Over the next six weeks, MLB-DI will take a look at each teams draft class, breaking down the best — and most questionable — over the past week.
Next up: The San Francisco Giants. The Giants draft was a source of controversy last year after selecting Joe Panik in the first-round, was San Francisco the source of controversy this year?
To the jump!
The Decision Makers
General Manager: Brian Sabean
Director, Scouting: John Barr
Position Players: 19
Corner infielders: 02
Middle infielders: 05
Fun Fact: The Giants didn’t take a high-school player until round nine, and didn’t take another one until round 36
The First Ten Rounds
Steal: Player was selected several rounds — or in the case of the first-round, several picks — earlier than his value indicated.
Solid: Player was taken later than his value indicated.
Average: Player was selected where his value indicated.
Slight-reach: Player was taken slightly earlier than his value indicated.
Reach: Player was drafted several rounds or picks earlier than his value indicated.
|01.20||Chris Stratton||RHP||Mississippi State||Average|
|02.84||Martin Agosta||RHP||St. Mary’s||Solid|
|03.115||Mac Williamson||OF||Wake Forest||Reach|
|06.208||Stephen Johnson||RHP||St. Edwards (TX)||Steal|
|07.238||E.J. Encinosa||RHP||Miami, FL||Average|
|08.268||Joseph Kurrasch||LHP||Penn State||Reach|
|09.298||Shilo McCall||OF||Pedro Vista HS (NM)||Average|
There were rumors that Stratton was going to go in the top ten — perhaps as high as five to Kansas City — but those rumors failed to come to fruition, and with good reason. He’s got four above-average pitches — and the slider and change both flash as plus-plus — but he is 22 and the command is only average. A potential No.2, but more likely a No.3.
Some teams see Agosta as a reliever, but I would give him every chance to start. He’s sort of the “poor mans” Stratton in that he has three pitches that flash above-average, but without the ability to get up to 95 like Stratton has. He’s not sexy, but he should be a quick advance and I thought he’d be gone by the end of day one.
Williamson has some power — no surprise when you stand 6-4 and weigh 240 pounds — but it’s his only tool, and it’s not elite. Senior sign picks in the third round do not inspire me.
The Giants apparently thought that the next few rounds were about building a bullpen, but they did get a steal in Stephen Johnson. He sits in the 97-98 range with the heater with a slider that will give right-handed hitters fits. His delivery and arm action are difficult to look at, but he’s a future closer if the command improves, and was great value in the sixth round.
Here’s the positives about the Giant’s draft: outside of the Williamson pick, they didn’t have any outrageous reaches in the first ten rounds, and Stratton Agosta and Johnson could all contribute in a hurry.
Now the bad news. There’s a very good chance that five of their first six picks all are going to pitch out of the bullpen, Williamson was no where close to a third-round talent, and they probably are only going to sign one high-school player in their entire class. If you’re the type who appreciates high-risk, high-reward players, this definitely isn’t the class for you.