SD@SF: Ryder Jones discusess being drafted by Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Monday marked Giants second-round Draft pick Ryder Jones' first trip to AT&T Park, but it was by no means his first exposure to the organization.

The Watauga (N.C.) High School product said he grew up a Giants fan because his grandparents, including a grandfather that recently died of cancer, were Giants fans while living in Northern California.

Jones, who was committed to Stanford before deciding to sign with the Giants, will transition from third base to shortstop when he begins his Minor League assignment.

"It's going to take some getting used to, for sure," Jones said. "I'm definitely going to take some extra ground balls."

Jones, who has signed with the Giants and passed his physical, said he experienced a thrill Monday when he chatted with former Giants legend Willie McCovey and current outfielder Hunter Pence.

"I had never met a Hall of Famer before," Jones said. "Just hearing his insight, it was surreal.

"And Hunter was also a second-round pick, so he talked about his knowledge of the Minor League system and the work ethic it takes to get to the big leagues."

Crawford surprised to bat third for Giants

SF@ATL: Crawford knocks in Posey on a double to left

SAN FRANCISCO -- When Brandon Crawford arrived at AT&T Park for Monday's game against the Padres, he found himself penciled into the No. 3 slot of the lineup for the first time this season as the Giants battle injuries and Buster Posey was given a day off.

"Crawford asked me the same thing," Giants manager Bruce Bochy replied when asked why the shortstop was batting third Monday. "Maybe I got into the wine too much last night."

For Crawford, it's the seventh different place in the lineup he's batted at this season, with leadoff and cleanup the only exceptions. In seven at-bats batting fifth, another middle-of-the-order slot, Crawford has recorded five hits, including two doubles and a home run.

"It's pretty much the same approach as hitting second, except maybe with more guys on," Crawford said.

Crawford's .288 batting average ranks fifth among San Francisco regulars, but only Hunter Pence's .297 topped him among players in Monday's starting lineup.

"It's tough," said Crawford about replacing the injured Giants. "These guys that are out are huge pieces of our lineup, but we've done it before. We did it last year."

Worth noting

• Bochy said Marco Scutaro could return to the lineup Tuesday and that Angel Pagan and Pablo Sandoval are both close to beginning rehab assignments, with a target for both to return when the team plays in Los Angeles next week. He added that reliever Santiago Casilla is doing "real well" and could begin a rehab assignment in a week.

• The Giants unveiled @Cafe, the new @SFGiants social-media headquarters prior to Monday's game. The station, set up behind the center-field bleachers in the former site of the Build-a-Bear store, is a place for fans to gather and follow social-media updates about the Giants and the rest of Major League Baseball. The cafe also features a Peet's Coffee bar and mobile charging stations.