Now that the order has been set, we look at the wide array of options the San Francisco Giants will have in the 2019 MLB Draft.
The San Francisco Giants finished tied with the ninth worst record in baseball, but because the Atlanta Braves failed to sign their first-round pick last year the Giants are bumped back to the 10th spot in the 2019 MLB Draft.
However, Carter Stewart — the player the Braves failed to sign — has filed a grievance against the Braves. If he were to win that grievance the Braves would lose that pick and the Giants could move up to ninth.
Either way, the Giants will have plenty of options when they pick in next year’s draft.
I’ve tried guessing as to what the Giants would do the past two years, and predicting the MLB Draft is one of the hardest things in the world.
Leading up to the 2018 MLB Draft it became pretty obvious that the Giants would select Joey Bart with the second overall pick.
At 10, you honestly have no idea who a team will pick as a lot will be determined on who goes in front of them.
I think how the offseason goes will also play a key role in who the Giants take in the 2019 MLB Draft. If they decide for a full rebuild, then it makes sense to go for a high school arm.
But if the front office still believes we can contend in the next couple of years, then you have to go with the best college bat available.
The reason I say go for the best bat, is because there aren’t a lot of great college arms in the 2019 class. Now that all could change during the spring, but as of right now there are only two college arms predicted to go in the top 10 by most outlets.
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Those two being Kentucky’s Zack Thompson and TCU’s Nick Lodolo. Both have major upside but are not nearly as polished as other college arms that have gone in the top 10 recently.
Two of the best players in this draft are college catchers in Adley Rutschman of Oregon State and Shea Langeliers of Baylor. We obviously know the Giants have no interest in either of them after taking Bart last year.
One of my favorite college hitters is Clemson shortstop Logan Davidson. He’s hit 27 home runs in two years at Clemson and has the body type to stick at shortstop.
Josh Jung is a power-hitting third baseman for Texas Tech who hit .392 last year. Southern Miss’ Matt Wallner is a two-player who hits for power and average, while serving as the team’s closer.
A couple of high school players to keep an eye on are Bobby Witt Jr., a shortstop from Texas. Many think he could go number one overall, but either way it sounds like he wouldn’t make it to the Giants at 10.
Outfielder Riley Greene from Florida is also expected to go high, as well as Georgia product C.J. Abrams and pitcher Hunter Barco.
If my math is correct, I just gave you 11 names of players who could go in the top 10. As it stands right now, the San Francisco Giants will likely take one of those players with the 10th overall pick.
Things will obviously change between now and the 2019 MLB Draft, but it looks like the Giants are poised to add a bat with the 10th overall pick.