Friday, February 1, 2013

DrB's 2013 Giants Top 50 Prospects #43: Carter Jurica

Carter Jurica, 2B.  DOB:  9/23/1988.  5"11", 185 lbs.  B-R, T-R.

High A:  .300/.365/.407, 6 HR, 6 SB, 43 BB, 74 K's in 403 AB.

Jurica is another guy who has flown under the radar since being drafted in the 3'rd round out of Kansas State in 2010.  Jurica was a holdover for San Jose and he moved from SS to 2B, both of which should have diminished his prospect status, but he really turned in a nice season that got better as it went along.  He hit hit .329/.389/.459 in the second half.  He does not possess any standout tools, but knows how to hit and puts up solid K and BB numbers.  If he uses his extra experience with San Jose to get off to a strong start in AA, he could move way up this list by next year.


  1. Panik, Jurrica, Noonan, Gillapsie - You can never have enough of them.

    If one of them turns into Scutaro, we should be fine. Or if we trade one of them like we did with Culberson and get some one good back, we should also be fine.

  2. Jurica has been seriously under the radar so far.

  3. OT: I've been reading through MCC, looking at the reaction to the Posey pick - many hated the pick and the ring master would have selected three other guys ahead of Posey, Alvarez, Smoak, or Tim Beckham - and I realized something. Posey was not considered to be that great a power hitter when we drafted him, much like Belt was not considered that much of a hitter period.

    With Belt, it was much more obvious the improvement before and after, that people could make note of that. The Giants got a lot of credit for that (not so much at MCC, as they knew all along that he had that and think the Giants hate Belt). But I don't think I've seen much credit given the Giants for Posey's development as a hitter because he was considered good when he was drafted.

    But Posey was considered, at best and at his peak, a 15-20 homerun hitter, and typically peaks don't come for a number of years. He reached that in his first season - playing roughly 2/3rds of the season, so on pace for more than 20 - and in 2012, when he did get to play a full season finally, hit 24 homeruns. And his peak should be yet to come, barring another idiot injuring him. And while he was considered a good hitter, I don't think anyone envisioned him as a batting average leader or MVP candidate, let alone eventual winner.

    I mean, if they are going to knock the Giants position player development, then you have to give credit when position players perform much better than the draft experts thought he would.