A Good Idea at the Time: Due to his alignment with notorious agent Stott Boras, 1996 Baseball America High School Pitcher of the year Matt White fell to the seventh overall pick, where he was selected by the San Francisco Giants. However, White never signed with the ballclub, and instead went to the highest bidder -- the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at $10.2 million -- later that year as a free agent. As fate would have it, White never appeared in the majors. Developing arm trouble, White officially called it quits while still in the Devil Rays farm system in 2006.
Drafted a Starter and a Closer: With the 21st pick in the 2001 baseball amateur draft, the Giants selected Youngstown State pitcher Brad Hennessey, and nine picks later nabbed Pepperdine lefty Noah Lowry. The Giants also picked up Todd Linden with the 41st pick, but hey, two out of three in the first round isn't bad.
Draft Day 2004: No first round pick? No problem. Brian Sabean and his staff found some gems in the later rounds, two of whom figure to be mainstays with the big league ballclub: infielder Kevin Frandsen (370th overall, from San Jose State) and pitcher Jonathan Sanchez (820th, from Ohio Dominican).
A Few Keepers at the Top: In a draft loaded with talent at the top -- notably Jeff King, Kevin Brown, and Gary Sheffield -- the Giants scored by drafting UNLV third baseman Matt Williams third overall on this date in 1986. The Giants also landed their catcher of the future in the second round, selecting Coastal Carolina University backstop Kirt Manwaring with the 31st overall pick.
Draft Day 1981: Selecting 10th overall, the Giants selected Joliet high school pitcher Mark Grant on this date in 1981. Grant pitched sparingly in the Majors for the Giants, and was later shipped to the San Diego Padres in a multi-player deal that brought the Giants Kevin Mitchell, Craig Lefferts, and Dave Dravecky in 1987.
Is that Lisa Stevens from Bank of America?: No, it's Randy Winn, and he has the green light today, as he was born on this date in 1974, in Los Angeles. Cheers!
A Leg Away from Perfection: Sure, we all hate Kevin Brown, but give the man some props -- especially on this date in 1997, when he threw the season's first no-hitter against the Giants in a 9-0 Florida Marlins victory at Candlestick Park. If it weren't for hitting Marvin Benard's leg in the bottom of the eighth inning, Brown might have also had a perfect game. Giants starter William Van Landingham matched zeroes -- and no hits -- with Brown until the seventh inning, when all hell broke loose.
Don Shin eats, breathes, thinks, and bleeds in Orange and Black. Pac Bell Park officially opened on his 25th birthday (the one year he decided to move out of the Bay Area!!!). For the 2000 playoff drive, he dyed his hair orange while studying in Korea. He watched Game 6 of the '02 World Series at a restaurant in LA, and couldn't finish his meal afterwards. Feel free to write him at firstname.lastname@example.org to commiserate, cheer, and complain.
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