Draft 2005: Day 1

Yea, so the Giants didn't have any picks in the Top 3 rounds, due to losing them to free agent compensation. Big deal! The Giants still made 15 picks on the first day of the draft. Find out how many center fielders the Giants drafted that had perfect fielding percentages! Find out that the Giants drafted the pitcher with the best K/9IP rate in all of college baseball! Who got suspended? Who hit .500 for a season (and wasn't a pitcher)? And why to the Giants love Lewis & Clark St. so much?

Pick 132, Round 4: Benjamin Copeland, CF, B/T: L/L, 6’1, 195 lbs, 12/17/1983, University of Pittsburgh

2005 Stats: 54 G, .384 BA/.469 OBP/.703 SLG, 219 AB, 65 R, 84 H, 23 2B, 10 3B, 9 HR, 47 RBI, 36 BB, 1 HBP, 47 SO, 29-37 SB, 2 E, .984 FLD%


Ben Copeland’s 2005 season may have been the best season by a hitter that Pitt has ever seen. Not only did he lead the team in batting, runs, hits, doubles, triples, slugging and stolen bases, but he set the single season records for the school in hits, at bats, runs, doubles and triples. And for good measure, he set the school record for stolen bases in his junior year (37 in 40 attempts).

He is extremely quick on the basepaths, obviously. He was timed as quick as 4.25 seconds out of the box to first base. He matches that with excellent defense (He was errorless in 2004) and a strong arm from center field. Copeland was ranked the #118 prospect by Baseball America, and was also ranked the 5th fastest baserunner in college.


Pick 162 Round 5: Daniel Griffin, RHP, B/T: R/R, 6’7, 231 lbs, 9/24/1984, Niagara University

2005 Stats: 6-4, 4.37 ERA, 15 G, 12 GS, 3 CG, 1 SHO, 2 SV, 78.1, 81 H, 48 R, 38 ER, 30 BB, 120 SO, .264 OppBA, 3 WP, 8 HBP

Dan Griffin has numbers that don’t look spectacular at first, but he led all of Division I college baseball in one impressive stat: K/9 IP. He had 13.8 K/9 IP, with the runner up being Josh Schmidt of the University of the Pacific with 13.3. That is what gives him a real buzz. He’s a tall pitcher with a quick delivery, a high 90’s fastball and a sharp curveball that he can throw for strikes. He’s also working on a circle changeup. He also has no qualms about pitching inside, often a hurdle for young pitchers.


Pick 192, Round 6: Kyle Cathbertson, RHP, B/T: R/R, 5’10, 175 lbs, 1/7/1985, Lethbridge CC

2005 Stats: (limited stats available) 14 G, 7-4, 2.68 ERA, .162 OppBA, 96 K

Cuthbertson is a hard throwing pitcher hailing from Canada. Dick Tidrow, the Giants’ vice-president of player personnel, like him a lot. “He has good secondary stuff already, and high velocity with his fastball. The equipment is basically there.” He also has a big breaking curveball. The 19 year old is still raw mentally and has a lot to learn, but the Giants seem to like giving a guy with tools and a blank slate over to minor league instructor Trevor Wilson, who is quickly gaining a reputation for his abilities to help young pitchers find their way.


Pick 222, Round 7: Joseph Dyche, CF, B/T R/R, 6’1, 185 lbs, 10/27/1982, Lewis & Clark State

2005 Stats: 52 G, .500 BA/.544 OBP/.767 SLG, 202 AB, 70 R, 101 H, 13 2B, 4 3B, 11 HR, 56 RBI, 20 BB, 2 HBP, 16 SO, 23-24 SB, 0 E, 1.000 FLD%

Joseph Dyche continues quite a tradition the Giants have of selecting players from Lewis & Clark State. Among other alumni the Giants have signed are current Giant Jason Ellison, former Giants Marvin Benard, Steve Decker and Steve Reed, and current Red Sox closer Keith Foulke.

Dyche had an incredible year, smashing the school record of batting average that used to be .482 by batting an even .500. He also hit for the cycle at the NAIA World Series, the first in the event’s 48 year history. Dyche has a short, compact swing and hits the ball to all fields. He also is fast both on the basepaths and in the field.


