Mar 2, 2013; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; A detailed view of the logo and text celebrating the San Francisco Giants 2012 championship during batting practice at Scottsdale Stadium before a game against the Chicago Cubs. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
For fans, overreaction is the key to any draft and when the San Francisco Giants selected two “infielders” with their first two selections yesterday, overreaction is what you saw across the board.
With their first selection, the Giants took Christian Arroyo, a high school shortstop who was/is committed to the University of Florida. The 17-year-old posted some gaudy numbers at Hernando High School in Tampa, but didn’t break Baseball America’s top 100 despite being selected by the Giants at number 25. Arroyo was the Giants’ first high school position player taken since 1998 when they took Tony Torcato.
The Giants took soon to be Stanford third baseman Ryder Jones from Watauga HS in North Carolina with their second pick. Like Arroyo, Watauga also posted impressive numbers during his high school career though both players, at least according to pundits, were overdrafts.
That said – letting the prospects grow is the best evaluation tool.
A few seasons back, the Giants thought they had a star in the making with Gary Brown who’s flaked at AAA Fresno while some lesser touted prospects, who scouts said had a lack of ability to contribute at a starter level in the MLB *cough*Brandon Crawford*cough* have proved many wrong.