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Giants add 25 on final day of draft

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Giants add 25 on final day of draft

Day 3 of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft passed Wednesday. In all, the Giants drafted 21 pitchers, four catchers, seven infielders and eight outfielders. San Francisco chose 31 college players, four junior college players and five from high school.

The Giants selected seven players with Northern California roots, including second round pick, RHP Martin Agosta, St. Marys College (Jesuit HS, Sacramento, CA), outfielder Ryan Tella, University of Auburn (Irvington HS, Fremont, CA), Mitch Delfino, University of California, Berkeley (Cloverdale HS, Santa Rosa, CA), LHP Zachariah Edgington, University of California, Santa Barbara (Juniperro Serra HS, San Mateo, CA), Daniel Grazzini, College of San Mateo (De La Salle HS, Concord, CA), Clint Terry, College of San Mateo, Drew Jackson, Miramonte HS (Orinda, CA) and Tyler Ferguson, Clovis West HS (Fresno, CA).

A full list of the Giants' selections in the 2012 First-year Player Draft:

Rd Pick Name Pos School HT WT BT Birthdate
1 20 Stratton, Chris RHP Miss. St. 6-3 190 RR 8221990
2 84 Agosta, Martin RHP St. Marys 6-2 175 RR 471991
3 115 Williamson, Johnathan RF Wake Forest 6-4 245 RR 7151990
4 148 Okert, Steven LHP Oklahoma 6-2 210 LL 791991
5 178 Blach, Ty LHP Creighton 6-1 200 RL 10201990
6 208 Johnson, Stephen RHP St. Edwards 6-4 205 RR 2211991
7 238 Encinosa, Eduardo RHP Miami 6-5 230 RR 851991
8 268 Kurrasch, Joseph LHP Penn St. 6-2 205 LL 6191991
9 298 McCall, Shilo CF Piedra Vista HS 6-0 210 RR 621994
10 328 Brown, Trevor C UCLA 6-2 190 RR 11151991
11 358 Tella, Ryan CF Auburn 6-0 175 LL 5181991
12 388 Sy, Jeremy SS Louisiana Monroe 5-11 180 RR 10141989
13 418 Jones, Ryan 2B Michigan St. 5-11 170 RR 981990
14 448 Hollick, Tyler CF Chandler CC 6-1 185 LR 9161992
15 478 Rojas, Leonardo C Miami Dade CC 5-10 175 RR 6111990
16 508 Gardeck, Ian RHP Alabama 6-2 225 RR 11211990
17 538 Johnson, Christopher RHP Portland 6-4 205 RR 8241991
18 568 Duffy, Matthew SS Long Beach St. 6-2 170 RR 1151991
19 598 Zeigler, Randall LHP Louisiana Monroe 6-1 183 LL 8301989
20 628 Delfino, Mitchell 3B UC Berkeley 6-2 210 RR 1131991
21 658 Turner, Benjamin C Missouri 6-5 225 RR 4271990
22 688 Metzger, Brennan CF Long Beach St. 5-11 180 RR 12151989
23 718 Leenhouts, Andrew LHP Northeastern 6-3 200 LL 3281990
24 748 Cain, Andrew CF UNC-Wilmington 6-6 220 RR 3241990
25 778 Eberle, Sam C Jacksonville St. 6-0 215 RR 211990
26 808 McVay, Mason LHP Florida Int. 6-7 240 LL 8151990
27 838 Fern, Chris LHP Union College 6-4 215 LL 8221991
28 868 Rapp, Joseph 1B Louisiana Monroe 6-3 220 RR 11271989
29 898 Houck, Shayne OF Kutzton University 6-1 210 RR 5291990
30 928 Blanchard, Michael CF Austin Peay St. 6-0 180 RR 811989
31 958 Forjet, Jason RHP Fla Gulf Coast 6-2 185 RR 141990
32 988 Pickering, Christopher LHP U. Rhode Island 6-1 190 LL 2211989
33 1018 Farley, Brandon RHP Arkansas St. 6-2 215 RR 811990
34 1048 Edgington, Zachariah LHP UCSB 6-0 190 LL 12211989
35 1078 Grazzini, Daniel RHP Col. San Mateo 6-3 195 LR 821992
36 1108 Terry,Clint LHP Col. San Mateo 6-2 195 LL 691992
37 1138 Jackson, Drew SS Miramonte HS 6-2 175 RR 7281993
38 1168 Long, Nolan RHP Waterford HS 6-9 225 RR 1191994
39 1198 Fagan, Kevin 2B N. Broward Prep 5-11 175 LR 591994
40 1228 Ferguson, Tyler RHP Clovis West HS 6-4 225 RR 1051993
Courtesy San Francisco Giants media services

Report: Two Giants hitters elect free agency

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Report: Two Giants hitters elect free agency

With free agency set to begin five days after the World Series ends, two hitters that played for the Giants during the 2017 season have put their names on the open market.