Pick 252, Round 8: Scotty Bridges, 2B/OF, B/T: L/R, 5’10, 170 lbs, 10/24/1981, U. of Arkansas Fayetteville

2005 Stats: 22 G, .410 BA/.505 OBP/.615 SLG, 78 AB, 25 R, 32 H, 7 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 10 BB, 5 HBP, 19 SO, 22-24 SB, 4 E, .969 FLD%

Bridges was challenging the school record for stolen bases when things got derailed for him. He was suspended on March 28th along with a teammate for violating team policy, according to his coach Dave Van Horn. They remained suspended for the rest of the season. Despite his suspension, he finished the season 3rd in the SEC in stolen bases.


Pick 282, Round 9: Anthony Contreras, SS, B/T: L/R, 5’11, 190 lbs, 9/26/1983, San Jose State University

2005 Stats:57 G, .373 BA/.441 OBP/.448 SLG, 241 AB, 42 R, 90 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 36 RBI, 25 BB, 5 HBP, 13 SO, 8-12 SB, 12 E, .959 FLD%

For the 2nd straight year, the Giants selected a San Jose native and SJSU grad. Last year, it was 2B/3B Kevin Frandsen, this year it was shortstop Anthony Contreras. A graduate from Piedmont Hills High School, Contreras was unanimously voted the team’s Most Valuable Player for 2005 after leading the team with a .373 batting average and setting a school record with a 32 game hitting streak. He also won awards from each his teammates and coaches for leadership. He grew up a Giants fan in Las Gatos.

Pick 312, Round 10: Nicholas Pereira, RHP, B/T: R/R, 6’0, 195 lbs, 9/22/1982, University of San Francisco

2005 Stats: 10-3, 2.21 ERA, 16 G, 16 GS, 3 CG, 1 SHO, 106.0 IP, 90 H, 31 R, 26 ER, 33 BB, 93 SO, .230 OppBA, 2 WP, 7 HBP

Nick Pereira is another northern California local, having grown up in Cupertino and gone to De Anza college before attending USF. He throws a low nineties fastball and has a well developed slider, and is learning a change up. Pereira worked in relief for the Dons in 2004, but converted to starter in 2005 and did very well. His coach calls him “A fierce competitor, and his concentration and detailed preparation are keys to his success.”

"He may be a power starter," said Tidrow. "He has life and a heavy fastball and did rather well in workouts here."


Pick 342, Round 11: Henry Gutierrez, C, B/T: R/R, 6’0, 220 lbs, 5/7/1983, Troy State University.

2005 Stats: 57 G, .352 BA/.433 OBP/.662 SLG, 213 AB, 66 R, 75 H, 12 2B, 0 3B, 18 HR, 61 RBI, 30 BB, 5 HBP, 21 SO, 1-1 SB, 5 E, .989

Catchers were starting to run low, but the Giants were happy to find Gutierrez still around. The Puerto Rican native helped lead the Troy Trojans to the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament in 2005. He led the team in runs scored, home runs, RBI, total bases, slugging, on-base percentage and walks. He was surprised the Giants took him, since he said he hadn’t talked with them, but he expressed eagerness to get started. Tidrow didn’t seem so surprised, however. “He's an offensive guy who can stand and throw,” Tidrow said of him.


Pick 372, Round 12: Joseph Martinez, RHP, B/T: R/R, 6’3, 185 lbs, 2/26/1983, Boston College

2005 Stats: 8-3, 2.63 ERA, 12 G, 12 GS, 6 CG, 2 SHO, 89.0 IP, 68 H, 31 R, 26 ER, 23 BB, 97 SO, .210 OppBA, 3 WP, 8 HBP

Martinez was a big reason why the Boston College Eagles set a school record with 37 wins on the season. He was a Big East Pitcher of the Week twice in 2005. 2005 was his first year as a fulltime starter, and it seemed to suit him, as he led the Eagles in complete games and complete game shut outs. He played outfield in high school, and was previously drafted by the Pirates in the 44th round of the 2001 draft before committing to Boston College.


