SFDugout.com's 2007 Draft Notebook

This year's Giants draft may be known by the six early picks the team made, but there are 50 rounds in total. We provide a closer look at every player San Francisco selects in 2007.

Note: High School and Community College stats are not always published, so stats are provided as available.

Round: 1
Overall Pick: 10
Madison Bumgarner
School: South Caldwell High School (NC)
Date of Birth: 08/01/1989
Position: LHP
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 215
Bats: R
Throws: L

Stats: 11-2, 1.05 ERA, 86 1/3 IP, 45 H, 11 BB, 145 K

The Giants went after pitching for the second year in a row when they selected Madison Bumgarner. After the surprising Tim Lincecum pick in 2006, another pitcher with tremendous upside comes to the Giants. Bumgarner has raw talent and is not as polished as a first-round selection could be, but his fastball is so good the Giants are willing to take on the project.

Bumgarner features the fastball averaging around 95 miles per hour, with a potential ceiling of 97-98. There's a little late movement on the fastball, tailing away from right-handed hitters as many lefties' fastballs do. His velocity differs greatly on his other pitches, a curveball in the low 70s and a slider in the middle of the 70 MPH range. Bumgarner just learned the new breaking stuff last year and one of his first projects as a Giant will be to develop his other pitches. He will need to work on the changeup which is non-existent at this point in his career. He will leave the pitch behind in warmup tosses and rarely throw it to live batters. Bumgarner will also need to clean up his delivery to work out some inconsistencies and strange kinks, including keeping his arm slot consistent when throwing breaking balls.

Loading up on arms seems to be the modus operandi for the Giants and they selected a big bodied tall guy with great control on his fastball and someone who fields his position well. In size he is comparable to Andy Pettitte and Mark Mulder, and has been mentioned as a left-handed version of Scott Kazmir and Lincecum.

Bumgarner racked up the accolades in 2007. He won the state championship for South Caldwell High. In the best of three state finals Bumgarner pitched five shutout innings to win the first game of the series, hitting two home runs as well. Gatorade named him their 2006-2007 North Carolina Baseball Player of the Year. ImpactBaseball.com  2007 Pitcher of the Year covers baseball prospects in the Carolinas and Virginia, so they've kept tabs on the young hurler. They named him top pitcher of the year.

The first words Giants fans should hear on their newest pitcher should come from South Caldwell's head baseball coach Jeff Parham, as he said to Cliff Mehrtens of the Charlotte Observer: "In my 20 years of coaching he's probably the best 'I've ever seen. He's a very talented kid. When he's on, there's nobody who can touch him."

Bumgarner is committed to the Universitty of North Carolina.
Round: 1
Overall Pick: 22
Timothy Alderson
School: Horizon High School (AZ)
Date of Birth: 11/03/1988
Position: RHP
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 217
Bats: R
Throws: R

Stats: 12-0, 1.05 ERA, 72 1/3 IP, 4 BB, 111 K

The youth movement is in full effect. The Giants take another high school pitcher, using their top two picks on big hard throwing guys. This time around the pick is a dominant high school closer. Tim Alderson is a classic power pitcher groomed right in the backyard of the Giants' second home. Alderson had an outstanding career at Horizon High School in Scottsdale, winning the Arizona state championship twice in the last three years. The projected closer won the deciding game in both title years. In 2007's win he pitched a complete game with 12 strikeouts and one walk.  In the 2006 championship win Alderson struck out 11 batters.

Alderson has an outstanding combination of fastball and curveball. His fastball is clocked between 90-92, not as hard as their first selection Bumgarner, but Alderson has a more advanced repertoire. The curve comes in the low 80s and right now his changeup is a work-in-progress. Alderson is listed as having four pitches, but little mentions have been made to the fourth pitch.

He won the Arizona Big School High School Player of the Year with these impressive numbers:  a 12-0 win-loss record, 1.05 ERA, 111 strikeouts in 73 1-3 innings. One of Alderson's most impressive statistics is his strikeouts-to-walks ratio: 111 strikeouts is flat-out outstanding for a prep player, combined with just four walks all season.

Alderson's resume goes beyond high school dominance. He pitched one shutout inning in the Cape Cod Classic in 2005, a wood bat game for elite high school players. Alderson also pitched for the US juniors team in 2006, a squad that won the silver medal in the tournament. USA was edged for the title by Korea.

Look for Alderson's unique delivery. Horizon High School coaches demand their pitchers throw exclusively from the stretch until their senior year, Alderson stuck with the stretch delivery. When asked about this practice and his choice to stick with what worked: "I had some (team scouts) ask about it just to make sure I could," Alderson told Jason P Skoda of the Arizona Republic. "I could have changed to show them, but I felt more comfortable in the stretch. I have no trouble pitching from the windup, but I didn't feel the need to change just to impress someone."

Horizon head coach Eric Kibler speaks of Alderson in superlatives in a quote from Risemag.com. "He's never had a bad game. I mean, he's never had a bad game. In the last two years, he's had 232 strikeouts and 12 walks. Who does that?" The Giants have to hope Alderson does that for them.

Round: 1
Overall Pick: 29
Wendell Fairley
School: George County High School (MS)
Date of Birth: 03/17/1988
Position: CF
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 190
Bats: L
Throws: R

Stats: .451 BA, 7 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 31 RBI

Wendell Fairley becomes the first major high school position player the Giants have selected since Arturo McDowell (in the 1998 draft, also drafted 29th overall).  The Giants hope that Fairley won't be that kind of a bust.  Fairley is a two-sport standout, and also went both ways for George County.  But it's not his skills as a wide receiver, or his 94 MPH fastball, that attract the Giants.  He's a legitimate five-tool player, with his speed and defense being the highest-rated.  He was named the high school Defensive Player of the Year by the All-American Baseball Game.  His power is mostly as a pull hitter, but he can hit line drives across the field.  He was one of the first players in Mississippi to be ranked as both a #1 prospect in baseball and in football.  All indications are that he will stick to baseball, however.

There are some character questions, mostly stemming from an incident earlier this season involving a hazing-style prank on a younger teammate that most of his team participated in, but he seems to have been cleared of most of those concerns, both legally and in several teams' eyes. Fairley was even commended and congratulated by a Mississippi State Resolution for his performance in 2007.

He is still very raw player, and a late-comer to baseball, but the Giants will be able to shape him easily.  He has signed with Mississippi State for next year, but said after the draft "I'm a Giant now."
Round: Compensaton A
Overall Pick: 32
Nicholas Noonan
School: Francis Parker High School (CA)
Date of Birth: 05/04/1989
Position: SS
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 180
Bats: L
Throws: R

Stats: .540 BA, 35 G, 64 R, 15 HR, 55 RBI, 15 2B, 10 3B, 42-44 SB

Following the trend of the draft, the Giants selected yet another high schooler in the supplemental round. Nick Noonan's polished skills put him in the same class as the bigger high school names in the draft, and have attracted considerable interest from pro teams. The Noonan family had over 20 home visits from MLB teams and the Giants were among teams showing the most interest in Nick.

