2006 Draft Notebook: Day 2

Day 2 of the draft is long, and maybe not everyone will make it to the majors, but you never know who will. Will it be the kid from Harvard, or the one named Harvard? Or the teammates from UNC Wilmington? And what is up with all the catchers and center fielders?

UPDATES - 6/17/2006 - Announced signings: Adam Paul, Steven Calicutt, Sean VanElderen, Adam Cowart, Matt Downs, Lance Salsgiver, Evan Bush, Robert Davis.

Round: 19
Overall Pick: 566
Tyler Graham
School: Oregon State University
Date of Birth: 1/25/1984
Position: CF
Height: 6'0
Weight: 180
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: .287/.367/.333, 28 G, 87 AB, 17 R, 25 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 8 BB, 3 HBP, 17 SO, 8-8 SB, 0 E, 1.000 FLD%

Graham was drafted in the 14th round by the Cubs in 2005, but came back to Oregon State to try and go for the College World Series one more time.  While Oregon is still in the NCAA Tournament (and will face Stanford in the Super Regional), Graham’s year has been anything but easy.  Graham suffered a pulled hamstring and missed the first three weeks of the season, and has suffered the effects all season long.  For a speedster, that’s not good news, and precipitated a drop in his effectiveness.  After stealing 16 bases in ’05, he’s only gotten 8 in 2006.

When he’s at full strength, he’s a solid on base threat and is a well known speedster.  Baseball America ranked him as the fastest baserunner, best baserunner and best defensive outfielder in the Pac-10 Conference before the season began, despite having just switched from shortstop to the outfield in 2004.  One weakness is power, as he hit only his first home run in his college career this season, and has only 8 career doubles and 1 career triple in 421 career at bats.

Round: 20
Overall Pick: 596
Adam Paul
School: UNC Wilmington
Date of Birth: 2/17/1984
Position: RHP
Height: 6'6
Weight: 214
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 stats: 7-3, 3.31 ERA, 36 G, 0 GS, 0 CG, 0 SHO, 9 SV, 54.1 IP, 53 H, 22 R, 20 ER, 16 BB, 36 K, .257 OppBA, 8 WP, 8 HBP

Paul was one of six Seahwaks selected in the 2006 draft, setting a school record. In 2005 he made the Colonial all-conference first team. In 2006, his senior season, he made the all-conference second team. UNC Wilmington finished with a 41-20 record and played in the Chapel Hill regional. Paul was the school's closer and turned in an outstanding performance in the regional; 2-0 record with four strikeouts, .190 batting average against and a perfect 0.00 ERA.

He's an older player and has had four years to develop at a school with an emerging baseball program. He ranks second in the Wilmington record books in saves (15) and appearances (81) over his career. He should be ready to contribute in the minor leagues soon.

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

Round: 21
Overall Pick: 626
Steven Calicutt
School: East Tennesse State
Date of Birth: 2/7/1984
Position: LHP
Height: 6'2
Weight: 200
Bats: R
Throws: L

2006 stats: 8-5, 5.62 ERA, 34 G, 0 GS, 0 SHO, 10 SV, 64.0 IP, 76 H, 47 R, 40 ER, 22 BB, 47 K, .308 BAA, 2 WP, 3 HBP, 4 BK

Perhaps the best all-around athlete the Giants chose, Calicutt split time in his three years at ETSU between pitching both in relief and starting, playing the outfield, and DHing. 2006 was the first year where he had a clear-cut role; that of closer. Some of his numbers look a little high, such as the batting average against, ERA and home runs allowed at seven, but the fact that Calicutt can flat out play has to speak to the big club. The addition of a left-hander to the bullpen may give Calicutt the chance to get in.

And he may find a friend in the Giants system. East Tennessee State lost to Stetson in the Atlantic Sun Conference finals. San Francisco took Hatters shortstop Bryan Bocock in the ninth round of the draft. Bocock scored a run in the Stetson victory.

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

Round: 22
Overall Pick: 656
Robert Felmy
School: University of Georgia
Date of Birth: 4/29/1984
Position: RF
Height: 5'10
Weight: 190
Bats: L
Throws: L

2006 stats: 65 G, .290, .429 SLG%, 245 AB, 45 R, 71 H, 11 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 45 RBI, 10 SB

A quick impression of Felmy's game is a guy who just gets it done. None of his stats dazzle on the strong Bulldog team; next to team leaders such as Josh Morris and his 23 home runs in 2006, Felmy's numbers don't look like much. A closer look at this team reveals why they are plowing through the Athens regional and why they upset powerhouse Florida on April 8. This is just a good hitting team, batting .310 as a squad and three hitters in double digits with home runs. Look instead to Felmy's speed on the basepaths (his ten steals are tied for the team lead in 2006) and solid outfield defense. Felmy grew up not far away from the team that previously drafted him in 2003. He bypassed the Pittsburgh Pirates' offer to attend Georgia Perimeter College with hopes to transfer to Georgia's baseball program. This young man has success on his mind, no doubt.

