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The Pick is IN

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 8, 2015

Giants took a pitcher by the name of Phil Bickford with the 18th pick in the first round. He’s a right hander, 6’5 205 pounds. Internet says he went to College of Southern Nevada. Never heard of it, I’l assume that is a JC. But who knows. Any info you guys do on this cat, put it in the thread below.

I’m off to bbq in 100 degree weather.


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    • Carstie Clausen said, on June 8, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      Should this kid make The Show, and if Timmy’s still around; it might happen that they go off on a little drive together. No, probably not any form of bromance but likely a sharing of the green ~ off season if they have their smarts about them.

  1. zumiee said, on June 8, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    MLB Network says his fastball goes 93-98. They say it’s not clear whether he will ultimately be a starter or reliever.

    • blade3colorado said, on June 8, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      Just a guess, but probably a reliever. His heater was significantly diminished the year prior when he was a starting pitcher. It went back up in MPH when he was switched to a reliever.

  2. wilcojoe said, on June 8, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Some mock drafts had him going in the top 5 pripe to the pot bust. The Blue Jays selected him 10th overall two years ago but he didn’t sign. He obviously lost some green (pun intended) by falling to 18, but this could be a steal for the Giants.

  3. blade3colorado said, on June 8, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Saw this goofy SF Giants Tweet:

    Phil Bickford has impressive stats 9-1, 1.45 ERA, 166 K/21BB in 86 2/3 IP, but equally impressive hair.

  4. wilcojoe said, on June 8, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    The MLB network had aired (and re-aired several times) a profile on him leading up to the draft. They call him Thor II due to his pitching and folical resemblance to Noah Syndergaard.

    • zumiee said, on June 8, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Interesting, since the Giants face Syndergaard tomorrow night.

  5. zumiee said, on June 8, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    The Dodgers selected a Vanderbilt pitcher who had a sore elbow this past season.

  6. zumiee said, on June 8, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    I have to say, I have no idea how, after winning the World Series, the Giants got the #18 pick.

    • wilcojoe said, on June 8, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      Compensatory pick for losing Sandoval, I believe.

      • zumiee said, on June 8, 2015 at 7:09 pm

        Ah, thanks. That makes sense.

    • Macdog said, on June 8, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      I think the comp pick was the 2nd one the Giants had.

  7. dirtnrocksnomo said, on June 8, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Let Phil smoke.

    • eddacker said, on June 8, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      *grins* power fist raised in solidarity.

      • chipower9 said, on June 9, 2015 at 9:07 am

        Double fist pump!

    • djloo27 said, on June 8, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      Walk on music:

      • chipower9 said, on June 9, 2015 at 9:09 am

        Loo – wasn’t this Rob Nenn’s walk-up??? Love this…big time “high school daze” for me.

  8. zumiee said, on June 8, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    In the “Go figure” dept.: The Rockies lead the Cards 10-2.

  9. pawliekokonuts said, on June 8, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Glad we took a pitcher.

  10. eddacker said, on June 8, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Many droafteess elect to not sign for different reasons. That is how the Astros have two #1 picks signed and playing on the same AA team.

    • eddacker said, on June 8, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      with typing like that I am obviously burning a fat one in honor of our newest pitcher.

  11. eddacker said, on June 8, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    this is who we got in the Pablo consolation pick:
    31. San Francisco Giants β€” 1B Chris Shaw, Boston College

    • xoot said, on June 8, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      sorry. I just posted blind I guess. damn ipad.

  12. xoot said, on June 8, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    The Giants got the compensation pick–number 31–for losing Sandoval. Over on the JDR FB page one of our longtime posters, Anna Piranha, pointed out that Bickford attended that weird-ass Socal HS with the religious and athletic bents that Montana’s and Gretzky’s and Will Smith’s and many other celebrities’ kids famously attended. THAT bodes ill; the marijuana in Nevada thus seems to bode well. imo.