Noonan is a five-tool player, comparable to Derek Jeter with good bat speed and a good mental makeup. This is perhaps a more accurate way to judge his potential, instead of using his statistics. Noonan played for Francis Parker High School in San Diego, a small school where he faced less talented pitching than other high school hitters in the 2007 draft, and even others from the baseball hotbed that is San Diego His career stats look ridiculous: .506 average with 104 extra base hits, 154 RBI, 105 steals in 110 attempts. As a freshman Noonan's high school team won the San Diego Section Division IV title, and he hit .376 with 28 RBI and 11 steals that year. He won the best player honors in the division as well as the Southern Coastal Conference player of the year.

Arm strength is a concern for the shortstop. Noonan projects as a second baseman in professional baseball because of this. In 2006 his arm strength was considered among his best abilities, but in 2007 it has come up as a potential detriment, thus bringing up a position change.

Noonan has said he wants to play college ball and go pro. He has a baseball scholarship to Clemson. Despite the decline in arm strength he wants to stay at shortstop. Signability is an issue, as Noonan insists he has equal interest in college and in professional baseball. Giants general manager Brian Sabean has taken heat in the past for passing over picks with limited signability. Here Sabean goes for a guy who could work very well for the Giants but is a huge question mark, if the team can even retain Noonan.

Round: Compensation A
Overall Pick: 43
Jackson Williams
School: University of Oklahoma
Date of Birth: 05/14/1986
Position: C
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 200
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: .344 BA, .426 OBP, .525 SLG, 55 G, 183 AB, 33 R, 63 H, 15 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 44 RBI, 18 BB, 33 SO, 11 HBP, 2-3 SB, 7 E, .985 FLD%

Williams wasn't one of the top-rated catchers on the board, but he follows a long-held Sabean belief that it should be defense first with them.  Williams is a spectacular catching prospect defensively, with mechanics fit for a golden glove.  He has been time at 1.8-1.9 seconds from a pitch hitting his mitt to his throw hitting the second-baseman's glove when attempt to catch baserunners.  The Giants have spent the last few years orienting the team towards speed, and Williams is made to stop that sort of a game.

Williams is less stellar offensively, but he's not a defense only catcher.  On Big 12 power Oklahoma U's team, ranking third each on the team in batting average (.344), on-base percentage (.426) and slugging percentage (.525).  His batting average ranked tied for 12th in the Big 12, quite an accomplishment in the baseball heavy school.  What he doesn't have is a track record offensively, but he has improved every season in school.  This year, he was an All-Big 12 Second Team selection.  He was an honorable mention for the team last year.  One concern is he did have back problems in his freshman year; he played through it to take away the starting catcher job from older players.

Williams will likely be put to work right away with the Giants new youngest pitchers, Bumgarner and Alderson.  He should be ready for that job, as he was one of the few catchers in college baseball allowed to call his own games on occasion, (he's been doing it since his sophomore season in 2006) and he did a good job at it.  With the Giants focus on pitching, selecting a good defensive catcher is a lot like selecting a good left tackle along with a top quarterback; it's a lot about protecting the investment in the other picks.

Round: Compensation A
Overall Pick: 51
Charles Culberson
School: Calhoun High School (GA)
Date of Birth: 04/10/1989
Position: SS
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 185
Bats: R
Throws: R

Stats: .512 BA, 16 HR, 52 RBI

Tapping into a father-son connection with their final pick of the compensation round, the Giants went for Charlie Culberson. The shortstop's father, Charles Sr., was drafted by the Giants with their 16th round pick in 1984. Charlie told Wesley Rucker of the Chattanooga Times Free Press "it's really cool to keep the family tradition going with the Giants."

The Giants had the inside track on Culberson. The shortstop worked out at two major league parks the week before the draft. One was Turner Field, not far from his home in Georgia. The other ballpark he visited was AT&T Park. Culberson impressed in these workouts. He hit six home runs with wood bats on Tuesday in San Francisco.

Culberson was one of the mainstays of Calhoun High's Class AA championship winning team. In 123 at-bats Culberson hit .512 with a .611 on-base percentage, 16 home runs, 13 doubles and 52 RBIs. He scored 59 runs.

He starred in the playoffs, where he was praised by Calhoun coach Chip Henderson for pitching one of the best games of his career against Wesleyan in the semifinals.

He pitched a complete game in the semifinals, played shortstop in the same week stealing two bases. Georgia ‘s top-ranked team AA high school team swept the championship series over Westside High. Culberson did it all in the series with the spot pitching performance, outstanding defense and timely hitting.

With good range and a strong arm scouts have projected him all over the infield. He could make it as a professional shortstop, or could be moved to second. Some Pittsburgh scouts assigned to watch Culberson would have placed him at third or catcher, perhaps catcher because of his great arm strength.

Culberson has said he would prefer to play professionally over his college pick Kennesaw State University north of Atlanta, but a signing bonus of at least $375,000 would keep him from KSU.

Round: 5
Overall Pick: 164
Chance Corgan
School: Texas Christian University
Date of Birth: 04/25/1986
Position: RHP
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 175
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: 4.48 ERA, 7-1, 18 G, 16 GS, 0 CG, 0 SHO, 0 SV, 86 1/3 IP, 92 H, 44 R, 43 ER, 34 BB, 64 SO, 3 HR, .276 OppBA, 9 WP, 8 HBP, 2 BK

Corgan comes out of the tough baseball factory that is Texas, and while his stats indicate he didn't come out unscathed, he has a little bit to show for it.

Corgan came out of high school as an impressive prospect with a fast arm and a good delivery with repeatable mechanics and release point.  He went to Texas A&M, and while he had been good, he wasn't impressing anyone.  After a 2.37 ERA in 11 games in his freshman year, his ERA jumped to 5.86.  Corgon then transferred away from the Aggies and to TCU.

Corgan's season with TCU was not stellar, but it was an improvement.  The one disappointment were his strikeout numbers, where he had just 64 in 86 1/3 innings after having 116 in 112 innings over two years at Texas A&M.

Corgan throws a fastball that sits around 92 MPH, and has a straight changeup that is still needs a bit of work.  His best pitch, however, is a biting slider with late break that can make batter's look silly.  A former teammate of his, Tony Langford, noted "He has one of the nastiest sliders I have seen in college baseball… Our players will laugh every time someone takes a huge hack and misses by a foot."
Round: 6
Overall Pick: 194
Michael Ambort
School: Lamar University
Date of Birth: 04/23/1985
Position: C
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 215
Bats: S
Throws: R

2007 Stats: .368 AVG, .618 SLG, .433 OBP, 56 G, 220 AB, 46 R, 81 H, 22 2B, 0 3B, 11 HR, 63 RBI, 20 BB, 27 SO, 6 HBP, 5-7 SB, 1 E, .997 FLD%

Michael Ambort was drafted twice before his sixth round selection in this year's draft. The catcher bounced back from injury in 2006, where he played six games and yet was an 18th round choice by Oakland. Ambort started 56 of the Cardinals' 59 games and led the club in doubles, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, and fielding percentage. He had 27 multiple hit games and a 13 game hit streak during the 2007 season.

