14. LHP Sam Selman
Current Level: Triple-A
Acquired: FA (2019)
Future-Value Grade: 40+
Selman was a second-round pick by the Kansas City Royals out of Vanderbilt in 2012. Originally a starter, he struggled with control and was moved to the bullpen within a couple of seasons. Still, his problems persisted and he eventually became a minor league free agent.
After working with Driveline this off-season, he impressed the San Francisco Giants enough at their showcase to receive a minor league contract offer. That may turn out to be the most valuable move of the offseason. Even though Selman is already 28 years old, he is showing the potential to be a high-leverage arm.
The lefty has a mid-90s fastball and a power slider that have both been maximized for spin after his work with Driveline. That might not jump off the page, but his jerky delivery creates deception and the command problems that once plagued him are no longer an issue.
Selman has commanded his pitches throughout the strike zone this season between Double-A and Triple-A, striking out 66 and walking just 10 in 39 innings.
He could be one of the first arms called upon once the Giants start moving relievers this summer, and he has a chance to quickly establish himself as a late-inning option.