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 6 (176th overall): Seth Lonsway, LHP, Ohio State

Seth Lonsway has been a draft prospect since his senior year in high school back in 2017. Back then, he was an intriguing left with a projectable fastball and a potential plus curveball who faced questions about his control. Four years later, the scouting report is basically the same. He consistently racked up strikeouts at Ohio State but also racked up walks.

His curveball has been compared to Barry Zito’s. When his curveball pairs with a mid-90s fastball, it’s easy to see him becoming a dominant reliever. He has shown a decent feel for a changeup and slider, though, suggesting stuff will not keep him from starting. Yet, no matter how nasty his arsenal can be at its best, like when he struck out 17 batters against Indiana earlier this year, he walked 120 batters over 178 college innings. This season, posting the lowest walk rate of his career, he still walked 43 batters in 68 innings.

The Giants could put Lonsway in the pen immediately and hope he has enough control to move quickly. On the other hand, if everything comes together, Lonsway could become the steal of the draft if he finds a way to stick in the rotation. Scouts have been waiting a long time for the native Ohioan to put it all together. The Giants hope that patience will finally pay off in their organization.

SF Giants Day 2 MLB draft picks
Round 7 (206th overall): Nick Sinacola, RHP, Maine

Nick Sinacola is probably the closest thing to last year’s fifth-round pick Ryan Murphy. Both were at smaller schools, although Maine is a Division-1 program, put up huge numbers without standout stuff, and will likely sign for significantly below-slot deals. Nevertheless, Sinacola was undeniably dominant against American East competition. He struck out nearly 16 batters per nine innings and averaged nearly 6.2 innings a start. He walked just 23 batters over 79.1 innings and recorded a 2.04 ERA.

Selected as the American East conference pitcher of the year, Sinacola relies on a high-80s fastball that has touched 93 mph but mostly works from 88-92 mph. However, as Giants fans may be accustomed to, Sinacola actually threw his slider, which works in the low-80s, more than his fastball. He’s shown a splitter, but it’s far from a usable big-league pitch at this point. Sinacola is a hard player to project since he probably lacks the velocity to end up in the bullpen but seems like a fringey candidate to start.