GreenJackets hitting based on speed, projected power

2013 Augusta GreenJackets hitting:

 

Eric Sim (C, B-R/T-R, 6-2, 215, 1/3/89, South Florida-2010 27th round)

 

Sim is a 24-year-old catcher from South Korea who played at South Florida. He profiles as an organizational catcher, seeing time in three different leagues last season, including two games at Triple-A Fresno and 17 games in Augusta. He went 10-51 in 59 plate appearances for the GreenJackets last season.

 

Ben Turner (C, R/R, 6-5, 225, 4/27/90, Missouri-2012 21st round)

 

Turner has yet to play a professional inning after being drafted last season. The big catcher hit .284 with a .373 on-base percentage in 60 games for Missouri last season, with 12 doubles and one home run in his senior year. Turner is the brother of Marlins pitcher Jacob Turner, a former top prospect in the Tigers organization.

 

Stephen Branca (INF, R/R, 6-1, 170, 4/10/89, Newsome HS (Fla.)-2007 34th round, Twins)

 

Branca was drafted by the Twins out of high school but didn't sign, electing to attend Central Florida and Tennessee Wesleyan. At the latter school, Branca hit .332 with four home runs and 15 stolen bases in 60 games at shortstop in 2011. He split time between shortstop and second base in his first pro season at Salem-Keizer, and GreenJackets manager Mike Goff said he should see time at third, second and short this year.

 

Travious Relaford (2B, R/R, 5-11, 160, 5/13/92, Hinds CC-2011 44th round)

 

Relaford is from Union City, Ga., the lone GreenJacket from Georgia. He attended community college in Mississippi and was drafted largely for his athleticism. He showed a good approach in the Arizona League in his first taste of pro ball last year, hitting .331/.412/.492 with 13 doubles and four triples, but also 19 walks to 17 strikeouts. Athletic infielders with an eye at the plate tend to have a future. How he adjusts to full-season ball will be monitored.

 

Mitchell Delfino (3B, R/R, 6-2, 210, 1/13/91, California-2012 20th round)

 

Delfino played three years at California and was taken by one of the local clubs in the 20th round. He hit .355 with 11 doubles and five home runs in his junior year at Cal, followed by .269/.315/.341 with 12 doubles in 41 games at Salem-Keizer. He will strike out, recording 34 punchouts in 178 plate appearances at the rookie league level, compared to nine walks. Delfino will be the starting third baseman for the GreenJackets.

 

Matt Duffy (SS, R/R, 6-2, 170, 1/15/91, Long Beach State-2012 18th round)

 

Duffy is an advanced college shortstop who will stick at the position and make the most of his tools. He hit .247/.361/.286 with 10 stolen bases, 26 walks and 22 strikeouts in 216 plate appearances at Salem-Keizer last season. He is reportedly a glove-first shortstop who has good hands and is versatile in the field. From Goff: "He comes to play every single day, makes all the routine plays, has good feel for game, very good instincts, good baserunner, has all the tools to play the game, very aggressive at the plate, uses all fields." While overall ceiling is a question that should be answered this season, Duffy seems to know how to make his tools play up in games, and that's very important.

 

Shayne Houck (INF, R/R, 6-1, 210, 5/29/90, Kutztown-2012 29th round)

 

Houck flashed some pretty good numbers in his pro debut in the Arizona League last season, hitting .291/.410/.491 with six doubles, two triples and four home runs. He also walked 20 times in 134 plate appearances. Goff said Houck has a good bat from the right side and is capable of playing third and first base.

 

Joe Rapp (1B, R/R, 6-2, 225, 11/27/89, Louisiana-Monroe-2012 28th round)

 

Rapp should profile as one of the bigger bats in the GreenJackets lineup, hitting 11 doubles and 11 homers in 280 plate appearances at Salem-Keizer last year. His numbers suggest a typical power bat, racking up strikeouts while flashing solid power from a big body on the right side. His swing and adjusting to spin will be something to watch as the starting first baseman in Augusta.

 

Jesus Galindo (OF, S/R, 5-11, 175, 8/23/90, Venezuela-2009)

 

Galindo has been in the system several years after signing as a teenager. He made his stateside debut in 2011 and played all of 2012 for the GreenJackets, hitting .252/.333/.308 with eight doubles, three triples and 40 stolen bases. Galindo has a knack for stealing, getting caught just 11 times in 51 attempts, but he must continue to work on getting on base to utilize the speed. He uses his speed for solid range in center field. Look for him to return to the top of the lineup and in center for at least part of this season.

 

Tyler Hollick (OF, L/R, 6-1, 185, 9/16/92, Chandler-Gilbert CC-2012 14th round)

 

Hollick is a potential sleeper in the system as he makes his full-season debut. Baseball America rated him as the best speed and glove in the 2012 Giants draft class. He displays plus speed and is smart on the basepaths, and his approach at the plate seems to be advanced for his age. The test will come as he adjusts to full-season ball, but Hollick could potentially be a solid pick in the 14th round. Goff said he will play all three outfield positions as well as designated hitter.

 

Charles Jones (OF, R/R, 6-3, 235, 7/28/92, Boonville HS (Mo.)-2010 7th round)

 

Jones split time between Salem-Keizer and Augusta last year, excelling at the former and struggling at the latter. He has been in the system since 2010 and is just 20 years old, but he has shown some swing and miss in his mechanics and tends to rack up strikeouts. Jones is an athletic outfielder with size, which makes him an intriguing young player, and is worth keeping an eye on as he makes his second attempt at the SAL.

 

Rafael Rodriguez (OF, R/R, 6-5, 198, 7/13/92, Dominican Republic-2009)

 

Rodriguez actually played for the GreenJackets in 2011, hitting just .236/.284/.297 at 18 years old. He was bumped back to Salem-Keizer for all of 2012 with very similar results, but at 20 now, the Giants are throwing him back into the SAL and seeing if he can make a move. He has the most projection of any position player on the team, but his peripherals suggest he still has a ways to go in the box. The 2013 season is a big one for Rodriguez.

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