Top-50 NorCal prospects -- who drafted them

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Top-50 NorCal prospects -- who drafted them

The best baseball players in Northern California are waiting for the call from a major league team. Who was picked, and where are they going? Take a look at this list, compiled by the Web site Perfect Game, and see what's the next step on their career ladder.

YR PLAYER (POS) B-T HT WT SCHOOL MLB Team
JR Mark Appel (RHP) R-R 6-5 195 Stanford Pirates
JR Kyle Zimmer (RHP) R-R 6-3 210 USF Royals
JR Stephen Piscotty (3B1B) R-R 6-3 215 Stanford Cardinals
JR Mitch Haniger (OF) R-R 6-2 215 Cal Poly Brewers
JR Brett Mooneyham (LHP) L-L 6-5 235 Stanford Nationals
JR Tony Renda (2B) R-R 5-8 175 Cal Undrafted
JR Martin Agosta (RHP) R-R 6-1 180 Saint Marys Giants
JR Patrick Wisdom (3B) R-R 6-2 215 Saint Mary's Cardinals
JR Kenny Diekroeger (2BSS) R-R 6-2 200 Stanford Undrafted
JR Jacob Stewart (OF) R-R 6-2 190 Stanford Undrafted
JR Scott Griggs (RHP) R-R 6-4 205 UCLA Undrafted
JR Justin Jones (LHP) L-L 6-3 190 Cal Undrafted
JR Zack Jones (RHP) R-R 6-1 175 SJSU Undrafted
JR Patrick Stover (OF) R-R 6-5 215 Santa Clara Undrafted
JR Cody Keefer (OF) L-R 6-1 190 UCLA Undrafted
JR Elliott Waterman (LHP) L-L 6-5 215 USF Undrafted
SR Chadd Krist (C) R-R 5-11 200 Cal Undrafted
SR Kyle Barraclough (RHP) R-R 6-3 180 Saint Mary's Cardinals
JR Tyler Gaffney (OF) R-R 6-0 210 Stanford Undrafted
SR Matt Flemer (RHP) R-R 6-3 215 Cal Undrafted
JR Nick Grim (RHP) R-R 6-3 190 Cal Poly Undrafted
FR Eric Jaffe (RHP) R-R 6-3 235 UCLA Undrafted
SR Mike Miller (SS) R-R 5-8 170 Cal Poly Undrafted
JR Justin Maffei (OF) R-R 6-0 170 USF Undrafted
JR Justin Haley (RHP) L-R 6-5 230 CS Fresno Undrafted
SR Dayne Quist (LHP) L-L 5-10 180 UC Davis Undrafted
JR Joe Sever (2B) R-R 6-0 205 Pepperdine Undrafted
JR Eric Smith (C3B) L-R 6-1 190 Stanford Undrafted
SR Martin Viramontes (RHP) R-R 6-5 225 USC Undrafted
JR Devyn Rodriguez (1BOF) L-R 6-2 210 Cal Undrafted
JR Tommy Nance (RHP) R-R 6-6 210 Santa Clara Undrafted
SR Jordan Remer (LHP) L-L 6-2 215 USF Undrafted
JR Michael Rivera (RHP) R-R 6-0 225 Fresno Pacific Undrafted
SO Chris Jenkins (RHP) R-R 6-7 220 Stanford Undrafted
SR Shawn Stuart (RHP) R-R 6-3 210 CS Long Beach Undrafted
SR Troy Channing (1B) R-R 6-0 235 Saint Marys Undrafted
SO Derek Campbell (SS) R-R 6-0 170 Cal Undrafted
JR Nick Berhel (RHP) R-R 6-1 180 USC Undrafted
SR Nik Balog (1B) L-L 6-4 220 USF Undrafted
SR Cody Kendall (RHP) R-R 6-2 210 CS Fresno Undrafted
SR Derrick Chung (2B) R-R 5-10 185 CS Sacramento Undrafted
JR David Garcia (2B) R-R 5-7 175 CS Monterey Bay Undrafted
SR Esteban Guzman (RHP) R-R 6-4 230 San Jose State Undrafted
JR Justin Ringo (1B) L-L 6-1 195 Stanford Undrafted
JR Brock Simon (RHP3B) R-R 6-4 200 Santa Clara Undrafted
JR Darrell Matthews (OF) L-R 5-10 165 Cal Undrafted
JR Tyler Christian (3BRHP) R-R 6-1 175 San Jose State Undrafted
SR Trent Garrison (C) L-R 6-0 185 Fresno State Undrafted
SR Tom Harlan (LHP) L-L 6-5 190 Fresno State Undrafted
SR Brian Busick (RHP) R-R 6-3 200 Stanford Undrafted

This list is not final and is currently being updated with the results from the MLB Draft. Updated as of 4:07 p.m.

