Now that the 2021 MLB Draft order is set, we know the SF Giants will have the 14th overall selection. Get to know five of the prospects that should be near the top of their watch list.
Since Major League Baseball officially determined next year’s draft order will follow the reverse standings of the 2020 season, SF Giants fans know that their team will be on the clock with the 14th overall pick in the draft.
The Giants farm system has steadily risen up organizational prospect rankings since Farhan Zaidi took over as the president of baseball operations. Under his watch, the team has added top prospects like Hunter Bishop and Will Wilson through trades and the draft. However, Zaidi has also benefited from the development of talent inherited from Bobby Evans’ regime (e.g. Joey Bart).
Zaidi and director of amateur scouting Michael Holmes will be entering their third draft together with the Giants in 2021. Already armed with one of the deeper farm systems in recent franchise history, they are once again positioned to add another dynamic talent.
Fans will likely point to the team’s lack of high-end pitching prospects to justify targetting arms over bats, but drafting for need is a recipe for disaster in baseball. Instead, fans are better off looking at the team’s recent draft tendencies to try and identify prospects they will be watching very closely.