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

'The Kid' Arroyo continues wildly impressive first week with Giants

'The Kid' Arroyo continues wildly impressive first week with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — In a quiet moment in the dugout Friday, manager Bruce Bochy tried to figure out a nickname for his new budding star. During a week where Christian Arroyo has made the game look so easy, this has turned out to be the most difficult part. 

Bochy briefly settled on “Yo” before that was scuttled because the team’s video coordinator is Yo Miyamoto. Joe Panik said some players have tried C.A. or YoYo, but admitted that neither is all that good. The team’s Twitter account spent a few days trying to make Boss Baby a thing, but Arroyo wasn’t thrilled with that one and the experiment appears to be over. In a back room of the clubhouse, there’s a printout showing Arroyo and Buzz from “Home Alone,” but that comparison is much better made with Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman. 

Perhaps the answer is as simple as the path Arroyo’s bat takes to a fastball. As he watched Arroyo field grounders during batting practice, Dick Tidrow was asked about the 21-year-old. Tidrow, the team’s senior VP of player personnel, has seen and worked with Arroyo since he was drafted. 

“We always just called him The Kid,” Tidrow said. “He would turn around when I called him Kid.”

The Kid is growing up quickly. Arroyo’s second homer of the week was the game-winner Friday, an eighth-inning blast that put a lead in Mark Melancon’s hands. The new closer made sure the new third baseman’s homer didn’t go to waste, clinching a 4-3 win that got the Giants out of the National League West’s cellar. 

The homer might have surprised Arroyo as much as anyone. He came here with a reputation as a mature and talented hitter, but power is not his calling card. 

“I’m not trying to hit a homer there,” he said. “Get the head out, see a pitch over the plate, barrel something, just keep the line moving. I got a good pitch, elevated it, and fortunately it went out.”

Arroyo already speaks like a hitting coach, but he is not afraid to admit that there are things he doesn’t know. It’s easy to get film on opposing starters, but there’s little a rookie can do to prepare for late-inning pitching changes. Arroyo consulted Buster Posey and Conor Gillaspie before facing Ryan Buchter, who has been in the division for two years. Gillaspie told him Buchter’s fastball has some late life and gets on a hitter. 

“I wanted to see it and the first pitch was a little low so I got a good read on them,” Arroyo said. 

The second one was right at the belt and Arroyo pulled it down the line for his second big league homer. He had just three last year in Double-A, but the Giants felt the 36 doubles showed that power was on the way. 

“He’s got pop,” Bochy said. “He’s not a guy trying to hit homers. He tries to put a good swing on it. But he drives balls and you saw it tonight. We see him more as a gap guy, but he’ll get more power as he gets older. We’re not asking him to hit homers, trust me, but it’s good to see him letting it go.”

The homer secured a win on a night when a lot went right. Jeff Samardzija was sharp, paying for one pitch to Ryan Schimpf that left the park but otherwise pitching seven strong. Panik and Brandon Belt ignited the offense early and Michael Morse came through with a game-tying sacrifice fly in the fifth. Derek Law and Mark Melancon closed it out, with Melancon getting help from Panik, who made a spectacular tumbling catch on a flare to shallow right-center. It was a big first out given that Melancon was pitching for the third straight day. 

“It was going to be in no man’s land,” Panik said. “You give it everything you’ve got. Fortunately the ball stayed in the glove.”

When it was over, the youngest Giant was in for another round of interviews to cap a hectic week. On Monday he made his debut and on Tuesday he picked up his first hit. Wednesday brought the first homer and Thursday was the first multi-hit game. What will the weekend include? Maybe a real nickname? 

For now, the Giants are fine with leaning on The Kid, because many of them didn’t even know how young the star of the week was until he was a couple of days into his big league career.

“I was thinking he was 23 or 24,” Samardzija said. “This has been really impressive.”

Instant Replay: Arroyo's late-game heroics lifts Giants past Padres

Instant Replay: Arroyo's late-game heroics lifts Giants past Padres

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO — On Monday, Christian Arroyo made his MLB debut. Tuesday brought his first hit and on Wednesday it was the first homer. Thursday’s game was his first multi-hit game as a big leaguer. What was in store Friday? The best swing yet.

Arroyo hit a go-ahead shot to left while leading off the eighth, giving the Giants a 4-3 win in their series opener with the Padres. The player coaches simply call “The Kid” has two homers in his first five games, and both have come in huge spots. Friday’s sent another jolt through AT&T Park and got a lead to Mark Melancon, who closed out the Padres. 

For four innings, a long-haired right-hander was no-hitting the Padres. Jeff Samardzija was sharp early and he got a nice cushion in the first. Joe Panik and Brandon Belt led off with singles and Panik scored on Erick Aybar’s two-out error. A Conor Gillaspie knock made it 2-0. 

The first hit allowed by Samardzija was a painful one. He plunked Yangervis Solarte to open the fifth and Ryan Schimpf hit a long dinger to dead center to tie the game. Cory Spangenberg followed with a single to left that skipped under Belt’s glove. Spangenberg went to third on the play and scored on a bloop. 

Belt made up for the play in the bottom of the inning, beating the outfield shift with a double and scoring on Mike Morse’s sacrifice fly to right two batters later. Samardzija ran into trouble in the seventh, but with two in scoring position and one out, he got a strikeout and a grounder to third. The Giants put the go-ahead run on second in their half, but Hunter Pence and Morse struck out. 

Starting pitching report: Samardzija has allowed six homers. He’s tied for fourth in the NL with a handful of players, including Johnny Cueto and Matt Moore. 

Bullpen report: Melancon has five straight saves since blowing his first opportunity as a Giant. 

At the plate: Belt reached base four times. His on-base percentage is sitting at a cool .390. 

In the field: Panik made a brilliant diving catch in center for the first out of the ninth. 

Attendance: The Giants announced a sellout crowd. One of the fans looked just like Samardzija, possibly on purpose. 

Up next: Matt Cain has a 2.42 ERA but he left his last start with a tight hamstring. He’ll face Jhoulys Chacin (2-3, 5.90).