The Giants got the best player on Lamar's roster, a catcher who balances good hitting with great defense behind the plate.  Among Ambort's strengths is his awareness as a catcher. He thrives on being constantly involved in what happens in every at bat.
Round: 7
Overall Pick: 224
Kyle Nicholson
School: Texas A&M
Date of Birth: 07/31/1985
Position: RHP
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 205
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: 2.25 ERA, 11-3, 25 G, 10 GS, 3 CG, 0 SHO, 4 SV, 124 IP, 96 H, 34 R, 31 ER, 21 BB, 99 SO, 9 HR, .216 OppBA, 3 WP, 12 HBP, 2 BK

Nicholson is a former teammate of 5th round pick Chance Corgan, but had arguably a stronger year than him.  Nicholson's 2.17 ERA and 11-2 record won him numerous awards, including a first team Big 12 All-Conference team, and Big 12 Pitcher of the Year awards from the Dallas Morning News and Austin American-Statesman, and he was a semifinalist for the Roger Clemens award, an award for the top pitcher in baseball.

What makes Nicholson so unique is that he led his steam in innings, co-led the team in wins, but was also second on the team in saves and worked both as a starter and a closer.  He has a fastball from 88-91 mph, but he works off of speed and movement.  His slider and change-ups are good pitches, and his catcher raves about his sinker, saying that he's never seen a college pitcher with a sinker as good as Nicholson's.
Round: 8
Overall Pick: RHP
Daniel Turpen
School: Oregon State University
Date of Birth: 08/17/1986
Position: RHP
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 215
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: 3.65 ERA, 9-1, 22 G, 13 GS, 0 CG, 1 SHO, 1 SV, 88 2/3 IP, 89 H, 36 R, 36 ER, 22 BB, 57 SO, 2 HR, .265 Opp BA, 2 WP, 10 HBP, 0 BK

Daniel Turpen is a big right handed swingman type of pitcher, a guy who can start or throw in relief. Turpen made his mark in Oregon State's historical 2006 College World Series run. He recorded the final out of the super regional clinching game over Stanford and held Rice University to five hits over 6 2-3 innings. The win over Rice was OSU's third straight in elimination games. In 2007 he's worked in any role he can get—starting on Sundays and relieving the rest of the time. Turpen appeared in back to back games in the series they won against Rutgers earning a save June 2.

In high school Turpen had a 9-1 record 0.98 ERA, as well as hitting .468, with two homers and 24 RBI his senior year. The righty was high school teammates with another pitcher instrumental in OSU's success, Joe Paterson, whom the Giants took with their tenth round selection.
Round: 9
Overall Pick: 284
Daniel Runzler
School: UC Riverside
Date of Birth: 03/30/1985
Position: LHP
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 215
Bats: L
Throws: L

2007 Stats: 5.06 ERA, 4-6, 22 G, 10 GS, 1 CG, 0 SHO, 0 SV, 69 1/3 IP, 77 H, 53 R, 39 ER, 44 BB, 73 SO, 4 HR, .287 OppBA, 4 WB, 13 HBP, 0 BK

Runzler is a power left-handed arm that was previous tabbed by the Mariners in the 17th round of the 2006 draft.  His biggest strength is his fastball, which is low-mid 90's in velocity and is reported to have a lot of movement.

Where Runzler has some problems is in his breaking pitch and mechanics.  Some scouts do not project him well as a starter, and he was moved to relief at Riverside after struggling at times as a starter.  He needs a lot of work to improve his mechanics, and he stopped using his windup entirely in his junior year because of inconsistency in it.  Despite these problems, he has no listed injury history.
Round: 10
Overall Pick: 314
Joseph Paterson
School: Oregon State University
Date of Birth: 05/19/1986
Position: LHP
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 210
Bats: R
Throws: L

2007 Stats: 3.81 ERA, 9-6, 20 G, 18 GS, 0 CG, 0 SHO, 1 SV, 118 IP, 120 H, 54 R, 50 R, 25 BB, 74 SO, 6 HR, .265 Opp BA, 1 WP, 14 HBP, 1 BK

The second Oregon State arm to go to the Giants is the backbone of OSU's postseason success. The Beavers brought back 18 lettermen from the championship year of 2006. Paterson was one of the returning pitchers and he stepped to the fore in 2007. He was named Most Outstanding Player at NCAA Charlottesville Baseball Regional. Over that weekend he won two games and saved one, allowing one run over 12 2-3 innings. He started game one of the tournament and appeared in relief in the last two games of the weekend.

Paterson is the Saturday starter for the Beavers, and he and Turpen often combine appearances. In Turpen's huge 2006 game against Rice Paterson closed out the game pitching two innings with one walk. He moved up from a little used relief pitcher  in 2006 with 30 2-3 innings in 26 appearances to one of the anchors in the Beavers' rotation.

Round: 11
Overall Pick: 344
Evan McArthur
School: Cal State Fullerton
Date of Birth: 06/29/1984
Position: SS
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 200
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: .244 BA/.287 OBP/.384 SLG, 45 G, 164 AB, 27 R, 40 H, 9 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 28 RBI, 10 BB, 29 SO, 8 HBP, 5-12 SB, 11 E, .917 FLD%

McArthur is listed as a shortstop, but was the starting third baseman for the highly competitive UC Fullerton team.  McArthur had a very tough year in 2007, suffering a broken hand early in the year and never really got himself going after coming back.

McArthur is considered a top-flight defensive player, and he batted .303 with seven homers and 36 RBI in 2006 as an everyday player.  Despite his troubles this year, he was the Big West Playr of the Week in late April, gathering 14 bases in a single weekend of work that displayed his explosiveness.
Round: 12
Overall Pick: 374
Andrew Davis
School: Kent State
Date of Birth: 02/11/1984
Position: 3B
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 195
Bats: S
Throws: R

2007 Stats: .328 AVG/.490 SLG/.401 OBP, 59 G, 241 AB, 42 R, 79 H, 16 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 54 RBI, 27 BB, 29 SO, 4 HBP, 2-2 SB, 10 E, .957 FLD%

Andrew Davis grew into a team leader for Kent State in 2007. The third baseman started his college career in 2005 doing double duty as a relief pitcher and an infielder. It wasn't until 2006 that Davis switched to full time position player but the move was the right one.

