Since they drafted Buster Posey in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, the Giants have not needed to use early-round selections on a backstop, as that position is secure for the foreseeable future.
But a team needs to have depth at each position -- even one where a star looms -- so San Francisco selected LSU catcher Ty Ross with its 12th-round selection Saturday.
Coming into his junior season, Ross was known as a light-hitting defensive catcher, and he did little to dispel that notion. He struggled at the plate and hit just .211 in the regular season. Ross has never hit well in college, and those still waiting for a breakout probably will be disappointed. He has good power if he can make enough contact to use it.
Ross remains solid behind the plate, where he is a capable receiver. He has an average arm and earned praise for his handling of LSU's talented pitching staff over the last three years.
Unless Ross' bat comes around, he most likely projects as a future backup catcher.
Giants open Day 3 with raw outfielder Fargas
The Giants began the third day of the First-Year Player Draft by selecting 18-year-old Puerto Rican prospect Johneshwy Fargas in the 11th round.
Fargas is one of the best Puerto Rican players in this year's Draft. He is still fairly raw, but his tools make him an exciting projectable outfielder.
Fargas has above-average range in center field and a strong, accurate arm. Offensively, he needs more development. Fargas has a good, level swing, but doesn't project to hit for much power.
He has also played shortstop, and he has been clocked at 97 mph. Fargas plays with lots of enthusiasm in all aspects of his game.
His speed has the potential to be a weapon offensively, as well. Fargas is aggressive and has good instincts on the bases. With time, he could develop into a basestealing threat.
Giants go with tall hurler Young in 13th round
The Giants claimed another pitching prospect and likely reliever in the 13th round of the First-Year Player Draft with Villanova junior Pat Young.
Since he graduated from College Park High School in The Woodlands, Texas, in 2010, Young has filled out his 6-foot-5, 200-pound frame and become more consistent with his delivery. As a result, Young, who was undrafted out of high school, has caught the attention of scouts.
Young pairs his low-90s fastball with a slider. He also throws a changeup, but rarely shows it. Young's high-effort delivery and lack of a third pitch will likely make him a reliever as a professional. He pitched out of the bullpen in the Cape Cod League last summer and excelled in the role.
He went 2-8 with a 4.81 ERA in 2013, as batters recorded a .284 average against him this season. Young struck out 76 compared to 34 walks in 82 1/3 innings.
Two-way player Jones goes to Giants in Round 14
The Giants selected left-handed pitcher Nick Jones in the 14th round of the First-Year Player Draft.
While Jones excelled both as a pitcher and a first baseman in college, he projects best as a pitcher at the next level.
Jones was recently named to the 2013 NJCAA All-American baseball team for his role at both positions in 2013. He went 3-0 on the mound, with four saves and a 2.92 ERA.
He also led the team in virtually every offensive category and placed himself among the school's single-season leaders. Overall, Jones hit .393 with seven home runs and 51 RBIs, to go along with a .514 on-base percentage.
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.