This year's MLB Draft is scheduled to begin on Sunday, July 9th, and will be held in Seattle, Washington. Who will the SF Giants pick in the first round?
In recent years, it feels like the annual event has been gathering more and more attention on a national level. Fans of the game seem to be more tuned into which young players their home team selects than ever before.
The San Francisco Giants are going to be picking right in the middle of the first round, earning the 16th-place pick.
This keeps the team outside of the whole "draft lottery" business that the worst teams in the league had to go participate in during the 2022-2023 offseason. After the first six picks were determined by the lottery, the non-playoff teams are next in reverse order from their winning percentages last year. Following that group is all of the 2022 playoff teams based on how far they made it into the postseason.
Who do the experts have the SF Giants drafting first in 2023 MLB Mock Drafts?
Baseball America - Third baseman Brock Wilken
Baseball America, one of the world's top hubs for prospect information, thinks the Giants are going to go with a collegiate third baseman. Wilken, a product of Wake Forest, has massive pop in his bat and is said to be a decent defender at the hot corner as well. Scouts point to his lack of agility to be one thing that holds him down on defense, but his bat is the real deal. He hit 16 home runs in 36 games last year while drawing the same amount of walks as strikeouts (35).
Prospects Live - SS Colin Houck
Another infielder, this time a high schooler. Houck, a two sport athlete at Parkview HS in Lilburn, GA, has extreme athleticism and is said to be a standout defender at shortstop. Scouts love his raw power and say his bat speed is one of the best in the class amongst players his age. At 6-foot-2, Houck has the range and arm strength to be a high-end defensive shortstop, which will pair nicely with his ever-improving bat.
Baseball Prospect Journal - pitcher Noble Meyer
We have a pitcher! BPJ likes Noble Meyer, a high school pitcher, to go in the first round. Hailing from the same school as former top draft pick Mick Abel, Meyer stands at 6-foot-5 and is said to use every bit of that frame to wield a 98mph fastball as his primary pitch. He pairs this with a twoseam fastball and mid-80s sweeping slider to finish out a repertoire designed to strike batters out. His MLB.com scouting report mentions that he has all of the tools to be a future top-of-the-rotation starter.