Davis led the team in hitting with a .376 average and 29 walks and had separate hitting streaks of 11 and 10 games respectively. In Kent State's Mid-American Conference tournament winning year Davis was one of the best the Golden Flashes had. He led the team in at bats, hits, doubles, RBI, and total bases. Davis had three hits and one RBI in the MAC championship game and was named to the MAC All Tournament Team. Among a team with inconsistent underclassmen hitters, Davis emerged as a statistical leader as well as someone to show the younger guys how to play.
Round: 13
Overall Pick: 404
Andrew Reichard
School: Georgia College & State University
Date of Birth: 12/4/1984
Position: RHP
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 235
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: 2.95 ERA, 6-2, 14 G, 12 GS, 0 CG, 0 SHO, 0 SV, 61 IP, 49 H, 2 R, 20 ER, 21 BB, 38 SO, 0 HR, .218 OppBA, 8 WP, 8 HBP, 1 BK

Reichard was drafted once before, a 2004 pick in the 49th round by the Seattle Mariners out of Seminole Junior College, but wasn't drafted in 2005 after switching community colleges to Glouchester County College, where he helped the team win the JUCO National championship.  In 2007, he help batters to a .218 batting average in 61 innings of work.  He throws a fastball that sits in the high 80's and touches the low 90's.  He also throws a slow curveball and a changeup in the 80 mph range.

Round: 14
Overall Pick: 434
Craig Clark
School: Penn State
Date of Birth: 07/09/1984
Position: LHP
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 203
Bats: R
Throws: L

2007 Stats: 2.77 ERA, 6-4, 14 G, 14 GS, 3 CG, 1 SHO, 0 SV, 91 IP, 85 H, 31 R, 28 ER, 32 BB, 63 SO, 8 HR, .259 Opp BA, 7 WP, 4 HBP, 0 BK

Penn State's best pitcher in  2007 stood out for a few reasons. The Nittany Lions had 31 wins and left-hander Craig Clark led them to a semi-final Big Ten tournament appearance. One of only four seniors on the squad, head coach Robbie Wine says of Clark: "He provides leadership for our pitching staff. Craig enjoys competition and will have the opportunity to continue his career at the professional level." Clark had a solid performance in his first Big Ten tournament start, going seven innings with three runs allowed, no walks and three strikeouts. Penn State would lose to Minnesota but still wrap up their best year since 2000.

Clark greatly improved over his 2006 season. In almost the same amount of innings pitched and in as many starts as 2007 Clark's win-loss record went up, and his hits and runs allowed as well as batting average against went down. His strikeouts to walks ratio was better in 2006 but overall had better control in 2007.

Round: 15
Overall Pick: 464
Bruce Edwards
School: Auburn University
Date of Birth: 09/23/1984
Position: CF
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 170
Bats: S
Throws: R

2007 Stats: .328 BA/.448 OBP/.508 SLG, 52 G, 201 AB, 53 R, 66 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 19 RBI, 37 BB, 42 SO, 8 HBP, 28-33 SB, 4 E, .969 FLD%

Edwards came into Auburn as a top football prospect, and played quarterback, wide receiver, running back and cornerback in high school.  He got to Auburn, and after his freshman year, decided to play baseball instead.

Edwards, as could be expected, is a relatively raw baseball player.  Edwards went through a very poor junior year, batting just .225 after hitting over .300 as a sophomore, but stealing 14 bases on 14 attempts.  He came into 2007 with a goal to improve his pitch selection and get on base more.  He did that, leading the team in on-base percentage with .448 and batting .328 on the year.  He also stole 28 bases on 33 attempts, which put him in the Top 6 on Auburn's career stolen base list..  In addition to improving his hitting, he has also become a very good center fielder. 

Edwards was also active in Auburn's Community Service team, an activity he started participating in as a freshman.  He has primarily been a speaker at schools and working with children both in schools and hospitals.

Round: 16
Overall Pick: 494
Steven Edlefsen
School: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date of Birth: 06/27/1985
Position: RHP
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 195
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: 4.10 ERA, 0-1, 23 G, 0 GS, 0 CG, 0 SHO, 4 SV, 26 1/3 IP, 21 H, 17 R, 12 ER, 27 BB, 25 SO, 2 HR, .226 Opp BA, 2 WP, 3 HBP, 0 BK

Steve Edlefsen can play anywhere, and he has. After a diminished utility infielder role in 2006 where he played in 31 games at second and third, Edlefsen took up pitching for the first time since his high school days after pitching with a summer league team in the Northwoods League. In 2007 he is listed as a relief pitcher despite playing in 13 games as an infielder.

Edlefsen's focus on pitching projects him as a setup man with a fastball in the low 90s and a solid curveball.

Round: 17
Overall Pick: 524
John King
School: Lipscomb University
Date of Birth: 07/05/1985
Position: RHP
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 180
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: 5.79 ERA, 0-3, 15 G, 5 GS, 0 CG, 0 SHO, 1 SV, 28 IP, 34 H, 29 R, 18 ER, 26 BB, 14 SO, 4 HR, .304 OppBA, 5 WP, 9 HBP, 2 BK

King had been a reliever with Birmingham Southern University before transferring to Lipscomb University, where he joined the rotation.  King suffered, and eventually moved back into the rotation.  King had been chosen to face Vanderbilt when they met in February, the first time Lipscomb's team had faced a #1 team in 32 years.  King lasted just three innings, giving up six runs, three earned, on seven hits and five walks.

Round: 18
Overall Pick: 554
Andrew Delagarza
School: Coastal Carolina University
Date of Birth: 10/20/1984
Position: LHP
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 200
Bats: L
Throws: L

2007 Stats: 3.51 ERA, 9-2, 17 G, 17 GS, 0 CG, 102 2/3 IP, 111 H, 48 R, 40 ER, 22 BB, 53 SO, 8 HR, .276 Opp BA, 1 WP, 6 HBP, 0 BK

One of two Coastal Carolina starters selected in the 18th Rd (John Mariotti was the other, a Baltimore selection), Andy DeLaGarza was part of an excellent pitching staff that powered the team to the Big South title. The lefty finished second in wins, innings pitched, and was in consideration for Big South pitcher of the year but lost the award to sophomore teammate Bobby Gagg who was named to the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional All-Tournament Team.

DeLaGarza started the championship game of the Big South tournament and allowed four runs in four innings but Coastal Carolina came back to score two runs in the eighth inning to take the lead. It was their first regular season and tournament championship since 2002. The team won 50 games for the second time in three years, and DeLaGarza helped lead the team there. Prior to the 2007 draft DeLaGarza was chosen by Minnesota in 2003.

