What Should the San Francisco Giants do with Their First 3 Picks in MLB Draft?
By Jake Mastroianni
The 2017 MLB Draft begins on Monday, June 12, so we’ll take a look at what the San Francisco Giants should do with their first three picks.
The San Francisco Giants possess three picks within the top 100, including the 19th overall pick. They also have picks 58 and 96. And then they will have the 21st pick in each round from rounds 4-40.
Earlier this week we looked at the past 20 years of the MLB Draft and how the 19th overall pick has fared. You can read that article here.
As you’ll see in that article, there is a lot of success with the 19th overall pick. Most of that success comes from taking college arms with the 19th overall pick.
That’s exactly what I think the Giants should do this year. They did that in 2014 and 2015 when they took Tyler Beede and Phil Bickford as college arms.
Beede is now one of the San Francisco Giants top prospects, and Bickford was used to land Will Smith.
When you’re picking in the back-half of the first round, I think you should be more conservative. Nothing is more conservative in the MLB Draft than a college arm.
Whatever the San Francisco Giants decide to do at 19 will obviously determine their next two picks. If they do go the conservative route at 19, then they can be a little risky at 58 and 96.
However, if they take a risk at 19 by selecting a high school pitcher or bat, then they should be more conservative with their next two picks.
Bottom line, you have to get some value from at least one of these top three picks.
Here are some of my personal preferences for the San Francisco Giants at picks 19, 58 and 96.