The San Francisco Giants really need outfielders. They took a couple with their first two picks in last years draft, and now, they took one with their first overall pick in this year’s draft. The San Francisco Giants selected Heliot Ramos with their first round pick.
The San Francisco Giants haven’t successfully drafted and developed an outfielder in quite a long time. The last few years have seen the Giants make a run on outfielders. It’s something they needed.
Heliot Ramos hails from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. A stud prep hitter, he’s one of the youngest players in this draft class as he still is 17 years old. His biggest assets are his speed and power, both are given ratings of 55 by MLBPipeline.com.
Here is what his profile on MLBPipeline.com has to say:
"“There is no question that Ramos has a big, strong athletic build and has legitimate power potential. It’s after that the debate begins. Those who really like him see a solid hit tool and the ability to tap into that raw power consistently, keeping the barrel of the bat in the zone a long time and creating backspin."
It sounds like the type of player to slot in nicely with guys like Bryan Reynolds and Heath Quinn.
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With the 58th pick in the 2017 MLB Draft the San Francisco Giants took Jacob Gonzalez out of Chaparral High School in Arizona.
He was ranked as the 125th best prospect by MLB.com.
Gonzalez is listed as a third basemen, but he can play first base as well and it looks like he’ll eventually make the move across the diamond.
He is also the son of former Major League Baseball player Luis Gonzalez.
The profile on Gonzalez describes him as a power hitter with below average speed, an average arm and average defense.
That’s one of four tools, but who knows how the 18-year-older will develop.
From the two picks made Monday night, it’s clear the Giants want to build for the future with power.
The next pick for the San Francisco Giants will come on day two with the 96th overall pick. After that, the Giants will have the 21st pick in every round from 4-40.