Round: 19
Overall Pick: 584
Andrew D'alessio
School: Clemson
Date of Birth: 09/23/1984
Position: 1B
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 196
Bats: L
Throws: R

2007 Stats: .321 BA/.416 OBP/.641 SLG, 58 G, 209 AB, 49 R, 67 H, 12 2B, 2 3B, 17 HR, 50 RBI, 32 BB, 49 SO, 3 HBP, 1-3 SB,

Frankly, there's one question here: why did D'alessio fall to the 19th round? D'alessio led a major conference, the ACC, in home runs his junior year, and though he fell off thanks to a couple of non-serious injuries, he still led his team in home runs and performed well. He was drafted in the 10th round last year by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and famed Dodgers scouting director, when asked who would have the potential to be a power hitter in that draft, he replied "I would say [4th round pick] Kyle Orr and Andrew D'Alessio."

D'Alessio stayed to finish school after turning down a $60,000 bonus offer, and gains nothing but raves. He went to the wood bat Cape Cod League and batted .344/.438/.443. He's drawn comparisons to J.T. Snow defensively. He was a team co-captain in his senior year. At the plate, he still has impressive power, and is called by an assistant one of the most analytical batters on the team. When teams employ the shift against him, he fakes bunt attempts.

What has been a knock against him are some holes in his swing that have resulted in a high strikeout total, and a yearly slow start that some scouts feel is a result of being slow to make adjustments, but his coaches say might just be the cold weather when baseball starts in February.

Whatever caused his fall, he's a very talented player and perhaps the best power hitter in the Giants draft. At the 19th round, he's a bargain for San Francisco.

Round: 20
Overall Pick: 614
David Mixon
School: University of Louisiana-Monroe
Date of Birth: 09/10/1984
Position: RHP
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 190
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: 3.28 ERA, 5-1, 23 G, 2 GS, 0 CG, 0 SHO, 8 SV, 74 IP, 58 H, 32 R, 27 ER, 29 BB, 63, 2 HR, .209 Opp BA, 4 WP, 11 HBP, 2 BK

David Mixon was one of the University of Louisiana-Monroe's busiest pitchers in 2007. The closer led the team in saves and strikeouts and tied for second in wins as well as finishing in second in innings pitched. National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America placed Mixon on their 2007 Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List, an elite group that has converted 89% of their save chances as a collective with over 300 saves in the first half of the 2007 season, games through April 15.

Mixon improved dramatically over his 2006 season where his ERA was way up and he started more games with more losses under his belt.  He also pitched fewer innings, his strikeouts-to-walks ratio was worse, and his control was bad. Opposing hitters killed him, hitting .338 against him. Arizona took Mixon in the 47th round in 2006.

Round: 21
Overall Pick: 644
Daniel Otero
School: University of South Florida
Date of Birth: 02/19/1985
Position: RHP
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 200
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: 3.32 ERA, 9-7, 18 G, 16 GS, 5 CG, 1 SHO, 0 SV, 122 IP, 132 H, 60 R, 45 ER, 23 BB, 87 SO, 8 HR, .283 OppBA, 3 WP, 6 HBP, 0 BK

Otero was a Duke starter before transferring to Southern Florida.  He moved to starting as a sophomore at Duke, though he struggled with a 5.80 ERA that year, he had a 2.20 ERA to lead the staff with a 5-4 record in his Junior year in 2006.  At USF, he was the staff ace, and threw the first complete game at South Florida since 2003.  Otero led the team in strikeouts with 87.  He was the Big East Pitcher of the Week for two straight weeks in February.

Otero was also a preseason First Team All-American in high school.
Round: 22
Overall Pick: 674
Oliver Odle
School: Oklahoma State University
Date of Birth: 07/11/1985
Position: RHP
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 225
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: 4.39 ERA, 7-4. 18 G, 15 GS, 2 CG, 94 1/3 IP, 118 H, 50 R, 46 ER, 12 BB, 63 SO, 9 HR, .312 Opp BA, 3 WP, 5 HBP, 1 BK

Oliver Odle could develop into a workhorse-type pitcher in professional baseball. That is, if he can keep batters from hitting him hard. Odle led the Cowboys staff in starts, wins, and innings pitched and had two complete games in 2007, including a win over second seed Creighton in the opening game of the NCAA Fayetteville Regional tournament. He struck out five hitters and walked none in 138 pitches thrown.

Odle is majoring in education at OSU and says his career goal is to become a pitching coach.

Round: 23
Overall Pick: 704
Andrew Bowlin
School: Chattanooga State Tech CC
Date of Birth: 12/28/1986
Position: RHP
Height: 6'1"
Weight: N/A
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: 4.44 ERA, 5-2, 11 G, 10 GS, 1 CG, 52 2/3 IP, 66 H, 39 R, 26 ER, 25 BB, 78 SO, .248 OppBA

Also known as ‘Drew', Bowlin has been a strong all-around player, though he's bounced around a bit.  He was signed in 2005 by the University of Tennessee coming out of high school.  He hit .410 with 12 home runs for his high school team while also striking out 37 in 34 1/3 innings, and won titles in his junior year there.  But Bowlin redshirted, and later transferred to Chattanooga State Junior college.  He had a solid 4.44 ERA, but posted 78 K's in 52 2/3 innings, and was named a mid-season NJCAA All-American.

Round: 24
Overall Pick: 734
Brock Bond
School: University of Missouri-Columbia
Date of Birth: 09/11/1985
Position: 2B
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 195
Bats: S
Throws: R

2007 Stats: .316 AVG, 59 G, 209 AB, 52 R, 66 H, 12 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 44 RBI, 39 BB, 35 SO, 24 HBP, 12-15 SB, 2 E, .984 FLD%

The Giants may have another Kevin Frandsen prototype on their hands in Brock Bond. The second baseman is a good hitter for average who can draw a walk and is a hit-by-pitch magnet, with 24 HBP in 2007.

Bond earned Big 12 Championship All-Tournament team honors in Oklahoma City in late May. He transferred to Mizzou in 2006 from the University of Arkansas where he played in 28 games. In 57 games with the Tigers that year he was named MVP of the NCAA Malibu Regional going 9 for 16 with two doubles. He was 4 for 5 in the final game of the regional against Pepperdine.
Round: 25
Overall Pick: 764
Casey Bond
School: Lipscomb University
Date of Birth: 10/05/1984
Position: CF
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 205
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: .326 BA/.373 OBP/.452 SLG, 58 G, 230 AB, 47 R, 75 H, 9 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 25 RBI, 14 BB, 63 SO, 4 HBP, 24-30 SB, 2 E, .987 FLD%

Bond joined John King in transferring from Birmingham Southern University to Lipscomb University, but now, he's not 24th round pick Brock Bond's brother.

Bond was 2nd on the team in batting average and slugging, and led the team in stolen bases, but he also led the team in strikeouts while walking just 14 times.  He started every game in center field for Lipscomb this year.  He was a high school basketball player as well as a baseball player, and was an academic star as well as a star on the field.
Round: 26
Overall Pick: 794
Ramon Corona
School: North Carolina State
Date of Birth: 08/10/1985
Position: 2B
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 192
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: .293 AVG/.419 SLG/.399 OBP, 59 G, 222 AB, 42 R, 65 H, 15 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 39 RBI, 37 BB, 51 SO, 10-15 SB, 12 E, .956 FLD%

Ramon Corona was one of the lesser known North Carolina State names in this draft behind Andrew Brackman and Eryk McConnell. The infielder has decent speed but could stand to raise his batting average. He will also need to clean up his defense as he made 12 errors in 59 games played.

