San Francisco Giants 2014 Draft Picks Rounds 3-10
Today teams selected players in the third through tenth rounds of the 2014 MLB Draft. Here is a rundown of the eight players the Giants selected:
3rd Round (87th overall): RF Dylan Davis of Oregon State University. Davis is 20 this year. He slashed .290/.348/.446 this year as a junior. However, he hit considerably better as a sophomore.
Davis has a strong arm, making five pitching starts for the Beavers this year and reportedly possessing a 97 mph fastball with sink. He projects as a right fielder but could be converted into a relief pitcher if he doesn’t hit. You can find mlb.com’s scouting report for Davis, along with those of most of the other players the Giants selected today, here.
4th Round (118th overall): RHP Logan Webb (17) of Rocklin HS (CA). Webb was the MVP of the Sierra Foothill League this year, going 4-3 with a 0.49 ERA and 73 Ks. He’s also the quarterback for his high school football team, so he’s an athlete.
Webb has committed to playing college ball for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, but he may forego college if the signing bonus is adequate. The slot amount for the 118th pick is $440,600. I assume the Giants think he’s going to sign based on the fact they selected him this high.
Baseball America ranked Webb as the 20th best California high schooler (and 41st best California prospect overall including college and junior college players) in this year’s draft a couple of days ago. However, I haven’t been able to find any scouting reports on him.
5th Round (148th overall): RHP Sam Coonrod (21), Souther Illinois U. Carbondale. Coonrod had a 2.87 ERA this year with a pitching line of 84.2 IP, 70 hits, three HRs and 47 BBs allowed and 77 Ks. He’s shown steady improvement in his college career, and he has allowed only three home runs over the last two seasons. However, he’s wild.
Coonrod has hit 98 mph on the radar gun, but he threw mostly 89-93 mph this spring. MLB.com’s scouting report makes him sound like a project with upside.
6th Round (178th overall): 1B Skyler Ewing (21), Rice U. Ewing slashed .335/.403/.512 this spring and played well in the Cape Cod League last summer after doing very little his freshman and sophomore seasons. He’s reportedly a hard worker and shows some potential as a catcher in the pros.
7th Round (208th overall): CF Seth Harrison (21), U. of Louisiana Lafayette. A college senior who likely played two years of junior college ball, Harrison slashed .319/.378/.552, which was actually a little less than he hit as junior the year before. Harrison played on a small conference powerhouse that’s gone 55-8 this year, and the Giants presumably like his power/speed combination.
8th Round (238th overall): CF Austin Slater (21), Stanford U. Slater slashed .352/.397/.514 this spring, a marked improvement over his sophomore season and fine numbers for a major conference player. Slater apparently fell this low in the draft because he doesn’t have a center fielder’s range or project to have a corner outfielder’s power. MLB.com projects his major league ceiling as being a “productive fourth outfielder.”
9th Round (268th overall): RHP Stetson Woods (19), Liberty HS (Madera, CA). Woods is a 6’8″ high schooler who weighs 200 lbs. He’s committed to Fresno State and has a fastball which sits at 88 to 90 mph. His fastball should get bigger as he fills out his very long frame and hones his pitching mechanics.
My guess is that Woods will probably go to college, since there won’t be a lot of bonus pool money left by the ninth round (the slot amount is $148,000 for this pick), and Woods could move well up draft rankings after three years of added growth, even though he’ll be 22 years old at that point.
10th Round (298th overall): LHP Mathew Gage (21), Seina College. A big college senior (6’4″, 240 lbs), Gage had a 4.50 ERA for a minor college conference team this spring. He struck out 90 in 110 innings pitched while walking 39 and allowing 117 hits. He was better in 2013, however, when he posted a 3.42 ERA with 88 Ks in 97.1 IP while walking 30.
The Giants must have seen something they like about Gage, although it’s not immediately apparent from his college statistics. Perfectgame.org ranked Gage as the 149th best prospect in the Cape Cod League at the end of last summer’s season, and the Giants always seem to like guys who play well in the Cape Cod League the summer before they’re drafted.