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San Francisco Giants 2017 MLB Draft: Recent 19th Overall Picks and How They Turned Out

By Jake Mastroianni
Jun 4, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha (52) delivers against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 4, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha (52) delivers against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 29, 2015; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Marco Gonzales (56) throws against the New York Mets during their game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 29, 2015; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Marco Gonzales (56) throws against the New York Mets during their game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /

2011 MLB Draft – Matt Barnes – Boston Red Sox 

Barnes made his debut with the Red Sox in 2014 and has been a part of their bullpen ever since.

In 143.1 innings pitched he has a career ERA of 4.40 with a WHIP of 1.44 and a K/9 of 9.1. He is having his best year for the Red Sox in 2017 with an ERA of 3.65 in 24.2 innings with a K/9 of 9.9.

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2012 MLB Draft – Michael Wacha – St. Louis Cardinals 

Wacha was drafted out of Texas A&M and made his debut with the Cardinals one year late.

He made the All Star team in 2015 when he posted an ERA of 3.38 in 181.1 innings. He has a career ERA of 3.83 in 545 innings pitched and 479 strikeouts.

After three really good years in the big leagues, Wacha has regressed of late.

2013 MLB Draft – Marco Gonzales – St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals tried to double-up on college arms taking Gonzales at 19 in the 2013 MLB Draft.

He was viewed as a top prospect, but injuries and inconsistency have set him back. He has 37.1 innings in the big leagues with an ERA of 4.82.

He’s currently pitching well in Triple-A for the Cardinals and could be called back up as a starter soon after missing all of 2016 with an injury.

2014 MLB Draft – Nick Howard – Cincinnati Reds 

Make that five straight college pitchers taken at 19. Howard was a high profile arm out of the University of Virginia.

However, Howard has been a complete bust with the Reds so far with an ERA of 5.60 in three minor league seasons.

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