Day 2 of the MLB draft is officially complete. The SF Giants have added nine more prospects to their 2021 class. After selecting Mississippi State right-handed pitcher Will Bednar with the 14th overall pick on Sunday, the Giants kept adding hurlers, drafting pitchers with their first eight selections for the first time in the 21st century. So before they round out their class tomorrow in rounds 11-20, get to know their selections in rounds 2-10.
SF Giants Day 2 MLB draft picks
Round 2 (50th overall): Matt Mikulski, LHP, Fordham
Matt Mikulski was one of the most dominant starters during his senior season this spring, but while he will likely sign for less than the $1,469,900 slot for the pick, most draft boards viewed him as a second-round talent. This spring, Mikulski recorded an elite 1.45 ERA, struck out 124 hitters, and walked 27 in 68.1 innings pitched (11 starts). He finished his collegiate career with 272 strikeouts over 213 innings pitched with 92 walks and a 3.17 ERA.
Considered a mid-round prospect entering 2020, Mikulski had three potential big-league pitches with a chance to add velocity in a move to the bullpen. Instead, Mikulski went undrafted after the draft was condensed to five rounds and spent the offseason retooling his mechanics. He returned to school sitting in the mid-90s and touching 98 mph with an extra deceptive delivery. His changeup and slider still probably have around a 50-grade ceiling, but some scouts believe his mechanics could allow them to play up.
Everyone agrees that Mikulski’s delivery makes it hard for hitters to pick up his pitches, but how much it will impact his potential is up for debate. Some believe he’s shown enough command to repeat his delivery deep into games as a starter. Most think he has too many moving parts to throw 150+ innings a year. The Giants will almost certainly give him a chance to develop as a starter, but it’s not unforeseeable that he transitions to the bullpen and moves quickly through the system.