Draft 2005: Day 2

Day 2 can often seem pointless, with so many picks and a relatively slim chance of them making the majors, but the cross section can be fascinating. Which pick is the half-brother of a current Giant? Which pick decided to play college football at a college that didn't have baseball, yet the Giants like so much they've drafted him each of the last two years? Which pick was known around San Francisco as 'Playmaker'? The answers are inside.

Pick 582, Round 19: Brandon Grabham, RHP, B/T: R/R, 6’5, 220 lbs, 1/30/1983, Grayson County College

2005 Stats: No Stats Available

Pick 612, Round 20: Jonathan Gaston, CF, B/T: L/R, 5’11, 195 lbs, 10/13/1986, Borah High School

2005 Stats: No Stats Available

Gaston is one of the top rated players coming out of Idaho. He has solid mechanics in all aspects of the game, and is noted for his hard work, even moving so he could be closer to his high school’s indoor facilities to work on his swing year round. He even uses a wood bat in the winter to prepare for going pro. He has signed with Yavapai College in Arizona, but has not ruled out going pro. "If I get drafted, I'll probably be a draft-and-follow," he said before the draft. His coach, Frank Wright, says about him, "Gaston is crushing the ball because he has a solid swing, aggressive approach to hitting, and a ton of ability."

Pick 642, Round 21: Robert Grace, RHP, B/T: R/R, 6’1, 165 lbs, 2/2/1983, College of the Desert

2005 Stats: 17 G, 13 GS, 1.74 ERA, 10-5, 98.1 IP, 75 H, 35 R, 19 ER, 16 BB, 118 SO, 9 CG, 2 SV

Grace is the half-brother of current Giants pitcher Scott Eyre.

Pick 672, Round 22: Tayler Creswell, OF, B/T: R/R, 6’1, 170 lbs, 2/11/1987, Deer Valley High School

2005 Stats: No Stats Available

Creswell is a two sport start at Deer Valley high school, where he is one of the league’s leading receivers with 360 yards in 2005.

Pick 702, Round 23: David Maroul, 3B, B/T: R/R, 6’2, 210 lbs, 2/15/1983, University of Texas, Austin

2005 Stats: 50 G, .237 BA/.316 OBP/.473 SLG, 169 AB, 33 R, 40 H, 9 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 27 RBI, 13 BB, 7 HBP, 48 SO, 8 E, .939 FLD%

Maroul was a defensive specialist for the Longhorns at the hot corner, with above average range and a very strong arm. He was a clutch hitter, and is a versatile player who can play at 2nd, short and even pitched in college.

Pick 732, Round 24: James Simmons, CF, B/T: R/R, 6’3, 190 lbs, 9/3/1985, Vernon Regional Junior College

2005 Stats: No Stats Available

Simmons was awarded with the team’s ‘Outstanding Defensive Player’ award in 2005.

Pick 762, Round 25: Barry Gunther, C, B/T: S/R, 6’0, 190 lbs, 3/18/1982, University of Mississippi

2005 Stats: 59 Games, .285 BA/.396 OBP/.391 SLG, 179 AB, 34 R, 51 H, 5 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 28 RBI, 22 BB, 13 HBP, 29 SO, 3 E, .994 FLD%

Gunther was drafted in the 17th round by the Marlins last year, and seriously considered signing before going back to Ole Miss. "I don't resent it one bit," he said of his return. "I had my opportunity (to go professional) last year but I thought I was a good enough player to think that I would get another chance. I've always wanted to win a national championship and the possibility of doing that is still here. It's been worth every minute coming back." Well, he was, though this year he was drafted in the 25th round. He’s one of the co-captains of the team, and was named to the 2nd team ALL-SEC before the 2005 season by SEBaseball.com

Pick 792, Round 26: Ivan Herrera-Rusova, RHP, B/T: R/R, 6’1, 180 lbs, 11/5/1986, Oasis Alternative Secondary School

2005 Stats: No Stats Available

Rusova is the son of a Russian woman, who moved to Havana, Cuba when she had her son, and then moved to Canada when he was 5, so Rusova has an interesting background. Rusova throws a fastball that was clocked at tournaments at 91, but says it’s been as high as 94-95. It has a lot of movement. He also throws two different types of curveballs, one with a tight sharp bite, the other a slow looping 78 mph looper. His mechanics are raw, but on the other hand they are ready to be shaped. BA ranked him the #4 Canadian prospect in the draft. He has signed a letter of intent to Chipola junior college in Florida, but that is a backup option for him.

