SF Giants Draft, Day 2

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.

A breakdown of the Giants' picks in 2004. The totals for the 2nd day of the draft is listed first, and the total over both days listed in parenthesis:

By Position: RHP 17 (22), LHP 5 (9), SS 3 (5), OF 2 (6), 1B 2 (3), 3B 2 (2), 2B 1 (1), C 0 (0).

By level: 4 Year College 21 (35), High School 7 (9), JuCo 4 (6)

2nd Day Picks:

19th Round, #580 Overall – Nathan Pendley, LHP, Oregon State University. Pendley worked as a reliever the past two years at OSU. His coach at OSU, Pat Casey, says of him "When his command is on, he can beat anybody in the conference. He needs to be consistent with his pitches." He also has some power as a left handed batter. In 2004, he was 0-1 in 21 appearances with 1 save and a 4.91 ERA. Over 18.1 innings, he had 18 strikeouts and 2 walks.

20th Round, #610 Overall – Rickey Putnam, RHP, University of Houston. Putnam is also a college reliever, going 2-0 with a 3.54 ERA in 15 appearances in 2004. Over 20.1 innings, he had 17 strikeouts and 7 walks. He also worked as a closer in Junior College, and played first and third base in high school.

21st Round, #640 Overall – Simon Klink, 3B, Purdue. The switch hitting Klink has been a full-time starter at third for the Boilermakers since 2003. He batted .293 with 14 doubles, 3 triples and 3 home runs in 2004, but had his career year in 2003, when he batted .321 and tied a Purdue single season record with 21 doubles.

22nd Round, #670 Overall – Douglas Mackay, RHP, University of Utah. Mackay hasn't had the best production in college, but has all the tools. He can throw five pitches for strikouts. He has a low ‘90's fastball with a hard sinking action and a spinning curveball with some bite. He mixes that with an excellent changeup that also sinks, and an average slider with 11-5 motion. He does a good job of mixing up pitches and can get ground balls. The bad news is that he's been hit in college. In 2004, he had a 4-9 record with a 6.50 ERA in 18 appearances (16 starts). He did throw two complete games. In 91.1 innings, he had 83 strikeouts and 52 walks. In 2003, he went 4-6 in 15 starts with a 5.99 ERA.

23rd Round, #700 Overall – Bradley Groth, SS, Elmhurst College. Groth dominated at this Division III school. He was the Division III Central Region Player of the Year in 2004, and got 12 of the 15 first place votes. He is also in the running for the National honor. He hit .473, had 30 RBI, both of which led the league. He was also tied for third in his league with 4 home runs. He scored 60 runs during the season and had 7 stolen bases. Groth was also an All-America award winner in both Baseball and Academics.

24th Round, #730 Overall – Matt Raguse, RHP, Miami University (Ohio). Raguse spent time in Miami both starting and relieving, and his manager was very high on him. Tracy Smith, the manager, says of him "There is no doubt in my mind that he can be our closer. Matt has a 90-plus fastball and a mean slider which potentially makes him a dominant pitcher." In 2004, he was 4-3 with a 4.42 ERA, making 2 starts amongst 31 appearances, and recording 5 saves. He had 51 strikeouts and 32 walks in 53 innings.

25th Round, #760 Overall – John Acha, 3B, California State University, Sacramento. Acha batted .306 for the Hornets in 51 games, with 9 doubles and 8 home runs, while missing 12 games with a finger injury. At the time of his injury, he was leading the team in most offensive categories. He also batted .322 with 9 doubles, 3 triples and 2 home runs as a junior, after transferring from Modesto JC.

26th Round, #790 Overall – Trevor Wohlgemuth, RHP, Northern Illinois. This sidearmer was the star of the Huskies bullpen, with a team high 25 appearances and a team leading 1.57 ERA. He had 22 strikeouts and 15 walks in 28.2 innings. He had been following the draft over the internet, but it crashed just before he was picked, leaving his mom to give him the good news. "It was kind of funny the way it all worked out," He said. "I actually heard from a few teams, but San Francisco was the team I was hoping for."

