SF Giants Draft, Day 1

You may be able to get the names elsewhere, but come in to see stats, the scouts and the surprises of the Giants Draft, 2004.

The 2004 draft for the Giants is definitely one of controversy and uniqueness. To start things off, the Giants forfeited their first round pick on purpose, by signing Michael Tucker mere hours before the arbitration deadline (at which point, the Giants would not have had to send compensation to the Royals. This upset more than just the lunatic fringe, and had many observers shaking their head. To follow that up, the Giants eschewed their usual draft theory of drafting pitchers first, and went for power. And this in a draft that didn't have many power hitters.

Some numbers: The Giants drafted 17 players through the 18 rounds completed. By Position: 4 OF (2 corner, 2 center), 1 1B, 1 2B, 2 SS, 5 RHP, 4 LHP. They drafted 13 players from four year colleges, 2 Junior College players, and 2 High School Players.

Some things to note: The Giants drafted two pitchers from Northeastern, and the one that was the conference pitcher of the year was drafted 11 rounds after his teammate….check out the quote by John Bowker…If you want to see the inhuman stats of the draft, check out Jeremiah Luster. Sure, he did what he did in high school, but still…he might be good.

It was an interesting day 1. Here's the lowdown on the 17 newest members of the Giants organization (assuming they sign).

2nd Round, #70 Overall – Eduardo ‘Eddy' Martinez-Esteve, OF, Florida State University. He is one of the best power hitters in the country. The downside: he doesn't play the field well, and seems to be uninterested in improving. He played left and right field in college, but can also play 3rd. The righthander has better power right now going the other way, but hits to all fields well. He has a good swing to hit offspeed pitches, but has trouble catching up with inside fastballs. He turns 21 this summer, so he has time to learn. Martinez-Esteve was a 3rd round pick of Seattle's in 2002, but he didn't like the bonus he was offered and instead went to school. Martinez was an All American and All-ACC this year at FSU, and won the ACC triple crown with a .391 batting average, 19 homers and 81 RBI, and he had a team high .371 batting average as a freshman in 2003. He has 8 stolen bases in 9 attempts this year. In High School, he hit .550 with 12 home runs and 25 steals, and was a Top 30 prep. His big downside is his defense. Baseball America reports that he is ‘indifferent' about improving, and his outfield defense is likened to Manny Ramerez. However, perhaps a move back to his native position at third might help, or another infield spot such as first.

3rd Round, #100 Overall – John Bowker, OF, California State University, Long Beach. While his power hasn't developed yet, it should. He's a lefty with power to all fields, and hustles hard. He also has plenty of talents: he lettered in high school in baseball, football AND basketball. Both Bowker and Martinez-Esteve turn 21 in July, within 6 days of each other (Bowker on the 8th, Martinez-Eseve on the 14th). Bowker has an excellent frame already, but has the ability to add more weight and strength. He has a high stance and a quick bat, and can hit for power to all fields. He is commended for his hustle and hard play. This past year, Bowker batted .332 with 15 doubles, 3 triples and 7 home runs in 211 AB's. In 2003, he batted .333 with 6 doubles, 2 triples and 7 home runs (6th in the Big West). He redshirted in 2002 with a wrist injury, but shows no ill effects. Bowker called being drafted by the Giants "A dream come true…I've always wanted to be drafted by the Giants."

4th Round, #130 Overall – Clay Timpner, OF, University of Central Florida. Timpner, unlike the two previous outfielders taken, is not a power hitter. He was, however, one of the elite defensive outfielders in the country, leading his team from center field. He's got a similar build to Steve Finley, and he hits line drives to all fields. Defensively, he has a good arm and gets good reads on fly balls. He hit .371 in 2004 through 65 games, with 20 doubles, 6 triples and 6 home runs. His excellent speed and baserunning show through in his 43 stolen bases on 49 attempts. He also has good patience and doesn't strike out much, with 21 walks versus 29 strikeouts in 259 at bats.

5th Round, #160 Overall – Garrett Broshuis, RHP, University of Missouri. The first pitcher selected by the Giants, unusually late. The tall righthander is still developing, particularly in his upper body, but at 6'3, it takes a while. He has a fastball in the high ‘80's or early ‘90's, and has a sharp, tight slider. He's also working on a changeup, which is coming along. In 2004, Broshius had a 2.61 ERA and an 11-0 record, with 2 complete games (1 Shutout) in 17 starts. He threw 114 innings, and got 91 K's vs 24 walks. Was also an all-state basketball player in high school, and his high school valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA.

6th Round, #190 Overall – Justin Hedrick, RHP, Northeastern. Happy birthday Justin. He turns 22 on Tuesday, and is a Giant if he signs as a gift. Not much info on his stuff, but his stats look good. He was 5-4 with a 3.42 ERA in 12 starts. He had 3 complete games, and 83 strikeouts vs. 30 walks in 79 innings. In 2003, he pitched an astounding 7 complete games and had 12.18 strikeouts a game.

