The 2018 MLB Draft will get underway Monday night and the San Francisco Giants will have the second overall pick. Here is who they will take, and who they should take.
Almost any mock draft you look at right now will have the Giants taking Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart with the second overall pick in the draft.
First of all, this has zero impact on the current roster. Buster Posey will be the Giants catcher for years to come. You always take the best available player in the MLB Draft, especially early in the draft. These things will work themselves out.
As a freshman at Georgia Tech he hit .299 with just 1 home run in 157 at-bats. That summer he played in the Cape Cod League and hit .309 with 2 home runs.
As a sophomore in 2017 he grew into that power and hit 13 home runs in 186 at-bats with a .296 average.
This year he hit .359 with 16 home runs and saw his draft stock skyrocket.
It’s a lot easier to predict the first few picks of the MLB Draft, and if there is that much of a consensus on Bart going at two, then that’s who the Giants will most likely take.
However, if the Tigers surprise people and don’t take Casey Mize at one, then I believe the Giants would jump all over him at two.
Two other options for the Giants are Florida ace Brady Singer and South Alabama outfielder Travis Swaggerty.
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I watch a ton of college baseball, and if it were me making the pick I’d go with Brady Singer if Casey Mize isn’t available.
Personally, I feel the Giants need more pitching in their farm system, and Singer could pitch in the big leagues right now. I have no doubt he’ll be a middle of the rotation starting pitcher in a few years.
If the Giants felt they needed a major league ready bat, I’d go with either Wichita State third baseman Alec Bohm, or Florida third baseman Jonathan India.
India, in particular, I’ve had the chance to watch a lot and think he’s one of the best position players in this draft because of what he gives you both on the field and at the plate.
Bohm is just a great hitter and I have no doubt that he will hit .280 at the major league level and hit around 30 home runs.
I quit trying to predict the draft because the Gians made me look foolish last year when they went completely off the board for Heliot Ramos.
It looks pretty obvious that they’ll go with Joey Bart with the second pick of the 2018 MLB Draft, but who knows, maybe they’ll surprise us all again.