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on 05 June 2012 03:01:41 AM. © The Giants Baseball Blog- A San Francisco Giants Blog and Fan Website
Well, the Giants pick just rolled in and they got themselves a good one. I mentioned a few posts back in our draft preview that this guy would make a lot of sense, and I think the Giants were real surprised he lasted until pick 20 with all the arms that were going off the board.
Here's a little piece we did on him in the Draft Preview, along with a link to a video.
"RHP, Chris Stratton, Miss. St.: Stratton could also make a lot of sense for the Giants as most believe he'll last into the 20's and could be the best college arm available when the Giants choose. He's almost like a right-handed version of Andrew Heaney, who I think would be a great choice at 20 if he fell as well and we'll discuss in a moment. Stratton started as a reliever at Mississippi St., but became a starter this year and quickly became the team's ace. He's got a mid-90's fastball and three average to above-average pitches to go with it, which if he refines, would give him four plus-out pitches. The MSU ace had an 11-2 record and 2.21 ERA heading into the NCAA tournament that started a few days ago."
|2012: 11-2, 2.21 ERA, 129 K's|
Adding to that, Stratton averages about 93 mph with his heater, but can get up to 96. He's also got a nice breaking ball and a solid change-up. The cast hosting the draft at MLB TV thought him to be a good candidate to rise quickly through the system and I'm with them on that. I didn't know how good of strikeout numbers he had until the pick. He K'd 129 compared to just 27 walks over 107 innings of work in '12, coupled with that nice win-loss record and ERA posted above. For an organization that desperately needed a new #1 pitching prospect, the Giants got themselves just that in this fella. He's got a good pitchers size to him at 6'3" and 220 pounds. He's both relieved and started at MSU, but came into his own as their ace and full-time starter this year. Now the key for the Giants will be getting the kid signed and off to work. They don't select again until tomorrow, and there are still a lot of projected first rounders left on the board, so maybe they'll get lucky and have one of them they like slip to them in round 2. Stratton fills a big void this team has in the lower minors, and he should make an instant impact. I have to give the Giants an A- for this pick, based on value and potential. Of course we'll have to wait and see how he turns out, but a lot of scouts had this kid going in the top-10 to 15 picks, so the Giants got themselves a steal. It should also be noted that in his first start this season, he struck out 17 to out-duel top-10 pick Kevin Gausslen,
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