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Giants draft powerful catcher Escalante in 15th

Giants draft powerful catcher Escalante in 15th

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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.

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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