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Snelten first lefty Giants select in Draft

Snelten first lefty Giants select in Draft

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Snelten first lefty Giants select in Draft

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants used their ninth-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft to secure a power arm of the left-handed variety in Minnesota's Donald Snelten on Friday.

Pitching behind Dodgers second-rounder Tom Windle in the Minnesota Golden Gophers' rotation, Snelten made it worthwhile for scouts to stick around to see him pitch. His fastball sits in the low 90s, and he regularly touches 94 mph.

In 10 appearances (eight starts) in 2013, Snelten went 5-2 with a 2.18 ERA. He struck out 42 and walked just 19 in 58 2/3 innings pitched to form a powerful duo atop the Gophers' rotation. His curveball and changeup both need work, but with some improvement, he could have a solid Major League arsenal. He attacks hitters and has good poise on the mound.

Snelten is more athletic than his 6-foot-6, 215-pound frame might suggest. He profiles as a starter as a professional. Snelten missed the first month of the season with an elbow injury, but he has been healthy since returning in March.

Andrew Owens is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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