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06/09/10 12:11 AM ET

Giants take more speed in Draft's second day

Fleet Jones among three center fielders chosen early

SAN FRANCISCO -- On Tuesday afternoon, Charles Jones was lying on the floor of his older brother's house with his laptop open, anxiously awaiting to watch his dream of playing professional baseball come true before his eyes.

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Jones, a 17-year-old center fielder from Booneville, Mo., had the MLB.com Draft Tracker up, but he already knew what lay ahead. He had just gotten off the phone with the St. Louis Cardinals, holders of the 24th pick in the seventh round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, who told Jones they were going to select him with the 229th overall pick.

Then pick No. 228 happened. Jones was a San Francisco Giant.

But above all, he was a professional baseball player.

"I had no clue," Jones said. "[The Giants] didn't call me. It was crazy. I had just gotten off the phone with the Cardinals and it was like, 'Wow ...'"

Almost as mind-boggling was the feeling itself.

"I really can't explain it," Jones said of being drafted. "It's the best feeling ever. I've worked for this my whole life. Everything's just overwhelming right now. I feel -- just crazy."

At 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, Jones certainly has a Major League frame, despite not turning 18 until June 28. Jones -- the 2010 Gatorade Missouri Baseball Player of the Year after hitting .525 with 10 home runs and 46 RBIs -- also has the speed to roam vast outfields.

It was those qualities that attracted the Giants to Jones, along with the other three center fielders the team took with its first 10 picks -- Cal State Fullerton's Gary Brown (No. 24), Virginia's Jarrett Parker (No. 74 overall) and Jones Country Junior College's Christopher Lofton (No. 288 overall).

"We took guys who were athletic and had speed, and that was the combination we were looking for, but they also -- even though they're different types of players -- they were athletic and had speed," Giants scouting director John Barr said. "When you think about the situation in developing players in [AT&T Park], center field or right field, there's a lot of territory to cover."

Before the Draft, Jones committed to Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City (the alma mater of Albert Pujols), but said Tuesday he expects to accept San Francisco's offer after he was scheduled to talk with Giants officials later that evening.

"I'm pretty sure. I'm going to go ahead and report and see how that works," Jones said. "I'm ready to go play some pro ball."

Tim Edwards, Jones' high school coach, said he has no doubts that Jones can play well at the professional level. Although other teams scouted him -- Philadelphia and Tampa Bay, along with San Francisco and St. Louis -- and considered Jones to be as high as a fifth-round talent, Edwards said he believes had Jones grown up in a baseball hotbed such as Florida, California or Texas, his Draft stock would have been even higher.

"As a player goes, Chuckie is an incredible athletic talent," Edwards said. "He has all the skills to play baseball at the highest level. ... I feel he's going to be able to compete at that level, and once I think he gets there, I think he's going to do great."

A look at San Francisco's other Day 2 picks:

Round 2, Jarrett Parker, CF, Virginia: Still playing in the College World Series with the Cavaliers, Parker is hitting .338 with 10 home runs and 55 RBIs this season and also has swiped 12 bases in 14 attempts. Some scouts note holes in the left-handed hitter's swing, but Parker (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) projects as a top-of-the-order hitter and a great basestealing threat with plus speed. He was a 2009 First-Team All-American selection by Rivals.com.

Round 3, Carter Jurica, SS, Kansas State: A 5-foot-11, 185-pound shortstop, Jurica concluded his junior season at Kansas State this past weekend in the Fayetteville Regional of the College World Series. Jurica earned All-Regional honors, going 6-for-14 with two home runs and four RBIs. Jurica, a right-handed batter, finished the season hitting .363 with 69 RBIs and 13 home runs, fourth most in Kansas State history.

Round 4, Seth Rosin, RHP, Minnesota: At 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, Rosin fits the mold of a power pitcher. As a junior this season, Rosin went 9-4 with a 4.72 ERA, striking out 95 batters in 103 innings to earn Second-Team All-Big Ten honors. Last summer in the Cape Cod League, Rosin went 2-1 with a 1.87 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings. In 2007, Rosin was a 28th-round selection by Minnesota.

Round 5, Richard Hembree, RHP, College of Charleston: At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Hembree -- who goes by "Heath" -- is definitely a big-armed, power pitcher. In his first season at the College of Charleston, Hembree, a reliever, had 42 strikeouts in 29 innings. He finished the season with a 5-3 record and 6.52 ERA after transferring from Spartanburg Methodist College, where he went 7-0 with a 1.22 ERA a year ago.

Round 6, Mike Kickham, LHP, Missouri State: Kickham's win-loss record (4-9) and ERA (5.25) from this season aren't the most flattering numbers on Kickham's stat sheet. But his 103 strikeouts in 96 innings -- along with a 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame -- are enough to understand why the Giants like the young lefty.

Round 7, Charles Jones, CF, Boonville (Mo.) High School: Jones was named the 2010 Gatorade Missouri Baseball Player of the Year after hitting .525 with 10 home runs, 46 RBIs and posting a .638 on-base percentage. He stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 235 pounds.

Round 8, Joe Staley, C, Lubbock Christian: Staley, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound switch-hitter, batted .440 with 12 home runs and 69 RBIs, finishing the season on a 24-game hitting streak. The NAIA First-Team All-American also had a .543 on-base percentage and a 99.6 percent fielding percentage behind the plate, committing only one error.

