San Francisco Giants: 2019 MLB Draft Preview, Part 3

By Marc Delucchi
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The Safety: 3B Josh Jung, Texas Tech 

Texas Tech third baseman Josh Jung was one of my early favorites as a safe pick for the San Francisco Giants who appears ready to move fast through the minor leagues.

However, as other players have risen, he has fallen down draft boards. He has been a three-year starter at Texas Tech where he has shown an impressive feel for hitting since his freshmen season.

Jung struck out in less than 14 percent of his college plate appearances and walked more than he struck out over his career. After putting up a .392/.491/.631 line with 12 home runs as a sophomore, scouts were no doubt hoping for him to take another step forward in the power department this spring.

While his .333/.471/.597 line this season is nothing to scoff at, he tallied just nine home runs, lagging behind other top college sluggers like Vanderbilt’s JJ Bleday (26 HR) and Bishop (22 HR).

Jung has held his own manning shortstop for the Red Raiders this season, but scouts agree he’s at best an average defensive third baseman at the next level.

Still, if the Giants are high on his defensive ability, it’s reasonable to argue that Jung is a stronger prospect than Colin Moran was when he went No. 6 overall back in 2013.