2006 Draft Notebook: Day 1

From Lincecum to Stallings, and every pitcher, shortstop, catcher, first baseman, second baseman and outfielder in-between, check out every player that the Giants drafted on Day 1 of the 2006 MLB Draft!

UPDATES - 6/17/2006 - Announced signings: Emmanuel Burriss, Michael McBryde, Matt Klimas, Brian Bocock, Gib Hobson, Matt Weston, Eric Stolp, Paul Oseguera, Kevin Pucetas.
UPDATES - 6/11/2006 - Interview:
Emmanuel Burriss
UPDATES - 6/10/2006 - Jeff Stallings

Round: 1
Overall Pick: 10
Tim Lincecum
School: University of Washington
Date of Birth: 6/15/1984
Position: RHP
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 170
Bats: L
Throws: R

2006 Stats: 1.94 ERA, 12-4, 22 G, 17 GS, 3 CG, 3 SHO, 3 SV, 125.1 IP, 75 H, 39 R, 27 ER, 63 BB, 199 SO, 8 HR, .173 OppBA, 14 WP, 10 HBP, 1 BK

"Everybody was looking at him in the top 10 or 15," said UW baseball coach Ken Knutson. "A lot of people expected him to be gone. We're very happy for the Giants."

Lincecum, listed by Baseball America as the #2 prospect in the draft, is a right handed starting pitcher. However, if the Giants choose to use him in the bullpen, then he may have his chance at the big leagues as soon as the end of this season.

"He could do either," said Knutson. "He could start because he's got pitchability with four pitches, but you could also see him lighting it up either as a closer or a setup man."

Standing at 6-foot tall and weighing just 160 pounds, Lincecum uses his small size to his advantage. He agrees that his size is deceiving, and his unique delivery certainly helps him. His father, a former minor leaguer, taught Lincecum his arm mechanics. Lincecum's grandfather taught Lincecum's father the unique mechanics, so as in all great baseball successes, family tradition played a big factor in Lincecum's dominance.

Round: 1S
Overall Pick: 33
Emmanuel Burriss
School: Kent State
Date of Birth: 1/17/1985
Position: SS
Height: 6'0
Weight: 170
Bats: S
Throws: R

2006 Stats: .360/.446/.477, 56 G, 239 AB, 70 R, 86 H, 10 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 28 RBI, 23 BB, 22 SO, 15 HBP, 42-44 SB, 20 E, .932 FLD%

For the 33rd overall pick in the 3rd sandwich round, the Giants selected speedster Emmanuel Burriss.

Burriss was named a co-playoff MVP in 2005 with 37 steals, shattering the previous Cape Cod League record of 27 by Pete Stanicek, and with 52 hits. He played mostly at 3rd with the Orleans Cardinals in the Cape Cod League, but he will mostlikely be used as a middle infielder in the majors.

When asked which position Burriss would like to play, he said shortstop is his spot. He also says he looks up to Roberto Alomar and Jose Reyes, the two players that he claims are closest to his own playing style.

Burriss uses a "slap approach" when batting, which enables him to get on base easier with his speed, but doesn't generate much power to the ball coming off the bat.

Burriss was also the 2006 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Player of the Year. He received this honor by leading the Kent University Golden Flashes to a regular season conference title. The Golden Flashes were also the No. 1 seed in the MAC tournament. Burriss led the league in runs scored at 67 and stolen bases at 38. He also finished third in on-base percentage at .465, fourth in batting at .375 and second in hits at 81.

Also, Burriss ranked fifth in the nation in stolen bases and sixth in runs scored. He is 88 for 100 in his career for stolen bases, making it a remarkable .880 percentage.

UPDATE 06/11/2006Emmanuel Burris has done an exclusive interview with SFDugout.com. You can read it here

UPDATE 06/17/2006 - Burriss has signed with the Giants.

Round: 3
Overall Pick: 89
Clayton Tanner
School: De La Salle High School, California
Date of Birth: 12/5/1987
Position: LHP
Height: 6'2
Weight: 185
Bats: L
Throws: L

2006 Stats: No Stats Yet Available

For the 89th pick overall, the Giants selected Clayton Tanner, a senior left-handed pitcher from De La Salle high School.

