Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Down on the Farm: Review of 2013 Giants Draft #11-20

11.  Johnshwy Fargas, OF:  AZL  .299/.393/.351, 8 SB, 9 BB, 11 K in 77 AB.  Right now he's all slap and dash with some nice plate discipline added in. Tons of room to grow.  Very encouraging pro debut!

12.  Ty Ross, C:  AZL  .182/.308/.273 in 11 AB.  Short Season  .243/.313/.350.  Defensive catcher who might hit a little.

13.  Pat Young, RHP:  AZL  1-0, 3.60, 5 IP, 1 BB, 5 K.  Short Season  3-1, 0.92, 39.1 IP, 9 BB, 27 K, GO/AO= 1.64.  Solid pro debut.  Love his size at 6'5", 200 lbs.

14.  Nick Jones, LHP:  AZL  0-0, 1.93, 18.2 IP, 9 BB, 18 K, 2 Saves.  6'6" LHP.  Low starting level.  SSS.

15. Geno Escalante, C:  Short Season  .300/.377/.400, 11 BB, 34 K in 130 AB.  A lot of K's.  Otherwise a nice pro debut at appropriate level.

16.  Jonah Arenado, 3B:  AZL  .211/.286/.263 in 38 AB.  Signed at the last minute, so very small sample.  Terrific size at 6'4", 195 lbs and he's Nolan Arenado's bro.  Maybe a project, but the upside is exciting.

17.  Rene Melendez, C:  AZL  .154/.154/.231 in 13 AB.  Tiny sample size from Puerto Rican HS draftee.

18.  Christian Jones, LHP:  AZL  0-0, 1.69, 5.1 IP, 2 BB, 4 K's.  Short Season  2-0, 3.29, 13.2 IP, 2 BB, 14 K.  High upside lefty.  Hails from Danville, CA.  Had some injury problems at Oregon.  Could be a sleeper if he can stay healthy.

19.  Garrett Hughes, LHP:  AZL  2-0, 4.70, 7.2 IP, 8 BB, 7 K's.  Huge LHP(6'9", 230 lbs) out of Stanford.  Extreme SSS here.

20.  Brett Kay, SS:  AZL  .255/.368/.351, 16 BB, 26 K in 94 AB.  College draftee playing in the AZL.  Drew some walks but that's a hefty K rate considering the level.


  1. I know it's very early to judge any of these guys, and the shine hasn't had enough time to wear off yet. But I really am liking this draft more and more. I've been working on some rankings lately, and it's hard not to hand out quite a few spots to the 13 draft class... that wasn't the case when I drafted my mid-season list (and knew very little about this draft class). Maybe it's a bit irrational, and surely we'll have a better idea on a lot of these guys by next winter, but even looking at this 11-20 group... Fargas, Young, the Jones's, Arenado, Hughes... you've got a group of unheralded guys with some serious upside. Pat Young was in the SJ postseason rotation! Arenado has great size, and Fargas has blazing speed. Haven't even mentioned the catchers... Personally, I think Escalante has a chance to be a real sleeper from this group. Had the talent to start at Fullerton, then had one hell of an overall season at D2 last year. Defensive catcher of the year, and looks to have a little pop too.

    I know it's unwise to have too high of expectations, but I think this class is going to surprise a few folks... and it's been almost completely written off by the pundits, which makes it even sweeter.

    1. Overall 2013 was a weaker draft. I like that the Giants went for quite a few HS kids with upside. It will take time and patience to see how well that works out. Of course, the huge start that Arroyo got off to helps a whole lot.

  2. I think the Giants drafted extremely well here. I'd say they might be one of the best in baseball actually, and I'd challenge those whiny naysayers at some other Gints minors watering holes to name me some counterexamples. Nick Jones is the guy to watch. Tall as hell, from the deep south, and he can hit! But he's pitching, because he's a lefty. Geno E is one of the best defensive catchers in the draft, and he can hit. The PR guys - the Giants drafted 3 of the 19 guys from the Island this year. You don't see much credit for these types of things, but they are doing interesting stuff. Fargas is fast as hell. Ross is a good defensive catcher with pop, contact issues. And Christian Jones should have been drafted early, but teams were scared away by TJ and the fact that they didn't think they had enough to sign him. Guess what, the Giants signed him without resorting to draft games. Boo yah.

    1. That's how I feel too. For a draft that didn't have a ton of "can't miss" picks, the Giants absolutely crushed the middle-round talent. I feel that I could find at least a few positives about nearly every pick, and I know that's not always the case. Escalante is a guy I really, really think will surprise some people. The thing that concerns me about him, though, is that he transferred from D1-JC-D2, moving all over the country. However, he mashed, and played excellent defense everywhere he went. 46-game hitting streak in 2012, and .399 average over two years at D2 powerhouse Mt Olive (while winning defensive player of the year to boot). A 15th round pick whose numbers look like top-10 in my book. A very interesting draft class to say the least, but one I'm looking forward to following. Let's hope we're on to something here!

    2. Ty Ross is the guy that intrigues me, maybe because of the article I read about him and his college roommate/teammate. Sounds like a great guy, so he's easy to root for.

      Overall, it's an interesting draft group. They'll be slower developing, overall, but lots to dream on.