Giants Scouting Director John Barr discusses Chris Stratton
John Barr discusses Chris Stratton's makeup and explains what goes into compiling information on all the potential draftees.
Joined now by John -- special assistant to the GM for the San Francisco Giants and in charge of teams scouting which means a very busy week. -- -- with the baseball amateur draft and tell us about Chris Stratton you're number one overall pick John. Chris Stratton as the big right handed pitchers six foot 3190. Pounds out of Mississippi State. SEC pitcher of the year this year and we -- really excited that he was there for us to select them to twenty -- Safe to assume given that the Giants are so rich in pitching that this was a best available scenario as opposed to drafting for need. That absolutely we ended up we've been working sent overboard we had 800 some eight iron 25 guys that we had been. Lining up over the last week or so -- we've been evaluating him on there statistics we've been valuing him through our scouts. We've been looking at their medical or psychological so everything we possibly get our hands on. To make the decisions and line them up as -- -- For the draft tears today. At the scouting report as I understand it mid ninety's fastball plus changeup good slider good curve. Can you give us a comparison is there a baseball player currently in the bigs who might. Via Chris Stratton might be at this guy and making. -- It's I don't like to do comparisons of big league players with the amateurs only because that put -- extra burden on -- I really we really like this pitcher. He he went out -- showed a city can compete on the mound. He has a four pitch mix fastball ranged anywhere from 1995. Through his both curveball and slider and change. And just take a Bulldog on the mound and where were again happy that we're able to select him and tech will Clark sold there's a long miles Mississippi State itself and may have helped out. That was it was will whispering in your career when you made the -- Now viewers tonight but I'm sure he's excited about it I think I'm sure he has. 22 year old junior little old for college junior is that mean we can expect Chris Stratton to be -- on the fast track to the big leagues. I don't like to put a timetable on any of them we have we got a chance to see Chris last year in the Cape Cod league that's where refers start follow on on. And then watched him going to this year and mature and I think when he goes in our minor league system. With Bert Bradley dictate your -- and all the rest of pitches pitching. Coaches. Go evaluate him -- and decide what -- you go on an ally and he'll determine how quickly he moves through the system. And -- obviously a lot of work still to be done over the next couple days but from a philosophical standpoint. Is there a point where it no longer becomes as much about the best available guy and you do it is in fact start drafting more for specific needs. I think that that's later on in the draft in the third day possibly later on in the draft you'll look at some ideal look at the boards figure look at the make -- of some your minor league teams and and maybe grab a dire Q to make sure that you have that position you might be short -- position but. Right -- realistically what we are going to do now. Tomorrow war will break from the second round all the way to twentieth and we will be selecting the best player possible for the San Francisco Giants at that point in time.