MLB Draft Day is today, and the drafting will get going at 4:00PM PST with the Houston Astros making the first pick. Picks won’t go down one right after another like they will on Day 3 of the Draft, so if you tune in at 4, get comfortable. There will be 73 picks made total today, with the Giants picking 25th and 64th in the first and second rounds, respectively. Some links and article to get you ready:
ESPN Insider Top 100
MLB.com Top 100
Baseball America’s Top 500
Grant Brisbee’s conversation with Chris Crawford
As for names that MLB Draft experts have linked the Giants to, there has really been one name that’s appeared more often than others, but with the Giants front office so good at keeping their movements (understandably) quiet, don’t be surprised if/when they go another direction:
Matt Krook (ESPN Insider req’d for link) — lefty from St. Ignatius Prep in San Francisco is right in their backyard. Has been taken by the Giants in every Baseball America Mock Draft, and two of Keith Law’s mock drafts.
Eric Jagielo — Two way player outta Notre Dame, went in a Keith Law mock in May, and is a Top 20 player in Baseball America’s Top 500 list.
Hunter Harvey — A high school prep arm of the right-handed variety, one of five players named “Hunter” in the draft, and likely won’t even be the first one off the board. Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com has had him going to the G’s in both of his mocks.
For those wondering how the Giants have done with their draft for the past five drafts, here are some names from the first two rounds (overall pick in parenthesis):
2012 1st Round (20) — Chris Stratton, pitching in Low-A Augusta, and #3 prospect in the organization per Jonathan Mayo and Baseball Prospectus
2012 2nd Round (84) — Martin Agosta, also pitching in Low-A Augusta, and a Top 10 prospect according to previously named evaluators
2011 1st Round (29) — Joe Panik, playing in Double-A Richmond, but evaluators don’t project his ceiling to be much more than a second-division player
2011 2nd Round (49) — Kyle Crick. Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Giants draft prep-pitcher, becomes highly regarded prospect. Pitching in High-A San Jose and has been the consensus top prospect for the Champs, estimated time of arrival (ETA) in 2015.
2010 1st Round (24) — Gary Brown, playing in Triple-A. Former Top 50 prospect, but the hype has tailed.
2009 1st Round (6) — Zack Wheeler, playing with the Mets, and is a top prospect in their system and in baseball as well. He should be getting called up within the month. Was traded for Carlos Beltran in 2011.
2008 1st Round (5) — Buster Posey. Complete bust of a pick. Never did anything for the organization.
2008 Supplemental 1st Round (37) — Conor Gillaspie, now a member of the Chicago White Sox.
You see how important the first two rounds of draft picks can be, whether they become the centerpieces of the organization, they become pieces to bring in help to the 25-man roster, they don’t provide the depth you hoped they could, or they give the organization hope for the future. That building for the future will get going on a formal basis today at 4:00PM. See you there.