27th Round, #820 Overall – Jonathan Sanchez, LHP, Ohio Dominican College. Sanhez went 3.57 in 15 appearances (12 starts) with 5 complete games and 4 shutouts. He had 104 strikeouts in 68 innings, with only 36 walks. However, it was his seasons from 2002 to 2003 that got him noticed. He went 20-2 and led the Panthers to back-to-back conference titles. In 2003, he had a 2.11 ERA and broke the team record for strikeouts with 105 in 98 innings. In 2002, he had a 2.65 ERA with 90 K's in 71.2 innings. Has been the AMC pitcher of the year twice, in 2002 and 2003. Throws in the low nineties with tail in on a left handed batter. He also has a devastating splitfinger pitch, a circle change in development and a curveball.

28th Round, #850 Overall – Erroll Charlie Babineaux Jr., RF, University of Mississippi. Known just by Charlie, Babineaux is the nephew of Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco. Babineaux, coinicidentally, hit a game winning home run against Louisiana State in 2004. Babineaux had a .282 batting average with 18 doubles and tied for the team lead with 13 home runs in 58 games.

29th Round, #880 Overall – Ryan Shaver, RHP, Lower Columbia College (JuCo). I got nothing on this kid, so here's the trivia. Shaver played for an independent league team in his home state of Alaska, the Goldpanners. Another current Giant also played for the Goldpanners at one point in his career. Guess who? Ready? Believe it or not, Barry Bonds played for the Goldpanners in 1983. Crazy. Use that to impress your friends with sometime.

30th Round, #910 Overall – Kevin Jenson, RHP, Loyola Marymount University. Jenson is a Sacramento native, and redshirted in 2003. He had a 9.31 ERA and a 2-1 record in 23 appearances (1 start, 2 saves). He had 17 strikeouts and 22 walks in 29 innings.

31st Round, #940 Overall – Kyle Haines, SS, Eastern Illinois University. Haines hit .327 in 2004 with 16 doubles, 1 triple and 9 home runs, with 9 stolen bases. Haines was excited over the opportunity. "I kind of knew there would be a chance at getting drafted. However, nothing is for sure so I was hoping for the best. I didn't talk to the Giants scout who drafted me but I know Coach (Jim) Schmitz talked to him," said Haines. "I'm excited to have the opportunity to play at the next level. San Francisco is a great organization. I could not be happier to be part of it."

32nd Round, #970 Overall – Morgan Brinson, RHP, Walnut Grove Secondary (HS). No Info Available.

33rd Round, #1000 Overall – Judson Richards, 1B, Point Loma Nazarene University. No Info Available.

34th Round, #1030 Overall – Jacob ‘Jake' Coash, LHP, College of the Canyons JC. The Tigers drafted Coash in 2002 out of high school, and the Diamondbacks drafted him in 2003 as a freshman from the College of the Canyons. Coash pitched in 10 games with 6 starts and collected a 4-1 record with a 2.78 ERA. He had 41 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58.2 innings pitched.

35th Round, #1060 Overall – Tim Grant, RHP, Dartmouth College. Grant had a 5-4 record with a 4.57 ERA in 9 starts. He did have 5 complete games, and struck out 42 while walking only 9 in 63 innings.

36th Round, #1090 Overall – Paul Lussier, RHP, Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School. No Info Available.

37th Round, #1120 Overall – Erik Meyer, RHP, Eastern Washington University. Meyer had a good 2003-04 season, earning a starting throwing job. He had 2301 yards in 11 games, with a 62.6% completion percentage and 15 passing touchdowns, and also gained 200 yards on the ground with 4 rushing touchdowns. Sound like the wrong sport? Yea, it does to me, too, but apparently Eastern Washington University doesn't have a baseball program. I don't know where Meyer has been pitching in the meantime. He was drafted by the Reds out of high school in 2001. Meyer did not enter the NFL draft, and is slotted to be a captain in 2004 for the football team.