Tanner had an exceptional season in his last year, gong 65.2 innings while lodging 106 strikeouts and walking 18. He also gave up 49 hits, five homeruns and has a 1.39 ERA ending the season.

Tanner has committed to Pepperdine University, but actual contract negotiations have not been drafted yet between him and the Giants.

Round: 4
Overall Pick: 116
Benjamin Snyder
School: Ball State
Date of Birth: 7/20/1985
Position: LHP
Height: 6'2
Weight: 205
Bats: L
Throws: L

2006 Stats: 4.45 ERA, 8-5, 19 G, 16 GS, 1 CG, 109.1 IP, 101 H, 60 R, 54 ER, 40 BB, 108 SO, 8 HR, .251 OppBA, 2 WP, 6 HBP, 0 BK

Ben Snyder is familiar with the draft process.  His older brother Brad, also a star for Ball State, was drafted 18th overall by the Cleveland Indians in 2003.  While Ben didn’t go as high, he did take Ball State to it’s first MAC Tournament Championship, and then did the unthinkable, dominating a power-laden Kentucky team that was ranked #8 in the nation in the first game of the Lexington Region of the NCAA Tournament, and doing it in a park with a short right field fence.  That got him named All-Regional, though Ball was not able to advance.  It was Ball State’s first win against a Top 10 ranked team since 2001.

Snyder is a lefty with a four pitch arsenal.  His fastball sits in the high 80’s and can go low 90’s, but the key is his control and ability to both add sink or cut on it.  He can do the same to his curveball.  He also has a slider and a solid changeup to work with.  “He is the prototypical left-handed pitcher,” his coach Greg Beals said of him.

Drafted as a redshirt-sophomore (making him eligible for the draft), Snyder did have some troubles at times in 2006, allowing 5 earned runs or more in 4 of his 11 starts, but he recovered at the end of the season, pitching extremely well in the MAC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament.  As a freshman, however,  he was named the conference Fresnman of the year with a 4.21 ERA and 87 K’s in 98.1 innings, with an 8 game winning streak and two shout outs.  He was also named Baseball America’s top prospect in the Great Lakes Summer League in 2005.

Round: 5
Overall Pick: 146
Michael McBryde
School: Florida Atlantic University
Date of Birth: 3/22/1985
Position: CF
Height: 6'2
Weight: 170
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: .300/.300/.500, 3 G, 10 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 2 2B, 0 BB, 0 HBP, 3 SO, 0-0 SB, 0 E, 1.00 FLD%

2005 Stats: .370/.408/.487, 61 G, 265 AB, 58 R, 98 H, 10 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 40 RBI, 12 BB, 5 HBP, 45 SO, 35-39 SB, 8 E, .943 FLD%

There’s no question that McBryde is a talented player.  While he was announced as a center fielder by the Giants, he was named a 2006 Pre-Season Third Team All-American as a relief pitcher, after serving as the team’s closer.  He was also First Team All-Conference as an outfielder.  In 2005, his first year on the mound, he didn’t allow a hit in his first 5.2 innings worked and didn’t allow an earned run for 17.2 innings.  He ended up with a 3.11 ERA over 37.2 IP, with 49 K’s and 12 walks.  In the outfield, he hit .370/.408/.487 with 10 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs, and 35 stolen bases in 39 attempts.

But that was 2005.  In 2006, he didn’t get a chance to show off how good he could be.  After just 3 games, he suffered a torn hamstring and missed the rest of the season.  There was a lot of question how this would affect his draft status, and what he might do for next season.  Florida Atlantic University wants him back next year, and has suggested that they will use him as a starter to help his draft stock.

Three big questions follow McBryde.  The most obvious one is what he’ll do in the pros, be a pitcher or a reliever?  Also, will he sign with the Giants, or return to FAU?  And finally, how will his speed, something the Giants have valued significantly in recent drafts, bounce back after the big hamstring injury?

UPDATE 06/17/2006 - McBryde has signed with the Giants.

Round: 6
Overall Pick: 176
Ryan Rohlinger
School: University of Oklahoma
Date of Birth: 6'1
Position: SS
Height: 6'1
Weight: 185
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: .377/.444/.598, 63 G, 244 AB, 66 R, 92 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 12 HR, 63 RBI, 32 BB, 2 HBP, 23 SO, 8-13 SB, 6 E, .965 FLD%

Rohlinger was drafted as a shortstop by the Giants, but at third base he was one of the leaders of a powerful Oklahoma Sooners team.  Baseball America named him to their All-Conference team at third, and named him the best Defensive Third Basemen and Best Infield Arm in the Conference.

