This year's version of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft has concluded. Forty new players — both from high school and universities — have been selected by the San Francisco Giants. I could give you a complete run-through of all 40 picks, but Kyle Goings over at Cove Chatter has already done that — and done it well, I might add.
I'll attempt to give you a look at the selections from a few different angles.
Tallest Player: RHP Stetson Woods, 9th round
At 6'8", this high-school right-handed arm from Madera, Calif. compares to current San Jose Giants righty Joan Gregorio, and is just an inch shorter than the tallest Giants draftee from last year, Garrett Hughes.
Shortest Player: C Benito Santiago, 38th round
The second coming of Benito Santiago is roughly four inches shorter than his father, and bats left-handed, as well. Hopefully the 19-year-old out of Coral Springs Christian High School in Florida can one day do this.
Biggest Player: LHP Mathew Gage, 10th round
Gage earns this title over another 240-pounder, Edrick Agosto, because he sits one inch taller at 6'4". Gage, a senior from Siena College, has a similar build to fellow lefty Bryce Bandilla, though Gage's delivery looks to be much smoother than that of Bandilla's.
Smallest Player: 2B Kevin Rivera, 14th round
A second baseman, of course. Rivera, 5"11" and 170 pounds, just turned 18 and played high school ball in Puerto Rico. Here's a nice video of his skills courtesy of the Carlos Beltran Academy.
Most Power (HS): RF Byron Murray, 25th round
With six home runs in 89 at-bats as a high-school senior, Murray's 6.7 home run percentage was highest among the 18 position players drafted by San Francisco. He hit some long, Giancarlo-esque home runs (with a metal bat) at Marlins Park in this video.
Most Power (College): C Aramis Garcia, 2nd round
San Francisco's second round selection Aramis Garcia, the offense-upsided catcher from Florida International University, seems to have the best power out of the collegiate position players. There's no guarantee that Murray will sign, so Garcia could end up being the biggest power potential. He hit eight home runs in 163 at-bats in 2014 after an 11 home run output in 224 at-bats a year earlier.
Most Strikeouts: RHP Logan Webb, 4th round
Webb is a local kid from Rocklin, Calif. who struck out 1.28 batters per inning for Rocklin High School in 2014, throwing mid-90s towards the end of his senior season. His 0.49 ERA led his team to a San Joaquin Section title, though he seemed to be a surprise for the Giants to take in the fourth round.
Most Interesting Player: RHP Greg Brody, 11th round
Greg Brody is interesting because he used to be an infielder. A two-way player from Belmont University, Brody hit seven home runs his freshman season as a second baseman, but was drafted by San Francisco in the 11th round as a pitcher. He was Belmont's closer in 2014, racking up eight saves while sporting a 1.57 ERA and striking out 26 in 23 innings.
Best Name: C Deac Deacon, 33rd round
Deacon wins this nail-biter over Giants' 30th-rounder Cov Covington by the smallest of margins, mainly because his nickname is actually stated in his respective university's bio page. Deac, who was born Jared Robert Deacon, is an Elk Grove, Calif. native who played four years at California State University - Fullerton. The name is strong enough to warrant major league projections, so my guess is he'll hit 200 home runs some day and catch a no-hitter.