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Giants finish Day 2 of Draft with fifth pitcher

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants concluded Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft by selecting their fifth pitching prospect of the day, Tyler Rogers, on Friday.

The right-handed Austin Peay product starred out of the Governors' bullpen in 2013, notching 23 saves while going 7-2 with a 1.63 ERA. His strikeout-to-walk ratio wasn't spectacular, as the senior struck out 41 while issuing 27 free passes in 49 2/3 innings. He went 14 outings without allowing a run to begin the season. Rogers transferred to Austin Peay as a junior and earned the closer's role with a 2.26 ERA in his inaugural season with the Governors.

He ranked third among National Junior College Athletic Association pitchers with 13 saves as a sophomore at Garden City Community College prior to his transfer.

In the Pipeline
The Giants put an emphasis on power arms and the left side of the infield in the first two days of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. After surprising some experts by selecting shortstop Christian Arroyo in the first round, San Francisco also picked up third baseman Ryder Jones with its second pick.

While the specific selections might have turned some heads, the organizational approach did not. The Giants have several solid young arms in the early stages of their Minor League careers. San Francisco bolstered its reserves with a haul of five hard-throwing pitchers on the Draft's second day. College relievers -- of whom the Giants nabbed five Friday -- are often on the fast track to the Major Leagues and tend to help the big league club sooner rather than later.

Andrew Owens is an associate reporter for
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