7th Round, #220 Overall – William Thompson, 1B, Santa Clara University. Another local guy, he became the highest Bronco drafted in the past three years. He played for Arizona in 2001, and missed 2002. He batted .320 in 2004, with 19 doubles, a triple and 11 home runs, and 18 walks vs. 32 strikeouts. He also posted a .990 fielding percentage. Grew up in Missoula Montana, where high school baseball isn't sponsored. He played American Legion instead, and holds every offensive record in his program's history. He also was a cross country runner and played basketball, and had a 4.0 GPA. He was drafted in the 42nd round of 2001 by the Phillies.

8th Round, #250 Overall – Omar Aguilar, RHP, Merced College. I cannot find any statistics from his 2004 year at Merced, and not even major league baseball has his height and weight. But someone knows something about him in the Giants organization. He was drafted by the Giants in the 27th round last year. Only blurbs are known about his prep career at Livinston High School, but the blurbs are impressive: he threw one hit and two hit shutouts, once struck out 18 hitters as a junior, and even hit a walk off home run for his team.

9th Round, #280 Overall – Jamie Arneson, LHP, Liberty High School (CA). A very raw, but very talented player. He's tall, 6'5, and while he's only throwing in the high ‘80's with his fastball, he has not developed a windup and is still getting a consistent arm slot, not to mention still developing muscle. He has a nasty late breaking curveball, and a sinking changeup. Had a 2.14 ERA in 2004 with 37 walks vs 54 strikeouts in 32.7 innings.

10th Round, #310 Overall – John ‘Spencer' Grogan, LHP, Oklahoma State University. Grogan was 12-3 with 7 complete games for the Cowboys, and was previously drafted in 2002 by the Padres. He had a 2.95 ERA and showed excellent control (15 BB in 131 innings), and a decent strikeout rate (75 K's).

11th Round, #340 Overall – Darren Sack, RHP, Sonoma State University. The Anaheim native had a 3.14 ERA to go with a 9-3 record in 16 starts for the Seawolves, collecting 4 complete games. He had 93 strikeouts in 106 innings, with only 34 walks.

12th Round, #370 Overall – Kevin ‘Fish' Frandsen, 2B, San Jose State University. Frandsen is a Bay Area native, hailing from San Jose and an alumnus of Bellarmine High School. Drafted as a second baseman, he was also voted the WAC best defensive third baseman in 2003. In 2004, hit .321 with 14 doubles, 3 triples and 2 home runs, with 17 BB and 18 SO in 196 at bats. Was a two way player in football in high school, playing wide receiver and cornerback.

13th Round, #400 Overall – Thomas Martin, LHP, University of Richmond. Martin missed all of 2003 with injury, and also had elbow surgery in 2002, which he came back from to finish the season with. In 2004, he had a 7-2 record with a 3.18 ERA in 12 starts, and threw 3 complete games. He had 69 K's in 70.2 innings, and only 23 walks. Lettered in baseball, basketball and golf in high school in Charlottesville, VA.

14th Round, #430 – Eugene Espineli, LHP, Texas Christian University. Espineli transferred from Texas, after helping the Longhorns win the National Championship in 2002. Had a 4.63 ERA and a 9-5 record while working himself into the TCU rotation (20 appearances, 16 starts). He had 88 strikeouts and 27 walks in 107 innings. He has a low, nearly side arm delivery, and features a slow, backdoor curve and a sinking changeup. Might be projected as a reliever.

15th Round, #460 – Jeffrey Palumbo, SS, George Mason University. Palumbo is the first player drafted from George Mason University since the Giants drafted Mike Huller. He features sterling defense and durability, owning the university's career records in hits, runs, at bats, games played and games started. He hit .402 in 2004 with 14 doubles, 3 triples and 3 home runs, with 32 walks over 29 strikeouts. He also had 15 steals in 16 attempts.

16th Round, #490 – Emmanuel Cividanes, CF, Broward Community College. Cividanes was drafted by the Brewers in the 35th round of 2002, but went to college instead. He is from Puerto Rico originally. No stats are available.

17th Round #520 – Jordan Thomson, RHP, Northeastern University. His teammate Hedrick was also taken by the Giants. He was the America East pitcher of the year, and set career records at NU for wins, strikeouts, shutouts, appearances, games started and innings. He had an 8-4 record in 2004, with a 2.13 ERA. He had 6 complete games, 2 shutouts, in 13 starts. He also had 82 strikeouts over only 12 walks in 84.2 innings pitched.

18th Round #550 – Jeremiah Luster, SS/RHP, Oceanside High School. He's likened to Pokey Reese, and is a distant cousin to B.J. Upton. He is a good fielder and has good speed, running a 4.3 second dash from home to first. He's praised for his workmanship and motivation. He's kind of versatile, too. As a hitter, he hit .494 with 6 doubles, 3 triples, and 8 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 28 games, including 5 in one game alone. As a pitcher, he had a 0.98 ERA in 50 innings, giving up only 17 hits and 9 walks versus 82 strikeout's. He had a 3-2 record with 8 saves. On May 15th, he tossed a no hitter, went 2 hitters over the limit, struck out 14 and homered. He's likely got signability issues and is intending to go to college, having fallen to this pick, but the Giants have signed such players before after using late picks on them (see 21st rounder from 2002 Travis Ishikawa).



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