Round: 23
Overall Pick: 686
Eddie 'EB' Crow
School: Sitka High School, Alaska
Date of Birth: 3/15/1988
Position: RHP
Height: 6'3
Weight: 205
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: No Stats Yet Available

Crow was ranked by Baseball America as the 9th best prospect coming out of Alaska.  Crow helped lead Sitka to the State Championship in 2005 as a Junior, and as a Senior, hit a 3 run, walk off home run to win the Southeast Conference tournament this year.

Round: 24
Overall Pick: 716
Jeffrey Walters
School: Olympia High School, Washington
Date of Birth: 11/6/1987
Position: RHP
Height: 6'2
Weight: 170
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: No Stats Yet Available

Round: 25
Overall Pick: 746
Joesph Moos
School: Willston High School, Florida
Date of Birth: 5'11
Position: SS
Height: 5'11
Weight: 170
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: No Stats Yet Available

Round: 26
Overall Pick: 776
Shane Mathews
School: East Carolina University
Date of Birth: 3/28/1985
Position: RHP
Height: 6'2
Weight: 180
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: 4.73 ERA, 5-3, 19 G, 14 GS, 1 SV, 83.2 IP, 90 H, 48 H, 44 ER, 19 BB, 75 SO, 8 HR, .276 OppBA, 6 WP, 9 HBP, 2 BK

Mathews led the East Carolina team in strikeouts while working mostly as a starter in the 2006 season, a year after having Tommy John Surgery in the spring of 2005 and receiving a medical redshirt for the year.  In 2004, he was named to the C-USA All-Freshman team with a 6-1 record and a 4.07 ERA.

Round: 27
Overall Pick: 806
Sean VanElderen
School: Mesa State College
Date of Birth: 9/21/1982
Position: RF
Height: 6'3
Weight: 220
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: .409/.461/.779, 42 G, 154 AB, 59 R, 63 H, 18 2B, 0 3B, 13 HR, 56 RBI, 12 BB, 7 HBP, 19 SO, 6-6 SB, 4 E, .949 FLD%

VanElderen was the Pre-Season player of the year in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, and was named Player of the Week on March 1st this season.  He led the team in home runs for two straight years with 19 in 2005 and 13 in 2006, despite missing a couple of weeks with a broken bone in his left hand.  He was named to the All-West Region first team, and was named the RMAC Tournament MVP.

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

Round: 28
Overall Pick: 836
Dusty Harvard
School: Natrona County High School, Wyoming
Date of Birth: 10/28/1987
Position: CF
Height: 6'2
Weight: NL
Bats: L
Throws: R

2006 Stats: No Stats Yet Available.

Round: 29
Overall Pick: 866
Nick Liles
School: Scotland High School, North Carolina
Date of Birth: 7/23/1987
Position: 2B
Height: 6'0
Weight: 165
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: .437 BA, 38 H, 34 RBI, 10 SB

Liles played third base primarily in high school, where he led Scotland high school to the 4-A baseball championship.  Liles has committed to Western Carolina University for next season, and it’s unknown if the Giants will be able to sign him.

Round: 30
Overall Pick: 896
Daryl Maday
School: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Date of Birth: 8/12/1985
Position: RHP
Height: 6'2
Weight: 220
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: 3.14 ERA, 2-3, 19 G, 6 GS, 5 SV, 48.2 IP, 41 H, 21 R, 17 ER, 13 BB, 37 SO, 7 HR, .222 OppBA, 1 WP, 4 HBP, 1 BK

Daryl Maday is not a stranger to the draft. In 2003, he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers. While attending Westosha High School, Maday had an impressive .435 average along with six homeruns and 62 RBI. On top of that, he had a 11-3 record with a 2.33 ERA and 110 strikeouts. However, his numbers became less impressive as he advanced to college.

