SF Giants Day 2 MLB draft picks
Round 3 (85th): Mason Black, RHP, Lehigh
Mason Black was considered more of a 4th-6th round prospect by most rankings, but players with premium fastballs that have consistently touched 99 mph are always at risk of going before expected. That also means Black could sign for below the $710,700 slot for the pick, potentially in the $450,000-$550,000 range.
Black first got on the draft radar after his freshman year at Lehigh when he showed up at the Cape Cod League reaching the high 90s. At his best, Black has sat between 97-100 mph in one-inning outings, and for that reason, plenty of scouts see his future in the bullpen. However, Black has a sturdy 6’3” frame and has flashed an above-average slider. He has thrown a changeup, but it needs significant development to become a usable pitch.
Black could have gone in the first couple of rounds heading into the season, but he made some mechanical adjustments that hampered his arsenal. His fastball sat around 91-94 mph and his slider had fewer flashes than hoped. With that said, he still showed the ability to reach 97 mph even with his struggles, and his overall numbers were far from red flag raising (3.11 ERA, 72.1 innings pitches, 95 strikeouts, and 31 walks).
The Giants are buying low on a prospect that has shown flashes of dominance throughout his collegiate career. While his competition in the Patriot League is inferior to Power-5 competition, he was one of the best pitchers in the Cape Cod League back in 2019. Black could be a mid-rotation starter if everything comes together but more likely ends up profiling as a high-leverage reliever.