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Giants focus on offense early in 2013 Draft

Three of top four picks used on position players to restock farm system

The Giants' farm system does not lack premier pitching prospects, and it has not for quite a while.

So to balance the organizational depth, San Francisco selected position players with three of its first four selections in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, including first-round pick Christian Arroyo.

The drafting of Arroyo, albeit unexpected, showed that the Giants were looking for the best position player available, regardless of what experts thought.

Giants scouting director John Barr noted Arroyo's offensive skills and added that the high school middle infielder has been on San Francisco's radar for more than a year.

"We've always seen him swing the bat," Barr said in a conference call with reporters after the pick was made.

San Francisco followed up its first-round selection of Arroyo with Ryder Jones and opted for more offense by nabbing Stanford outfielder Brian Ragira in the fourth round to emphasize the offensive focus in this Draft.

In all, the Giants believe they made strides to find offense firepower for the farm system. While high school players such as Arroyo and Jones typically need more time to develop, a slugger from the college ranks like Ragira could be on the fast track, depending on organizational need and individual progression.

Even in their mission for strong bats, the Giants added several power arms to the ranks, most of whom were plucked from the collegiate ranks and can assist the big league club sooner rather than later. Cal Poly's Chase Johnson, Notre Dame's Dan Slania, UCLA's Nick Vander Tuig, Minnesota's Donald Snelten and Austin Peay's Tyler Rogers were the pitchers who the Giants selected on Day 2 of the Draft.

While it takes years to fully and fairly evaluate the contributions from a particular Draft class, the Giants are hopeful that the 2013 crop of talent will help bolster a farm system that entered 2013 ranked 28th by Baseball America.

Andrew Owens is an associate reporter for
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