San Francisco Giants 2018 MLB Draft: Day Two Live Thread
Here are the picks from rounds 5-7, including two prep players.
Round 5, Pick 136, Keaton Winn, RHP, Iowa Western CC
Keaton Winn was selected in the 20th round by the Giants in 2017. They chose another redraft as they clearly see something they like. He’s projected as a project starter, but with plenty of upside. He’s yet to be a starter at his CC, as Iowa Western is one of the best Community College programs in the country. Winn pitched out of the pen, but again is projected as a starter.
Round 6, Pick 166, Patrick (P.J.) Hilson, OF, Nettleton Senior HS (Ark)
Patrick Hilson is an athletic outfielder from Arkansas. The 5’10” outfielder has tons of speed, and tons of upside. He could add a little bit of weight for power, but it could compromise his athleticism. Hilson also touches 94 on the gun and could be seen as a pitcher as well. But that size would likely add many doubts about his viability as a pitcher in the long term. For now, we’ll chalk that 94 mph fastball up to a “plus arm” outfield.
Round 7, Pick 196, Edison Mora, SS, Puerto Rico BB Academy
The right handed shortstop is their second Y2K baby pick. Mora is a shortstop, sitting at 6’2″ 160. He’ll definitely fill out his large frame. You can look at his promotional video linked below. He’s tall and lanky, has decent hands and a decent arm. His swing is nice, but the power really isn’t that apparent. When he fills out a bit, you might see that power take off. He does have a good swing, quick to the ball, bat within the zone for a while. Pretty simple and not too much action in his swing. Take a look here:
Round 8, Pick 226, Solomon Bates, RHP, University of Southern California
Solomon Bates is an interesting pitcher. He started nine games and relieved in nine games. He threw 77 innings, striking out 79, walking 21, and posted an ERA of 3.14 and WHIP of 1.07. Those were much better than his sophomore year stats. You can see those numbers at this link.
Bates features a very nice slurve and a low to mid-nineties fast-ball with both run and sink. His delivery is a high 3/4 arm-slot. The question is whether or not he can clean up his mechanics as his delivery gets a bit rocky. If they can get him to stay somewhat upright in his pitching motion, that might be able to keep him going. In looking at his video, at times his back shoulder drops and he gets under the pitch. Take a look at his video here:
Round 9, Pick 256: Ben Madison, RHP, Central Baptist College (Ark.)
Madison comes from an NAIA school that plays in one of the better conferences in the NAIA for baseball. The prevailing line from him is that he struck out 301 hitters over 176.2 innings in his two seasons. He posted a 3.17 career ERA and a 1.259 WHIP. The latest report on terms of velocity and pitches I’ve found has his fastball in the low nineties, and a 12/6 curve in the low seventies. That’s also out of High School, when he was listed at 6’2″ 175lbs, where he was also a prep basketball star. He’s now up to 6’3″ and 205lbs according to the MLB Draft Tracker. That’s a 30lb difference which has likely added a good amount velocity to his pitches.
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