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San Francisco Giants: Best MLB draft picks of the 2000s

San Francisco Giants stars Buster Posey and Tim Lincecum. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants stars Buster Posey and Tim Lincecum. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt bats.
Giants first baseman Brandon Belt. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

San Francisco Giants best draft picks: No. 5 Brandon Belt

Brandon Belt was taken in the fifth round of the 2009 draft out of the University of Texas and has spent his entire professional career in the Giants’ jersey. He made his debut in 2011, but since then he’s given San Francisco consistency at first base with occasional visits to left field as well. For his career he has racked up 23 WAR.

Belt has batted .261, with 129 home runs and 472 RBI. With .354 on-base percentage and .448 slugging, his career OPS is .801, or 120 on the OPS+ scale. That puts him 20 percent better than average during that time.

Belt has earned just one All-Star nod (2016), but hoisted the World Series commissioner’s trophy twice, in 2012 and 2014, so he’s probably OK with that.

San Francisco Giants best draft picks: No. 4 Brandon Crawford

Taken in the fourth round of the  2008 draft, Crawford has been worth 24 WAR during his career in San Francisco. Crawford, like Belt, made his debut in 2011 and has picked up a couple of World Series titles during his career.

A shortstop, Crawford’s batting numbers may not be as impressive, with a .249 average and 98 home runs. His OPS of .706 is good for an OPS+ of just 94, making him a little worse than average during that time.

Crawford’s best year was 2015, where he earned an All-Star nod, Gold Glove award and Silver Slugger award, batting .256/.321/.462. Crawford was the first Giants player to win both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger in the same year since Barry Bonds in 1997.

For his career he has two All-Star appearances and three Gold Glove awards.

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