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Top-50 NorCal prospects -- who drafted them

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Top-50 NorCal prospects -- who drafted them

The best baseball players in Northern California are waiting for the call from a major league team. Who was picked, and where are they going? Take a look at this list, compiled by the Web site Perfect Game, and see what's the next step on their career ladder.

YR PLAYER (POS) B-T HT WT SCHOOL MLB Team
JR Mark Appel (RHP) R-R 6-5 195 Stanford Pirates
JR Kyle Zimmer (RHP) R-R 6-3 210 USF Royals
JR Stephen Piscotty (3B1B) R-R 6-3 215 Stanford Cardinals
JR Mitch Haniger (OF) R-R 6-2 215 Cal Poly Brewers
JR Brett Mooneyham (LHP) L-L 6-5 235 Stanford Nationals
JR Tony Renda (2B) R-R 5-8 175 Cal Undrafted
JR Martin Agosta (RHP) R-R 6-1 180 Saint Marys Giants
JR Patrick Wisdom (3B) R-R 6-2 215 Saint Mary's Cardinals
JR Kenny Diekroeger (2BSS) R-R 6-2 200 Stanford Undrafted
JR Jacob Stewart (OF) R-R 6-2 190 Stanford Undrafted
JR Scott Griggs (RHP) R-R 6-4 205 UCLA Undrafted
JR Justin Jones (LHP) L-L 6-3 190 Cal Undrafted
JR Zack Jones (RHP) R-R 6-1 175 SJSU Undrafted
JR Patrick Stover (OF) R-R 6-5 215 Santa Clara Undrafted
JR Cody Keefer (OF) L-R 6-1 190 UCLA Undrafted
JR Elliott Waterman (LHP) L-L 6-5 215 USF Undrafted
SR Chadd Krist (C) R-R 5-11 200 Cal Undrafted
SR Kyle Barraclough (RHP) R-R 6-3 180 Saint Mary's Cardinals
JR Tyler Gaffney (OF) R-R 6-0 210 Stanford Undrafted
SR Matt Flemer (RHP) R-R 6-3 215 Cal Undrafted
JR Nick Grim (RHP) R-R 6-3 190 Cal Poly Undrafted
FR Eric Jaffe (RHP) R-R 6-3 235 UCLA Undrafted
SR Mike Miller (SS) R-R 5-8 170 Cal Poly Undrafted
JR Justin Maffei (OF) R-R 6-0 170 USF Undrafted
JR Justin Haley (RHP) L-R 6-5 230 CS Fresno Undrafted
SR Dayne Quist (LHP) L-L 5-10 180 UC Davis Undrafted
JR Joe Sever (2B) R-R 6-0 205 Pepperdine Undrafted
JR Eric Smith (C3B) L-R 6-1 190 Stanford Undrafted
SR Martin Viramontes (RHP) R-R 6-5 225 USC Undrafted
JR Devyn Rodriguez (1BOF) L-R 6-2 210 Cal Undrafted
JR Tommy Nance (RHP) R-R 6-6 210 Santa Clara Undrafted
SR Jordan Remer (LHP) L-L 6-2 215 USF Undrafted
JR Michael Rivera (RHP) R-R 6-0 225 Fresno Pacific Undrafted
SO Chris Jenkins (RHP) R-R 6-7 220 Stanford Undrafted
SR Shawn Stuart (RHP) R-R 6-3 210 CS Long Beach Undrafted
SR Troy Channing (1B) R-R 6-0 235 Saint Marys Undrafted
SO Derek Campbell (SS) R-R 6-0 170 Cal Undrafted
JR Nick Berhel (RHP) R-R 6-1 180 USC Undrafted
SR Nik Balog (1B) L-L 6-4 220 USF Undrafted
SR Cody Kendall (RHP) R-R 6-2 210 CS Fresno Undrafted
SR Derrick Chung (2B) R-R 5-10 185 CS Sacramento Undrafted
JR David Garcia (2B) R-R 5-7 175 CS Monterey Bay Undrafted
SR Esteban Guzman (RHP) R-R 6-4 230 San Jose State Undrafted
JR Justin Ringo (1B) L-L 6-1 195 Stanford Undrafted
JR Brock Simon (RHP3B) R-R 6-4 200 Santa Clara Undrafted
JR Darrell Matthews (OF) L-R 5-10 165 Cal Undrafted
JR Tyler Christian (3BRHP) R-R 6-1 175 San Jose State Undrafted
SR Trent Garrison (C) L-R 6-0 185 Fresno State Undrafted
SR Tom Harlan (LHP) L-L 6-5 190 Fresno State Undrafted
SR Brian Busick (RHP) R-R 6-3 200 Stanford Undrafted

This list is not final and is currently being updated with the results from the MLB Draft. Updated as of 4:07 p.m.

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.