Saturday night in Scottsdale, Ariz., the long-anticipated debut of the San Francisco Giants' second and third round picks, catcher Aramis Garcia and outfielder Dylan Davis, finally took place. Having both signed on the deadline day, July 18, many were wondering just when Garcia and Davis, as well as other late signees, would see action on the field.
Garcia and Davis, along with another draftee making his professional debut, third baseman Hunter Cole, batted 2-3-4 for the Giants' rookie team on Saturday night as the squad defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks' rookies 10-5.
Cole, a 21-year-old right-handed hitter from the University of Georgia, batted in the second spot and went 3-for-5 with an RBI. He led his Bulldogs in hits and doubles in his junior year and his .312 batting average in Southeastern Conference games led the team, as well. He was selected by San Francisco in the 26th round in June.
Garcia followed Cole in the order, collecting one hit, an RBI double in the third inning that plated Cole. Davis, batting cleanup, went 1-for-3 while drawing two walks.
The trio are considered to be three of the top-five collegiate hitters out of the Giants' 2014 draft class. Garcia, picked 52nd overall, brings a high offensive upside to the system. He batted .368 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs in his final year at Florida International University. He was previously selected in the 20th round by St. Louis out of Pembroke Pines High School, just outside Miami, Fla., in 2011.
Davis was San Francisco's third-round selection out of Oregon State University, where the 21-year-old was a two-way player for the Beavers. While leading the team with 64 RBIs his junior year, Davis occasionally pitched in the rotation, making five starts and logging 16 innings. Though he owned a 1.12 ERA with just seven hits allowed, Davis walked 14 batters in those 16 frames.
Davis will be used as a corner outfielder in the Giants' system.
Still yet to make their professional debut are first-round pick Tyler Beede, fourth-rounder Logan Webb, eight-rounder Stetson Woods, and 12th-rounder Jameson Henning, among four others.