2015 MLB Draft – Kevin Newman – Pittsburgh Pirates
Baseball America had Newman ranked as the 55th best prospect in baseball coming into the 2017 season.
In three minor leagues seasons he has a batting average of .284 with 126 runs scored. He’s been at Double-A all year for the Reds where he’s hitting .245 in 192 at-bats.
2016 MLB Draft – Justin Dunn – New York Mets
He entered the 2017 as the 100th best prospect in baseball. He has a 3.55 ERA in two minor league seasons with 35 strikeouts in 48.2 innings pitched.
Drafted out of Boston College, it looks like the Mets are considering moving Dunn to the bullpen as he’s struggled to the tune of a 4.81 ERA for their High-A team this year.
As you can see, there is some varying degrees of success at the 19 spot in the MLB Draft. Most of the players picked there have gone on to have very good major league careers.
There is a theme of taking a college pitcher with the 19th overall pick, and I think the San Francisco Giants follow that theme.
The past three picks in this spot have not turned out so well, but time will tell on some of them.
I will be ecstatic if the San Francisco Giants get anyone similar to pitchers taken at 19 from 2008 to 2015.
So while the San Francisco Giants might not be looking at a franchise changing player at 19, there is still some history of solid major league players being drafted in that spot.