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San Francisco Giants: Best all-time draft picks by round

Buster Posey #28 and Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals to win Game Seven of the 2014 World Series by a score of 3-2 at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Buster Posey #28 and Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals to win Game Seven of the 2014 World Series by a score of 3-2 at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MAY 21: Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants is unable to field a ball hit by Dansby Swanson #7 of the Atlanta Braves in the top of the fifth inning at Oracle Park on May 21, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MAY 21: Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants is unable to field a ball hit by Dansby Swanson #7 of the Atlanta Braves in the top of the fifth inning at Oracle Park on May 21, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Round 4: SS Brandon Crawford, 2008

Another easy pick, as most of the other selections in the fourth round who ended up having good careers did so on different teams.

Crawford is a two-time All-star who has won three Gold Gloves and a Silver Slugger at shortstop. He’s not an incredibly gifted hitter, so the fact that he already has 23.2 WAR shows how talented he is defensively.

Honorable Mentions: Randy Kutcher (1979)

Round 5: 1B Brandon Belt, 2009

Ryan Vogelsong has a real case here. He was never the most consistent part of the rotation, but had a few good seasons, peaking in 2011 with an All-star appearance and a 2.71 ERA.

Meanwhile, Belt has a mainstay in the Giants starting lineup since being called up in 2011. He has been hitting high-teen homers with a decent average and RBI count to boot. He is another example of the great draft run the Giants had from 2005-10.

Honorable Mentions: Doug Mirabelli (1992), Ryan Vogelsong (1998)

Round 6: RHP John Burkett, 1987

Joe Nathan is among the top relievers of all time and the best player on this list, but he only spent four years on the Giants and had the best years of his career for other teams.

John Burkett went 67-42 with a 3.83 ERA through seven years in the Bay, peaking in 1993 where he won 22 games and finished fourth in NL Cy Young voting.

Honorable Mentions: Steve Ontiveros (1969), Jeff Brantley (1985), Joe Nathan (1995)

Round 7: OF Gary Thomasson, 1969

The picks crash back down to reality here after a few great rounds. Gary Thomasson was a solid yet unspectacular player who spent six years on the Giants.

His best season was in 1977 when he hit 17 home runs with 71 RBI and 16 stolen bases. He would later win a World Series title with the New York Yankees in 1978.

Honorable Mentions: Mike Aldrete (1983)

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