Giants finish Draft with intriguing picks
Notre Dame football star Tate taken in 50th round
SAN FRANCISCO -- Every June, John Barr and his staff walk out of the Giants' Draft room excited about the possibilities that lay ahead with the club's recent Draft class.
Barr's feeling following the 2010 First-Year Player Draft was no exception.Barr, the Giants' scouting director, and the rest of the San Francisco organization completed the Draft on Wednesday and with their 50 picks during the three-day Draft took 25 pitchers, 10 outfielders, nine infielders and six catchers. "It is definitely always a great moment when you finish because you are excited," Barr said. "You're excited to see how these guys pan out. You know some of them are going to be better than you imagined, and it's a shame some of them might come up with an injury that might prevent you from seeing them develop, but when you walk out of the room you're extremely excited." Two of the Giants' most noteworthy selections on Day 3 of the Draft came in their final three picks. With their last pick, the Giants selected Golden Tate, a former Notre Dame wide receiver who was drafted in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Tate did not play baseball this season for the Fighting Irish, but started in 54 of Notre Dame's 59 games in 2009, batting .329 with four triples and 13 stolen bases. Tate was drafted out of high school by Arizona in the 42nd round of the 2007 Draft but opted to go to Notre Dame. Although it appears Tate will continue to focus on football, Barr said Tate's tools were too good to pass up. "We felt he was one of the best athletes in the Draft. We felt like we took a great athlete at the top [No. 24 overall pick Gary Brown] and were still taking great athletes at the end of the Draft," Barr said. "Our scout in Indiana wrote him up as a prospect and said this guy could play the game and he pictured him as a guy with the ability and tools to play. Does he have football as an option? Sure, but it also gives us the opportunity to be able to talk to him or, if he changes his mind, then he can come to the Giants and we can give him the opportunity." Another high-profile player, at least in baseball circles, was San Francisco's 48th-round pick, Devin Harris. Harris, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound right fielder out of South Carolina, was drafted in the eighth round of the 2009 Draft by Baltimore. As a junior, Harris hit .344 with 14 home runs, 48 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. This season, he hit .324 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs, and Barr said Harris didn't fall because of ability, but signability. Barr said the Giants would monitor Harris in the Cape Cod League this summer and try to work on a contract agreement later in the summer. Barr said the same approach will be taken with the Giants' later-round high school selections, whom the club hopes to keep tabs on during the summer. With another Draft complete, Barr said he was optimistic for what the future holds for this year's Draft class. "We prepared really well for this Draft and I think that our preparation will turn into success," Barr said. "We feel like we drafted players that have a chance to help us at the Major League level at some point."
Cash Kruth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.