While defense was a calling card, Rohlinger was no slouch offensively, leading the team in batting average (.377), on-base percentage (.444), slugging percentage (.598), home runs (12), walks (32), was tied for the lead in hits (92) and runs scored (66), and was second in RBI (63).  He was also one of the team leaders in most of those categories as a Junior in 2005.

Rohlinger’s uncle, Willie Mueller Jr., played for the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and his cousin, Mike Mueller, is currently playing for the Atlanta Braves organization.

Round: 7
Overall Pick: 206
Brett Pill
School: Cal State Fullerton
Date of Birth: 9/9/1984
Position: 1B
Height: 6'4
Weight: 210
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: .327/.447/.514, 57 G, 214 AB, 42 R, 70 H, 19 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 38 RBI, 38 BB, 10 HBP, 36 SO, 9-18 SB, 6 E, .989 FLD%

Pill won’t be thinking too much about his future right now.  Pill and the team at Cal State Fullerton is preparing to host one of the Super-Regionals in the NCAA tournament, and Pill has been no small part of the team.  Having already won the College World Series with Fullerton as a Freshman, Pill is one of the team’s big slugging threats in the middle of the lineup.

As a redshirt Junior, Pill leads the team in doubles as of draft day (19), and is third in home runs (5).  He matches his power with solid plate disipline, leading the team by far in walks (38, with 22 being the next most) despite being tied for the second most strikeouts (36).  As a sophomore, he flirted with a .400 average and was on the Wallace Watch List, an award for the nation’s top collegiate baseball player.  He finished with a .327 batting average and 10 home runs, and a conference leading 85 hits.

Round: 8
Overall Pick: 236
Matthew Klimas
School: Texarkana Community College
Date of Birth: 7/3/1987
Position: C
Height: 5'11
Weight: 185
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006: No Stats Yet Available

Klimas is a freshman at the little junior college in Texas. He helped the Bulldogs go 32-18 in the 2006 season as the defending champions of Region XIV Athletics, an athetlic association in the Texas area. His offensive stats look low but he's young yet, but his coaches rave about his ability as a catcher. He handles a pitching staff well, throws out runners with accuracy, and plays defense around the plate well for an undersized catcher. Baseball is more than just second nature to him; his father Phil Klimas won the batting title in the Eastern League in 1982 with a mark of .311.

UPDATE 06/17/2006- Klimas has signed with the Giants

Round: 9
Overall Pick: 266
Brian Bocock
School: Stetson University
Date of Birth: 3/9/1985
Position: SS
Height: 5'11
Weight: 185
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: .324/.381/.404, 62 G, 250 AB, 47 R, 81 H, 16 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 30 RBI, 23 BB, 3 HBP, 31 SO, 19-28 SB, 17 E, .951 FLD%

Like so many good players, Bocock has a background on the mound.  As a senior at Turner Ashby High School, he threw a no-hitter in the first round of his Region’s tournament, with only an error spoiling a perfect game attempt.  That might be why, after becoming a hitter exclusively at Stetson University, he once said he’d prefer taking 100 ground balls over 100 at-bats any day.  Bocock helped anchor a spectacular middle infield that led the team to its best fielding percentage in school history with spectacular range, although he also had a team high 17 errors.  His coach, Pete Dunn, said that the defense was better than the stats indicate, because they’ve been charged with errors on rushed throws most infielders wouldn’t get to. 

"I can't tell you how many times I've seen balls hit in the hole and our guys have just scooped it up and tossed to first," junior pitcher Nathan Nery said. "It's amazing what they do for us."

While not a slugger, Bocock led his team in doubles and stolen bases at the plate, and led the team with 203 assists, and had 481 career assists, ranking 6th in school history.  Bocock was also named to the NCAA Gainsville Regional All-Tournament team this year as Stetson was eliminated.

UPDATE 06/17/2006- Bocock has signed with the Giants.

