San Francisco Giants Draft: Possible First Two Picks Of 2016
With the 95th pick in the draft, the Giants may go after junior outfielder Nick Banks out of Texas A&M. At this point in the draft, there may be a lot of pitchers on the board, but developing the outfield through the draft could be a priority with this pick.
Banks, who throws and bats left-handed, was a U.S. Collegiate national team member, leading the team in hitting (.386) and OBP (.491).
He is also 21, so he has had some experience and shouldn’t feel out of place in the minor league system.
Unfortunately, he had a cyst removed from his back last fall, which has hampered his numbers a little this year (.294 BA, 6 home runs, 39 RBI’s in 50 games). But last year he hit .364, and displayed more speed and arm strength in the outfield. He may be a diamond in the rough.
Here is a link to his MLB prospect video.
He is also a gap to gap guy, who would be perfect in the system since he is not known as a prominent home run hitter. Line drive hitters thrive at AT&T Park, and if he is able to master things on the defensive side in right field, he may become a Steve Finley-type, who challenges triples records and plays quality defense.