Giants’ First-Year Player Draft: Rounds 2-15

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants added another arm to their farm system when they drafted Martin Agosta from St. Mary’s College with the 24th pick in the second round, 84th overall.

The junior righthander went 9-2 with a 2.18 ERA for St. Mary’s, and has a fast ball that can reach the mid-90’s, as well as a working change up and curveball. Despite having a smaller frame for a pitcher, scouts have been impressed with Agosta’s movement on his fastball and his command of his breaking ball.

The Northern California native played at Jesuit High School in Carmichael, Calif., and is originally from Sacramento.

The Giants also picked up another junior righthander on Monday when they selected Mississippi State’s Chris Stratton with the 20th overall pick in the first round of the MLB Draft.

In the next round, San Francisco selected Johnathon “Mac” Williamson with the 20th pick in the third round and 115th overall.

A redshirt junior from Wake Forest, Williamson batted .287 with 17 home runs and 52 RBI this past season, as well as a .596 slugging percentage and a .398 on-base percentage.

Williamson was drafted by the Boston Red Sox last year in the 46th round, but returned for another season at Wake Forest.

The Giants continued the college trend in the later rounds, drafting Steven Okert from Oklahoma in the fourth. The lefthander, most likely projected as a future reliever, throws a mid-to-high 90’s fastball.  In his 2012 season with the Sooners, Okert went 6-6 with a 3.26 ERA. Before that, he played at and attended Grayson County College.

In the fifth round, the Giants selected Ty Blach from Creighton, a three-year starter for the Blue Jays. The outgoing junior lefthander projects as a back-end rotation starter at the next level.



I understand the need for pitching…but when are the Giants ever going to address the need for hitters!!!???

I get it about the need for pitching, but what’s the deal on position players? They seem to be hard-pressed to find players to promote from their minor league affiliates when a Giant has to go on the DL (other than 1b) yet they didn’t draft a 3b or a 2b. They need someone who can whack home runs or otherwise account for RBIs. They shouldn’t have to trade away pitching during the off-season to acquire the batters they need. That’s really not much of a strategy, is it?

LeasePlease use your influence to give Brandon belt a fair chance. He cannot be judged by his number of bats when they yank him in and out of the lineup. That’s nuts. When will they give him an honest uninterrupted stretch of bats. Look at angel pagan. Once he was full time guy in center his bat took off. Brandon Crawford has gotten better for same reason. When will they give Belt an extended look without yoyoing him. Its not right and not fair to judge hiss talent when practically every other day they put someone else at first. Please. Please.

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