And just one more thing: Giants
The penultimate (yes, I love that word) organization preview was my look at the Giants, which went up on Saturday. The system is vastly improved, largely by all the early picks the Giants had in last year’s draft. As a result, that club in Augusta is going to be a lot of fun to watch. For my last AJOMT (And Just One More Thing), I’m going with a southpaw who called Augusta home last year.
Ben Snyder, LHP: The fourth-round pick from the 2006 draft out of Ball State, Snyder’s brother Brad
is an outfielder in the Cleveland Indians system. Snyder is the quintessential pitchability college lefty, with several pitches he can go to and throw for strikes. His stuff won’t wow you, but he mixes it up well and has outstanding command. It certainly worked in the South Atlantic League as he finished second in the league in ERA, third in wins and tied for third in strikeouts, all while walking just 32 in 151 IP. He led the organization in wins, while finishing second in strikeouts and in ERA, finishing behind only the Minors’ ERA leader, Kevin Pucetas. The jump to the California League (though Double-A is the true test) is always in interesting one for a guy who relies on command more than pure stuff. With another year like his first full season, Snyder will have to find his way onto the main preview a year from now.