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What Should the San Francisco Giants do with Their First 3 Picks in MLB Draft?

Jake Mastroianni
May 9, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A view of an official Rawlings baseball at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
May 9, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A view of an official Rawlings baseball at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Pick 96

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Honestly, after the top 30 picks or so it’s really hard to guess what any team will do. So I’ll just keep doing what I’ve been doing and mention some possible names that I like.

Looking at the top 100 prospects list by MLB.com, the first name that stands out to me around 96 is Glenn Otto. He’s a relief pitcher from Rice, and one of the best closers in college baseball. MLB.com has him ranked right at 96.

On that same topic of relief pitchers, South Carolina’s Tyler Johnson is ranked at 97. I recently got to watch Johnson and he has an overpowering fastball.

I think either of these guys could help out in the San Francisco Giants bullpen as early as 2018.

There are a couple of Oregon State pitchers that might be available at this spot as well.

Drew Rasmussen has shot up draft boards lately. He missed most of 2016 and 2017 after having Tommy John surgery, but he’s slowly been working his way back.

He started the regional final game for Oregon State last weekend and gave up just 1 run on 5 hits and 1 walk with 5 strikeouts in 4 innings.

His teammate, Luke Heimlich, has the best ERA in college baseball at 0.76. He tossed seven shutout innings with 8 strikeouts in that same regional last weekend.

There aren’t too many high-upside guys at this spot, so the safe play might be the way to go. Unless they want to take a chance on a high school player here. Jeremiah Estrada and Chris McMahon, both pitchers, should be available at 96.

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My preference here would be to go with either Otto or Johnson. The San Francisco Giants could definitely use some bullpen help, and those guys can give it to them in a hurry.

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