GIANTS SELECT BICKFORD WITH THEIR FIRST ROUND PICK: The San Francisco Giants selected College of Southern Nevada right-handed pitcher Phil Bickford with the 18th overall selection in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. The 2015 Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist posted a 9-1 record with a 1.45 ERA (14er, 86.2ip) in 16 starts this season at College of Southern Nevada. Bickford struck out 166 batters compared to just 21 walks in 86.2 innings of work. He recorded 10-or-more strikeouts in eight of his 16 starts. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder was impressive during the 2014 summer in the Cape Cod League, as he allowed just two runs and struck out 44 batters in 27.2 innings of work. Bickford received the Russ Ford Award, as the most outstanding relief pitcher and the Robert A. McNeese Award, as the league's top prospect.
GIANTS SELECT SHAW WITH THEIR SUPPLEMENTAL PICK: The San Francisco Giants selected power-hitting first baseman, Chris Shaw, with their supplemental draft pick, the 31st overall selection. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder hit 11 home runs in his first 32 games of the season for Boston College, prior to breaking his hamate bone in his right hand. Overall, he hit .319 with a .611 slugging percentage and a .411 on-base percentage. He was named to the Second Team All-ACC, despite missing time due to his injury. Shaw led the Cape Code League last summer with eight home runs and ranked second with 34 RBI, while recording a .275 (46-for-167) batting average. He was honored with the Cape Cod Baseball League's John J. Claffey Award as the New England Top Prospect playing for the Chatham Anglers.
GIANTS SELECT SUAREZ IN THE SECOND ROUND: With the 61st pick in the draft, the Giants selected left-handed pitcher Andrew Suarez out of the University of Miami. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound redshirt Junior went 9-1 with a 2.96 ERA (26er, 79.0ip) and 74 strikeouts in 14 starts this season. He was named a third-team All-ACC selection for the second straight season.
NOTES FROM DAY 2: In the third round today, San Francisco selected SS Jalen Miller from Riverwood International Charter School (GA). The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder hit .444 (28-for-63) with 20 runs scored, 17 RBI and 11 extra-base hits (four doubles, two triples and five home runs) in 22 games during his Senior year. With the 126th overall pick the Giants chose LHP Mac Marshall out of Chipola College, who went 5-2 with a 2.37 ERA (8er, 30.1ip) in nine starts last season. In the fifth round, the SF selected CF Ronnie Jebavy out of Middle Tennessee State University. The 6-for-2, 192-pounder recorded seven outfield assists, which were tied for ninth in the country and his defensive prowess has been displayed on ESPN's SportsCenter, where two of his outstanding web gems have been ranked No. 6 and No. 4 on the show's Top 10 Plays of the Day segment.
NOTES FROM DAY 3: In the 11th round of today's draft, the Giants selected SS C.J. Hinojosa out of the University of Texas. Hinojoa was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team in 2013 and earned College World Series All-Tournament Team honors as a Sophomore the following season. With their 26th round selection, SF selected SS Tyler Brown out of the College of Southern Nevada (NV). Brown, who was a teammate of Giant's first round pick Phil Bickford, was a Region 18 First Team selection, as he hit .356 (58-for-163) with with a .462 on-base pct. and 31 stolen bases. In the 39th round, the Giants selected LHP Hunter Bowling out of American Heritage School (FL). The 6-foot-8 left-hander is committed to the University of Florida and was a participant in the Under Armour All America game at Wrigley Field.
FAMILY TIES: With the 216th pick in the seventh round, the Giants selected third baseman Jose Vizcaino Jr., son of former Giant Jose Vizcaino, out of Santa Clara University. Vizcaino played two seasons at shortstop for the Giants (1997 and 2006).
LOCAL TIES: With their seventh round pick, SF selected 3B Jose Vizcaino from Santa Clara University. Their 10th round pick Tyler Cyr (Embry-Riddle) is from Fremont and 22nd round pick Domenic Mazza (UC Santa Barbara) is a Concord native. With their 17th round pick, SF chose Cameron Avila-Leeper (San Joaquin Delta College) who is from Sacramento and attended Grant High School. In the 27th round, the Giants drafted Bryan Case (Oklahoma State) who is from Winters. Lastly, SF's 30th round pick Tucker Forbes (UCLA) was born is San Francisco and grew up in Carmel.