Five Rule 5 Picks the San Francisco Giants Should Consider
Art Warren, RHP, Seattle Mariners
Warren would be like signing an older Julian Fernandez. No joke. He’s a flame throwing right hander who has a decent second and third offering. Most people believed he’d make it to the big leagues this season, but he didn’t. Injuries kept him out of most of 2019.
He’s almost a sure fire pick in this draft as teams will be willing to take a chance on him. MLBPipeline has his Fastball grade at a 70, with a plus slider and average curveball. At least three plus offerings, Warren is destined to be a legitimate reliever if he’s healthy. In 15.2 innings this year, he struck out 22 but walked 14. That was all at the Double-A level.
The 25 year old would be an interesting pick as he’s one of the guys in this draft that’s most likely ready to jump straight onto a big league roster. The problem for the Giants here is that Melvin Adon and Art Warren could virtually be the same thing, and Adon is already in house, not on the 40 man, and they can give him time to develop. Adon struck out 21 in 12 innings and only walked three during his 2018 Fall League debut, and was one of the best relievers in the 2018 AFL.
Adon’s presence on the roster, and already having two young, promising bullpen guys in Reyes Moronta and Ray Black, might be a deterrant to the Giants picking Warren. Regardless, Warren is an intriguing option as a reliever.