In his freshmen year at Arkansas, Maday only appeared in 18 games, 11 of them being starts. He had a 4-0 record with a 4.75 ERA while allowing 31 runs, 26 walks and 31 strikeouts. As a sophomore, he ended the season with a 6.64 ERA and made 21 appearances out of the bullpen. In his only start of the season as a sophomore, Maday pitched five perfect innings, not allowing any base runners and sent seven down on strikes to get the win.

Round: 31
Overall Pick: 926
Matthew McMurty
School: Minnesota Stat University, Mankato
Date of Birth: 4/27/1983
Position: LHP
Height: 5'11
Weight: 170
Bats: L
Throws: L

2006 Stats: 3.70 ERA, 10-3, 14 G, 14 GS, 4 CG, 1 SHO, 80.1 IP, 82 H, 46 R, 33 ER, 27 BB, 78 SO

Matt McMurtry led Minnesota State University with a .800 winning percentage, going 4-1 and tied the team lead for wins. He also ranked second on the team in innings with 51.1 and starts with nine. On top of this, he ranked seventh on the team in batting average at .311. In 2004, McMurtry had a 8-2 record and had a 4.47 ERA. With this he earned Second Team All-Region honors and was MSU's MVP by the First Team All-North Central Conference.

In 2005, McMurtry was named to First Team All-Region and to All-NCC First Team for another season. He also received a NCC Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 12th honor. By the end of 2005, McMurtry tied MSU's fourth place school record for all-time wins.

Round: 32
Overall Pick: 956
Matthew Fairel
School: Winter Haven High School, Florida
Date of Birth: 7/8/1987
Position: LHP
Height: 6'3
Weight: 210
Bats: L
Throws: L

2006 Stats: 5-2, 2.21 ERA

Matt Fairel was named High School Player of the Year by IBC in 2005. To earn this honor, he threw three no-hitters and four one-hitters. He also has a .450 ERA and played in the outfield.

For Winter Haven High School in 2005, Fairel had a 5-2 record with one save on a 2.21 ERA. He had nine strikeouts in 39 innings of work. Also, Fairel had a .396 batting average with three jacks and 31 RBI in his last year.

His high school coach said Fairel has been clocked as high as 94 on his fastball, and that Fairel also has a good curveball that clocks at around 74.

Round: 33
Overall Pick: 986
Christopher Siewert
School: University of Tennessee
Date of Birth: 1/4/1985
Position: C
Height: 6'0
Weight: 200
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: .123/.203/.175, 29 G, 57 AB, 8 R, 7 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 5 BB, 1 HBP, 10 SO, 3-4 SB, 4 E, .925 FLD%

Siewert transferred to Tennessee for 2006 and struggled mightily.  At CC of Southern Nevada in 2005, he was the starting shortstop with a .330 average, 18 stolen bases, and led the team with 45 runs scored.  In 2004, he mostly played in center field.  At CCSN, his then-coach Tim Chambers said Siewert grew as a player. "I felt like he was a little bit soft a year ago,” Chambers said in 2005.  “When he would struggle, he would put his head down and it was over. Now, he's a solid baseball player."

Round: 34
Overall Pick: 1016
Jared Cranston
School: University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Date of Birth: 4/18/1985
Position: LHP
Height: 6'3
Weight: 190
Bats: L
Throws: L

2006 Stats: 6.46 ERA, 2-0, 21 G, 0 GS, 15.1 IP, 24 H, 14 R, 11 ER, 15 BB, 15 SO, 2 HR, .353 OppBA, 1 WP, 3 HBP, 0 BK

Cranston was selected by the Giants for the 2nd time, after he was drafted in 2005 in the 46th round out of Seward County Community College.  At Seward, he was first-team Jayhawk West All-Conference, going 6-2 with a 2.68 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 77.1 innings.  But he struggled in limited time at Nebraska.

Round: 35
Overall Pick: 1046
Adam Cowart
School: Kansas State University
Date of Birth: 8/18/1983
Position: RHP
Height: 6'2
Weight: 190
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 stats: 6-7, 3.12 ERA, 14 G, 14 GS, 2 CG, 1 SHO, 89.1 IP, 98 H, 50 R, 31 ER, 11 BB, 72 K, .280 BAA, 7 HBP, 0 WP

Cowart led the way for the Cats pitching staff in 2006. The team posted a collective ERA of 3.94, lowest since the advent of aluminum bats in NCAA baseball in 1977, and 10th lowest in school history. The tall right-hander's season went right in nearly every aspect. He led the team in ERA, games started, complete games, innings pitched, and strikeouts. K State reeled off a sixteen game winning streak in late February and Cowart cleaned up, going 4-0 during this stretch and pitching the games of his life: a nine-strikeout game against Xavier March 11 and a masterful complete game shutout over North Dakota State where he fanned eleven batters. The team stumbled badly later in the season and cost Cowart some wins despite pitching well. The Giants have to like a durable starter with smarts like Cowart, and given his experience and leadership of the staff he could make an impression with the big club.

