San Francisco Giants 2014 Draft Picks Rounds 26-40

Continuing on with my rundown of the San Francisco Giants’ selections on the third and final day of the 2014 MLB amateur draft:

26th Round (778 overall): 3B Hunter Cole (age 21), U. of Georgia.  Cole batted .319/.400/.430 as a junior this spring.  He didn’t show a lot of power in college, but he gets on base with a career college on-base percentage of .384.  MLB.com’s scounting report indicates there are concerns about how much Cole strikes out.  He was moved from the outfield to third base this season, and it’s not yet clear what position he will play as a professional.

27th Round (808 overall): RHP Connor Kaden (21), Wake Forest.  As a junior this spring, Kaden had a 3.52 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 61.1 innings pitched.  He was mostly a starter this spring after being used mostly in relief in 2013.  My hunch is that he’ll be used mostly in relief as a professional.

28th Round (838 overall): LHP Nick Sabo (21), Cal State Long Beach.  He had a nice 3.30 ERA as a starter this spring but struck out only 49 batters in 79 innings pitched.  He’s big (6’5″ 220 lbs), so maybe the Giants are hoping better mechanics will improve his stuff.  Either that, or he’s just another late round roster-filler.

29th Round (868 overall): RHP Ryan Cruz (20), College of the Canyons (CA).  As a second year junior college pitcher this spring, Cruz had a 3.91 ERA with 62 Ks and 40 walks allowed in 92 innings pitched.

30th Round (898 overall): 1B Cliff Covington (22), U. of West Florida.  As a senior this spring, Covington batted .321/.434/.489.  He also had a .431 on-base percentage in 2013.  However, he’s a 1Bman without much power who strikes out a lot.

31sth Round (928 overall): RHP Nick Nelson (18), Rutherford HS (FL).  Can’t find much about him on the internet other than that he was a fine pitcher and hitter in high school.

32nd Round (958 overall): LHP Hunter Williams (18), Cosby HS (VA).  A big left-hander with a low 90’s fastball who has committed to attend college at North Carolina.

33rd Round (988 overall): C Jared Deacon (22), Cal State Fullerton.  Deacon batted only .225/.336/.233 as a senior this spring after hitting well during his first three seasons of college ball.  However, he only played a little less than half of the time in his sophomore and junior seasons, suggesting either that he was hurt both seasons, his catching defense was poor, or his team wanted someone in the line up with more power.

34th Round (1018 overall): C Tim Susnara (18), St. Francis HS (CA).  From here through the end of the draft the Giants selected exclusively high school players, most of whom will probably elect to go to college unless the Giants can save some bonus pool money to make a run at a few of them.  Susnara is a Bay Area product who has committed to Oregon.  Perfectgame.org describes him as athletic and having good defensive skills and tools behind the plate.

35th Round (1048 overall): RHP Mitch Hart (17), Granite Bay HS (CA).  MLB.com describes Hart as the kind of “tall projectable pitcher scouts … love.”  His fastball sits around 90 mph and touches 92 mph, but he is expected to gain speed as he matures physically.  MLB.com also says he has a good feel for pitching and attacks hitters.  He has committed to USC.

36th Round (1078 overall): C Zach Taylor (18), Horizon HS (AZ).  A powerfully built youngster who also plays 3B and 1B, perfectgame.org says he has “very good defensive tools” and that he has “the tools and build you want to see in a young catching prospect.”  He has not yet committed to a college program, so he may be signable.

37th Round (1108 overall): SS Garrett Christman (18), Noblesville HS (IN).  Prepbaseballreport.com describes Christman as a “long-limbed middle infielder with great actions” which I think means he throws and moves with good mechanics.  He has committed to Butler, a school which is not particularly well known for its baseball program.

38th Round (1138 overall): C Benito Santiago (19), Coral Springs Christian Acad. (FL).  The son of the former major league catcher of the same name, the younger Santiago is rather small at 5’9″ and 175 lbs.  MLB.com provides a scouting report on him, perhaps because of his pedrigee, which says that Jr. has “good athleticism behind the plate” bu that his “bat isn’t as advanced as his glove.”  He has committed to Tennessee.

39th Round (1168 overall): RHP Joe Ryan (18), Sir Frances Drake HS (CA).  Another San Francisco Bay Area product, Ryan is a smallish right-hander who has committed to Cal State Northridge.  For what it’s worth, he was the Marin County prep player of the year as a high school junior in 2013.

40th Round (1198 overall): SS Riles Mahan (18), Moeller HS (OH).  A player from a nationally known high school baseball power (Ken Griffey, Jr. most famously went there), Mahan has committed to Kentucky.  Prepbaseballreport.com projects him as a 2Bman or 3Bman in the future.

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