Pick 822, Round 27: Johnny Monell, C, B/T: L/R, 5’11, 205 lbs, 3/27/1986, Christopher Columbus High School

2005 Stats: .694 BA, 5 HR, 30 RBI in league play

Johnny Monell Jr.’s father played minor league ball for 17 seasons, and his son shagged fly balls and played catch with several big names because of it, so now he says he’s not intimidated by going Pro. He said before the draft that if he wasn’t drafted high enough, he’s signed with Seminole Community College in Florida, though several scouts insist he doesn’t need college. He has a strong arm, and pitched some in high school, reaching the high ‘80’s with a fastball. Being a switch hitting catcher, he could be a valuable prospect.

Pick 852, Round 28: Sergio Romo, RHP, B/T: R/R, 6’0, 185 lbs, 3/4/1983, Mesa State College

2005 Stats: 14-1, 2.46 ERA, 15 G, 15 GS, 11 CG, 2 SHO, 124.1 IP, 95 H, 36 R, 34 ER, 16 BB, 129 SO, .208 OppBA, 2 WP, 20 HBP

Romo was named Pitcher of the Year in the NCAA Division II West Region by the NCBWA, and was first team All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference team. He was also a 7 time pitcher of the week in the RMAC

Pick 882, Round 29: Angel Nicolas, SS, B/T: R/R, 5’10, 190 lbs, 11/30/1986, Miami Killian High School

2005 Stats: No Stats Available

Nicholas has 6.5 rated speed, soft hands and a strong throwing arm, and opposite field power. He matches that with excellent pitch selection, and knows how to wait for his pitch. He was one of the top players in southern Florida.

Pick 912, Round 30: Erik Meyer, RHP, B/T: R/R, 6’2, 200 lbs, 12/28/1982, Eastern Washington University

2005 Stats: N/A – EWU has no baseball team.

Meyer was highly scouted coming out of high school in 2001, where he was a dominant pitcher and leadoff hitter, but he had a love of football that competed with baseball, and wanted to go to college to play both. Unfortunately, the only college that offered him a scholarship was EWU, which only offered him football. He rejected an offer by the Cubs to draft him in the 4th round, and the Reds drafted him in the 37th round, but he went to college and became one of the top Division I-AA quarterbacks in the country, and was third team All-American in 2005, and had the best passing efficiency rating in D I-AA nationwide.

However, without pro football showing too much interest, a former Reds and current Giants scout invited him to throw for him after his junior year. Having not pitched in nearly 4 years, he threw 96 MPH out of the gate. The Giants reportedly offered him a contract on the spot (since, by that time, he had not been drafted in the previous draft and was technically an undrafted free agent). He wanted to continue playing football, though he said he’d consider a baseball career if he doesn’t make it in pro football. The Giants drafted him 37th last year, a move that kept him from being a free agent through this year’s draft, and the Giants have come back to draft him.

He liked being a quaterback, "I like being the center of attention. In baseball, I was a pitcher. The focus was on me; you have all the pressure. There's something about that pressure that I feed off of and I like,” he said. But, he’s also said, "I miss the competition of baseball a little bit."

In high school, he also threw a curveball and slider.

Pick 942, Round 31: Wayne Foltin, RHP, B/T: R/R, 6’2, 210 lbs, 12/11/1982, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2005 Stats: 6.28 ERA, 1-2, 26 G, 0 GS, 0 SV, 28.2 IP, 32 H, 37 R, 20 ER, 26 BB, 40 SO, .269 OppBA, 9 WP, 1 HBP

Pick 972, Round 32: Damon Brewer, LHP, B/T: L/L, 6’3, 210 lbs, 4/2/1986, Lake City Community College

2005 Stats: Stats Not Available

Pick 1002, Round 33: Christopher Todd, 2B, B/T: S/R, 5’10, 170 lbs, 9/20/1982, Coastal Carolina University

2005 Stats:65 G, .357 BA/.490 OBP/.439 SLG, 244 AB, 70 R, 87 H, 9 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 47 RBI, 46 BB, 20 HBP, 24 SO, 11-14 SB, 8 E, .978

Todd was a 2nd team All-Big South selection. He reached base safely in all but 1 of the 65 games he played in this year, with a 49 game streak, and helped lead the Chanticleers to the first 50 win season in the history of the Big South conference. He was Co-Captain of the team.

