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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Surprise: Giants Draft Pitcher

Actually...well, no, it's not a surprise. Completely, totally expected, actually.

The Giants stuck to their formula of developing young pitching yesterday, drafting MSU starter Chris Stratton with the 20th pick in the 1st round of the MLB Draft. Stratton, a 6'3" right hander, was 11-2 with 2.38 ERA for Mississippi State with 127 Ks in 109 2/3 IP. He was the SEC Pitcher of the Year, and could be close to Major League ready in a short period of time.

It's no surprise the Giants went with a pitcher last night. A combination of trades and Major League promotions have left the farm system bereft of top-end pitching talent and the Giants needed to replenish the ranks. Plus, with the impending free agency of Tim Lincecum after 2013 the Giants need rotation protection in their minor leagues. Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner are signed long term, but if Lincecum leaves it would create a glaring hole in the starting rotation that could now very well be filled by Stratton if he advances at the rate the Giants would like.

Of course, drafting pitchers doesn't address the glaring lack of hitting prospects in the system...but baby steps, I guess.

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