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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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PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 09: Relief pitcher Sergio Romo #54 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after pitching out of the eighth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 9, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Rounds 16-70: LHP Gary Lavelle, 1967 (20th Round)

I combined the last *checks notes* 64 rounds where the San Francisco Giants took at least one player since most of the time only one or two ever reached the majors.

Sergio Romo was tempting given his crucial bullpen role in the Giants’ last three World Series wins, and Marvin Benard carved out a good eight-year career for himself after being drafted in the 50th round.

In the end, Gary Lavelle was the best here.

The 20th round selection played 11 years for the Giants as a closer, recording 73 wins and 127 saves while posting a 2.82 ERA. He made two All-star games and pitched nearly 1000 innings for San Francisco, all out of the bullpen.

He still ranks 4th all-time in the Giants organization in saves and has appeared in 647 games, more than any other pitcher in the history of the team. Certainly one of the more hard-working arms in Giants history, and not bad at all for a 20th round selection.

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Honorable Mentions: Tom O’Malley (16th, 1974), Dennis Cook (18th, 1985), Ed Halicki (24th, 1972), Sergio Romo (28th, 2005), Marvin Benard (50th, 1992)

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