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 8 (236th overall): Ian Villers, RHP, California

Ian Villers is easily the biggest player selected by the Giants in the first two days of this year’s draft. Listed at 6’6”-245, Villers still looks like he has room to fill out. Nonetheless, primarily a reliever over his career at Cal, Villers is one of the easier selections to project to the back of the bullpen.

He has never racked up the strikeouts most would expect from a premium college reliever, striking 36 in 38 innings this season. However, he did show significantly improved command of the strike zone in 2021 (11 walks) after struggling with that in the past. His fastball velocity has oscillated between 90-97 mph, but he has had moments where he sits around 96 mph. Unlike most relief prospects, Villers also has three average potential MLB offspeed pitches in a changeup, curveball, and slider. None stand out at the moment, but it is a unique toolset in a college reliever. He’s actually been stretched out a bit at the Cape Cod League this summer. It would not be a complete surprise if the Giants gave him a chance to develop through longer, more abbreviated, outings.

SF Giants Day 2 MLB draft picks
Round 9 (266th overall): Mat Olsen, RHP, Central Arizona Junior College

Mat Olsen got three years at the junior college level and took a huge step forward this spring. He struck out 133 batters in 88.2 innings against 30 walks and posted a 2.13 ERA. I’d heard his stuff was relatively average, but he made up for it with pitchability. However, other evalutors have seen his fastball touch 97 mph and pair with a sharp curveball that has looked like an above-average pitch. He’s also mixed in a slider and changeup.

Committed to Arizona State, Olsen would have been a prime candidate to blow up with a full season in the Pac-12. Instead, the Giants are looking to buy-low before his potential blowup. Given his unique circumstance, as essentially a junior-year juco player, it’s hard to know if Olsen will require a slightly over-slot signing bonus at this point in the draft or not. Either way, he’s another moldable piece of clay for the player development team.

SF Giants Day 2 MLB draft picks
Round 10 (296th overall): Vaun Brown, OF, Florida Southern

Not ranked on virtually any public draft boards, Vaun Brown is a classic senior sign. A fifth-year senior out of Division-II Florida Southern, Brown saw a huge surge in power this spring, hitting .387/.462/.793 with 13 homers in 26 games. He’s carried that strong performance over into the Florida Collegiate Summer League but still had concerningly high strikeout rates and low walk rates given the competition he played against. He’ll likely receive a bonus around $25,000 and hope to make an impression in his pro debut.

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Tomorrow the SF Giants will complete their 2021 MLB draft class, making selections in rounds 11-20. Stay tuned to Around the Foghorn for full analysis of all of the organization’s newest prospects.