Round: 10
Overall Pick: 296
Ryan Paul
School: Cal State Fullerton
Date of Birth: 8/10/1984
Position: LHP
Height: 6'5
Weight: 225
Bats: L
Throws: L

2006 Stats: 1.30 ERA, 2-1, 32 G, 0 GS, 2 SV, 27.2 IP, 18 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 12 BB, 33 SO, 1 HR, .180 OppBA, 2 WP, 3 HBP, 1 BK

Paul transferred into Fullerton from L.A. Pierce College this past season, and didn’t take long after starting as a lefty specialist to entrench himself in the main setup role in front of closer Vinnie Pestano.  The left-hander throws with a low three-quarters slot into a high 80’s fastball or a sweeping slider.

Paul’s effectiveness showed most in his ability to limit extra base hits, giving up just 2 doubles and 1 home run in 100 opponents at bats.    Paul also picked up 2 saves on the year in 32 appearances, and will serve as Fullerton’s closer in the postseason with the closer injured.  And although Fullerton’s very much still alive in the NCAA tournament, he says that he is “Eager to start that next step in my career.”

Round: 11
Overall Pick: 326
Marvin 'Gib' Hobson
School: North Carolina State University
Date of Birth: 1/13/1985
Position: RHP
Height: 6'3
Weight: 215
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: 4.74 ERA, 10-2, 21 G, 15 GS, 2 CG, 0 SV, 98.2 IP, 108 H, 58 R, 52 ER, 30 BB, 66 SO, 11 HR, .283 OppBA, 4 WP, 5 HBP, 0 BK

Hobson has been the heart of the NC State Rotation since being a sophomore in 2005, when he was the only pitcher who didn’t make a single appearance in relief over the season,   He also through the school’s first no-hitter in 12 years, giving up an unearned run on a walk and error, which won him ACC and National Pitcher of the Week honors that year.

In 2006, though, Hobson was hit hard at times, including getting pounded by Stanford in the NCAA Tournament regionals.  He finished the season at 10-2, but with a 4.74 ERA.  He still lead the team in innings pitched, strikeouts and wins.

UPDATE 06/17/2006- Hobson has signed with the Giants.

Round: 12
Overall Pick: 356
Matthew Weston
School: University of Houston
Date of Birth: 5/20/1984
Position: OF
Height: 6'3
Weight: 215
Bats: L
Throws: L

2006 Stats: .314/.365/.657, 54 G, 175 AB, 39 R, 55 H, 10 2B, 1 3B, 16 HR, 51 RBI, 11 B, 6 HBP, 17 SO, 3-4, SB, 0 E, 1.00 FLD%

Brad Lincoln may have provided the power on the mound for Houston, but Matt Weston was provided it in the batter’s box.  Weston led the team with 16 home runs (Lincoln hit 14), and in slugging percentage with .657.

Weston is a California native who came from Chino Hills and played at Mt. San Antonio Junior College for two years before transferring to the University of San Diego as a Junior, where he suffered through a year with a .219 batting average and just 1 home run in 43 games.  But things turned around for him once he moved to Texas.

UPDATE 06/17/2006 - Weston has signed with the Giants.

Round: 13
Overall Pick: 386
Bradley Boyer
School: University of Arizona
Date of Birth: 10/4/1983
Position: 2B
Height: 6'0
Weight: 185
Bats: L
Throws: R

2006 Stats: .323/.421/.466, 53 G, 223 AB, 65 R, 72 H, 8 2B, 9 3B, 2 HR, 38 RBI, 33 BB, 7 HBP, 36 SO, 21-28 SB, 14 E, .944 FLD%

Boyer had a good chance to start his major league career started last year, being drafted in the 14th round by the Seattle Mariners, but instead opted to return to Arizona to push for another playoff appearance.  Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. "You can't look back and say 'what if,' " Boyer said of the decision. "It didn't go the way I thought it would, but I will look back knowing I am going to be stronger than a lot of the other guys because of the roller- coaster ride of staying strong and having to keep my composure."

The Camarillo native and star high school reliever continued to prove his ability as a leadoff sort of hitter.  He was 4th on the team in batting average, but led the team in triples with 9, had the 2nd highest on base percentage (.421) with a team high in walks, 33 against 36 strikeouts in 223 at bats.  He also had a team high in steals (21).

