#23. Ryder Jones – 3B, 19 yo, R: Jones, the Giants 2nd round pick in this year’s draft, broke a commitment to Stanford (which is very rare) to sign a big-league contract. He’s listed at 6’2”, 200 lbs on MiLB.com, and was a highly regarded shortstop and pitcher at Watauga High School in NC. He’s a left-handed hitter and a coach’s son (his dad is the head baseball coach at Appalachian State). Little things like that are big for me, and I imagine Jones being the type of player who’s a leader on the field. He’s an unknown at this point, as the experts considered him a great reach in the 2nd round, but his 11 HR during his senior year are pretty impressive. It’ll be interesting to watch Jones and Christian Arroyo grow together.
#24. Ty Blach – LHP, 22 yo, Hi-A: The San Jose Giants were supposed to have a rotation for the ages this year, with names like Crick, Blackburn, Mejia, and Escobar. But Blach, the one guy who nobody talked about before the season, has been arguably the Hi-A Giants most impressive starter in the first half. The lefty was taken in the 5th round out of Creighton last season, where he was a workhorse in his senior season. He made 21 starts with a 2.69 ERA and 83k/28bb. He’s opened plenty of eyes in his first season of professional ball, posting a 2.67 ERA and a ridiculous 70k/8bb in 77 innings. He throws a low-90’s fastball, a sharp breaking ball, and I think it’s safe to say he’s got above average command.
#25. Joan Gregorio – RHP, 21 yo, Lo-A: Gregorio is a 6’7” international signee and really has a chance to put himself back on the radar if he continues pitching like he has so far this year in Augusta. After a rough go in Salem-Keizer in ‘12, he’s cruising (when healthy) in Low A with 42k/6bb in 36 innings (7 starts). We’ll see if he can sustain these numbers through the second half.