MLB Draft 2011: San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics Look To Draft To Build For The Future

We've got a running stream for the 2011 MLB Draft, which is scheduled for Monday June 6 to Wednesday June 8. We'll be here with draft results and other news throughout the MLB Draft. For more in-depth discussion about the Giants head to McCovey Chronicles. For more on the A's head over to Athletics Nation. For more general minor league and draft discussion, check out Minor League Ball and Baseball Nation.

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MLB Draft Results 2011: San Francisco Giants Select Kyle Crick, Sherman High School (TX)

With the 49th overall pick the San Francisco Giants have chosen right-handed pitcher Kyle Crick out of Sherman High School is Sherman, Texas. 

Crick is a big, burly pitcher at 6'4" 220 pounds, and has been dominating down in Sherman sporting a 7-2 record with a 1.11 ERA in 13 starts at Sherman High School. Unfortunately for the Giants Crick has already signed a letter of intent with TCU, but could still opt out to join the Giants. 

Here's a breakdown of Crick's stuff from BaseballBeginnings.com:

STRENGTHS: FB 89-93, comfortable 90-92, hard downhill with tail, heavy ball. Can reach back for a little more and elevate when needed. SL 81-83 with hard bite, go-to weapon. Hard and late. Split 81 with hard drop. Straight CHG 80-81, assume those weren't flat sliders, secondary SL 72-73 with drop.

WEAKNESSES: Needs to continue building strength and stamina to bring stuff in sooner and keep it longer.

SUMMATION: Potential 3-pitch ML RH power arm starter with durable build, live arm and put-away breaking ball.

We'll be here for the next three days covering the 2011 MLB Draft. For more in-depth discussion about the Giants head to McCovey Chronicles. For more general minor league and draft discussion, check out Minor League Ball and Baseball Nation.

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MLB Draft Results 2011: San Francisco Giants Select Joe Panik, St. John's University

For the first time since 1988 the San Francisco Giants have selected a middle infielder in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft with the selection of Joe Panik. The shortstop out of St. John's University comes in as one of the top ranked shortstops in the draft, but were a bit down from 29th overall on most big boards.

The 6'1" 193 pounder Panik was a 2011 Golden Spikes Award finalist at St. John's with a .374 average, 10 home runs, and 53 RBI while slugging .621. He's got good range at short with a pretty good arm, and did I mention he bats left handed? Nice. 

Some feel that Panik won't make it to the bigs as a shortstop but still see lots of promise in the field and at the plate. Here's a bit from his scouting report from mlbdraftguide.com:

Offensively, Panik's greatest assets are his patience and excellent strike zone judgement.  He makes solid contact and hits to all fields.  His bat has enough pop to envision 10-15 home runs at the next level.  Panik has enough speed to pick up some steals as well. 

In the field, Panik has good range and soft hands.  His arm is average, which leads some to see his future at second base.Whether he remains at short or slides over to second, Panik has the ability to be a high on base guy and solid fielder at the next level.

Panik wasn't projected around 29th in many big boards, but the Giants seem to know what they're doing when it comes to draft picks. I think the Giants made a solid pick here gearing towards the future, and given the time, could turn Panik into a solid major league player while in the minors. 

Here a look at a scouting video of his from MLB.com.

We'll be here for the next three days covering the 2011 MLB Draft. For more in-depth discussion about the Giants head to McCovey Chronicles. For more general minor league and draft discussion, check out Minor League Ball and Baseball Nation.

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MLB Draft Results 2011: Oakland Athletics Select Sonny Gray, Vanderbilt University

With their first pick in the 2011 MLB Draft the Oakland Athletics have selected right-handed pitcher Sonny Gray out of Vanderbilt University with the 18th overall pick. The A's once again decided not to go with a high school player with their first pick, a move that can definitely prove fruitful in the future. 

At 5'11" 200 pounds Gray is a bit on the smaller size for a pitcher, but is an absolute bulldog on the mound and has the stuff to back it up. Gray had a 11-3 record for the Commodores this season with a 2.01 ERA and a 115/39 K/BB ratio in 16 starts. He was projected a bit higher than 18th, and could definitely be a bit of a steal for the A's if he produces. Here's a bit from his scouting report from MLB.com:

most teams will look past the standard "undersized righty" bias because of his very good raw stuff. Gray will throw his fastball up to 94 mph with some pretty good run and sink to it. His breaking ball -- a slider that looks kind of like a hard, power curve -- gets swings and misses and can be a strikeout pitch in the future. His changeup is a touch behind, but still has good fade and is a very good third option.

The question will be whether or not Gray can blossom as a starter or if he would be more suited for a eventual reliever role with Oakland. Gray can have questionable command from time to time with a bit of a different delivery, which could keep him from making it into a rotation; especially with the young, dominant rotation the A's have and hopefully will have for a while. 

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