Corona had three hits, an RBI double and two singles, in  the NCAA Columbia Regional game June 3 against Wofford. The Wolfpack was the number two seed in the tournament but lost to Charlotte. Corona appeared in 35 games for the Hyannis Mets in the Cape Cod League in 2006, and the year before that played in another college summer league, the Thunder Bay Border Cats of the Northwoods League.

Round: 27
Overall Pick: 824
Myles Shroder
School: Diablo Valley College
Date of Birth: 08/01/1987
Position: CF
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 180
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: .224 BA/.352 OBP/.395 SLG, 39 G, 147 AB, 28 R, 33 H, 3 2B, 5 3B, 4 HR, 22 RBI, 18 BB, 35 SO, 12 HBP, 9-10 SB, 5 E, .940 FLD5

Schroder, another in a lengthening line of young players the Giants have tabbed from the East Bay, was drafted as a center fielder.  Schroder was All-Conference 1st Team as a part of DVC, and was placed on the All-Northern California Team for Junior Colleges, but he was placed as a pitcher!  As a pitcher this season, he had a 2.37 ERA in 76 innings, allowing 53 hits, 23 walks while striking out 56.  As a batter, he hit .224 with 9 stolen bases in 10 attempts.

Schroder missed the last six games of the year with an undisclosed injury.

Round: 28
Overall Pick: 854
Daniel McDaniel
School: Chabot College
Date of Birth: 04/18/1988
Position: RHP
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 230
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: N/A

Dan McDaniel comes to the Giants following former Chabot College star Nate Schierholtz. In the California Community College Championships McDaniel came up huge. Against Skyline College the right-hander went eight plus innings with eight strikeouts. He allowed a two run home run in the eighth inning but aside from that was outstanding. McDaniel earned first team Coast Conference honors with his clutch post-season performance.

Round: 29
Overall Pick: 884
Lars Knepper
School: University of Hawaii-Hilo
Date of Birth: 04/13/1986
Position: RHP
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 185
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: 4.57 ERA, 3-8, 15 G, 12 GS, 3 CG, 0 SHO, 0 SV, 80 2/3 IP, 82 H, 57 R, 41 ER, 23 BB, 81 SO, 4 HR, .256 OppBA, 11 WP, 13 HBP, 1 BK

Knepper isn't your usual Hawaiian prospect: he actually came to Hawaii via the mainland, as a high schooler in the Seattle area and a transfer from Bellevue Community College.  There's no comment yet on whether the weather played a factor.  Knepper holds the career record for wins in the 4A King County conference.

Knepper started the season by starting against the College World Series champion Oregon State Beavers, and while he took the loss and went just 4 2/3 innings, he struck out 10 while walking just one batter and giving up two runs on five hits.  On the year, he ranked 96th in the NCAA in strikeouts per nine innings pitched, and was 52nd overall in strikeouts on the year.
Round: 30
Overall Pick: 914
Johnny Monell
School: Seminole CC
Date of Birth: 03/27/1986
Position: C
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 205
Bats: L
Throws: R

2007 Stats: .330 AVG/.530 SLG/.405 OBP, 46 G, 185 AB, 39 R, 61 H, 12 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 41 RBI, 21 BB, 15 SO, 3 HBP, 9-11 SB, 6 E, .984 FLD%

Johnny Monell was among the leaders of the Raiders' hitters. The catcher had the most home runs on the team and finished in second in RBI. Monell nearly averaged one RBI every game with 41 runs batted in over 46 games played. He can also run a little bit, stealing nine bases, second best on the team.

Monell was featured in the Florida Community College Sophomore All Star Weekend in 2006. He alternated between third base and catcher in 2006 and won the starting catcher job for 2007. The Orlando Sentinel predicted Monell would go as early as the tenth to twelfth round but he fell all the way to 30 where the Giants grabbed him.

Round: 31
Overall Pick: 944
Joshua Lopez
School: Lehigh Senior HS (FL)
Date of Birth: 01/31/1989
Position: SS
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 165
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: .482 BA/.516 OBP/.723 SLG, 25 G, 83 AB, 29 R, 40 H, 12 2B, 4 3B, 0 HR, 23 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K, 3 HBP, 18-19 SB, 13 E, .906 FLD%

Lopez, the first high schooler the Giants have taken since the first round, was one of his team leaders.  He batted led his team in pretty much every offensive category, including batting average, runs scored, doubles, RBI, and stolen bases.  He did not have a home run on the year.  He was Third Team All-Area in the highly competitive southern Florida area.

Round: 32
Overall Pick: 973
Dom Duggan
School: Coastal Carolina University
Date of Birth: 02/08/1985
Position: CF
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 184
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: .325 AVG/.529 SLG/.412 OBP, 63 G, 240 AB, 78 H, 20 2B, 1 3B, 9 HR, 34 RBI, 31 BB, 52 SO, 11-17 SB, 2 E, .987 FLD%

A free swinging centerfielder who can hit for average, bang the ball around the field, run the bases well, and play outfield defense, Dom Duggan comes from that great team in Coastal Carolina that produced three other picks before him. However, his strikeout totals are high and for someone who hit 20 doubles in 63 games doesn't have many RBI to show for it.

Duggan was named to the All NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional Team with a .471 average in four games in the tournament.  He hit a game winning home run in the Big South Tournament to beat Liberty, and three home runs in the series against Winthrop. That performance earned him Big South Player of the Week honors.

Round: 33
Overall Pick: 1002
Mike Loberg
School: Augstana College
Date of Birth: 03/24/1985
Position: RF
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 225
Bats: L
Throws: R

2007 Stats: .417 BA/.504 OBP/.765 SLG, 36 G, 115 AB, 37 R, 48 H, 10 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR 33 RBI, 13 BB, 15 SO, 8 HBP, 5-7 SB, 2 E, .974 FLD%

Loberg plays for Augustana, one of the cold-weather teams in NCAA Division-II, but absolutely dominated there.  He had a long list of achievements, the tops of which were being named to the All-Central Region Teams for two straight years, and being named the North Central Conference MVP this season.

Loberg batted .406 in 2006 with 14 doubles and 8 home runs, and stole ten bases on eleven attempts to lead into his MVP season with a .417 average, 10 doubles and 8 home runs, with surprisingly just five stolen bases in seven attempts.  He was also a pitcher for Loberg, and had the highest ERA on the team for anyone with more than one appearance.  Albeit, that ERA was 5.58, giving up 48 hits in 30 2/3 innings while walking ten and striking out 19.  He played in a wood bat summer league in 2006, but batted just .213.

