Waiting for the Draft
The 2014 MLB Draft starts later today, and I’m chomping at the bit waiting to see whom the Giants select. The Giants have the 14th, 52nd and 87th picks among the top 100, so the team will definitely have its opportunities to grab some amateur talent.
The 14th pick is the Giants’ highest since they selected Zack Wheeler with the 6th overall pick in 2009. The Giants have had a great deal of success since 2000 in getting performance out of their 1st round (top 30) draft picks, and I fully expect the Giants will find a diamond in the rough (or not so rough) with their No. 14 pick.
On the other hand, since 2000, the Giants have had very little success with the players they selected with picks between 31 and 100 overall. Of the 22 players selected with these picks between 2000 and 2010, the best have been Fred Lewis (66th in 2002), Nate Schierholtz (63rd in 2003), John Bowker (100th in 2004), Manny Burriss (33rd in 2006), and Tommy Joseph (55th in 2009 — Joseph was traded for Hunter Pence). That’s a pretty sorry best bunch for 22 such draft picks.
However, in 2011 the Giants selected Kyle Crick (49th) and Andrew Susac (86th). While neither has reached the majors yet, they both look very promising at this moment. Also, the Giants found gems in Brandon Crawford, whom they selected with the 117th pick of the 2008 Draft, and Brandon Belt, whom they selected with the 147th pick of the 2009 Draft.
What the Giants have had some success doing is finding talent among the late-round after-thoughts, most notably Brian Wilson (24th round, 723rd overall in 2003), Jonathan Sanchez (27th round, 820th overall in 2004), and Sergio Romo (28th round, 852nd overall in 2005).