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Kevin Randall Pucetas

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Kevin Pucetas opens 2010 in AAA. He twice has been honored as his league's best hurler.

Pucetas was picked by the San Francisco Giants in the 17th round of the 2006 amateur draft. The right-hander was signed by scout Pat Portugal and showed he belonged in the pro ranks right away, going 7-1 with a 2.17 ERA for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. He finished second in the Northwest League in ERA behind Adam Cowart and was tied for third in wins (three behind Cowart).

The tall right-hander continued to shine in 2007, going 15-4 with a 1.86 ERA for the Augusta GreenJackets. He led the Giants farm system in ERA and was one win behind leader and teammate Ben Snyder. He led the minor leagues in ERA, .03 ahead of Kevin Slowey and .05 ahead of Ian Kennedy. He tied for 9th in wins. Kevin was named the South Atlantic League's Most Outstanding Pitcher award. Baseball America rated him as having the best control in the SAL but did not put him on their list of the league's top 20 prospects.

The South Carolina native remained sharp in 2008, going 10-2 with a 3.02 ERA for the San Jose Bees. He walked only 27 in 125 1/3 innings. He was second in the California League in ERA behind Tim Alderson and joined Alderson and Sean O'Sullivan as the Cal League's All-Star starters. He was named the loop's Pitcher of the Year. Again, Baseball America did not rate him as one of his league's top 20 prospects. In the 2008 Futures Game, Kevin pitched the 9th inning of a 3-0 USA loss to the World. Replacing Casey Weathers, he started by getting Scott Campbell on a grounder. Che-Hsuan Lin and Jesus Montero both singled but Gorkys Hernandez hit into a double play. He was 4-1 with a 4.33 ERA that fall for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Pucetas fell to 10-6, 5.04 with the Fresno Grizzlies in 2009 while making the jump from A ball to AAA. He had started 10-2, 3.26 before a late fade. That winter, the Giants put him on their 40-man roster. His late 2009 woes continued into 2010 as he was only 2-4 with a 5.74 ERA after 15 starts with Fresno.

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