#SFGiants First and Second Round #MLBDraft Picks Since 2000

So you’re thinking about the Giants and their first and second round draft picks coming up tomorrow on MLB Network. If the Giants draft a pitcher, you might wonder when the last time they drafted a pitcher happened to be. Thank goodness, the folks at Baseball Reference put together a page where you can check out whom the Giants drafted, and you’d be able to say, “Oh yea, Chris Stratton, one pick after Michael Wacha.” Looking for a collegiate position player in the first round? Look no further than Gary Brown, one pick after the Marlins’ Christian Yelich. Some of these players are on top prospect lists, others you have become familiar with, while the rest you either don’t know, or might have a negative reaction to for whatever reason. The Giants had no first round picks in 2004-2005. If you would like to know why, you can look on this page towards the bottom. Not the best of times.

Year Rnd RdPck Pos WAR AB HR BA OPS G ERA WHIP SV Type Drafted Out of
2013 1 25 Christian Arroyo (minors) SS HS Hernando HS (Brooksville, FL)
2012 1 20 Chris Stratton (minors) RHP 4Yr Mississippi State University (Mississippi State, MS)
2011 1 29 Joe Panik (minors) SS 4Yr St. John’s University (Queens, NY)
2011 1s 49 *Kyle Crick (minors) RHP HS Sherman HS (Sherman, TX)
2010 1 24 Gary Brown (minors) CF 4Yr California State University Fullerton (Fullerton, CA)
2009 1 6 Zack Wheeler (minors) RHP 1.1 48 0 .104 .265 29 3.61 1.36 0 HS East Paulding HS (Dallas, GA)
2008 1 5 Buster Posey (minors) C 19.1 1813 68 .303 .851 4Yr Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
2008 1s 37 *Conor Gillaspie (minors) 3B 0.3 592 14 .264 .718 4Yr Wichita State University (Wichita, KS)
2007 1 10 Madison Bumgarner (minors) LHP 13.3 249 3 .149 .408 130 3.06 1.16 0 HS South Caldwell HS (Hudson, NC)
2007 1 22 *Tim Alderson (minors) RHP HS Horizon HS (Scottsdale, AZ)
2007 1 29 *Wendell Fairley (minors) OF HS George County HS (Lucedale, MS)
2007 1s 32 *Nick Noonan (minors) 2B -0.4 105 0 .219 .499 HS Parker HS (San Diego, CA)
2007 1s 43 *Jackson Williams (minors) C 4Yr University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
2007 1s 51 *Charlie Culberson (minors) 2B -1.0 190 3 .237 .594 HS Calhoun HS (Calhoun, GA)
2006 1 10 Tim Lincecum (minors) RHP 22.2 425 0 .111 .296 233 3.53 1.26 0 4Yr University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
2006 1s 33 *Emmanuel Burriss (minors) SS -2.2 720 1 .243 .573 4Yr Kent State University (Kent, OH)
2003 1 22 *David Aardsma (minors) RHP 2.1 3 0 .000 .000 298 4.23 1.44 69 4Yr Rice University (Houston, TX)
2003 1s 34 *Craig Whitaker (minors) RHP HS Lufkin HS (Lufkin, TX)
2002 1 25 Matt Cain (minors) RHP 32.8 525 6 .128 .346 274 3.36 1.17 0 HS Houston HS (Germantown, TN)
2001 1 21 *Brad Hennessey (minors) RHP 2.7 88 2 .227 .563 148 4.69 1.49 20 4Yr Youngstown State University (Youngstown, OH)
2001 1 30 Noah Lowry (minors) LHP 10.2 197 2 .178 .464 106 4.03 1.38 0 4Yr Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA)
2001 1s 41 *Todd Linden (minors) OF -1.8 502 8 .231 .638 4Yr Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA)
2000 1 21 Boof Bonser (minors) RHP -0.5 6 0 .000 .000 111 5.18 1.46 0 HS Gibbs HS (St. Petersburg, FL)
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/4/2014.

Just going to put this out there: I miss Noah Lowry. Before you jump on Gary Brown, realize that only Heath Hembree, Seth Rosin, and Mike Kickham have reached the majors from the 2010 Giants Draft signees onward. Encouraging to see three-fifths of the 2014 rotation here, though I’ll understand if you’re unhappy with a certain 2006 pick still being there. It was an upside sign this off-season, for sure. The second round is also an interesting trip down memory lane, with no picks in 2005-2008, although there were supplementary picks that happened in 2006-2008.

Year Rnd RdPck Pos WAR AB HR BA OPS G ERA WHIP SV Type Drafted Out of
2013 2 25 Ryder Jones (minors) 3B HS Watauga HS (Boone, NC)
2012 2 24 Martin Agosta (minors) RHP 4Yr St. Mary’s College of California (Moraga, CA)
2011 2 26 Andrew Susac (minors) C 4Yr Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR)
2010 2 24 Jarrett Parker (minors) CF 4Yr University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
2009 2 6 Tommy Joseph (minors) C HS Horizon HS (Scottsdale, AZ)
2004 2 29 Eddy Martinez-Esteve (minors) OF 4Yr Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
2003 2 18 Todd Jennings (minors) C 4Yr California State University San Bernardino (San Bernardino, CA)
2003 2 26 Nate Schierholtz (minors) 3B 4.8 1911 47 .261 .725 JC Chabot College (Hayward, CA)
2002 2 25 Fred Lewis (minors) OF 4.3 1562 27 .266 .747 4Yr Southern University and A&M College (Baton Rouge, LA)
2001 2 30 Jesse Foppert (minors) RHP -0.5 37 0 .081 .267 27 5.00 1.61 0 4Yr University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
2000 2 21 Lance Niekro (minors) 3B 0.4 499 17 .246 .709 4Yr Florida Southern College (Lakeland, FL)
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/4/2014.

Man, those are some names. Yes, you should be happy they made the majors, but growing up, not all of those names were harvesting happy memories. Thank you Tommy Joseph for getting the Giants the outfielder known as Hunter Pence. Andrew Susac could be a step away from the majors after he gets healthy. Still a lot left to be seen out of Agosta and Jones.

Hopefully on Thursday I’ll be able to put together something like this for the third-tenth rounds, which will be done on Friday. I doubt I’ll reach as far back as the year 2000, maybe take a look at those players that actually reached the majors. Not an easy task for these players, a lot of them having a long developmental path ahead of them after being drafted!

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