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

Round: 36
Overall Pick: 1076
Matthew Downs
School: University of Alabama
Date of Birth: 3/19/1984
Position: 3B
Height: 6'3
Weight: 190
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 stats: 62 G, .302, 245 AB, 48 R, 74 H, 16 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 61 RBI, .457 SLG%, 6 SB, 9 HBP, 16 E, .920 FLD%

Downs can pitch. He can play third. Sort of...but the ambiguity of Downs' game didn't bother the Crimson Tide as they rolled to a 44-19 season and won the Southeastern Conference title. Their third baseman started 62 games for them and hit above .302 and led the team in RBI--proof of the offensive turnaround that took him from the mound to the infield. However the high error total and unimpressive fielding percentage indicates the senior is still a work in progress.

His pitching career at Albama doesn't say much about what he can do, either. He spent the entire 2005 season pitching with sixteen relief appearances. Before that, from his high school days to junior college to his debut season in Tuscaloosa he split time between pitcher and infielder. His pitching oeuvre at the school: 2-1 record, 4.90 ERA. Where he ends up in the Giants system is anyone's guess.

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

Round: 37
Overall Pick: 1106
Lance Salsgiver
School: Harvard University
Date of Birth: 11/21/1983
Position: CF
Height: 5'11
Weight: 190
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: .342/.414/.497, 41 G, 149 AB, 37 R, 51 H, 9 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 4 HBP, 20 SO, 18-20 SB, 2 E, .977 FLD%

Salsgiver hasn’t just been one of the biggest standouts in the Ivy League, but was also named an All-Star in the wooden bat Cape Cod Summer League, hitting .301 there.  Salsgiver was listed as an outfielder, but he’s also a good pitcher, with a 92 MPH fastball and a good curveball.  But he has battled tendonitis in his throwing arm during college.  On the field, there’s some worries about his range to stick as a center fielder, and he doesn’t have the muscle desired in a corner outfielder.

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

Round: 38
Overall Pick: 1136
Ryan Butner
School: Hialeah Senior High School, Florida
Date of Birth: 12/21/1987
Position: RHP
Height: 6'4
Weight: NL
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats; No Stats Yet Available

Butner throws a fastball that goes between 87 and 90 MPH, a sharp biting breaking ball in the high 70’s and a changeup in the low 80’s.  He’s committed to Tennessee, and it’s unknown if the Giants will be able to sign him.

Round: 39
Overall Pick: 1166
Lee Darracott
School: Vernon Regional Junior College, Texas
Date of Birth: 8/7/1985
Position: SS
Height: 6'4
Weight: 180
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: .364/.383/.549, 162 AB, 25 R, 59 H, 12 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 32 RBI, 6-6 SB, 5 BB

Lee Darracott is originally from Winnipeg.  In high school, he was the Winnipeg High School Athlete of the Week in April of 2003, after winning the Zone 12 single Badminton Championship.  In Baseball, he was on Team Manitoba in 2002, and was the MVP at Kwantlen College in 2005.

Round: 40
Overall Pick: 1196
Jonathon Amaya
School: Diamond Bar High School, California
Date of Birth: 11/25/1988
Position: 6'2
Height: 6'2
Weight: 188
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: No Stats Yet Available

Amaya was also one of the league’s best wide receivers for Diamond Bar High School.

Round: 41
Overall Pick: 1226
Bo Merrell
School: Seward County Community College, Kansas
Date of Birth: 6/19/1986
Position: SS
Height: 6'3
Weight: 185
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: No Stats Yet Available

Bo Merrell was also in the draft previously, and he was drafted by the Giants in the 41st round. At Perryton High School in his senior year, Merrell was a First Team 1-3A All-District pick and a 1-3A District MVP. He was also selected to the Great West Texas Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game and Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game.

In 2005, Merrell batted .422 with 48 runs scored and 23 walks. He also stole 23 bases in 24 attempts, and lodged a .902 fielding percentage playing shortstop.

Round: 42
Overall Pick: 1256
Brandon Grabham
School: Grayson County College, Texas
Date of Birth: 1/30/1986
Position: RHP
Height: 6'5
Weight: 220
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: No Stats Yet Available

In 2005, Brandon Grabham came down with mononucleosis and was only able to pitch 25 innings. Grabham was selected in the 19th round by the Giants in 2005.

