San Francisco Giants: 6 Intriguing Picks from the 2018 Draft
Number 4: Matt Frisbee, RHP, Round 15
One of the absolute best names in the draft, is Matt Frisbee. Frisbee, as far as I know, doesn’t throw a frisbee slider. Jokes huh. Ok. But really, Frisbee throws hard. The 6’5″ and 215lbs righty can consistently hit 94 on the gun, but can get it up to 97. He has decent secondary pitches as well, meaning the Giants will likely start him until it’s proven he needs to switch to the ‘pen.
Frisbee had a solid career at UNC Greensboro, starting 46 games in his three years there. His 2018 year (Junior), he struck out 116 in 91 innings, and shaved down his walk numbers as well. He posted an 11.43 k/9 and a 3.45 ERA. His career numbers are roughly in the middle, with a career ERA of 4.10, and 1.29 WHIP. He did spend last summer in the Cape Cod League, but didn’t blow people away necessarily.
Frisbee may be better served from the bullpen. But, with as many starts as he has over his career they’ll give him a shot to start from the get go.
Number 3: David Villar, 3B, Round 11
Villar is a nice get in the later rounds. He’s made major strides each year of his college career to this point. The third baseman from University of Southern Florida, got 200+ at bats his freshman year. His average has improved from .239, to .290, and exploded to .374 in his junior season.
His OPS went up as well, starting at .695 his freshman year and ending at 1.111 his senior year. He takes plenty of walks, averaging an 11% walk rate over his three years at USF. He slugged 12 homers and 24 doubles in his final year, helping boost his prospect status. Overall, I think he’ll have some intriguing tools, and could potentially surprise the Giants down the road as one of those “late round gems.” There is, and should be, a whole lot of intrigue to this pick.