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MLB Draft 2014: San Francisco Giants weighing pitching vs. position players

The San Francisco Giants are going to have to make some big decisions today. The MLB Draft is set to kick off at 3 PM Pacific Time this afternoon and the Giants have the #14 pick in the first round. The big questions aside from who gets taken in the 1-13 spots will be whether the Giants go for pitching (which they are known for doing), or if they’ll go for a position player like they did last year with Christian Arroyo).

When and where can you watch the 2014 MLB Draft?

DAY 1: June 5th, 3 p.m. Pacific Time (selections start at 4 p.m.) – MLB Network and MLB.com
DAY 2: June 6th, 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time – MLB.com
DAY 3: June 7th, 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time – MLB.com

Follow the MLB Draft selections on Twitter

If you can’t watch on TV or steam the draft, you can follow the follow accounts to get live updates of each selection as it happens.

MLB Draft Tracker – @MLBDraftTracker – Picks as they happen

MLB Draft – @MLBDraft – Draft related news

Who will the San Francisco Giants draft in 2014?

There are two popular names floating around out there as potential draft selections for the San Francisco Giants – Grant Holmes, a right-handed pitcher from South Carolina, and Derek Hill, an outfielder from Elk Grove, Calif. Both potentials are still in high school, so if either of them get picked, don’t expect to see them in San Francisco for a few years.

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com:

14. San Francisco Giants: Grant Holmes, RHP, Conway HS (S.C.)
The Giants don’t shy away from young pitching, and Holmes is on a short list of the top prep right-handers on the board, along with Sean Reid-Foley.

Jim Callis of MLB.com:

14. Giants: Derek Hill, OF, Elk Grove (Calif.) HS
Hill has plenty of helium and had a strong workout for San Francisco, which could push him ahead of several pitchers: Toussaint, Conway (S.C.) right-hander Grant Holmes, Beede and Virginia right-hander Nick Howard, another player surging up Draft boards.
Mayo’s pick: Grant Holmes, RHP, Conway (S.C.) HS

The latest Baseball America mock draft (Mock Draft 4.0 & 5.0) has the Giants selecting Derek Hill. He is a native California boy, but as we mentioned this morning, his father is a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers, so that could be interesting. On the other hand, the Giants like pitchers and another Carolina boy in Grant Holmes may not be a bad fit. There are a lot of guys from the South on the current Giants roster, so I would imagine he’d fit in pretty good once if and when he makes it to the bigs. Holmes was in Baseball America’s Mock Draft 2.0.

Other names tossed around from the Baseball America Mock Drafts:

Jeff Hoffman ,RHP (Mock Draft 3.0)

14. GIANTS: As one national crosschecker put it this week, Hoffman “did everything right. It’s a shame he got hurt.” That’s an opinion shared by most of the industry, so Hoffman shouldn’t fall too far. Drafting him would give the Giants one of the draft’s premier arms at the 14th spot.
Projected Pick: RHP Jeff Hoffman

This guy would most definitely probably be on the Giants radar if he’s still available, however, each of the latest mock drafts we’ve featured has him going at #11 to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Tyler Beede, RHP(Mock Draft 1.0)

14. GIANTS: The Giants will have plenty of out-of-the-way power arms to consider, from prep righthanders Grant Holmes and Sean Reid-Foley to physical Hartford lefty Sean Newcomb. But personnel director Dick Tidrow would be just the guy to bring the most out of Vanderbilt’s erratic ace Beede.
Projected Pick: Tyler Beede

Beede is project to go around #14 or a little farther down, but depending on who is still available when the Giants number comes up, he could be a candidate, especially if Holmes or Hoffman has already been selected.

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