Round: 34
Overall Pick: 1031
Tyler Ladendorf
School: Howard College
Date of Birth: 03/07/1988
Position: SS
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 185
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: .425 AVG, 77 R, 65 SB

Tyler Landendorf scored 77 runs and stole 65 bases in 2007 for Howard College—not bad for a freshman shortstop. He was co-MVP of the baseball team and made the WJCAC All Conference First Team. The outstanding all around athlete was drafted by the Yankees in 2006 following his senior year of high school at 1034 overall--around the same place he went in the 2007 draft. Landendorf is playing for the Denton Outlaws in the Texas Collegiate Baseball League.

Round: 35
Overall Pick: 1060
Thomas Brewer
School: Arkansas State
Date of Birth: 08/30/1984
Position: RHP
Height: 6'2
Weight: 200
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: 2.49 ERA, 5-4, 15 G, 14 GS, 4 CG, 2 SHO, 0 SV, 90 1/3 IP, 78 H, 37 R, 25 ER, 38 BB, 98 SO, 4 HR, 13 WP, 12 HBP, 0 BK

Brewer served as the ace of the Arkansas State pitching staff and was outstanding all year long.  He lead the team with 98 strikeouts and had the lowest batting average allowed on the team as well.  He did have some bouts with wildness with the 13 wild pitches and 12 hit-by-pitches alone with a team high 38 walks.  He was named to the All-Sun Belt First Team for 2007.

Round: 36
Overall Pick: 1089
Paul Clemens
School: Louisburg College
Date of Birth: 02/14/1988
Position: RHP
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 170
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: N/A

Paul Clemens comes from Louisburg College's baseball program, a program that has a long tradition of NJCAA excellence. The Hurricanes have won twenty-five conference championships, ten district championships and have made ten appearances in the NJCAA College World Series. They have the varsity squad as well as a developmental team, and the school runs summer camps for children between 7-18 years old. While Clemens' stats are unavailable at this time the program's reputation speaks well of what he can bring to the Giants.

Round: 37
Overall Pick: 1117
Eric Neitz
School: East Carolina University
Date of Birth: 04/24/1984
Position: LHP
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 170
Bats: L
Throws: L

2007 Stats: 2.60 ERA, 5-2, 35 G, 0 GS, 0 CG, 0 SHO, 0 SV, 55 1/3 IP, 43 H, 19 R, 16 ER, 21 BB, 40 SO, 2 HR, .223 OppBA, 2 WP, 9 HBP, 1 BK

Pronounced ‘Nights', he was listed in the Giants draft as Eric but his name is Jason L. Neitz.  He served as the team's closer in 2006, but was a setup man in 2007.  His 2.60 ERA was second best on the team with more than 5 outings on the season.  He's noted for being a joker and team leader, with his antics including carrying a grasshopper on the field to start a rally and growing a moustache during winning streaks.  He's picked up the nickname ‘Neitzy.'

Round: 38
Overall Pick: 1145
Jonathon Pannell
School: George Mason
Date of Birth: 09/22/1985
Position: RHP
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 180
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: 6.03 ERA, 7-4, 14 G, 14 GS, 1 CG, 0 SHO, 0 SV, 91 IP, 116 H, 72 R, 61 ER, 23 BB, 58 SO, 11 HR, .303 Opp BA, 10 WP, 8 HBP, 0 BK

JJ Pannell's stats look bad, but he was the most durable of all Patriots starting pitchers in 2007. He led the staff in starts, wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts. Pannell is in the top 20 all time at the university in several statistical categories. He lost his first start of the year to powerhouse Clemson but won his next six decisions in a row.

The right hander has excellent fastball and good command of the strike zone. He will need to work on his control and refrain from the form that gets him hit so hard by opposing batters. He doesn't appear to hold runners on well, delivering pitches with is back almost completely to first base. Pannell has to whirl around to throw to first while in the stretch.

Round: 39
Overall Pick: 1173
Tim Egart
School: Arkansas State
Date of Birth: 03/13/1985
Position: RHP
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 205
Bats: L
Throws: R

2007 Stats: 5.76 ERA, 2-5, 25 G, 3 GS, 0 CG, 5 SV, 45 1/3 IP, 50 H, 35 R, 29 ER, 22 BB, 41 SO, 8 HR, .267 OppBA, 4 WP, 2 HBP, 0 BK

Egart, teammate of 35th round pick T.J. Brewer, served as the closer of Arkanasas State's team, picking up the only five saves recorded by the team.  He had a 2.40 ERA at Forest Park Community College, and was named his high school Team MVP as a senior.

Round: 40
Overall Pick: 1201
Richard Wilshire
School: Austin Peay State
Date of Birth: 03/25/1985
Position: RHP
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 200
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: 2.97, 1-5, 24 G, 0 GS, 0 CG, 0 SHO, 9 SV, 33 1/3 IP, 30 H, 13 R, 11 ER, 17 BB, 14 SO, 0 HR, .240 Opp BA, 2 WP, 4 HBP

Right now the thing Ben Wilshire is known for is the blunder he made in the first round of the NCAA tournament this year. Wilshire made an error in the bottom of the 11th inning to lose to top ranked Vanderbilt. Giants fans should get to know him as Austin Peay's closer and maybe a good, if long shot, candidate to close for the Giants somewhere down the line. With a good ERA and a good batting average against this reliever has potential to be useful out of the bullpen.
Round: 41
Overall Pick: 1227
Brandon Grabham
School: Collin County CC
Date of Birth: 01/30/1986
Position: RHP
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 220
Bats: R
Throws: R

Stats Not Available

Grabham was drafted by the Giants for the third straight year, after being taken by the Giants in the 19th round in 2005 and the 42nd round in 2006.  Grabham missed most of 2006 at Grayson County College with mononucleosis.  He is listed at having attended Collin County CC in 2007, but Collin County currently does not have an active baseball program.

Round: 42
Overall Pick: 1254
Chad Rothford
School: Oral Roberts University
Date of Birth: 04/27/1985
Position: 1B
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 265
Bats: S
Throws: R

2007 Stats: .291 AVG/.530 SLG/.366 OBP, 57 G, 234 AB, 35 R, 68 H, 17 2B, 13 HR, 51 RBI. 26 BB, 42 SO, 3 HBP, 1-1 SB, 6 E, .989 FLD%

The Giants have been hurting for a power hitting corner infielder. Chad Rothford is a big guy who can't run well but it doesn't matter. He can kill the ball. Rothford led the team in homers, hits, RBI, total bases, and slugging percentage. He can draw walks but strikes out quite a bit as well.

Rothford might know the Giants too. He was born is Fresno and attended Fresno City College before transferring to Oral Roberts.

