San Francisco Giants 2013 Draft Picks Day 3: Rounds 26-40
With their last 15 picks, the Giants followed a strategy somewhat similar to last year, when they drafted mostly college players until late on Day 3. This year the Giants drafted only five high schoolers with their first 29 picks, but then drafted high schools with nine of their last 11. Most likely, the Giants plan to use slot money saved from their 1st and 2nd round picks, high schoolers Christian Arroyo and Ryder Jones, to make a run at some of these late high school draftees.
26th Round (792) — Jacob McCasland RHP (New Mexico). McCasland had a 4.74 ERA in 19 innings pitched for New Mexico this year, the first time in his three year college career that he recorded an ERA under 6.00.
27th Round (822) — Mike Connolly RHP, U Maine Orono. He had a 2.11 ERA this year but struck out only 46 batters in 76.2 IP. He also hit .310, but without much power or walks, as a catcher.
28th Round (852) — Dusten Knight RHP, U Texas Pan American. A small right-hander (6’0″, 180 lbs), Knight struck out 96 batters in 78 innings pitched as a college senior. He turns 23 in September.
29th Round (882) — Ryan Tuntland 3B, West Virginia. Sources conflict on his age this year, but I’ll go with mlb.com which says he’s 22. He hit .325/.416/.425 this year after batting .388 in Junior College ball in 2012.
30th Round (912) — Dylan Brooks RHP. This big Canadian high schooler (6’7″ 230 lbs) was a Rawlings/Perfect Game Canada/Puerto Rico 2nd Team selection. From what I can find on the internet, he isn’t much of a student and plans to attend a junior college in Texas next year, so the Giants can probably sign him if they make a decent offer.
31st Round (942) — John Riley C. A coach’s son who has committed to attend Cal (UC Berkeley) next year after playing his high school ball in San Jose, mlb.com says he has “good actions behind the plate” and a strong arm. He was a Max Preps All-American in 2012, and the Giants are probably hoping a local connection will convince Riley to forgo college. They’ll probably have to pony up some signing bonus money to get him to do it.
32nd Round (972) — Nick Cieri C. A high school catcher out of South Jersey who has also played outfield, 3B and pitched, Cieri was a Rawlings/Perfect Game Northeast Region 1st Team selection this year. He has committed to Maryland.
33rd Round (1002) — Craig Massoni 1B, Austin Peay St. U. After playing junior college ball at Chabot College in the SF Bay Area until this year (he’s from Danville), Massoni had a huge 2013 season for the Governors hitting .385/.475/.661, which led the team in all three categories. The Governors went 47-15 this season, and Massoni is the second Austin Peay player drafted by the Giants this year. One has to think the Giants have been aware of Massoni for some time and that this is a great stealth pick for the 33rd round.
34th Round (1032) — Rayan Hernandez RHP. The third Puerto Rican high schooler selected by the Giants in the 2013 draft, he attended the same high school as 11th round pick Johneshwy Vargas. He’s a big right-hander (6’4″, 230 lbs) who appears to short-arm the baseball, pushing it up toward the plate, which may have been why he wasn’t drafted higher.
35th Round (1062) — Aubrey McCarty 1B/P. A high schooler from Georgia, he has committed to Vanderbilt. He is ambidextrous and can pitch with either hand and switch hits.
36th Round (1092) — Grant Goodman RHP. A local high schooler from Burlingame, he has committed to the University of San Francisco.
37th Round (1122) — Will Callaway 2B, Appalachian State. A 23 year old college senior, Callaway hit .344 this year and .320 last year, but without much power or a whole lot of walks. He looks like a low minors roster-filler.
38th Round (1152) — Osvaldo Garcia RHP. A small high school right-hander from Miami about whom I haven’t been able to find much information. According to perfectgame.org, he has not committed to a college yet.
39th Round (1182) — Chris Viall, RHP. A huge right-hander (6’9″, 230 lbs) from Santa Cruz County, he reportedly has a low 90’s fastball and can occasionally hit 96 mph. He has committed to attend Stanford, and this website suggests he is intent on going to college.
40th Round (1212) — Ryan Kirby OF. Another local high schooler from Livermore, he has committed to the University of San Diego.