SF Giants: Scouting reports on their Day 2 MLB draft picks

By Marc Delucchi
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SF Giants Day 2 MLB draft picks
Round 4 (115th overall): Eric Silva, RHP, JSerra Catholic HS (CA)

While the amount of money they saved remains unknown, southern California prep pitcher Eric Silva will definitely be receiving a significant portion of the savings. Silva and his teammate at JSerra Catholic High School (CA) Gage Jump were both legitimate draft prospects committed to UCLA. Both were viewed as difficult signs heading into the draft, but it looks like Silva will not be joining Jump en route to college.

Silva is a bit undersized, listed at around 6’0,” but has elite arm action and a smooth delivery. He has shown the ability to sit in the mid-90s, touching 98 mph. However, it dipped to the low-90s by the end of the JSerra season, raising questions about his durability. He’s shown a good feel for a low-80s slider and has had occasional flashes with a changeup, but his fastball is his carrying pitch right now.

Silva is more of a control than command pitcher at this point, consistently finding the strike zone while struggling to locate with much precision when there. Of course, that’s fairly normal for a prep prospect.

SF Giants Day 2 MLB draft picks
Round 5 (146th overall): Rohan Handa, LHP, Yale

In one of the most interesting stories of this year’s draft, the Giants added a southpaw who looked like the furthest thing from a draft prospect a year ago. Rohan Handa was a mediocre starter with Yale, primarily throwing strikes with an 84-86 mph fastball and mediocre breaking ball. When Yale canceled its baseball season this spring, Handa dedicated himself to working out, and all of a sudden, he started touching 98 mph with a wipeout slider in the mid-80s. He has made five starts in the Northeast Collegiate League and has struck out 25, walked eight, and recorded a 1.06 ERA. It’s hard to know what to make of such a massive popup prospect, but at this point in the draft, the Giants are betting on some captivating upside. Handa also is the fourth Indian-American player to be selected in the MLB draft.