SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants didn't lasso a left fielder in Monday's second round of the MLB Draft, but they got the next best thing: the son of an All-Star one.San Francisco's second pick (58th overall) was Jacob Gonzalez, from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. His father, Luis, played
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants didn't lasso a left fielder in Monday's second round of the MLB Draft, but they got the next best thing: the son of an All-Star one.
San Francisco's second pick (58th overall) was Jacob Gonzalez, from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. His father, Luis, played 19 years with six teams in the Major Leagues and was a five-time All-Star left fielder with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
• Giants' 19th overall pick: Heliot Ramos
The younger Gonzalez mans third base, so it's unlikely that he'll follow his father's cleat marks and stop the Giants' revolving door in left field, where the team has used 12 players this season.
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But he did inherit his father's passion for the sport. From 1996-2006, Luis Gonzalez played at least 146 games in all but one season and appeared in all 162 games in 2000-01. The younger Gonzalez recalled hanging around ballparks with his father. As a result, he said, "I grew to love the game at a young age."
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Gonzalez hit .429 with 19 home runs in 98 games spanning three high school varsity seasons. He has signed a letter of intent to attend Texas Christian University. Of course, the Giants will do their best to present a viable option.
The powerful third baseman knew that the Giants had interest in him. "I talked to them quite a bit and I didn't know that it was going to happen," Gonzalez said. "I was excited to be drafted by such a great organization."
The Giants selected another high schooler, Puerto Rican outfielder Heliot Ramos, in the Draft's first round (19th overall).
Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.