With the San Francisco Giants having the 19th pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, we’ll look at some recent 19th overall picks and how they fared.
Selecting players in the back half of the MLB Draft is always hit-or-miss. However, that’s pretty much true throughout the MLB Draft.
There is certainly more success with players drafted in the first 10 picks, but a lot of great players are taken in the back half of the first round.
Seven players taken from picks 16-30 in the MLB Draft since 2009 have appeared in an All Star game. That includes Mike Trout who was taken with the 25th pick in the 2009 MLB Draft.
We’re going to look at each player that was taken 19th overall for the last 20 years.
1997 MLB Draft – Ryan Anderson – Seattle Mariners
The Seattle Mariners took Ryan Anderson 19th overall in the 1997 MLB Draft out of high school.
He was ranked as a top 25 prospect for five straight years by Baseball America. He shot his way up through the system reaching Triple-A in 2000, but injuries caused him to miss four years. The Brewers took a flyer on him, but he never regained his form.
1998 MLB Draft – Tony Torcato – San Francisco Giants
The last time the San Francisco Giants had the 19th pick, they took Tony Torcato out of Woodland High School in California.
He was ranked as a top 100 prospect by Baseball America in 2001 and 2002. He reached the majors in 2002 and had a career batting average of .298 in 43 games.