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San Francisco Giants: Early Look at Possible 2017 Draft Picks

Jake Mastroianni
Aug 4, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of a San Francisco Giants hat and glove in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 4, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of a San Francisco Giants hat and glove in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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May 15, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; A general view of the Major League Baseball "Play Ball" logo on the field before the start of the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Detroit Tigers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
May 15, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; A general view of the Major League Baseball “Play Ball” logo on the field before the start of the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Detroit Tigers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Tanner Houck

We’ll start with 6-foot-5 junior pitcher Tanner Houck from the University of Missouri. In his sophomore season for the Tigers he posted an ERA of 2.99 in 15 starts, while striking out 106 batters in 105.1 innings pitched.

As a freshman he went 8-5 with a 3.49 ERA in 15 starts and struck out 91 batters in 100.2 innings pitched. He only walked 12 batters in those innings, proving that even at a young age he has great control of his stuff.

Coming in at 215 pounds this guy has the frame to be a workhorse type of pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, or whichever team drafts him. This guy has the look of a durable, top of the rotation pitcher.

He has a very good mix of three pitches. His fastball sits in the mid-90s, but his best pitch might be his hard-breaking slider. As I mentioned, he has great control of all of his pitches and is able to throw them for strikes.

He is listed as the eighth best college prospect by Baseball America, and 10th best overall prospect by Perfect Game, so he would have to fall quite a bit for the San Francisco Giants to snag him at 19.

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