Pick 1032, Round 34: Matthew Long, RHP, B/T: R/R, 6’5, 195 lbs, 2/23/1984, Miami of Ohio University

2005 Stats: 1-1, 2.73 ERA, 10 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0 SV, 26.1 IP, 38 H, 11 R, 8 ER, 7 BB, 13 SO, .342 OppBA, 1 WP, 2 HBP

Long underwent Tommy John surgery in 2004, and missed part of 2005, and struggled in his return and recovery.

Pick 1062, Round 35: Antoan Richardson, CF, B/T: S/R, 5’8, 165 lbs, 10/8/1983, Vanderbilt University

2005 Stats: 54 G, .225 BA/.336 OBP/.262 SLG, 187 AB, 33 R, 42 H, 4 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 24 BB, 8 HBP, 35 SO, 18-23 SB, 2 E, .984 FLD%

Richardson transferred to Vanderbilt out of JuCo before the 2004 season, and struggled to adapt to the SEC. He had lived on his speed, using the bunt to get on base, and hitting the ball over drawn in infields when they came in. Head Coach Tim Corbin still spoke highly of him, his play, speed and defense. "Antoan had a tremendous impact on our team last year and became one of the top outfielders in the SEC. He’s a switch hitter who has tremendous game-changing speed. His plays last year in center field were some of the best that I’ve ever seen. He has great character and is very respected by his teammates." He was drafted in the 27th round by Baltimore in 2001, and the 13th round by Arizona in 2004.

Pick 1092, Round 36: Thomas Neal, OF, B/T: R/R, 6’1, 205 lbs, 8/17/1987, Poway High School

2005 Stats: No Stats Available

Neal was an all around athlete for Poway High School. He was drafted by the Giants as an outfielder, but also played third base and was a dominating pitcher for the Poway baseball team. However, shoulder stiffness suffered during the last season may push him away from being a pitcher. He was also a power running back for the football team.

Pick 1122, Round 37: David Newton, RHP, B/T: R/R, 5’11, 195 lbs, 3/4/1986, West Valley College

2005 Stats: No Stats Available

Newton, though drafted as a pitcher, was named to the All-NorCal team by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association as an outfielder.

Pick 1152, Round 38: Christopher Nieto, LHP, B/T: L/L, 5’11, 195 lbs, 4/4/1984, Riverside Community College

2004 Stats: 8-3, 2.05 ERA, 87.2 IP, 31 BB, 87 SO, 9 HBP, 1 WP

Nieto apparently did not play in 2005. He was drafted in the 29th round of 2003 by the Blue Jays.

Pick 1181, Round 39: Melvin Blackmon, LHP, B/T: L/L, 6’0, 185 lbs, 5/31/1987, Temecula Valley High School

2005 Stats: Stats Not Available

Blackmon had been undefeated for Temecula Valley high school before being defeated in the CIF Southern Section Division III Championship. Blackmon also played quarterback for Temecula Valley.

Pick 1210, Round 40: Kurt Lipton, CF, B/T: L/R, 6’5, 195 lbs, 9/23/1987, Pine Crest School

2005 Stats: No Stats Available

Lipton is unusually fast for his 6’4” frame, clocking a 4.5 40 yard speed and 3.5 from home to first. As a junior, he hit .500 and had a base in every game. Lipton is expected to honor his commitment to Vanderbilt this season, and his power will come as he’s only 17. He’s compared a lot to Shawn Green, and is an admitted Dodger fan.