  13. zumiee said, on June 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    OK- but somebody needs to explain the Byzantine process by which the Giants ended up with the #18 pick. Is that just based on regular season record? I would have thought the playoffs would be taken into account.

    • Macdog said, on June 8, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      Every team behind the Giants, up to the Angels at 26, finished with a better regular season record than the Giants, so that must be how the order is determined.

  14. eddacker said, on June 8, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    SF’s compensation pick for Sandoval came after the compensation picks for Cuddyer, Santana, Melky and David Robinson. The 18th pic was their natural place which is reverse order of 2014 finish. Some may think a team doing as well as ours would have a low pick but our standings on the final day of the season gave us Tim Lincecum’s new BFF at number 18.

    • zumiee said, on June 8, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      OK, based on regular season record, thanks. The NFL and NBA don’t do it that way.

      • zumiee said, on June 8, 2015 at 8:05 pm

        I mean, the NFL and NBA don’t do the whole thing that way.

      • blade3colorado said, on June 8, 2015 at 8:15 pm

        Hahaha . . . Guess what? As soon as the collective bargaining negotiations occur, it will change again. Biggest change will be International players included in the draft.

      • xoot said, on June 8, 2015 at 8:59 pm

        Blade, I don’t think mlb will be able to work out a Latin American, much less an international, draft deal next year. The current “tax” system surely got blown to hell this year with all the Cuban signings, but there’s no way mlb can regulate DR, Venezuela, et al., now. Too much money invested in the current system.

  15. eddacker said, on June 8, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    wikipedia has an interesting article on why they needed the draft. And baseball’s draft is much bigger than any other sport.

  16. pawliekokonuts said, on June 8, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Wait. Twitter is saying Steph Curry arrested for pot possession and will miss Game 3? In this day and age this is an issue? I don’t know, maybe I’m too libertarian, but it sounds like a story from The Onion.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on June 8, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      I only saw it on one SportCenter tweet. It’s gotta be a hoax.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on June 8, 2015 at 8:36 pm

        Hoax. The Twitter handle was @SportsCetner. Whew. Riled me up a little.

      • xoot said, on June 8, 2015 at 8:45 pm

        It was Riley’s.

  17. xoot said, on June 8, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    My son just told me that Billy Hamilton stole 2B, 3B and home tonight

    • xoot said, on June 8, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      oh, hold the presses, the steal of home wasn’t a steal; apparently Hamilton came home on a dropped third-strike throw to 1B, so it was a FC. wtf?

  18. Macdog said, on June 8, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Maybe the D-Backs should’ve taken a pitcher with the top pick.

    • blade3colorado said, on June 8, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Other then Coors Canaveral, I would hate to pitch at that park.

  19. willedav said, on June 8, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Mets actually lead the division at 31-27, but…they are 21-11 vs. the NL least, featuring Phils Marlins Braves and the struggling (so far anyway) Nats who are half game back. So their record vs. everyone else is 10-16.

    They are no better than 11th NL in a lot of offensive categories, including runs scored, BA, OB and slugging.
    Wright has missed most of season and right now Murphy, second best hitter beside Duda, is on the DL.

    I looked up Juan Lagares, the CF they signed to 5 yr deal ($23 mil I think) from San Pedro de Macoris, DR.
    Last year his OPS was .704 (about same as Blanco career), this year so far .646.
    Biggest difference in splits I noticed was XBH–so far he has 9 total in 210 ABs. 8 of those have come on the road including couple Sunday at DBax, and only 1 XBH in 100 ABs at Shea. wow, that seems really extreme.

    Mets pitching tho is top 4 NL in most categories and way high on fewest BBs/most Ks. Should be interesting, as Giants are lighting up most teams on the road…of course that does include their most recent foes, Reds Brewers Phils.

    • chipower9 said, on June 9, 2015 at 9:13 am

      Good breakdown…thanks, WillieD.

  20. sandog said, on June 8, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Willie–was it you who agreed with me a while back that Kirk Neweheiss looked like he had the makings to become a good ballplayer? I just looked him up and was surprised to see that the Mets sold him to the Angels in the off season.

