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Monday, June 09, 2008

Draft Interview

After the draft, I had a chance to talk to the writer at thecollegebaseballblog.com, Brian Foley, and ask him a couple questions regarding the Giants' draft:

Q: What are your thoughts on Buster Posey? Did he go lower than you expected?

A: I know several places around the Internet predicated that Posey would go first overall to the Devil Rays but I never saw Posey as dominate to be the first overall pick. I think Posey is going to be a 12-14 year MLB player with a .275 avg and 15 homers.

Q: Many Giants fans wanted the team to draft a big time power hitter like Justin Smoak or Yonder Alonso. Gordon Beckham was another guy who was on Giants radar as well. Do you think Posey will end up being a better major league hitter than those guys?

A: Justin Smoak is the best player that was drafted. In my opinion, He is the next Mark Textiera with his switch hitting ability and he also hits for power from both sides of the plate. He is a very good defensive first baseman who could possibly win a gold glove at the next level.

Beckham has many doubters on whether he can stay at short at the next level and his swing tends to be long so he will have to shorten that up to become a great MLB player but there is some potential.

Alonso to me looks like a AL DH and needs to continue to become more fit to play the field everyday.

Q: Talk a little bit about Connor Gillaspie. A lot of scouts had him going higher than he did. Was it only the lack of power that made him drop so far?

A: Gillaspie led the Cape Cod League in hitting last summer and picked up the MVP award down there so I don't know why people let his stock drop off so much. He just wasn't that dominate this past season for the Shockers.

Q: The Giants are obviously hoping to fast-rack their top two picks. How soon do you expect to see Gillaspie and Posey playing at AT&T Park?

A: I expect Posey to be on the Giants roster at the beginning of the 2012 season as he is still learning the catching position and has never called his own game. Gillaspie should be called up in the summer of 2011 and be an instant contributor.

Q: Looking at the list of Giants draftees, who jumps out at you besides Posey and Gillaspie as a name that Giants fans will become familiar with over the next couple of years?

A: I think Erik Surkamp will be an excellent addition to the Giants minor league system. He was expected to be the number 1 for the NC State Wolfpack staff this year but faced some injuries and lost his spot. He was the number 1 for the Pack during his sophomore year which led him to be selected to participate on the USA National Team last summer which took part in the Pan-Am Games.

Q: I really liked the Brandon Crawford and Roger Kieshnick picks in the 3rd and 4th rounds. What do you expect to see out of those two?

A: Kieshnick did nothing all year with the Texas Tech Red Raiders and was a disappointment as the Red Raiders failed to make the Big 12 tourney. Crawford has been about potential during his career with UCLA as he only hit .302 this season. He had some problems with woodbats last summer in the Cape Cod League with a .189 average with four homers in 36 games. He was rated as one of the top 30 prospects in the league though.

Q: The Giants definitely focused on offense early in the draft. Who are a couple of pitchers that they picked who intrigue you the most?

A: Jason Jarvis who was kicked off the Arizona State team would have been a Top 3-4 round pick but slipped to the 687th overall pick. I just love the kid's competitiveness and it should translate to him being a cog in the bullpen for the Giants. Scott Barnes out of St. John's had a great season with the Red Storm where he went 7-3 and held opponents to a .216 average.

Q: How do you grade the Giants 2008 draft?

A: Baseball scouting is always tough to grade because the attrition rate is so low in MLB. The Giants had a very good draft grabbing some diamond in the rough but the question will be whether or not they want to dish out the 12 million for Buster.
The Giants Baseball Blog


  • At 1:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Good Stuff! I heard a lot about Surkamp before the year, but not much during the season. I think he was a great value pick.

  • At 1:18 PM, Anonymous J-Bill said…

    2012 for Posey??? Sabean was talking late 2009 if things go accordingly. Interesting about the game calling though.

  • At 6:47 PM, Blogger Brian P. Foley said…

    This was Posey's second season in his life catching. He has alot to learn behind the plate.

    Late 2009 is way too optimistic...No way he moves up to AA this season as his negotiations will drag on till the end of July at least.

  • At 8:23 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

    I think we will see him late in 2009, but he probably won't be asked to be a starter until mid-late 2010. He has some things to learn behind the plate but the same goes for all young catchers when they're drafted. Joe Mauer only needed 2 full seasons in the minors after the twins drafted him and he was taken out of high school. I would expect to see Posey have a quicker trip than Mauer.

  • At 10:40 PM, Blogger Brian P. Foley said…

    Posey is not as good as Mauer in IMHO.

    Posey was listed after the Cape Cod League season as the 7th best prospect in the league by Perfect Game and Baseball America had him 17th in the league.

    The scouts and league administrators must have seen something in him that they did not like to have him so low.

  • At 12:19 AM, Blogger Trevor said…

    The reason I say he'd make a quicker climb than Mauer is because Mauer was taken out of high school and Posey has been playing in front of big crowds and against big time talent for a few years now. I think he has a shot to be as good as Mauer if not better, but only time will tell. I have not been overly impressed with Joe yet. A lot of average, but not much run production. Posey is also more of a leader than Mauer IMO.

    The thing I like about this draft the most is that the Giants drafted 2 players in Gillaspie and Posey who have shots to be big league all-stars which they haven't done since Matt Williams and Will Clark back in the 80's.

  • At 11:22 AM, Blogger You Mon Tsang said…

    Man, I am excited about the future of the Giants.

  • At 2:18 AM, Anonymous KC.T said…

    Gillaspie gotta show some power at "3B" in minors.

    Crawford's college stats:
    2006 - 19.0% K
    2007 - 23.4% K
    2008 - 25.4% K

    If he can not cut dowm K's in future, I think that he'll only a .200 BA guy.

  • At 6:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jarvis was not kicked off the ASU Baseball Team. He could have stayed on board at ASU and become academically eligible for his Junior year which is what Coach Murphy would have preferred but he chose to withdraw from school so he could play pro ball. Coach Murphy was behind him in whatever decicion he made and he even wrote letters to the scouting directors on Jason's behalf. I found all this info on his website: JasonJarvisBaseball.com

    ASU Baseball Fan

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