11th round (326th overall): George County HS (Miss.) RHP Trevor McDonald
After the 10th round, picks no longer receive allocated slot money. However, if a player receives a signing bonus above $125,000, every dollar above that threshold will count against their pool.
McDonald will surely be counting against the San Francisco Giants pool.
The 6’3″ right-hander added 18 pounds and took a break from throwing in the fall before his senior season. As a result, he came out holding low to mid-90s velocity on his fastball throughout the spring. Combined that with a solid curveball, slider, and even the makings of a changeup, and he has the stuff and frame to be an MLB starter.
Keith Law at ESPN was the highest on McDonald, ranking him as the No. 81 prospect in the draft, but even he has concerns that his violent motion will force him to the bullpen. Considering the Giants are likely going to have to give the South Alabama commit a signing bonus of at least $400,000, expect them to do what they can to develop him as a starter.
Normally, when a prospect like McDonald slips to Day 3, he heads off to college. However, the Giants have draft pool money to spend and Patrick Clay of WLOX.com has already reported that McDonald plans to sign with the Giants.
The Giants may have taken seven hitters to start their draft, but McDonald has a chance to be one of the top three players they add to their farm system.