Veteran third baseman Conor Gillaspie and longtime minor league outfielder Carlos Moncrief have both elected for free agency, according to Baseball America.

The 30-year-old Gillaspie appeared in 44 games for the Giants this past season. He hit just .168/.218/.288 with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. He was designated for assignment on August 3 and outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on August 5. With the River Cats, Gillaspie hit .375 with four doubles in 15 games in August.

Prior to the 2017 season, Gillaspie signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Giants.

As for Moncrief, the soon-to-be 29-year-old finally got his first call-up the majors this past season after eight and a half seasons in the minors. He debuted for the Giants on July 29. In 28 games, he hit .211/.256/.237 with one double and five RBI. While he didn't do much with the bat, Moncrief showed off a cannon for an arm when he patrolled right field.

Giants reassign pitching coach Dave Righetti, two other coaches

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Giants reassign pitching coach Dave Righetti, two other coaches

SAN FRANCISCO — Late in a 98-loss season, general manager Bobby Evans met with members of the coaching staff to discuss new roles. The shakeup of the staff ended up being a stunning one. 

Pitching coach Dave Righetti was one of three coaches to be reassigned Saturday morning. After 18 seasons as pitching coach, Righetti will now serve as special assistant to the general manager. Bullpen coach Mark Gardner was given a “special assignment role to assist in pitching evaluations.” Assistant hitting coach Steve Decker will be a special assistant for baseball operations. 

The moves cap a 13-month run in which the coaching staff has taken much of the blame for a $200 million roster that was poorly constructed in places and played embarrassing baseball for long stretches of the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Third base coach Roberto Kelly was let go after the 2016 season and first base coach Billy Hayes was reassigned. More changes appear on the way. 

“It does raise the level of attention to change when you struggle as much as we have, but you’re always contemplating making changes to try to help keep pushing your guys and make sure you continue to have different perspectives and new voices and reflections on how to get the most out of them,” Evans said on a conference call. 

Throughout September, multiple coaches expressed concern about their future roles, but the Giants held off several weeks before announcing changes. At least two members of the staff were involved in managerial searches elsewhere, and third base coach Phil Nevin is reportedly still a candidate for the open job in Philadelphia. 

Evans confirmed that he has interviewed outside candidates for a hitting coach role, but he would not go so far as to say Hensley Meulens will be reassigned as well. He also would not speak to the future of Ron Wotus, although the longtime bench coach is expected to be mixed up in future changes as well. Evans indicated he would announce further moves after all the open managerial vacancies are filled.

For now, the Giants are in the process of trying to find a new pitching coach. They are focused on experienced outside candidates, and they have plenty of options, as several other teams have made changes this month. Evans hinted that he wants the next pitching coach to have a more analytical approach. 

Righetti's replacement will have massive shoes to fill. His run was the longest for a pitching coach in franchise history. The Giants, usually so reliant on pitching, finished 16th in the Majors with a 4.50 ERA, but it’s hard to see how Righetti takes the blame for that. Madison Bumgarner missed a chunk of the season after a dirt bike accident, Johnny Cueto had a brutal injury-plagued year, Matt Moore battled himself and had the worst ERA in the National League, and the bullpen struggled, with closer Mark Melancon pitching through an injury that required season-ending surgery. 

Righetti was credited with helping to develop a rotation and bullpen that won three titles, and the bond he shared with pitchers was on display during the final weekend of the year, when Matt Cain talked repeatedly about their close relationship and went straight for Righetti after he came off the field for the final time. While it’s often hard to figure out where to give credit, even in a down year for the staff, Righetti played a role in Sam Dyson’s resurgence, and he helped Ty Blach and Chris Stratton break in as big league regulars. 

“Ultimately a change for us in the clubhouse is really an opportunity just to put a new voice with our pitching staff and try to keep pushing to the heights that we aspire as an organization and a club,” Evans said. “Changes sometimes are needed as much for the sake of that new voice as anything, and I think that was really the priority here.”

Righetti will help Evans in a front office role. Evans admitted that Righetti’s “heartbeat is in uniform as a coach,” but said he was willing to take on a new role for an organization he loves. 

Gardner, a former Giants pitcher, had been on staff since 2003. He will now help to evaluate pitchers inside and outside the organization, and Evans said Gardner could serve an important role in evaluating trade options. Decker joined the big league staff in 2015 after a long run working in the minor leagues. The 2017 season was his 23rd with the organization. He will have a “blank canvas,” Evans said, working in different roles inside the organization. Decker will also help with draft preparation.