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Giants add 25 on final day of draft

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Giants add 25 on final day of draft

Day 3 of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft passed Wednesday. In all, the Giants drafted 21 pitchers, four catchers, seven infielders and eight outfielders. San Francisco chose 31 college players, four junior college players and five from high school.

The Giants selected seven players with Northern California roots, including second round pick, RHP Martin Agosta, St. Marys College (Jesuit HS, Sacramento, CA), outfielder Ryan Tella, University of Auburn (Irvington HS, Fremont, CA), Mitch Delfino, University of California, Berkeley (Cloverdale HS, Santa Rosa, CA), LHP Zachariah Edgington, University of California, Santa Barbara (Juniperro Serra HS, San Mateo, CA), Daniel Grazzini, College of San Mateo (De La Salle HS, Concord, CA), Clint Terry, College of San Mateo, Drew Jackson, Miramonte HS (Orinda, CA) and Tyler Ferguson, Clovis West HS (Fresno, CA).

A full list of the Giants' selections in the 2012 First-year Player Draft:

Rd Pick Name Pos School HT WT BT Birthdate
1 20 Stratton, Chris RHP Miss. St. 6-3 190 RR 8221990
2 84 Agosta, Martin RHP St. Marys 6-2 175 RR 471991
3 115 Williamson, Johnathan RF Wake Forest 6-4 245 RR 7151990
4 148 Okert, Steven LHP Oklahoma 6-2 210 LL 791991
5 178 Blach, Ty LHP Creighton 6-1 200 RL 10201990
6 208 Johnson, Stephen RHP St. Edwards 6-4 205 RR 2211991
7 238 Encinosa, Eduardo RHP Miami 6-5 230 RR 851991
8 268 Kurrasch, Joseph LHP Penn St. 6-2 205 LL 6191991
9 298 McCall, Shilo CF Piedra Vista HS 6-0 210 RR 621994
10 328 Brown, Trevor C UCLA 6-2 190 RR 11151991
11 358 Tella, Ryan CF Auburn 6-0 175 LL 5181991
12 388 Sy, Jeremy SS Louisiana Monroe 5-11 180 RR 10141989
13 418 Jones, Ryan 2B Michigan St. 5-11 170 RR 981990
14 448 Hollick, Tyler CF Chandler CC 6-1 185 LR 9161992
15 478 Rojas, Leonardo C Miami Dade CC 5-10 175 RR 6111990
16 508 Gardeck, Ian RHP Alabama 6-2 225 RR 11211990
17 538 Johnson, Christopher RHP Portland 6-4 205 RR 8241991
18 568 Duffy, Matthew SS Long Beach St. 6-2 170 RR 1151991
19 598 Zeigler, Randall LHP Louisiana Monroe 6-1 183 LL 8301989
20 628 Delfino, Mitchell 3B UC Berkeley 6-2 210 RR 1131991
21 658 Turner, Benjamin C Missouri 6-5 225 RR 4271990
22 688 Metzger, Brennan CF Long Beach St. 5-11 180 RR 12151989
23 718 Leenhouts, Andrew LHP Northeastern 6-3 200 LL 3281990
24 748 Cain, Andrew CF UNC-Wilmington 6-6 220 RR 3241990
25 778 Eberle, Sam C Jacksonville St. 6-0 215 RR 211990
26 808 McVay, Mason LHP Florida Int. 6-7 240 LL 8151990
27 838 Fern, Chris LHP Union College 6-4 215 LL 8221991
28 868 Rapp, Joseph 1B Louisiana Monroe 6-3 220 RR 11271989
29 898 Houck, Shayne OF Kutzton University 6-1 210 RR 5291990
30 928 Blanchard, Michael CF Austin Peay St. 6-0 180 RR 811989
31 958 Forjet, Jason RHP Fla Gulf Coast 6-2 185 RR 141990
32 988 Pickering, Christopher LHP U. Rhode Island 6-1 190 LL 2211989
33 1018 Farley, Brandon RHP Arkansas St. 6-2 215 RR 811990
34 1048 Edgington, Zachariah LHP UCSB 6-0 190 LL 12211989
35 1078 Grazzini, Daniel RHP Col. San Mateo 6-3 195 LR 821992
36 1108 Terry,Clint LHP Col. San Mateo 6-2 195 LL 691992
37 1138 Jackson, Drew SS Miramonte HS 6-2 175 RR 7281993
38 1168 Long, Nolan RHP Waterford HS 6-9 225 RR 1191994
39 1198 Fagan, Kevin 2B N. Broward Prep 5-11 175 LR 591994
40 1228 Ferguson, Tyler RHP Clovis West HS 6-4 225 RR 1051993
Courtesy San Francisco Giants media services

After Stratton leads way in Giants' shutout, what does his future hold?