Pick 1239, Round 41: Bo Merrell, SS, B/T: R/R, 6’3, 185 lbs, 6/19/1986, Perryton High School

2005 Stats: No Stats Available

Merrell was honored as Perryton High School’s Best All Around Male Athlete. In addition to playing shortstop, he was both quarterback and defensive back of his school’s football team. He was also named the team’s best defensive football player.

Pick 1268, Round 42: Anthony Snow, RHP, B/T: R/R, 6’4, 210 lbs, 1/20/1984, Edmonds Community College

2005 Stats: No Stats Available

Snow was picked by the Pirates in the 42nd round of the 2003 draft, and by the Rockies in the 43rd round of the 2004 draft.

Pick 1297, Round 43: Christopher Stanton, 1B, B/T: R/R, 6’2, 175 lbs, 4/4/1983, Virginia Tech University

2005 Stats: 47 G, .312 BA/.390 OBP/.441 SLG, 186 AB, 41 R, 58 H, 18 2B, 3 3B, 0 HR, 20 RBI, 18 BB, 7 HBP, 28 SO, 14-19 SB, 3 E, .993

Stanton has been learning the third base job during his time at Virginia Tech, and was voted team caption in 2005.

Pick 1326, Round 44: Reggie Fuller, LHP, B/T: L/L, 6’4, 190 lbs, 7/4/1986, Diablo Valley College

2005 Stats: No Stats Available

Fuller went to Galileo High in San Francisco, and was named AAA Co-Pitcher of the Year in 2004. He was nicknamed ‘Playmaker’ in high school, but has to deal with a hot temper which can flare up when playing.

Pick 1355, Round 45: Eric Dworkis, RHP, B/T: R/R, 6’6, 195 lbs, 7/17/1982, University of California, Berkeley

2005 Stats: 6-5, 3.41 ERA, 17 G, 15 GS, 2 CG, 0 SV, 105.2 IP, 122 H, 46 R, 40 ER, 23 BB, 71 SO, .298 OppBA, 3 WP, 7 HBP

Dworkis was a transfer from Gonzaga before this season, where he was on BA’s All-West Coast Conference Team. He was 7th in the Pac-10 in ERA, and led his team in strikeouts. He was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the week on April 26th. He lettered in basketball and in golf in high school.

Pick 1384, Round 46: Jared Cranston, LHP, B/T: S/L, 6’2, 195 lbs, 4/18/1985, Seward County Community College

2005 Stats: 4-0, 3.15 ERA, 45.2 IP, 37 H, 16 ER, 20 BB, 64 SO

Cranston signed a letter of intent for Nebraska.

Pick 1413, Round 47: George Snyder, RHP, B/T: R/R, 6’3, 190 lbs, 9/21/1986, Chaffey College

2005 Stats: 9-1, 2.76 ERA, 14 G, 14 GS, 78.1 IP, 61 H, 37 R, 24 ER, 34 BB, 58 SO, 3 CG

Snyder was named to the 2005 Foothill All-Conference team.

Pick 1441, Round 48: Adam Ortiz-Jusino, RHP, B/T: R/R, 6’3, 190 lbs, 10/24/1984, Brookedale Community College

2005 Stats: No Stats Available

Ortiz-Jusino throws a low 90’s fastball with a good changeup and a hard slider. He still does not speak English fluently, and that may be one of his biggest obstacles to breaking into the pros.

Pick 1468, Round 49: Curtis Partch, RHP, B/T: R/R, 6’5, 200 lbs, 2/13/1987, Merced High School

2005 Stats: 1-3, 5.25 ERA, 6 G, 4 GS, 0 CG, 0 SV, 24.2 IP, 31 H, 1 HR, 25 R, 19 ER, 18 SO, 12 BB

Pick 1495, Round 50: Justin Robertson, RHP, B/T, R/R, 6’1, 190 lbs, 7/15/1987, Nipomo High School

2005 Stats: No Stats Available.

Robertson played shortstop in high school when he wasn’t pitching, and enjoyed hitting as much as pitching. He led his school’s football team in rushing and all-purpose yard and had a ‘fearless’ moniker. He is estimated to throw 88 MPH on his fastball.

47 players chosen

4 Year College: 23
High School:11

RHP: 21
LHP: 7
1B: 1
2B: 2
3B: 2
SS: 3
OF: 8
C: 3

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