Round: 43
Overall Pick: 1285
Kevin Boggan
School: Boston College
Date of Birth: 5/2/1985
Position: RHP
Height: 6'3
Weight: 195
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: 4.41, 4-2, 30 G, 0 GS, 7 SV, 49.0 IP, 40 H, 30 R, 24 ER, 23 BB, 55 SO, 3 HR, .212 OppBA, 4 WP, 3 HBP, 1 BK

In 2005, Boggan was a workhorse of the Boston College bullpen. He led the team in appearances at 28, and this was second in the Big East. He also held opponents to a .229 average on 52 strikeouts in 54.2 innings.

Round: 44
Overall Pick: 1314
Kyle Lafrenz
School: Marshalltown Community College, Iowa
Date of Birth: 2/6/1987
Position: C
Height: 6'1
Weight: 190
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: .277 BA, 36 G, 94 AB, 26 H, 6 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 19 RBI, 5 SB

Round: 45
Overall Pick: 1343
Matthew Speake
School: New Mexico Junior College, New Mexico
Date of Birth: 8/19/1986
Position: RHP
Height: 6'0
Weight: 200
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: 2.27 ERA, 9-1, 12 G, 12 GS, 8 CG, 3 SHO, 75.1 IP, 38 R, 19 ER, 2 HR, 22 BB, 87 SO, .232 OppBA, 5 WP, 9 HBP

Speake was named to the 2006 WJCAC All-Conference team.  He throws a 92 MPH fastball and a hard slider.

Round: 46
Overall Pick: 1372
Taylor Hammack
School: Angleton High School, Texas
Date of Birth: 6'3
Position: LHP
Height: 6'3
Weight: 210
Bats: L
Throws: L

2006 Stats: No Stats Yet Available

Hammack comes out of Texas with extraordinary stuff, throwing a low 90’s fastball that has room to grow, and a power curveball.  He’s still learning how to throw his changeup effectively.  He has committed to Texas, and is unlikely to sign.

Round: 47
Overall Pick: 1400
Ryan Bradley
School: Mattoon High School, Illinois
Date of Birth: 7/15/1988
Position: LHP
Height: 6'1
Weight: 180
Bats: S
Throws: L

2006 Stats: No Stats Available

Bradley has committed to Kaskaskia College in Illinois.

Round: 48
Overall Pick: 1428
Neal Bush
School: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Date of Birth: 4/25/1984
Position: 2B
Height: 6'1
Weight: 207
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: .269/.371/.400, 63 G, 245, 43 R, 66 H, 12 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 48 RBI, 40 BB, 2 HBP, 45 SO, 5-7 SB, 14 E, .954 FLD%

Bush has been the quintessential utility man for Alabama.  As a Junior, he played 42 games at third base and 17 at first, and as a Sophomore, he also started 19 games in left as well as splitting time at the infield corners.  As a Senior, he tried a new position: second base.  He lost 25 pounds preparing for the move and did well enough to be drafted as a second baseman by the Giants.

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

Round: 49
Overall Pick: 1456
Jonathan Batts
School: UNC Wilmington
Date of Birth: 11/28/1984
Position: C
Height: 5'11
Weight: 201
Bats: L
Throws: R

2006 Stats: .319/.432/.563, 63 G, 229 AB, 65 R, 73 H, 18 2B, 1 3B, 12 HR, 56 RBI, 43 BB, 7 HBP, 25 SO, 10-11 SB, 5 E, .987 FLD%

Batts was drafted as catcher, but split time at first base and designated hitter this season, leading the team with 65 runs scored, and posting college career highs in walks and stolen bases, and was a second team All-CAA selection as a first baseman.

Round: 50
Overall Pick: 1484
Robert Davis
School: University of South Carolina Aiken
Date of Birth: 12/31/1983
Position: C
Height: 6'0
Weight: 215
Bats: R
Throws: R

2006 Stats: .345/.394/.488, 64 G, 258 AB, 44 R, 89 H, 22 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 57 RBI, 21 BB, 3 HBP, 19 SO, 1-2 SB, 4 E, .991 FLD%

Davis was selected to the Peach Belt All-Conference team in 2006, leading the team in batting average, hits, doubles, RBI, and tied for the home run lead.  He was also originally drafted by the Giants in 2002 as a senior out of high school.

UPDATE 06/17/2006 Davis has signed with the Giants.


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