After Stratton leads way in Giants' shutout, what does his future hold?

SAN FRANCISCO — After the final out Monday night, a round table was carried into the corner of the home clubhouse at AT&T Park and surrounded by chairs. Eleven players were sitting, eating, drinking and laughing as Chris Stratton prepared to address the media. 

It was a rare sight for the Giants these days, a very rare sight. But then, so was Monday’s result. Stratton led the way in a 2-0 win over the Brewers that was the first home shutout of the season and motivated the joyous post-game scene. 

The shutout was just the second of the season for the staff. Ty Blach went the distance in the other one and Stratton, a fellow rookie, did the heavy lifting Monday, throwing six strong innings before giving way to the bullpen. Matt Cain pitched the seventh, Mark Melancon pitched the eighth while going back-to-back for the first time in three months, and Sam Dyson closed it out quickly. 

There’s a chance that Stratton joins that group in a few days. Johnny Cueto is scheduled to make a rehab start on Tuesday night in Sacramento and that could put him on track to return to the rotation a turn later. That would line up with Stratton’s next start, but Bruce Bochy wasn’t ready to kick the young righty out of the rotation, not after back-to-back scoreless starts against two of the better lineups in the league. A few days after striking out 10 Washington Nationals, Stratton cut through the Brewers. He has 12 2/3 scoreless innings over his past two appearances. 

“For how we’re using him, he’s really handled it well,” Bochy said. “We skipped him, moved him back three or four days, but he doesn’t let it faze him. This is an important time for these young players coming up, whether it’s (Ryder) Jones or (Jarrett) Parker or Stratton. They’re trying to show they belong in the Major Leagues.

“You’re hoping these guys show they’re ready to play here and we don’t have to do something else because we can do it internally.”

Bochy said he could use a six-man rotation when Cueto returns, or a starter could be skipped. That will all sort itself, but the manager made one thing clear. 

“We’d like to pitch him as much as we can,” Bochy said of Stratton.

That’s the same thing Bochy used to say of another right-hander, one he compared Stratton to before Monday’s game. Bochy was asked about Yusmeiro Petit, and he smiled and fondly stated, “He was so good. So good.” The Giants see some Petit in Stratton. He is unaffected by long layoffs and he’s capable of starting, relieving, or even pumping his fastball up a couple ticks for short outings. 

Petit was a mainstay in San Francisco for years, a key cog in a championship team. Bochy has been looking for that piece since Petit departed in free agency, and Stratton seems like he might be suited for the role. He will want more, of course, because all pitchers do. The Giants will give him five more weeks here to try and earn that. 

For the moment, Stratton’s focus is elsewhere. He turns 27 on Monday and the celebration started early. As Stratton answered questions, veterans at the table heckled him about striking out just one Brewer. 

“I left all the strikeouts in Washington, I guess,” Stratton said. 

Nick Hundley walked up with a TV remote and held it up between the cameras. 

“What was your thought on the punchout?” he asked. 

“I’m glad he swung,” Stratton said, smiling. “It was a ball.”

“Did you think about getting any more?” Hundley asked. 

With that, he smiled and ducked back behind the cameras to return to the celebration in the corner. A few minutes later, Stratton joined him.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' first home shutout of 2017

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' first home shutout of 2017

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SAN FRANCISCO — Ty Blach has been a bright spot in this losing season, giving the Giants a young, cost-controlled lefty who can potentially fill a huge role next season. Chris Stratton is trying to do the same thing from the right side. 

The 26-year-old continued his August surge, throwing six dominant innings against the Brewers in a 2-0 win that was the staff's first shutout at AT&T Park this season. 

It was the kind of night that's been so familiar over the years. The Giants had six home shutouts last season. Here are five things to know from this year's first ... 

—- The Brewers are first in the league in homers and the Nationals are third, so Stratton had his work cut out for him the last two times out. His results: 12 2/3 innings, 9 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts. That’s quite the statement. Stratton’s scoreless streak is the longest by a Giants rookie starter since Chris Heston threw 16 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings in July of 2015. 

—- Matt Cain was used as a short reliever to protect a two-run lead in the seventh. He had a 1-2-3 inning that ended with a strikeout. 

—- Mark Melancon pitched back-to-back games for the first time since May 19-20. He struck out Neil Walker and Ryan Braun in a perfect inning. 

—- Jarrett Parker reached base his first three times up. He’s hitting .385 at home this season but he’s just 4-for-35 (.114) on the road. Weird splits for a Giant slugger. 

—- Brandon Crawford is finally finding some traction. His double in the fourth was the big hit in a two-run frame that gave Stratton a lead to work with. Crawford is 7-for-17 on the home stand with three extra-base hits and four RBI.