Round 9, Christopher Lofton, CF, Jones County Junior College: Lofton, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound left-handed hitter, was one of four center fielders chosen by the Giants in their first 10 picks.

Round 10, Daniel Burkhart, C, Ohio State: Burkhart hit .354 with 15 doubles and 29 RBIs while starting all 51 of the Buckeyes' games this season, throwing out 22 of 28 would-be basestealers. At 5-foot-11, 205 pounds, Burkhart entered this season as a Second-Team Preseason All-American by PING! and the NCBWA after being named the 2009 Big Ten Player of the Year as a sophomore.

Round 11, Adam Duvall, 2B, Louisville: Duvall hit .327 with 12 home runs and 47 RBIs and also stole 10 bases in his senior season. As a junior, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound infielder earned Third-Team All-Big East honors after batting .328 with 11 home runs, 51 RBIs and 83 runs scored in his first season with the Cardinals.

Round 12, Stephen Harrold, RHP, UNC Wilmington: The 6-foot-1, 200-pound righty posted a 3-3 record and 3.26 ERA in 23 appearances this past season, all in relief. Harrold also held opposing batters to a .223 average and stranded 12 of 17 runners he inherited. During the summer of 2009, he earned Cape Cod League All-Star honors for picking up six saves in 15 appearances, posting a 1.23 ERA.

Round 13, Mark Christman, RHP, South Carolina at Sumter: Christman, who goes by Tyler, went 8-4 with a 2.62 ERA and 0.86 WHIP in 13 starts (14 outings) this season for the Fire Ants. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound righty threw seven complete games and averaged 13.2 strikeouts per nine innings.

Round 14, Raynor Campbell, INF, Baylor: Campbell hit .335 with 15 doubles, seven home runs and 41 RBIs during his senior season at Baylor. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound second baseman was selected by Cleveland in the 31st round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. He played second, short and third during his time at Baylor.

Round 15, Andrew Barbosa, LHP, South Florida: The Giants are taking anther chance on Barbosa, whom they drafted twice before in 2006 (15th round) and 2007 (48th round). Barbosa, a 6-foot-7, 245-pound lefty, went 8-2 with a 2.40 ERA in 14 starts this season with the Bulls. He also struck out 95 batters and held opposing hitters to a .228 average.

Round 16, Austin Fleet, RHP, Coastal Carolina: After starting a majority of the time last season, Fleet made 26 relief appearances and only three starts for the Chanticleers this year, going 6-1 with eight saves and a 2.53 ERA. He graduated with a degree in business management in the spring of 2009 but remained in school working on a second degree in recreation and sport management.

Round 17, Ryan Bean, RHP, Edmonds (Wash.) Community College: Bean went 7-1 with a 3.00 ERA this past season. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound right-hander also struck out 73 batters in 60 innings.

Round 18, Brandon Allen, RHP, Milton (Fla.) High School

Round 19, Austin Southall, CF, University (Louisiana) High School: At 6-foot-2, Southall is said to have held his own last summer at the East Coast Showcase. The high school center fielder has a strong arm, raw power and room to grow.

Round 20, Brett Bochy, RHP, Kansas: Yes, that is a similar last name, isn't it? Bochy, the son of Giants manager Bruce Bochy, went 2-0 in 12 appearances as a middle reliever for the Jayhawks this season, posting a 0.78 ERA. He pitched 23 innings, striking out 34 batters, and holding opponents to a .117 batting average.

Round 21, Zachary Arneson, RHP, Cal State Bakersfield: Arneson appeared in 12 games this season, going 1-1 with a 7.80 ERA. He struck out 14 batters in 15 innings.

Round 22, Robert Haney, SS, South Carolina: Haney, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound shortstop hit .250 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 55 games for the Gamecocks this past season. He was selected in the 38th round of the 2006 Draft by Philadelphia.

Round 23, Alec Asher, RHP, Lakeland (Fla.) High School

Round 24, Kyle Wilson, 3B, North Carolina State: Wilson, a switch-hitter, batted .368 with seven home runs and went 12-for-13 on the basepaths this season for the Wildcats. As a junior in 2009, Wilson set an N.C. State single-season record with 30 stolen bases. He was previously drafted in the 31st round of the 2008 Draft by the Cubs.

Round 25, Brett Krill, RF, UCLA: Krill is hitting .290 with seven home runs and 36 RBIs for the Bruins, who are still alive in the College World Series. He spent the summer of 2009 playing for the Wisconsin Woodchucks of the Northwoods League, where he hit .294 with three home runs and a team-leading 12 doubles.

Round 26, Jeff Arnold, C, Louisville: Arnold, a right-handed-hitting catcher, started 63 of Louisville's 64 games, batting .306 with 32 RBIs. He posted a .996 fielding percentage, throwing out 21 of 30 would-be basestealers.

Round 27, Eric Sim, C, South Florida: Sim played in 46 of South Florida's 57 games, starting 40, hitting .252 and posting a .972 fielding percentage.

Round 28, Gaspar Santiago, LHP, Ranger College

Round 29, Jose Cuevas, SS, Lee

Round 30, Ryan Bradley, LHP, Southern Illinois: Bradley is the son of Bert Bradley, a pitching coordinator in the Giants' Minor League system. Ryan Bradley appeared in 22 games, starting 18, for the Salukis, going 0-5 with a 9.22 ERA.

Cash Kruth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.