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2011 MLB Draft: San Francisco Giants Draft Report

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Before I get started, I'd like to recommend people to look at 2 other Giants draft reports-one by Fla-Giant and one by Free FP #14 (Warning-this thread has almost 1000 comments).

1-Joe Panik-SS-St. Johns

Panik projects to be a well rounded middle infielder with a good ability to hit for average and get on base. He was considered a reach at 29 because he doesn't have overwhelming tools, but he does have a high floor and could be a big leaguer in the mold of a Mike Fontenot or Jamey Carroll. The biggest question he has to answer is whether his arm will allow to remain at SS, because if he can stay there he will be much more valuable. Panik wass the 2nd 1st round pick to sign (right after San Diego's Cory Spangenberg) and is already playing at Salem-Keizer in the Northwest League.

1S-Kyle Crick-RHP-HS (Texas)

Crick didn't start focusing on pitching until this year, but he quickly rose up draft boards after hitting 97 MPH on his fastball. He has a big frame and a fresh arm but is still relatively raw. He has an average breaking ball and the makings of a change up to go along with his strong fastball. His mechanics do have some effort but there is a lot of upside in that arm. He is a TCU commit.

2-Andrew Susac-C-Oregon State

Susac had one of the more surprising falls (at least to me) in the draft. He projects to be a well rounded catcher as he has a solid offensive game and a strong arm that should play well behind the plate. He is a bit raw as his strikeout rate and receiving need to be polished up a bit. He is a draft eligible sophomore so he has a bit of extra leverage.

3-Ricky Oropesa-1B-USC

Oropesa is kind of like 2009 Giants 3rd round pick Chris Dominguez in that they both had very strong arms and big time raw power. They do have some differences-Oropesa has a much better approach but Dominguez has better athleticism. Players with big time power but struggle with strikeouts have become typical under John Barr as he has also taken guys like Dominguez, Roger Kieschnick and (to an extent) Jarrett Parker under his reign.

4-Bryce Bandilla-LHP-Arizona

Bandilla has big velocity from the left side as he hit 97 for the Wildcats. He also has a 3 pitches including an above average change up, so he could get a chance to start. He needs to work on his command to improve in pro ball but his stuff is undeniable.

5-Chris Marlowe-RHP-Oklahoma State

Marlowe put up very interesting numbers at Oklahoma State, striking out 15.5 per nine and walking 7.46 per nine. He has a very good fastball that sits in the low to the mid 90's and a solid curveball. The stuff is legit but his control will obviously need to improve.

6-Josh Osich-LHP-Oregon St

Osich was projected as a 1st round pick but in his last start before the draft he walked off the mound grabbing his elbow-not a good sign for someone who already had Tommy John surgery. When he was healthy this season he had a devastating fastball/change up combination. His lack of a 3rd pitch and arm issues make him seem like a reliever long term.

7-Ray Black-RHP-Pittsburgh

Black is another power reliever who has good stuff but poor control. He was rarely used by Pittsburgh, throwing just 35 innings the last 2 years. But he has a mid 90's fastball and an above average slider. He's another solid relief prospect if he can tighten up his command.

8-Jean Delgado-SS-HS (Puerto Rico)

Delgado is small, listed at just 5'11 150 lbs, but he has good bat speed. He lacks the arm to remain at SS in pro ball, but if he can get stronger he could end up as an offensive 2B.

9-Derek Law-RHP-Miami Dade CC

Law had a very strong year at Miami Dade, with a crazy 121/16 BB:K ratio. He has a low to mid 90's FB, but he lasted until the 9th round because teams were afraid of his mechanics. Law has already signed.

10-Kentrell Hill-OF-Arkansas Baptist JC

Hill probably has the best tools of any Giants draftee as he has good speed and a good arm that should allow him to stay in CF. He is raw at the plate so it may take some time for his tools to translate on to the field. He was an Oral Roberts recruit, but he has already been signed away.

11-Christian Diaz-OF-HS (Puerto Rico)

12-Kelby Tomlinson-SS-Texas Tech

Tomlinson has good speed and steady defense, and a patient approach but he lacks power as he had a higher OBP than SLG in Texas Tech.

13-Adam Paulencu-RHP-Vancouver Island (Canada)

14-Garrett Buechele-3B-Oklahoma

The son of former Major Leaguer Steve, Buechele had a decent year at Oklahoma and could be a very good find if the Giants can sign him.

15-Tyler Leslie-RHP-HS (California)

Raw as a pitcher but his fastball sits in the low to mid 90's and he has the feel for a breaking ball. He is not committed to a college for next year.

16-Clayton Blackburn-RHP-HS (Oklahoma)

17-Paul Davis-RHP-Florida Atlantic

Davis has a solid fastball/slider combination to go with his competitiveness on the mound.

18-Christian Otero-SS-HS (Puerto Rico)

Otero is a slick defender but lacks a solid offensive game.

19-Cody Hall-RHP-Southern

20-Mitchell Beacom-LHP-UCLA

Could be a future LOOGY, thanks to his arm angles and slider.

21-Andrew Triggs-RHP-USC

Triggs has solid control and solid stuff but his performance has been uneven. He could be a solid find if the Giants can sign him away.

22-Cameron McVey-RHP-Biola

23-Jonathan Jones-3B-Vanier (Canada) JC

24-Keith Bilodeau-RHP-Maine

Bilodeau has a projectable 6'4 190 LB frame with a high 80's/low 90's FB and a decent curveball.

25-DeMondre Arnold-RHP-Middle Georgia JC

26-Joe Biagini-RHP-UC Davis

27-Jack Snodgrass-RHP-Austin Peay State

28-Tyler Mizenko-RHP-Winthrop

29-Eldred Barnett-OF-Grambling State

30-David Fischer-RHP-Connecticut

31-Phil McCormick-LHP-Missouri

32-Mike Mergenthaler-OF-Richmond

33-Brock Bennett-C-Alabama

34-Ben Thomas-1B-Xavier

35-Shawn Payne-OF-Georgia Southern

36-Austin Lubinsky-RHP-Minnesota

37-Michael Williams-C-Kentucky

38-Bryan Nicholson-1B-Concordia

39-Ryan Holland-LHP-Memphis

40-Alan Garcia-RHP-Eastern Arizona JC

41-Steven Neff-LHP-South Carolina

42-Danny Sandbrink-RHP-Stanford

43-Drew Stiner-C-HS (Oklahoma)

Dylan Bundy's catcher.

44-Travious Relaford-SS-Hines CC

Desi Relaford, who owns the longest multi hit game streak in Mariners history, is the Travious' cousin. The younfer Relaford is raw in all aspects of his game but has the tools to stick at SS.

45-Brian Maloney-LHP-Franklin Pierce

46-Elliot Blair-OF-Oklahoma

47-Marc Frazier-3B-HS (Georgia)

48-Jake Smith-RHP-Campbell

49-Benny Sosnick-2B-HS (California)

Sosnick is the younger brother of agent Matt Sosnick who represents Freddy Sanchez and Scott Cousins, among other players.

50-Waldyvan Estrada-OF-HS (Puerto Rico)