38th Round, #1150 Overall – Tyson Brummett, RHP, Central Arizona JC Brummett appeared in 23 games and had 30 innings pitched for a 2.10 ERA. He struck out 30 and walked 13, and had a 3-1 record with 6 saves.

39th Round, #1180 Overall – Brad Schwarzenbach, RHP, St John Bosco High School. No Info Available.

40th Round, #1210 Overall – Kolby Nelson, SS, Timpanogos High School. No Info Available.

41st Round, #1239 Overall – Chase Smith, RHP, University of Central Oklahoma. Has a mid-80's fastball. Went 6-2 in 10 games in 2004 with a 3.42 ERA. He had 73 strikeouts and 28 walks in 55.1 innings.

42nd Round, #1268 Overall – Ryan Addition, RHP, Western High School. No info available.

43rd Round, #1297 Overall – Jack Spradlin, LHP, Southwestern College. Playing at Southwest, Spradlin went 8-1 with a 0.55 ERA to be the Pacific Coast Conference's player of the year. He went into the first game of the playoffs, with a chest cold, and still pitched 6 innings to get the win before he couldn't go any farther.

44th Round, #1326 Overall – Tom ‘TJ' Gornati, RHP, University of Pittsburgh. Gornati had a 3-3 record with a 5.50 ERA in 16 games (6 starts). He also had 2 saves. He struck out 66 in 54 innings with 28 walks. He redshirted in 2002 due to an undisclosed injury.

45th Round, #1355 Overall – Kris Gibson, 1B, San Francisco State University. Gibson, a Vallejo native, hit .335 in 47 games for the Gators. He had 9 doubles and 9 home runs in 170 at bats, with 25 strikeouts and 20 walks. He also committed only 1 error for a .995 fielding percentage.

46th Round, #1384 Overall – David Quinowski, LHP, Redlands High School. I don't have his stats, but he had an impressive high school stint, called one of the best hitting pitchers in the desert. His school won the Desert Classic Baseball Tournament with Quinowski pitching a complete game 1 hit shutout with no walks and 12 strikeouts, and hitting a grand slam in the fourth.

47th Round, #1413 Overall – Matthew Minor, RHP, UNLV. Minor had a 6.99 ERA and a 4-2 record in his first year at UNLV in 2004. He appeared in 25 games, starting 3 and saving 2. He pitched 46.1 innings and got 45 strikeouts versus 21 walks. At the Community College of Southern Nevada in 2003, he had a 6-1 record with a 1.78 ERA, with 57 K's and 19 walks in 57.1 innings.

48th Round, #1441 Overall – Benigro ‘Benny' Cepeda, RHP, Ohio Dominican College. The Puerto Rican native compiled a 7-2 record with a 3.50 ERA, and has struck out 186 batters over 3 years at Ohio Dominican college. I believe he is unrelated to Orlando Cepeda, but I am unsure on that count.

49th Round, #1469 Overall – Michael Santoro, OF, Northern Illinois University. Teammate of 26th round pick Trevor Wohlgemuth. He suffered a foot injury early in the '04 season, but had 15 home runs as a junior, hitting .300 with 11 doubles. He was allowed to redshirt the season and plans to return to NIU. However, he is not closing the door on San Francisco. He plans to be a ‘draft and follow' selection, which means the Giants will still have the rights to him after the next college season, until the day before the 2005 draft. "However, to be drafted is great. That's why baseball players, or any athlete for that matter, work so hard. We all just want the chance. San Francisco gave me that chance. How can I not be happy about that."

50th Round, #1497 Overall – Garrett Lingle, 2B, Mission Bay High School. The teammate of #1 overall pick Drew Bush was the 2nd to last pick of the draft. No info on his stats.

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