Giants restock pipeline with college players

Giants restock pipeline with college players

SAN FRANCISCO -- While Giants scouting director John Barr visited AT&T Park's press box Saturday to summarize the club's 2016 Draft, the fruits of his department's previous labor were scattered on the field below.

Six members of San Francisco's lineup in Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers were drafted by the Giants and developed within their Minor League system. Sustaining that majority is the objective Barr and his scouts share. They believe they reinforced the club's ability to reach that goal with the crop of talent they gathered in this year's Draft, which concluded with the final 30 picks Saturday.

"We're fortunate here in what we've been able to do," Barr said. "If you look at our big league team, we sometimes run seven out of eight position players out there who were homegrown. Whether people like our Drafts or don't like our Drafts, we know that our Drafts are one of our pipelines into this team and what we do as an organization."

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As usual, the Giants selected a preponderance of pitchers to meet the ever-present need for fresh arms. They drafted 23 pitchers, including 20 from the collegiate ranks. That left room for eight outfielders, four infielders and four catchers.

"We went after some guys that have big arms and good velocity," Barr said. "What you're looking for is stuff that you can work with."

After taking left-handers with four of their first eight picks Saturday, the Giants drafted six more southpaws, including their final selection, 40th-rounder Nick Bennett from Cincinnati Moeller High School.

San Francisco leaned toward experienced performers. Of the 39 players they chose, all but five were collegians. They also drafted players of all shapes and sizes, from right-hander Patrick Ruotolo (27th-round pick, 5-foot-10 and 218 pounds) to right-hander Reagan Bazar (17th-rounder, 6-7 and 255).

After drafting University of Oregon left-hander Matt Krook, a graduate of San Francisco's St. Ignatius High School, in Friday's fourth round, the Giants added three more prospects with local ties. Their 12th-round pick was University of San Diego infielder Ryan Kirby, a Livermore product. Their 36th-round choice was University of San Francisco catcher Ryan Matranga. And 37th-round selection Chris Bono, an outfielder from UCLA, grew up in Palo Alto and is the son of former 49ers quarterback Steve Bono.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.