We are just a week away from the start of the Division 1 college baseball season, so we’ll look at some names the San Francisco Giants could consider in the MLB Draft.
The San Francisco Giants will have the second pick in the upcoming draft, so just about anyone they want will be available to them.
The top of this draft is loaded with college pitchers, but there are several good outfielders at the collegiate level as well.
If the San Francisco Giants decide to go with a college pitcher, they’ll like pick between Brady Singer, Casey Mize and Shane McClanahan.
Singer pitches for Florida and let them to a College World Series title in 2017. His fastball sits in the mid 90’s with a lot of movement. He also features a plus slider. He’ll need to develop a third pitch, probably his change-up, at the next level. But if he can, he has the stuff to be an ace.
Mize pitches for the Auburn Tigers and also features a fastball that sits in the mid-90s. He also features a splitter and a change-up that could both be plus pitches. The biggest question mark on Mize is his healthy as he’s battled with forearm issues in college.
And McClanahan pitches for South Florida where he features a fastball in the upper 90s, and at least one report has him hitting 99 MPH. His other offerings include a wipe-out slider and a developing change-up. The only knock on him is command.
This is no exaggeration at all, but I think the top hitter in this draft could play second base for the Giants right now. Oregon State’s Nick Madrigal has amazing discipline at the plate walking more often than he strikes out, while hitting for a high average. He’s also one of the best defensive second baseman in college. He isn’t going to help the Giants with their lack of power, but he will get on base and play great defense at second.
If the Giants wanted to go for an outfielder, they could pick between South Alabama’s Travis Swaggerty or Duke’s Griffin Conine. They are both left-handed hitters that are capable of hitting 20-plus home runs at the major league level. Travis gives you a little more speed, but otherwise these two are virtually the same player.
This June will be an exciting time for the Giants as they have a chance to restock their farm system. They can’t go wrong with any of the players I’ve mentioned, but things can always change in baseball.