Round: 14
Overall Pick: 416
Eric Stolp
School: University of the Pacific
Date of Birth: 8/18/1984
Position: RHP
Height: 6'3
Weight: 200
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: 4.71 ERA, 3-2, 22 G, 0 GS, 4 SV, 28.2 IP, 29 H, 26 R, 15 ER, 22 BB, 18 SO, 1 HR, .261 OppBA, 11 WP, 4 HBP, 4 BK

Here is a guy with lots of upside. He throws a fastball in the mid 90s and is described by sportswriters and opposition as a "fireballer" and a "flamethrower." He has great size for a pitcher, tall and well-built, to aide the intimidation factor every closer needs. He was the lone four-year senior on the UOP squad and his numbers indicate struggles with control. He was used exclusively as the closer in 2006 after some shuffling between starting and relief in previous seasons. He looks to be used best as a closer, when one can get by with stuff and attitude, at least while he learns how to harness his potentially explosive fastball.

Giants fans will like this one. He grew up in Oakhurst, not far from Yosemite and attended the private UOP in Stockton. He is projected to start his Giants career in the Northwest League with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.

UPDATE 06/17/2006 - Stolp has signed with the Giants

Round: 15
Overall Pick: 446
Andrew Barbosa
School: Riverview High School, Florida
Date of Birth: 11/18/1987
Position: LHP
Height: 6'8
Weight: 220
Bats: R
Throws: L

2006 Stats: No Stats Yet Available.

Round: 16
Overall Pick: 476
Paul Oseguera
School: University of California, Los Angeles
Date of Birth: 1/6/1984
Position: LHP
Height: 6'0
Weight: 190
Bats: L
Throws: L

2006 Stats: 1.66 ERA, 3-1, 29 G, 0 GS, 2 SV, 48.2 IP, 41 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 9 BB, 47 SO, 2 HR, .234 OppBA, 3 WP, 6 HBP, 1 BK

It took long enough for Oseguera to find himself pitching for UCLA.  After joining the school in 2002, he missed nearly 3 full seasons before appearing midway through 2005.  Oseguera had Tommy John surgery in his freshman year, then had to have some scar tissue removed in 2003, and broke his collarbone in 2004.  When he did appear in 2005, he had a 8.10 ERA in 13.1 innings.

But 2006 was a different story.  Healthy, he made a team-high in appearances (29), and carried a 1.66 ERA on the year, with 47 K’s against 9 walks in 48.2 innings.  He worked exclusively in relief, and picked up 2 saves in the process.

UPDATE 06/17/2006• - Oseguera has signed with the Giants.

Round: 17
Overall Pick: 506
Kevin Pucetas
School: Limestone College
Date of Birth: 11/27/1984
Position: RHP
Height: 6'4
Weight: 1984
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: 3.73 ERA, 7-3, 14 G, 12 GS, 6 CG, 91.2 IP, 90 H, 43 R, 38 ER, 33 BB, 117 SO, 2 HR, .254 OppBA, 4 WP, 8 HBP, 0 BK

Another big right-hander, but he looks ready for early returns. He was named to the 2006 American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-South Atlantic Region Second-Team, earned Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Pitcher of the Year honors, and led the Limestone Saints in innings pitched. He threw 8 complete games in his three years at the school, collecting six of those games this past season. He looks like a workhorse type of pitcher, as his numbers get better with the more innings he gets under his belt.

UPDATE 06/17/2006 - Pucetas has signed with the Giants.

Round: 18
Overall Pick: 536
Jeff Stallings
School: North Carolina State University
Date of Birth: 3/9/1985
Position: RHP
Height: 6'4
Weight: 190
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: Did Not Play

2005 Stats: 3.48 ERA, 5-3, 10 G, 9 GS, 54.1 IP, 50 H, 22 R, 21 ER, 21 BB, 37 SO, 4 HR, .248 OppBA, 2 WP, 4 HBP, 0 BK

You won’t find any stats for Stallings’ junior year; he missed the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in June of 2005.  But before he got injured, Stallings had a 5-3 record and a 3.48 ERA in the Wolfpack rotation, with 37 strikeouts and 21 walks in 54.1 innings.

UPDATE 06/10/2006 - SFDugout.com has learned that Stallings will most likely return to school and not sign with the Giants. After having Tommy John surgery, Stallings feels that he can regain a high draft status with another year at college. He means no disrespect towards the Giants. He is hoping to play in this summer's Cape Cod league. SFDugout.com wishes him the best of luck!


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