Scout has the San Francisco Giants taking North Carolina shortstop Logan Warmoth with the 19th pick in the MLB Draft.
He’s currently leading the No. 4 Tar Heels with a batting average of. 341 in 41 games played. He’s also tops on the team with 40 runs scored and 7 home runs, and he’s second on the team with 15 stolen bases in 18 attempts.
Warmoth is by far the best college shortstop in this draft. If you’ll remember a few years ago, three shortstops were taken in the first three picks of the draft and two of them were college shortstops.
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One of those guys now starts at shortstop for the Atlanta Braves and the other starts at third for the Houston Astros.
Shortstops are generally viewed as the most athletic and/or talented players on a team. Anytime you can take someone like Warmoth, I think it’s a good decision.
I know the Giants have Crawford at shortstop, but the reason you draft shortstops is because they can play anywhere. If you’re athletic enough to play shortstop, then you can play second or third.
I really think Warmoth profiles as a second basemen. If Joe Panik never develops into the hitter the Giants needs, then perhaps Warmoth replaces him in a few years.
Another draft has Warmoth going at 20, and the other has him going 21st. If the Giants really like Warmoth, then I think they get him at 19.
Keep in mind that Warmoth is just a junior, so if he can’t get the money he wants he can return to college. However, if the Giants can draft and sign him, they can begin developing him earlier.