    • willedav said, on June 8, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      I remember he ran Andres out of CF when he first came up, then cratered and they sent him down; didn’t think he ever made it back up.
      I can’t think of any Mets hitters I’ve liked in a long time.

      You coaching summer league/working with incoming JVs?

      I’m helping out with little ones, 5th/6th girls, Friday nights for couple hours about 5 sessions starting end of month. Footwork is first word out of my mouth.
      After older kids, this age group is kinda refreshing

  21. snarkk said, on June 8, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Pretty much a given the Giants will take an arm in the first round. But, College of Southern Nevada?
    It’s in the Scenic West Athletic Conference, which includes Colorado Northwestern, North Idaho, Snow, Southern Idaho, Salt Lake, Western Nevada, and the Pahrump Playmates…

    • giants54 said, on June 9, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Bryce Harper went there.

    • xoot said, on June 9, 2015 at 8:25 am

      yeah some JC programs are spring boards–they welcome talented players who just want to play one year as an audition for the draft. the mlb rules say that players can be drafted from JCs no matter how many years they’ve been in school (different rules apply to 4 year schools). I think Puerto Rican players often use the JC system.

    • chipower9 said, on June 9, 2015 at 9:15 am

      Not sure about the past few years, but Sacramento City College (juco) used to regularly crank-out ML talent.

  22. willedav said, on June 8, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Saw a Bum quote I really liked. He was asked about not being upset as he has about other HRs after the Slam he gave up to Frenchy, and said, “We were still winning the game. It might have been tougher if I’d given up the lead. The goal is to win games. If I’m able to win 7-5 every time I went out there, I’d dang well take it….the game’s about wins, not numbers.”

    • snarkk said, on June 8, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      If I gave up a grand salami to Frenchy, I’d be royally pissed off. To Mike Trout, not so much.
      For a pitcher, the game’s about getting outs, not allowing just enough runs to still win if your team happens to score a big crooked number for the game…

      • chipower9 said, on June 9, 2015 at 9:17 am

        Sure, you want to get outs, but at the end of the day, I have to agree with Bum here. It is all about helping your team win…I think his spin on the situation is quite refreshing, actually.

    • willedav said, on June 9, 2015 at 7:04 am

      I understand your point Snarkk, but I’ll disagree. Skip hands you the ball as SP, your job that day (imo) is to be better than the other guy so your team wins. He gives up a bunch, you give up less. He gives up 1 or2, you gotta shut them out til your team’s bats get going.

      Fair? Of course not, but imo that’s your job—go 9 and get the team a W, not a quality start of 6 innings/3 runs and leave it up to 3 other guys to finish it off.

  23. snarkk said, on June 8, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Giants second pick at #31 is out of Boston College.
    The guy has played some OF, but he’s seen mainly as a 1bman? Are they sending a message to Belt? With Posey playing 1b, too? WTF?
    8 of the first 36 picks were OFers, including 5 picked before the Giants 18th pick and 7 before the 31st of the Giants. Giants just don’t give a S about developing outfielders…

    • chipower9 said, on June 9, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Yeah, kind of strange taking a 1st baseman…maybe they have designs of moving him to another position. He supposedly has good pop in his bat.

  24. snarkk said, on June 8, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Tomorrow, Sabean is bringing in Charlie the chimp from the Oakland Zoo to throw darts at a board with the names of the remaining OFers eligible for the draft. Charlie will get a full lunch of bananas and red ants before he makes the selections, to make sure he’s focused on the job at hand…

  25. snarkk said, on June 8, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Speaking of allowing a bunch of runs and still winning, the last two outings Lincecum has gotten a win, with less than stellar efforts. I figure he’s due for about 20 of those to make up for the great games he pitched and either lost or got no decisioned in 2007-2010 due to virtually no run support…

  26. unca_chuck said, on June 8, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    I resemble that remark.

