San Francisco Giants 2016 Draft Picks Rounds 11-25
Here’s how the first half of Day 3 of the 2016 Draft went for the Giants:
11th Round (335th overall). Jason Delay C (21). Delay is a light-hitting college junior out of Vanderbilt with a .257/.343/.348 career college slash line who hit even worse with more playing time in his junior season, causing his draft stock to fall. He reportedly has a good arm, but has not been particularly successful at the college level throwing out attempted base stealers and isn’t yet great at blocking pitches in the dirt.
12th Round (365th). Ryan Kirby 1B (21). This college junior out of the University of San Diego is listed by the Baseball Cube as a outfielder, so I guess he could also play left field. The Giants drafted him in the 30th round out of high school and obviously still like him. He wasn’t much of a hitter in college until this his junior season when he slashed .344/.423/.563 in only 34 games played, suggesting an injury of some kind.
13th Round (395th). Jose Layer CF (19). The Giants only high school player selected in their first 20 selections, Layer is listed as 6’1″ and 160 lbs, suggesting that he is probably fast and still has some growing to do. Baseball America listed him as the fifth best high school player out of Puerto Rico just before this year’s draft, so he’s probably a good pick for this round of the Draft, although his overall BA ranking of 358th suggests he is indeed a 13th round talent.
14th Round (425th). Conner Menez LHP (21). Coming out of The Master’s College, a small Christian school I never heard of which mostly played other schools I never heard of, Menez had a fine junior season, going 11-3 with a 2.47 ERA and a pitching line of 102 IP, 78 hits, 3 HRs and 36 BB allowed and 103 Ks.
15th Round (455th). D.J. Myers RHP (21). A junior out of UNLV, Meyers had a career 4.13 ERA in college allowing 252 hits, 11 HRs and 71 BB in 233 IP while striking out 186. He doesn’t look like a pitcher who misses enough bats to be anything more than a roster filler in the professional ranks, but you never know.
16th Round (485th). Chris Falwell LHP (21). Falwell pitched briefly for Arkansas as a freshman and then played a year of junior college ball before spending his junior season with Texas A&M. His junior season was excellent, posting a 2.91 ERA and a pitching line of 86.2 IP, 73 hits, zero HRs and 29 BB allowed and 88 Ks. He looks like he could be a sleeper pick.
17th Round (515th). Reagan Bazar RHP (21). Drafted out of high school in the 33rd round, he pitched only 22.2 innings total his sophomore and junior seasons, suggesting an injury given his successful results (2.50 career college ERA). He has a mid-90’s fastball, but he’s very wild: 54 career college innings pitched with 31 walks and 35 strikeouts.
18th Round (545th). Jacob Heyward CF (20). After a fine sophomore season (.913 OPS), he regressed badly as a junior, slashing only .227/.389/.365. He runs well, but his numbers don’t suggest an mlb center fielder’s speed. His strongest attribute is his ability to get on base. I wouldn’t be surprised if he elected to return to Miami for his senior season, since he’ll still only be 21 next June.
19th Round (575th). Brandon Van Horn SS (22). The second player the Giants drafted out of The Master’s College this Draft, Van Horn slashed .280/.352/.567 in his final year of college eligibility. Presumably the Giants scouted Conner Menez, saw Van Horn in the process and decided to draft him too. The 19th round seems like a high place for a player coming out of this school at this age.
20th Round (605th). Justin Alleman RHP (22). A redshirt Junior out of Lee University, Alleman left Michigan State after a strong 2014 sophomore season for unreported reasons. In 2016, he had a 5.29 ERA with a pitching line of 64.2 IP, 71 hits, 12 HRs and 13 BBs allowed and 74 Ks. He will apparently need to learn how to be effectively wild.
21st Round (635th). Will Albertson C (22). After playing two seasons for Campbell University, Albertson transferred to tiny Catawba College, also in North Carolina, where he had a massive 2015 season, slashing .467/.531/.865 with 26 HRs. After being drafted in the 40th round of the 2015 Draft by the Yankees, Albertson elected to return to Catawba for his senior season. He wasn’t as good as a senior, but still slashed .404/.494/.689, which was enough to raise his draft standings considerably, at least in the Giants’ eyes.
22nd Round (665th). Malique Ziegler CF (19). Ziegler played for North Iowa Area Community College, a strong JC team that went 47-16 this year. He played for Northern Illinois as a freshman in 2015, which he may have left because of a coaching change. His NIACC coach says he’s never had another player with Ziegler’s “elite speed.” He may opt for another four-year school for 2017, depending on his academic record.
23rd Round (695th). Jacob Greenwalt RHP (18). Only the second high school player selected by the Giants, Greewalt is listed as 6’1″ and 170 lbs, meaning he’s got some growing to do. His fastball reportedly touches 94 mph, and he has committed to attend Colorado Mesa University, a small conference baseball power.
24th Round (725th). Jeffry Parra C (18). A high school player from the East Coast, I couldn’t find much on him except this video, which he may have posted himself. I don’t know if he has committed to college.
25th Round (755th). Mike Rescigno RHP (21). Rescigno started as a position player at the University of Maryland and converted to a pitcher his sophomore season. He had a 5.59 ERA in 23 relief appearances this year, but struck out 23 in 19.1 IP. He’s another guy who may return to college for his senior season in order to improve his draft stock.