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What the 2017 MLB Draft Means for the San Francisco Giants

By Jake Mastroianni
Dec 17, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants senior vice president and general manager Bobby Evans announces the signing of pitcher Johnny Cueto at a press conference at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants senior vice president and general manager Bobby Evans announces the signing of pitcher Johnny Cueto at a press conference at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports /
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There was a clear goal for the San Francisco Giants in the 2017 MLB Draft, and I’m not sure it’s the direction they should be taking.

With their first three picks in the 2017 MLB Draft, the San Francisco Giants selected high school players.

There is certainly nothing wrong with taking high school players. They usually have the most upside in the draft, but they also come with the most risk.

There just isn’t enough evidence to show how they’ll develop against big league players.

It’s typically much safer to draft college players who have proven they can get it done at a higher level.

The Giants have done that in the past, but for some reason they changed up their philosophy this year.

To me, that can only mean one thing, it’s time for a rebuild.

If the Giants’ front office thought we were still in a window to win now, they would have drafted a college pitcher or hitter that could help the team in 2-3 years.

With drafting high school players, that tells me they are looking to buildi a core for the future.

Power Bats

Another takeaway from the early picks in the MLB Draft is that they are looking for power.

Their first two picks, Heliot Ramos and Jacob Gonzalez, are both projected to be power guys.

Both guys are also right-handed, so it’s clear the San Francisco Giants wanted some right-handed power for the future.

That’s certainly the way the game is going, and it is definitely something the San Francisco Giants needed.

I’m not saying this is a bad direction for the San Francisco Giants, but it’s definitely telling for the direction of the team.

They are certainly not playing up to expectations in 2017, so it may be time to start over and rebuild.

With taking three high school kids in the first 100 picks, you’re hoping you hit a home run and find a real star. Hopefully that’s the case for the San Francisco Giants in this MLB Draft.

Next: San Francisco Giants select Heliot Ramos and Jacob Gonzalez on Day 1 of 2017 MLB Draft

For the future of the team, I certainly hope that’s the case because they passed up on a lot of college arms and bats that could have helped this team in the short term.

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