As we approach the end of March, 2021 MLB Draft season is already in full swing. Many prospects have already seen their places on draft boards shift based on growing samples of competitive games. Some have fallen, but some have risen to the point where the SF Giants have almost no chance of drafting them (so long, Sal Frelick).
While fellow prospect expert Marc Delucchi already listed five first-round prospects to watch, I wanted to offer my own opinions on some other prospects I think could end up highly ranked on the Giants draft board. Speaking of the Giants, they have the 14th pick in this summer’s draft. It remains unclear what direction they will go with their pick. Of course, they have little control over it.
Wrenzie has 5 draft prospects SF Giants fans should keep an eye on.
Picking in the middle of the first round gives the organization a couple of different options. They could target a late-first round prospect they really like and agree to a well-below slot deal to give them the flexibility to be aggressive later. On the other hand, they could also wait to see if anyone from the top of the draft slips to their pick and be ready to pounce.
There have been some notable trends from the Giants’ draft room in recent years. Marc and I have both detailed this in pieces of our own. While I hope you check out our full articles, here’s a brief bullet-point list of the trends we’ve noticed. These trends inform our own speculation because teams generally follow similar patterns year to year.
- No-costly relievers
- Final-season breakouts
- Three-year starters
- Spin over speed
Wrenzie’s Draft Trends:
- Under-slot first-round talents
- Strike zone control (for both hitters and pitchers)
- Unteachable traits (e.g., deception for pitchers and power for hitters)