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SF Giants MLB draft preview chat: What will they do at 14?

North Oconee's Bubba Chandler throws a pitch during game one of a GHSA AAAA semifinal between Benedictine and North Oconee in Bogart, Ga., on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Benedictine defeated North Oconee twice in a doubleheader and advances to the state championship game.
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North Oconee's Bubba Chandler throws a pitch during game one of a GHSA AAAA semifinal between Benedictine and North Oconee in Bogart, Ga., on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Benedictine defeated North Oconee twice in a doubleheader and advances to the state championship game. News Joshua L Jones
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Jun 20, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Texas Longhorns pitcher Ty Madden (32) throws against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at TD Ameritrade Park. (Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports)

On the eve of the MLB draft, Around the Foghorn prospect experts Wrenzie Regodon and Marc Delucchi chatted about the latest rumors and their expectations for the SF Giants.

SF Giants MLB draft preview chat: What should fans expect?

Marc Delucchi: So I’m going to be completely honest here, I have no idea what to expect from the Giants in this year’s draft. Absolutely none. They are tied to all these college pitchers, including Texas righty Ty Madden and Kansas State southpaw Jordan Wicks, but they were linked to Alek Manoah and Jackson Rutledge in 2019 and even some light Cade Cavalli talk in 2020 and none of those ever happened.

On the prep side of things, we’ve never seen the Giants under scouting director Michael Holmes pull the trigger on a prep player in the top-two rounds, even though they’ve made top round investments in players like Kyle Harrison, Grant McCray, and Trevor McDonald, it’s hard to know whether their analysis of later round over-slot picks is different than potential first-round selections.

How are you feeling heading into the weekend? Do you feel like you have a sense of where things stand?

Wrenzie Regodon: I’m also going to be completely honest in saying that I have no idea in which direction they will go! It’s definitely nice that they are looking at every corner, especially in the prep ranks, to have a good sense of whatever is available when they make their first selection with the 14th overall pick.

Honestly, I think the Giants are in a prime position to pick up what’s left for them when they make their first selection on Sunday. In Holmes’ first two drafts with the Giants, they scooped up Hunter Bishop and Patrick Bailey by basically letting the board come to them. I think they will still go the college route and do the usual “save money early to have a budget for later” strategy. Still, you never really know, especially with them heavily tied to outfielder Benny Montgomery and right-handed pitcher Bubba Chandler.

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