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Giants draft powerful catcher Escalante in 15th

Giants draft powerful catcher Escalante in 15th

Giants draft powerful catcher Escalante in 15th

In the 15th round, the Giants drafted catcher Eugene Escalante from Mt. Olive College (N.C.).

Escalante -- the second catcher selected in four rounds by San Francisco -- is projected as having big power potential with a good arm.

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In 2013, Escalante, a right-handed batter, hit .353 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs in 184 at-bats. He also notched 14 doubles as a key component of the team's lineup.

Behind the plate, he threw out 11 of 19 runners who attempted to steal a base, and formed the battery with a pitching staff that finished the season with a 3.03 ERA.

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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