San Francisco Giants 2014 Draft Picks Rounds 11-25
Here are the players the San Francisco Giants selected on the third and final day of the 2014 amateur draft in rounds 11 through 25:
11th Round (328 overall): RHP Greg Brody (age 22), Belmont U. (TN). Brody as a college senior was converted from a position player to a relief pitcher. He posted a 1.57 ERA with 26 Ks in 23 innings pitched this spring. He wasn’t a bad hitter, either, posting a .285/.350./469 slash line in 431 career college at-bats. Presumably, the Giants drafted him as a pitcher, but could possibly convert him back into a hitter if his pitching career doesn’t work out.
12th Round (358 overall): SS Jameson Henning (21) Western Illinois U. As a junior this spring, he batted .310/.341/.386, and he appears to run well. The only thing I could find on him is that he has a good body type (he’s currently listed as 6’4″ and 190 lbs), and he should get stronger with age.
13th Round (388 overall): CF Luis Lacen (17), Carlos Beltran Baseball Acad. (PR). Lacen is a toolsy youngster with a long way to go before he develops into an elite baseball player.
14th Round (418 overall): 2B Kevin Rivera (18), Carlos Beltran Baseball Acad. (PR). Apparently, the Giants like the players developed at this baseball academy in Puerto Rico. He was a 2014 Canada/Puerto Rico All Region 1st Team selection. Perfectgame.org describes him as a “good student” who has “smooth defensive actions” “with the tools and athleticism to play all over the field.” Presumably, he is more polished at this moment than Luis Lacen above, but doesn’t have Lacen’s tools. Rivera has committed to Broward Community College in Florida, which may mean he’s signable.
15th Round (448 overall): RHP Benton Moss (21), UNC. He’s a scrawny right-hander (6’2″, 175 lbs), who was a solid college starter at a major program. Unfortunately, his best season was his freshman year, and his strikeout rate dropped this year as a junior. Still, with a career college pitching line of 264 IP, 221 hits, 12 HRs and 92 BBs and 252 Ks, he’s a good pick for this late in the draft. MLB.com says he has a 90 mph fastball that occasionally hits 94 mph, but lacks movement and that he’s a pitcher with more control than command, meaning he consistently throws strikes but does not always locate pitches where he wants them within the strike zone.
16th Round (478 overall): RHP Kevin Ginkel (20) Southwestern College (CA). Ginkel had a 1.62 ERA in seven junior college starts this season but struck out only 41 batters in 50 innings pitched. At 6’4″ and 210 lbs, he has a pitcher’s body, however.
17th Round (508 overall): LHP Caleb Smith (21) U. South Carolina Aiken. A relief pitcher who struck out 36 batters in 26.2 innings pitched but walked 28 this spring. Clearly, a long-shot with some upside.
18th Round (538 overall): RHP Edrick Agosto (17) International Baseball Acad. (PR). Another Puerto Rican prep product, Agasto is a big boy, already standing 6’3″ and weighing 240 lbs. Here’s some video from youtube — he looks like a hard thrower. Agosto is also committed to Broward Community College.
19th Round (568 overall): CF Richard Amion (21) Alabama State U. As a junior this year, he batted .331/.459/.469 and he runs well. He has a career college on-base percentage of .424, which by itself makes him a good selection for this late in the draft.
20th Round (598 overall): CF Brett Underwood (21) Northwestern State (LA). Underwood batted .289/.358/.397 and stole 18 bases in 20 attempts as a junior this spring. He probably played junior college ball before that.
21st Round (628 overall): LHP Matt Crownover (21) Clemson U. Crownover had a 2.90 ERA with 90 Ks in 99.1 IP and 4.5 Ks for every walk issued this spring. He’s reportedly a control pitcher who underwent Tommy John surgery in March 2012, which would explain why he was still around in the 21st round. He’ll probably pitch well in pro ball until he reaches the AA level.
22nd Round (658 overall): LHP Mark Reyes (21) Crowder College (MO). Crowder College is a junior college powerhouse that has produced quite a few drafted players. However, it does not publish its team’s statistics. Reyes was drafted by the Orioles in the 46th round out of high school, and started his college career at Arkansas but left after one unsuccessful season as a freshman, probably in connection with having undergone Tommy John surgery in May 2012. Reyes probably has more upside than Crownover above, if Reyes has fully recovered. However, he has committed to Southern Mississippi.
23rd Round (688 overall): RHP Jordan Johnson (20) Cal State Northridge. Another scrawny right-hander who missed most of 2013 after elbow surgery, Johnson had a 4.33 ERA with 39 Ks in 72.2 IP this spring. The Giants are obviously loading up on Tommy John surgery survivors in the hope that one or more of them will amount to a low-cost bonanza, much like Brian Wilson.
24th Round (718 overall): RHP Michael Petersen (20) Riverside Comm. Coll. Peterson is a 6’7″ 195-pounder originally from San Jose. This is the third time he’s been drafted in the last three years, never higher than in the 19th round. We’ll see if he signs this time.
25th Round (748 overall): RF Byron Murray (18) Trinity Christian Acad. (FL). I don’t know much about Murray except that he has committed to Southern Mississippi.