San Francisco Giants Select Bryan Reynolds with Their First Draft Pick

The Giants chose slugging Vanderbilt outfielder Bryan Reynolds with their first pick, No. 59 overall, in the 2016 amateur draft.  Reynolds had a fine junior season, slashing .330/.461/.603.

He added power this season, but he’s always been a fine pure hitter at the college level with a three-year slash line of .329/.413/.508.  His .865 OPS last summer in the Cape Cod League, the premier summer wood bat league for college players, was 10th best.

Reynolds finished second in the SEC in home runs, walks and OPS and is third in runs scored and slugging percentage, fourth in RBIs and fifth in on-base percentage.  I’m a little surprised he was still around at the 59th overall pick.

In fact, espn.com’s Keith Law, mlb.com and Baseball America recently ranked Reynolds as respectively the 16th, 23rd and 31st best prospect in this year’s draft.  That certainly suggests the Giants were lucky to have Reynolds fall to them at 59.

Reynolds is described as a adequate center fielder at the college level, and he’s a switch hitter.  The knock on him is that he strikes out too much.  Also, he’s not the kind of toolsy player the Giants often like to select with their 2nd round pick, as he is reported as having only average speed and a throwing arm that will likely force him to left field should he develop a major league bat.

The lack of great tools is probably what caused his draft stock to drop, but I’m glad to see the Giants go with a guy who put up great numbers at a top college program against the best college competition.  His college numbers suggest that he will develop into a major league hitter.  The question is whether he will develop enough power as a professional to play regularly as a left fielder at the major league level.

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