Giants go young in Draft's first round
SF takes two high-school power pitchers, talented outfielder
Continuing their pursuit of pitching talent, the San Francisco Giants selected left-hander Madison Bumgarner and right-hander Tim Alderson with their first two selections in the First-Year Player Draft on Thursday.Bumgarner, a 17-year-old from South Caldwell High School in Hudson, N.C., was taken 10th overall with the first of San Francisco's three first-round Draft choices. Alderson, an 18-year-old from Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., was the 22nd overall pick. The Giants concluded their first-round haul by selecting outfielder Wendell Fairley, 19, from George County-Lucedale (Miss.) High School with the 29th overall pick. Including infielder Nick Noonan of Parker High School in San Diego, taken with the 32nd overall selection, the Giants drafted high schoolers with their first four picks. "We knew [the Draft] was high-school heavy, so we had to be prepared to cross that bridge," Giants general manager Brian Sabean said. The Giants took three pitchers with their first four picks last year. Their last six first-round picks were pitchers, although their first selections in two recent drafts, Eddy Martinez-Esteve (2004) and Ben Copeland (2005), were outfielders taken in the second and fourth rounds, respectively. In some ways, drafting Bumgarner marked a departure for the Giants. He became their first left-hander taken as a No. 1 pick since Mike Remlinger in 1987. He's also the first prep player they've drafted No. 1 since Matt Cain in 2002. The last high-school left-hander the Giants drafted in the first round was Frank Riccelli in 1971. Dick Tidrow, the Giants' vice president of player personnel, acknowledged the possibility that Bumgarner and Alderson could duplicate Cain's rapid ascent to the Major Leagues. Cain pitched only 76 Minor League games over two full seasons and parts of two others before the Giants promoted him late in the 2005 season. "Both them are on the fast track because of stuff, size and abilities," Tidrow said. Tidrow was especially upbeat about Bumgarner's chances: "Basically he has to pitch a year or two and he'll be a big-league starter."
|10||Bumgarner, Madison||South Caldwell HS||LHP|
|22||Alderson, Timothy||Horizon HS||RHP|
|29||Fairley, Wendell||George County HS||CF|
|32||Noonan, Nicholas||Francis Parker HS||SS|
|43||Williams, Jackson||U Oklahoma||C|
|51||Culberson, Charles||Calhoun HS||SS|
|164||Corgan, Chance||Texas Christian U||RHP|
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.