOB: Jan. 17, 1992 -- 6-foot-2 -- 205 pounds -- R/R

Coming into this season, Ross was known as a light-hitting, good-defensive catcher and he did little to dispel that notion. He struggled at the plate all season and hit just .211 in the regular season. Ross has never hit well in college and those still waiting for a breakout probably will be disappointed. He has good power if he can make enough contact to use it. Ross remains solid behind the plate, where he is a capable receiver. He has an average arm and earns praise for his handling of LSU's talented pitching staff over the last three years.

Round 13 (402nd overall): Pat Young -- Right-handed pitcher -- Villanova
DOB: March 24, 1992 -- 6-foot-5 -- 200 pounds -- R/R

Since he graduated from College Park High School in The Woodlands, Texas, in 2010, Young has filled out his 6-foot-7, 208-pound frame and become more consistent with his delivery. As a result, Young, who was undrafted out of high school, has caught the attention of scouts. Young pairs his low-90s fastball with a slider. He also throws a changeup, but rarely shows it. Young's high-effort delivery and lack of a third pitch will likely make him a reliever as a professional. He pitched out of the bullpen in the Cape Cod league last summer and excelled in the role.

Round 14 (432nd overall): Nick Jones -- Left-handed pitcher -- Chattahoochee Valley Community College (Alabama)
DOB: Sept 15, 1991 -- 6-foot-6 -- 220 pounds -- L/L

Round 15 (462nd overall): Eugene Escalante -- Catcher -- Mt. Olive College (North Carolina)
DOB: June 25, 1991 -- 5-foot-11 -- 210 pounds -- R/R

Round 16 (492nd overall): Jonah Arenado -- Third baseman -- El Toro High School (California)
DOB: Feb 3, 1995 -- 6-foot-3 -- 195 pounds -- R/R

Round 17 (522nd overall): Rene Melendez -- Catcher - Caguas Military Academy (Puerto Rico)
DOB: Jan 20, 1995 -- 6-foot-1 -- 190 pounds -- R/R

Round 18 (552nd overall): Christian Jones -- Left-handed pitcher -- University of OregonDOB: Jan 27, 1991 -- 6-foot-3 -- 210 pounds -- L/L

After undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2012, Jones was a very effective reliever for the Ducks in 2013. Jones throws a fastball in the high 80s that has good movement to it as well as a solid changeup and slider. He will also occasionally mix in a curve. Jones has a very good feel for pitching and this makes up for his lack of pure stuff. Jones' injury concerns may scare some teams off but he could move quickly to the big leagues as a reliever.

Round 19 (582nd overall): Garrett Hughes -- Left-handed pitcher -- Stanford
DOB: August 27, 1991 -- 6-foot-8 -- 245 pounds -- L/L

Round 20 (612th overall): Brett Kay -- Shortstop -- Illinois St
DOB: April 11, 1991 -- 5-foot-11 -- 165 pounds -- R/R

Round 21 (642nd overall): William Simpson -- Right-handed pitcher -- Seminole St. College (Oklahoma)
DOB: Sept 15, 1991 -- 6-foot-4 -- 210 pounds -- R/R

Round 22 (672nd overall): Ethan Miller -- Right-handed pitcher -- San Diego State
DOB: Nov 19, 1990 -- 6-foot-5 -- 220 pounds -- R/R

Round 23 (702nd overall):  Brandon Zajac -- Left-handed pitcher -- Cleveland State Community College (Tennessee)
DOB: Nov 19, 1992 -- 6-foot-4 -- 210 pounds -- L/L

Round 24 (732nd overall): Nick Gonzalez -- Left-handed pitcher -- South Florida
DOB: June 26, 1992 -- 6-foot-3 -- 200 pounds -- L/L

Round 25 (762nd overall): Blake Miller -- Shortstop -- Western Oregon State
DOB: April 25, 1990 -- 6-foot-3 -- 195 pounds -- R/R

Round 26 (792nd overall): Jacob McCasland -- Right-handed pitcher -- New Mexico
DOB: Sept 13, 1991 -- 6-foot-2 -- 220 pounds -- R/R

Round 27 (822nd overall): Michael Connolly -- Right-handed pitcher -- University of Maine Orono
DOB: Oct 31, 1991 -- 6-foot-0 -- 190 pounds -- R/R

Round 28 (852nd overall): Dusten Knight -- Right-handed pitcher -- University Of Texas Pan-American
DOB: Sept 7, 1990 -- 6-foot-0 -- 180 pounds -- R/R

Round 29 (882nd overall): Ryab Tuntland -- Third baseman -- West Virginia U (WV)
DOB: April 30, 1991 -- 6-foot-1 -- 195 pounds -- R/R

Round 30 (912th overall): Dylan Brooks -- Right-handed pitcher -- Lord Dorchester SS (Canada)
DOB: Aug 20, 1995 -- 6-foot-7 -- 230 pounds -- R/R

Round 31 (942nd overall): John Riley -- Catcher -- Willow Glen High School (CA)
DOB: Feb 14, 1994 -- 6-foot-0 -- 210 pounds -- R/R

Round 32 (972nd overall): Nick Cieri -- Catcher -- Rancocas Valley Reg HS (NJ)
DOB: Nov 20, 1994 -- 6-foot-2 -- 215 pounds -- L/R

Round 33 (1002nd overall): Craig Massoni -- First baseman -- Austin Peay St U (TN)
DOB: Oct 29, 1991 -- 6-foot-2 -- 215 pounds -- R/R

Round 34 (10032nd overall): Ryan Hernandez -- Right-handed pitcher -- Puerto Rico BB Academy (Puerto Rico)
DOB: Sept 24, 1995 -- 6-foot-4 -- 230 pounds -- R/R

Round 35 (1062nd overall): Aubrey McCarty -- First baseman -- Colquitt County Sr. HS (GA)
DOB: Jan 24, 1995 -- 6-foot-3 -- 205 pounds -- S/R

Round 36 (1092nd overall): Grant Goodman -- Right-handed pitcher -- Burlingame HS (CA)
DOB: July 18, 1995 -- 6-foot-3 -- 175lbs -- R/R

Round 37 (1122nd overall): Will Callaway -- Second baseman -- Appalachian St U (NC)
DOB: Dec 14, 1989 -- 6-foot-0 -- 190 pounds -- R/R

Round 38 (1152nd overall): Osvaldo Garcia -- Right-handed pitcher -- Miami Southridge Senior HS (FL)
DOB: Dec 18, 1993 -- 5-foot-11 -- 185 pounds -- R/R

Round 39 (1182nd overall): Christopher Viall -- Right-handed pitcher -- Soquel HS (CA)
DOB: Sept. 28 1995 -- 6-foot-9 -- 230 pounds -- R/R

Round 40 (1212th overall): Ryan Kirby -- Outfielder -- Granada HS (CA)
DOB: Jan 25, 1995 -- 6-foot-2 -- 175 pounds -- L/R

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