MLB Draft order -- A's 11th, Giants 20th


MLB Draft order -- A's 11th, Giants 20th

First round
1. Houston Astros
2. Minnesota Twins
3. Seattle Mariners
4. Baltimore Orioles
5. Kansas City Royals
6. Chicago Cubs
7. San Diego Padres
8. Pittsburgh Pirates
9. Miami Marlins
10. Colorado Rockies
11. A'S
12. New York Mets
13. Chicago White Sox
14. Cincinnati Reds
15. Cleveland Indians
16. Washington Nationals
17. Toronto Blue Jays
18. Los Angeles Dodgers
19. St. Louis Cardinals (A. Pujols - LAA)
21. Atlanta Braves
22. Toronto Blue Jays (T. Beede - unsigned)
23. St. Louis Cardinals
24. Boston Red Sox
25. Tampa Bay Rays
26. Arizona Diamondbacks
27. Milwaukee Brewers (P. Fielder - DET)
28. Milwaukee Brewers
29. Texas Rangers
30. New York Yankees
31. Boston Red Sox (J. Papelbon - PHI)

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Comp Round A
32. Minnesota Twins (M. Cuddyer - COL)
33. San Diego Padres (H. Bell - MIA)
34. A'S (J. Willingham - MIN)
35. New York Mets (J. Reyes - MIA)
36. St. Louis Cardinals (A. Pujols - LAA)
37. Boston Red Sox (J. Papelbon - PHI)
38. Milwaukee Brewers (P. Fielder - DET)
39. Texas Rangers (C.J. Wilson - LAA)
40. Philadelphia Phillies (R. Madson - CIN)
41. Houston Astros (C. Barmes - PIT)
42. Minnesota Twins (J. Kubel - ARI)
43. Chicago Cubs (A. Ramirez - MIL)
44. San Diego Padres (A. Harang - LAD)
45. Pittsburgh Pirates (R. Doumit - MIN)
46. Colorado Rockies (M. Ellis - LAD)
47. A'S (D. De Jesus - CHC)
48. Chicago White Sox (M. Buehrle - MIA)
49. Cincinnati Reds (R. Hernandez - COL)
50. Toronto Blue Jays (F. Francisco - NYM)
51. Los Angeles Dodgers (R. Barajas - PIT)
52. St. Louis Cardinals (O. Dotel - DET)
53. Texas Rangers (D. Oliver - TOR)
54. Philadelphia Phillies (R. Ibanez - NYY)
55. San Diego Padres (B. Austin - unsigned)
56. Chicago Cubs (C. Pena - TB)
57. Cincinnati Reds (F. Cordero - TOR)
58. Toronto Blue Jays (J. Rauch - NYM)
59. St. Louis Cardinals (E. Jackson - WAS)
60. Toronto Blue Jays (J. Molina - TB)

Second round
61. Houston Astros
62. A'S (J. Willingham - MIN)
63. Minnesota Twins
64. Seattle Mariners
65. Baltimore Orioles
66. Kansas City Royals
67. Chicago Cubs
68. San Diego Padres
69. Pittsburgh Pirates
70. San Diego Padres (H. Bell - MIA)
71. New York Mets (J. Reyes - MIA)
72. Minnesota Twins (M. Cuddyer - COL)
73. Colorado Rockies
74. A'S
75. New York Mets
76. Chicago White Sox
77. Philadelphia Phillies (R. Madson - CIN)
78. Cincinnati Reds
79. Cleveland Indians
80. Washington Nationals
81. Toronto Blue Jays
82. Los Angeles Dodgers
83. Texas Rangers (C.J. Wilson - LAA)
85. Atlanta Braves
86. St. Louis Cardinals
87. Boston Red Sox
88. Tampa Bay Rays
89. New York Yankees (S. Stafford - unsigned)
90. Arizona Diamondbacks
91. Detroit Tigers
92. Milwaukee Brewers
93. Texas Rangers
94. New York Yankees
95. Philadelphia Phillies
Third round
96. Houston Astros
97. Minnesota Twins
98. Seattle Mariners
99. Baltimore Orioles
100. Kansas City Royals
101. Chicago Cubs
102. San Diego Padres
103. Pittsburgh Pirates
104. Miami Marlins
105. Colorado Rockies
106. A'S
107. New York Mets
108. Chicago White Sox
109. Cincinnati Reds
110. Cleveland Indians
111. Washington Nationals
112. Toronto Blue Jays
113. Los Angeles Dodgers
114. Los Angeles Angels
116. Atlanta Braves
117. St. Louis Cardinals
118. Boston Red Sox
119. Tampa Bay Rays
120. Arizona Diamondbacks
121. Detroit Tigers
122. Milwaukee Brewers
123. Texas Rangers
124. New York Yankees
125. Philadelphia Phillies

