San Francisco Giants Select Catcher Aramis Garcia with the 52nd Pick of the 2014 Draft
The Giants selected catcher Aramis Garcia with their second round draft pick (52nd overall). He played for Florida International University, where he slashed .368/.442/.626 this spring and was a three-year starter, showing steady improvement with the bat each season.
Here is MLB.com’s scouting report: “Lightly scouted coming out of high school [actually, he was a 20th round draft pick by the Cardinals out of high school, which isn’t bad], Garcia has developed into one of the best college catchers in the country. He earns praise for his makeup and intelligence, traits that helped him win the 2013 Sun Belt Commissioner’s Award for his athletic and academic achievements. Garcia has a mature approach at the plate and makes contact well with his short, compact stroke. His swing is more geared to hitting line drives, but scouts believe he can add more strength to his lean frame and hit for more power as a result. Though scouts prefer his bat to his glove, Garcia is a solid defender. He has an average arm and is a good receiver. He will need to work on his footwork and blocking as a professional, however.”
This seems like a good selection in spite of the fact that the Giants are pretty well stocked at catcher right now. Garcia looks and sounds like the kind of player who will perform well in professional baseball, given the strong and steady improvement he showed through his college career, much like the Giants’ current catcher Buster Posey.