    • snarkk said, on June 8, 2015 at 11:10 pm

      Chuck, Sabes would have used you, but Charlie the Chimp works for food.
      They figured you would’ve wanted beer, too…

  27. unca_chuck said, on June 9, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Happy belated, Chuck!

    • chipower9 said, on June 9, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Thanks, Charlie. Fuck I am getting old…

      BUT, I don’t FEEL old! πŸ˜‰

  28. willedav said, on June 9, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Life in NL West—Sunday every single team lost after Cards blew up 2 trips pen for 4-2 W. Greinke left ahead 2-1 but didn’t get W, something that has happened a lot due to low run support/pen suckage. Giants pen of course didn’t help much either in L to Phils.

    Yesterday, Dodger-DoucheBax, and you know how this turned out. Both SPs had been drafted originally by the other team, but Bolsinger wiped out AZ while de la Rosa gave up 3 run bombs, one of them to Rollins. 9-3 LA.

  29. blade3colorado said, on June 9, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Sherpas got a pretty good haul according to some, albeit, I have no idea why their 1st selection was Brendan Rodgers, a short stop. This Siberian outpost is where NO reputable free agent pitcher will ever sign, unless they significantly overpay. Granted, Rodgers is viewed by some as the # 1 pick in the draft (Rockies got him at # 3), but I’m shaking my head over this selection. More evidence of: 1. The Sherpas being clueless; and, 2. Tulo not being a Sherpa for long.

  30. blade3colorado said, on June 9, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Kyle McLorg
    Source: midway thru 2014, York walked into meeting Harbaugh was holding w/ players, & Harbaugh told Jed that the meeting was for “men only”


  31. sandog said, on June 9, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Bickford started at Cal State Fullerton then transferred to the juco to be eligible for the draft, so he was a big time prospect. I like the pick. Strikes me as a Mat Latos type guy—someone you love if he is on your team and detest if he is not.

    @Willie:Might do summer league with the big boys in town. The scoreboard would look ugly, but I’m sure our guys would approve going against better competition. Didn’t do an 8th grade/middle school camp, but am laying the groundwork to do so next year. Weekly open gym with the current guys has been a rousing success. Might take one of my guys to a 3 day shooting clinic in July.

    • willedav said, on June 9, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Awesome, man, laying the groundwork. Admire your dedication in off season…tho I guess there is no more off season anymore in any sport.
      I told a kid who will be senior varsity player but non-starter, hey you got 3 months til school starts, to work on your game and your conditioning (he’s skinny and needs to get stronger). Either gain an edge or lose one that you can’t make up once school starts.

      Better comp is fine as long as it doesn’t get their confidence down or blow up their concentration on doing the right things. Too many kids have limited moves and once someone figures it out, got nowhere to go. Seen this happen to JV kids who are OK at that level but unable to contribute once game gets tougher/faster/more physical. They get frustrated and are unable to add to their game.
      Have to work on their footwork and have fundamentals down and add to what they can do to increase shooting range and counters, using both hands and both sides of the court.

      Good luck man, and have fun.

  32. chipower9 said, on June 9, 2015 at 9:28 am

    With the 61st pick, the Giants picked-up Andy Suarez from The U (I fucking hate that school).

    Here is a bit of info I found on him:

    He was ranked as the 75th best available prospect by MLB.com, the 37th-best pitcher and ninth-best left-hander.

    “Suarez, who went 6-3 with a 2.95 ERA in 109.2 innings last season, was as effective this year despite an early-season oblique strain that caused him to miss three starts. He showed the same command of four pitches – a fastball that reaches the mid-90s, a sharp slider, a changeup and a curve – and compiled a 9-1 record and 2.96 ERA, with 74 strikeouts and 19 walks in 79 innings (14 starts).”

    Overall, a pretty damned good draft. Looks like Charlie the Chimp did a damned fine job.

  33. Flavor said, on June 9, 2015 at 10:19 am

    new thread

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