Pick 402, Round 13: Taylor Wilding, RHP, B/T: R/R, 6’1, 190 lbs.10/22/1984, Cal Poly Pomona

2005 Stats: 11-3, 2.80 ERA, 16 G, 16 GS, 7 CG, 3 SHO, 112.1 IP, 92 H, 37 R, 35 ER, 32 BB, 112 SO

Wilding was named third team All-American by the America Baseball Coaches Association and was the Pitcher of the Year in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. He has excellent mechanics, and his best pitches are a 2 seam fastball and a curve with a sharp downward motion. He led the CCAA in innings pitched, strikeouts and complete games, and was almost always effective, allowing 3 runs or less in 13 of his 16 starts. MLB.com compares his body and motion to Johan Santana.


Pick 432, Round 14: Brian Anderson, RHP, B/T: R/R, 6’2, 200 lbs, 5/25/1983, Long Beach State

2005 Stats: 3-0, 0.83 ERA, 30 G, 0 GS, 2 SV, 43.1 IP, 22 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 9 BB, 37 SO, .151 OppBA, 3 WP, 5 HBP

Anderson has spent most of the last two years working as the primary setup man for Long Beach State. He also had an ERA of 2.98 in 2004.


Pick 462, Round 15: Alexander Hinshaw, LHP, B/T: L/L, 6’3, 180 lbs, 10/31/1982, San Diego State

2005 Stats: 5-7, 4.63 ERA, 16 G, 14 GS, 3 CG, 0 SHO, 1 SV, 83.2 IP, 82 H, 53 R, 43 ER, 39 BB, 85 SO, .253 OppBA, 1 WP, 15 HBP

The Giants have been after Hinshaw for a while, drafting him in the 28th round of 2000 and the 29th round of 2002. He was also drafted by the Marlins in 2003. He’s a hard throwing lefthander with a lot of movement on both his two seam fastball and circle changeup. He was placed on the All-MWC team in 2005, his first year at SDSU after transferring from junior college.


Pick 492, Round 16: Buck Cody, LHP, B/T: L/L, 6’2, 195 lbs, 6/22/1982, University of Texas

2005 Stats: 4-1, 3.96 ERA, 31 G, 3 GS, 0 CG, 1 SV, 50.0 IP, 44 H, 29 R, 22 ER, 30 BB, 37 SO, .239 OppBA, 5 WP, 4 HBP

Cody has acted as one of the primary setup men for the Longhorns for the last three years, including under current Athletics reliever Huston Street, and has done well at the job. He was previous selected in the 7th round by the Cardinals in the 2004 draft.


Pick 522, Round 17: Mark Minicozzi, 3B, B/T: R/R, 6’1, 210 lbs, 2/11/1983, East Carolina University

2005 Stats: 34 G, .343 BA/.422 OBP/.514 SLG, 140 AB, 31 R, 48 H, 10 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 32 RBI, 17 BB, 3 HBP, 23 SO, 0-0 SB, 5 E, .936 FLD%

Minicozzi led ECU with 48 RBI in the 2005 season, and was 2nd team C-USA, and has a high defensive reputation despite a lowered fielding percentage in 2005. He has earned praise for his attitude and his willingness to do anything to win, including take the mound when needed. Manager Randy Mazey said, “Mark's cocky and loves to play baseball. He relishes the opportunity to get out there and show people what he can do.”


Pick 552, Round 18: Chad Wagler, RHP, B/T: R/R, 6’1, 190 lbs, 9/11/1983, Kent State University

2005 Stats: 6-4, 2.47 ERA, 19 G, 1 GS, 0 CG, 4 SV, 51.0 IP, 34 H, 17 R, 14 ER, 16 BB, 49 SO, .193 OppBA, 4 WP, 3 HBP

Wagler served as closer in his junior year at Kent State, though he did start a game. He improved a great deal his junior year, lowering his ERA by almost 2 full points. He was the only member of the Kent State team to be found on Baseball America’s preseason All-MAC team.

RECAP:
15 Players taken:

14 Four Year College players, 1 Junior College player, 0 High School Players.

7 RHP
2 LHP
2 CF
1 2B
1 3B
1 SS
1 C

6 Players from California selected.



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