Comp Round B
126. Seattle Mariners (K. Cron - unsigned)
127. Miami Marlins (C. Barron - unsigned)
128. Colorado Rockies (P. O'Brien - unsigned)
Rounds 4-40
129. Houston Astros
130. Minnesota Twins
131. Seattle Mariners
132. Baltimore Orioles
133. Kansas City Royals
134. Chicago Cubs
135. San Diego Padres
136. Pittsburgh Pirates
137. Miami Marlins
138. Colorado Rockies
139. A'S
140. New York Mets
141. Chicago White Sox
142. Cincinnati Reds
143. Cleveland Indians
144. Washington Nationals
145. Toronto Blue Jays
146. Los Angeles Dodgers
147. Los Angeles Angels
149. Atlanta Braves
150. St. Louis Cardinals
151. Boston Red Sox
152. Tampa Bay Rays
153. Arizona Diamondbacks
154. Detroit Tigers
155. Milwaukee Brewers
156. Texas Rangers
157. New York Yankees
158. Philadelphia Phillies

Pence chases Span home in win over Phillies: 'That's Hunter being Hunter'

Pence chases Span home in win over Phillies: 'That's Hunter being Hunter'

SAN FRANCISCO — Denard Span has played enough center field at AT&T Park that he knew not to assume anything when Jarrett Parker crushed a ball to dead center. Span, standing on second, held up for a second to make sure the ball got over Nick Williams. Hunter Pence, standing on first, had a better view, and he took off with the crack of the bat. As Pence approached Span, he tried to yell over the crowd. 

“Go!” Pence yelled.

Span didn’t hear him. 

“I just felt him,” he said later, smiling. 

Span raced around third and Pence roared up on his back like the third sprinter in a 4x100 relay trying to hand off a baton. Span crossed first and Pence was inches behind him, stretching the lead to three runs. 

“It’s one of those plays that’s a little weird but it worked out,” Pence said. 

Jeff Samardzija, the pitcher of record in a 5-4 win over the Phillies, said Pence “was on a mission.” Span said simply, “That’s Hunter being Hunter.”

“I knew he was right on my heels,” he said. “I was trying to run as fast as I could. In my defense, he had a running start. It was fun, though, it was fun. I’ve never had anyone chasing me like that on the bases.”

The moment brought some levity to a season that’s been lacking it. Span laughed as he crossed the plate and the dugout was full of smiles and jokes as the two returned. But on a grander scale, it was a reminder of what Pence has been and what the Giants need him to be if they are to recover from this season. Pence is signed for 2018 at a hefty price. The odds are good that he'll be in right field, so it’s been a relief for coaches and team officials to see Pence pick it up in recent weeks. 

Pence had a hit and two walks on Thursday, scoring two runs and driving in another. He is batting .346 in August. 

“He has just been making more consistent contact and staying in the strike zone more,” manager Bruce Bochy said. 

That has led to better results at the plate, and Pence has provided reminders that the physical skills are still there. After going 0-for-AT&T Park in the first half he hit a couple of homers on the last homestand. Statcast’s Sprint Speed shows that Pence is actually running faster at his top speed than in the past couple of years, when he battled injuries. Pence is at 28.2 feet per second this year, a tick up from 28.1 each of the past two seasons. 

“Baseball goes in waves,” he said. “I’ve had some tough stretches, but right now I’m in a stretch where I’m going better and I’m still trying to improve.”

On Thursday, he pushed a teammate to run just a little faster. But perhaps Pence’s good friend deserves some credit for Span’s speed, too. After stealing his fifth base a few days back, Buster Posey started needling Span. The leadoff hitter has three stolen bases in seven games since that point, getting to eight for the year. 

“He was just talking too much trash,” Span said of Posey. 

Span said Posey mentioned their equal stolen base totals two or three times. He didn’t respond because he couldn’t. Now, he has bragging rights again, and he’s enjoying it. 

“Check the tapes,” Span said as reporters started to walk away from his locker. “I think I’ve got a stolen base off of him.”

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants fight off Phillies for victory

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants fight off Phillies for victory


SAN FRANCISCO — In a battle of the National League’s two worst teams, the Giants struck first. 

The lineup jumped out to an early lead and the new-look bullpen took it home in a 5-4 win over the visiting Phillies. The Giants scored five runs off budding ace Aaron Nola, and Mark Melancon, Hunter Strickland and Sam Dyson shut it down in the final three innings, in that (new) order. 

What a recipe for a victory. They should try that more often, in my opinion. Anyway, here are five things you should know … 

—- Hunter Pence and Denard Span combined for a funny moment in the three-run fifth. Span held up on Jarrett Parker’s ball off the wall and then took off from second; Pence had been on first, and he ran right up Span’s back as they approached the plate. Span heard him coming. He was laughing as he scored. 

—- With those runs, the Giants became the first team since June 16 to score more than two runs off Nola. The 2017 Giants are weird. 

—- Span stole second before scoring in the fifth. He has three stolen bases in seven games since Buster Posey’s mini run-of-speed. Posey had been talking trash to the leadoff hitter. 

—- Jeff Samardzija got the win, but this wasn’t one he’ll remember fondly. He needed a slick Tomlinson-Crawford double play to help get through the sixth. Samardzija was charged with four earned on eight hits.

—- Cameron Rupp flipped his bat when he hit a rocket off Samardzija in the fifth. It for sure looked like a premature bat-flip, but the ball kept carrying and landed in the arcade section above Triples Alley. Cameron Rupp is right-handed. That’s an absolute blast for a right-hander in a night game at AT&T Park. I don’t know where he would play but the Giants should trade for him.