Giants spring training day 8: Melancon, Hundley go way back

Giants spring training day 8: Melancon, Hundley go way back

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A couple of days before he signed a four-year deal, Mark Melancon fired off a midnight text to Nick Hundley. 

“Call me,” Melancon wrote.

When Hundley called, he found out his college teammate had chosen the Giants, ending a free agency process the two spoke about often. Two months later, it was Hundley’s turn to reach out. 

“I asked him if he wanted to play together again,” Hundley said. “He said, ‘You better not be messing with me.’”

The Giants signed just two free agents who are guaranteed of being on the opening day roster. In an odd twist, the new closer and new backup catcher have known each other for over a decade. Hundley was a second-round pick in 2005 out of the University of Arizona. A year later, his college teammate Melancon was a ninth-round pick. The two have stayed close throughout the pro ball journey. They were groomsmen in each other’s weddings and their wives and children hang out together. 

“We always talked about playing together,” Hundley said, adding that the odds were long in a 30-team sport.

The friends have crossed off a good chunk of them. Melancon has played for the Yankees, Astros, Red Sox, Pirates and Nationals. Hundley has played for the Padres, Orioles and Rockies. Finally, the two have hooked on to the same team, and the Giants are excited to have them both. Hundley will be the veteran catcher the team has missed in recent years, and the Giants are hopeful that he’s a pinch-hit threat, too. Melancon, of course, was brought in to fix the glaring problem in the ninth. Hundley is confident he’ll do it.

“I’ve caught him since 2005,” he said smiling, “And he’s always been nasty.”

NEW FACE: It’s hard to take much away from drills, but Orlando Calixte certainly impressed. As the Giants worked out on the field for the first time in three days, I asked GM Bobby Evans what Calixte showed the team’s scouts. “Just his athleticism, his tools, they stand out,” Evans said. They certainly do. Calixte is smooth out there, and he showed quickness at short that might differentiate him from the pack of infield options. 

Calixte has also played second, third and the outfield in the minors, and while the Giants intend on keeping five outfielders, that versatility could come into play. The Giants plucked Calixte from Kansas City’s system and put him on the 40-man roster when it became apparent that other offers were out there. They thought he could provide more versatility than Ehire Adrianza, and it helps that he has an option remaining. Calixte has to beat out a bunch of guys to win a roster spot, but given his glove and his status on the 40-man, it would be a surprise if we don’t see him at some point this season. 

ICYMI: Bruce Bochy said he’ll call Johnny Cueto to talk about his preparation for the World Baseball Classic. 

POSITION BATTLE: Matt Cain, the clear frontrunner for the No. 5 spot, faced hitters on the main field. Bochy liked what he saw. “He’s gotten more time away from that surgery and he’s throwing the ball well,” Bochy said. “Buster said the same thing. It’s coming out good.”

NOTEWORTHY: The Giants are serious about making Trevor Brown a more versatile option. He fielded grounders at short today and also spent plenty of time at second. 

QUOTABLE: “Just a good day. We (the coaches) were talking about how it’s changed a little bit. We’re not even in March yet and guys are letting it go.” — Bochy on the first day of live BP sessions. The pitchers were certainly well ahead of the hitters today. 

Will Cueto be ready for the WBC? 'That’s the question we have to answer'

Will Cueto be ready for the WBC? 'That’s the question we have to answer'

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Jeff Samardzija whirled and fired a strike to Eduardo Nuñez shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Monday. With that, the Giants took another step back toward actual baseball.

Monday was the first day of live batting practice sessions, but the most important one took place thousands of miles east of Scottsdale Stadium. Johnny Cueto faced teenage prospects at the club’s facility in Santo Domingo, and Bruce Bochy said he would call Cueto to check in on his progress. 

The Giants are not concerned that Cueto — who is tending to his ill father — is missing so much of spring training. They know him well enough by now to know that Cueto paces himself and takes care of his body. They are, however, starting to get a little concerned about Cueto missing so much camp and then going straight to the World Baseball Classic. 

“The spring started early so he’s got plenty of time to get ready for (opening day),” manager Bruce Bochy said. “The question will be will he be ready for the WBC. That’s the question we have to answer.”

Bochy said he would like to see Cueto in the 50-60 pitch range before he goes off to compete for the Dominican Republic. The Dominican team opens play March 9 at Marlins Park. 

“We’re going to talk about a lot of things,” Bochy said. “We’ll see where he’s at, see where he’s at mentally, and see how his father is doing.”

Bochy noted that Nolan Ryan used to show up to camp on March 1 and throw 80 mph, working his way up from there. The Giants view Cueto the same way, but at some point there will be a breaking point where the WBC participation becomes a real concern. At the very least, Bochy said, Cueto might be asked to join the DR team later in the tournament.