Round: 43
Overall Pick: 1279
Shane Jordan
School: Stetson University
Date of Birth: 11/26/1984
Position: CF
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 160
Bats: L
Throws: L

2007 Stats: .354 BA/.422 OBP/.459 SLG, 61 G, 257 AB, 65 R, 91 H, 17 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 28 RBI, 23 BB, 26 SO, 8 HBP, 17-22 SB, 3 E, .981 FLD%

Jordan hit a home run in his final game after a long and successful career at Stetson college.  He was the leadoff hitter for his entire four year career, missing just five games in 248 over his career, reaching base safely in 226 of the 243 he played and scoring 234 runs, five shy of the school and Atlantic Sun Conference record.  He was the preseason player of the year in 2007, and was on the Wallace Watch, players eligible for the Brooks Wallace award.  He had a 21 game hitting streak, 4th longest in school history.  However, being 5'7", he has a lot to overcome to have a long pro career.

Round: 44
Overall Pick: 1305
Joseph Edens
School: Samford University
Date of Birth: 09/26/1984
Position: RHP
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 193
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: 2.63 ERA, 4-3, 26 G, 0 GS, 0 CG, 0 SHO, 11 SV, 37 2/3 IP, 39 H, 17 R, 11 ER, 24 BB, 50 SO, 1 HR, .269 Opp BA, 2 WP, 2 HBP

In the later rounds the Giants were closer-happy, but it may be their 44th round selection that is the better of the low round relievers. Joseph Edens first tried his hand at closing games in 2006 and in that year set a school record with 11 saves. He earned his first ever collegiate save against Troy State that year. Edens' strikeouts to walks ratio looks good, he has great control, and he doesn't give up a lot of hits.

Round: 45
Overall Pick: 1331
Philip Disher
School: University of South Carolina-Columbia
Date of Birth: 06/17/1985
Position: C
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 210
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: .326 BA/.411 OBP/.599 SLG, 62 G, 227 AB, 39 R, 74 H, 15 2B, 1 3B, 15 HR, 61 RBI, 30 BB, 67 SO, 4 HBP, 0-0 SB, 0 E, 1.000 FLD%

Disher was one of the leaders of the South Carolina Gamecocks, with the 2nd highest average on the team, and 4th most home runs.  He was named the Most Outstanding Player in his regional in 2006, helping advance South Carolina to the Super Regional, and while playing in the summer Valley Baseball League All-Star game in 2005, he was named the Northern team MVP.  He came into college not ready to play, but he redshirted in 2004, and improved himself.  If he doesn't stick at catcher, he may have to DH at higher levels.

Round: 46
Overall Pick: 1355
John Rye
School: Florida State
Date of Birth: 03/08/1986
Position: RF
Height: 6'1
Weight: 200
Bats: L
Throws: L

2007 Stats: .372 AVG/.551 SLG/.451 OBP, 62 G, 234 AB, 53 R, 87 H, 12 2B, 0 3B, 10 HR, 61 RBI, 34 BB, 22 SO, 4 HBP, 6-7 SB, 1 E, .997 FLD%

Maybe Jack Rye is underappreciated, going in the 46th round of the draft and playing for a major university's baseball program. The clean-up hitter was second on the team in home runs, RBI, and total bases. Rye had a 20 game hitting streak earlier in the year. He fields well with a high fielding percentage and only one error in 62 games. For a guy with a high slugging percentage he doesn't have many extra base hits aside from home runs.

Rye is a fairly patient hitter. He has a good eye at the plate foul off pitches to protect the plate. However he has slow bat speed and strange movement in his swing; while it's not quite a hitch Rye's body moves forward while his bat stays in the same place.

Round: 47
Overall Pick: 1378
Ryan Verdugo
School: Skagit Valley College
Date of Birth: 04/10/1987
Position: LHP
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 195
Bats: L
Throws: L

2007 Stats: 1.58 ERA, 5-1, 8 G, 8 GS, 3 CG, 2 SHO, 0 SV, 44 1/3 IP, 20 H, 12 R, 10 ER, 33 BB, 62 SO, 0 HR, .129 OppBA, 0 WP, 3 HBP, 0 BK

Verdugo was previously drafted by the Philadephia Phillies in the 43rd round of the 2005 draft out of high school.  He had the highest strikeout total on his team, and threw the second most innings on the Skagit Valley team.  He had the second lowest ERA of any player with more than 5 innings of work.

Round: 48
Overall Pick: 1399
Andrew Barbosa
School: South Florida CC
Date of Birth: 11/18/1987
Position: LHP
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 205
Bats: R
Throws: L

2007 Stats: 4.18 ERA, 2-4, 11 G, 62 IP, 46 R, 29 ER, 71 H, 65 SO, 24 BB

A familiar name resurfaces in the draft. Andrew Barbosa was selected by the Giants in the 15th 2006 as a high school senior. His stock fell pretty far to be chosen a year later in the 48th round. Barbosa gained 15 pounds as a freshman at South Florida Community College. In his college debut earlier in the year he struck out eight batters in four innings.
Round: 49
Overall Pick: 1420
Trent Kline
School: University of South Carolina-Columbia
Date of Birth: 07/22/1984
Position: C
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 160
Bats: S
Throws: R

2007 Stats: .318 BA/.405 OBP/.491 SLG, 61 G, 220 AB, 48 R, 70 H, 18 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 41 RBI, 35 BB, 36 SO, 0 HBP, 4-5 SB, 5 E, .991 FLD%

The other catcher at South Carolina, along with 45th round pick Philip Disher.  Kline indicated before the draft that he was expecting to be taken in the Top 15 rounds.  He was drafted as his team was taking the field to face the University North Carolina in Game 1 of a three game series to go to the College World Series.  He signed with UNC, but injured his shoulder and left on ‘bad terms' after a year. 

Kline leads the team in doubles, and is a finalist for the Johnny Bench award, which is given to the nation's top catcher.  He is praised for his defense, and his catching coach says that while there are many ‘retrievers' out there, Kline is a true ‘receiver.'  Kline was previously drafted by the Expos in the 39th round, because he had decided to go to school.  Kline is a junior, and could still return to school.  Whoever drafts him is expect to pay for the finish of his degree.
Round: 50
Overall Pick: 1441
Mike Loree
School: Villanova University
Date of Birth: 09/14/1986
Position: RHP
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 226
Bats: R
Throws: R

2007 Stats: 4.00 ERA, 7-4, 14 G, 14 GS, 4 CG, 1 SHO, 99 IP, 112 H, 52 R, 44 ER, 27 BB, 54 SO, 6 HR, .285 Opp BA, 3 WP, 3 HBP, 1 BK

Mike Lorre has been one of Villanova's top starting pitchers since his freshman year. The right-hander relies on movement and throws a dominant breaking ball with excellent location on all his pitches. Lorre has amassed 224 1-3 innings over his career with the Wildcats and this year threw four complete games. The senior pitcher was the best on the staff in wins and innings pitched.


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