San Francisco Giants: Final MLB Draft Day Preperation
By Jake Mastroianni
The MLB Draft begins today (Monday) with the first two rounds, so we’ll take a final look at what the San Francisco Giants will do at picks 19 and 58.
After not having a first round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, the San Francisco Giants will be licking their chops to make their first pick this year with the 19th overall selection.
With the Giants having a bad year, this pick could tell a lot about the future of the team. If they play it safe with a college player, then maybe the Giants brass thinks we can regroup next year. But if they take a high-upside high school player, maybe we’re looking at a quick rebuild.
I really think the San Francisco Giants will go the safe route and take a college arm at 19. There has been a lot of success in recent history with taking a college arm at 19.
Here are the MLB Draft articles we’ve produced to get you ready for the San Francisco Giants picks:
A Look at the San Francisco Giants Last Five First Round Draft Picks
Possible Draft Targets for the San Francisco Giants
2017 MLB Draft: Early Look at Possible 2017 Draft Picks
2017 MLB Draft: 3 More Possible Targets for San Francisco Giants
MLB Draft: Players SF Giants Fans Should be Watching in NCAA Baseball Tournament
San Francisco Giants 2017 MLB Draft: Recent 19th Overall Picks and How They Fared
What Should the San Francisco Giants do with Their First 3 Picks in MLB Draft?
Here is who the experts are saying the San Francisco Giants will take with the 19th pick:
Jonathan Mayo, MLB.com: David Peterson, LHP, Oregon
Jim Callis, MLB.com: Evan White, 1B, Kentucky
Bleacher Report: Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina
Ryan Fagan, Sporting News: Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
John Manuel, Baseball America: D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta (Ga.) High School
Mike Axisa, CBS Sports: Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina
As you can see, there isn’t much of a consensus as to what the San Francisco Giants will do at 19.
I’ve seen the Giants linked to Evan White the most over the past couple of weeks. He’s a gold glove defender at first base, but hasn’t developed as much power for the position. Remind you of anyone … cough, cough … Brandon Belt.
However, a lot of people seem to think White will get moved to the outfield.
D.L. Hall is just about the only high school player I’ve seen linked to the Giants, and we previewed him in an earlier article.
My preference for 19 is still a college arm like Alex Lange from LSU or Griffin Canning from UCLA.
If the San Francisco Giants do decide to go with a college bat at 19, I’d prefer Warmoth from North Carolina.
The San Francisco Giants will also make a pick at 58 on Monday. Not many experts have a mock going out that far, so it’s really anyone’s guess.
I listed several options for the San Francisco Giants at 58 here.
If they go the safe route in the first round, I’d like to see them take a little risk in the second with either a high school player or a college pitcher coming off an injury like South Carolina’s Clarke Schmidt or Stanford’s Tristan Beck.
I kind of doubt Schmidt will be available at 58, but if he is the Giants should definitely snatch him up – the same goes for Beck.
There aren’t many other college arms at this point with much upside. So I think the Giants could go with a college bat like Stuart Fairchild from Wake Forest or Greg Deichmann from LSU.
Of course, a lot of what they do at 58 could depend on what they do at 19.
My hope for the San Francisco Giants first two picks is that they take Alex Lange at 19 and Stuart Fairchild at 58.
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As with most MLB Draft days, they will take someone completely out of left field that no one was expecting. Either way, I can’t wait to see how the action unfolds on Monday night.