Who the Giants took: Jimmy Glowenke, SS, Grand Canyon
68th overall pick
Expected Signing Bonus: Below-slot
Future-Value Grade: 35
This pick is the most confusing of the class. Glowenke ranked outside of most everyone’s top-100 and only one of the remaining picks seems likely to require a substantial above-slot bonus. Potential savings from the Schmitt pick would seem to have been enough to cover any discrepancies. Honestly, I wonder if the Giants had another above-slot pick in mind that fell through either because the player’s reps backed out or another team called their bluff and selected them.
Glowenke is a solid prospect and was a consensus 3rd-4th round prospect. Young for his class, Glowenke only turned 21-years old six days ago. The starting shortstop for Grand Canyon, his professional future is probably more reliant on defensive versatility around different parts of the diamond. On the Cape last year, Glowenke played second, third, and short, and put up a solid .296/.342/.385 line.
He had elbow surgery last fall and so he was unable to play in the field this spring. Before the injury his arm was fringe for shortstop and if it doesn’t come back stronger he’ll probably be limited to second base and left field. However, he has strong fundamentals and doesn’t have too many holes.
Projecting as an above-average hitter with the potential for 10-12 home runs a year, the solid hitting middle-infield profile has been one the Giants have gone to consistently over the last two drafts and it tends to pay dividends. Still, given the number of picks they had, the Giants were well situated to take a bigger risk with this pick.