The Giants lost one player in the AAA Phase, Round 2, RHP Cameron Lamb. Here is what BA said about him:
Aussie has yet to pitch in full-season ball, but coming off solid season in Northwest LgeBut in the AAA Phase, Round 1, the Giants selected RHP Scott Shuman from the Rays. Here is what BA had to say about him:
Pitches at 93-95 mph with power slider. Tough look for RHB (36 SO% at Double-A)ogc thoughts
Not sure why the Astros took Lamb. He's 23 YO and hasn't even pitched for a full-season team yet. And in the Short Season Northwest League, he was hardly dominating with 6.5 K/9, though nice control, with only 2.4 BB/9. Good luck to him.
Shuman look very interesting. His 2011-2012 seasons was not anything to look at, his K/9 was great 14-15 K/9 but his BB/9 was horrid, 10-12 BB/9. He is 24 (25 next year March) and just pitched in AA. As BA noted, mid-90 power with power slider and is a bit of a Roogy. But, ugh, that walk rate!
This pick, I think, shows the influence of John Barr. Since we got him, the Giants started to take more fliers on prospects who once was a big talent but for whatever reasons, lost a bit of their shine and fell a bit or a lot. Shuman was ranked the Rays #24 prospect after his 2010 season.
His 2010 season was what was so interesting. Age 22 so old for A-ball, but he had a 3.01 ERA, 13.9 K/9 and 4.8 BB/9, high but doable when you strikeout nearly 3 times as many. And he only gave up 50 hits in 71.2 IP, plus only 5 HR (a trait he kept on his way up the ladder, low HR/9).
That reminded me of another 22 YO (though LHP so that is special) with mid-90 velocity who did well in A-ball: Jonathan Sanchez. He was a starter but in 125.2 IP, had 8.7 H/9, 0.6 HR/9, 2.8 BB/9, and 11.9 K/9. It was the K/9 that was very interesting. Walks could be worked on, Matt Cain used to be a wild thrower with us in the minors, it is amazing to see him control his pitches so well now compared to then.
Not that he'll necessarily be like Dirty, but he showed some potential in A-ball before getting lost the past two seasons. Hopefully Tidrow, our pitching doctor, will prescribe something good for him and get him back on the prospect path. And if not, no big loss, we only paid $50K to get him, and if the other team takes him back, we get $25K back, so at worse it costs us $25K to take a look at him and kick his tires. Tidrow loves power arms like this, who knows what might happen?